Be the best-dressed guest

The new dress code for sum­mer wed­dings? Study a few sim­ple rules then go for gor­geous.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents - Words by EL­LIE PITHERS, NAOMI SMART

The new dress codes for sum­mer wed­dings

1 PER­SONAL BEST

Stick to your own style: there’s no need to suc­cumb to the pe­cu­liar form of wed­ding panic that dic­tates overblown flo­rals and cup­cake colours. If you al­ways wear black, go ahead, just make sure your ac­ces­sories are zingy. And if you do de­cide to wear flo­rals, toughen them up with metal­lic jew­ellery or a fierce pair of shoes.

2 SOME­THING NEW

For ul­ti­mate style ku­dos, al­ways name-drop a brand that’s re­as­sur­ingly niche: KLÛK CGDT and Orape­leng Mo­dutle are the names to know for SA wed­dings; for the rest of the con­ti­nent, the chicest guests wear Lisa Fo­lawiyo and Adama Paris. 3 BE­YOND THE PALE

Don’t set out to steal the brides thun­der: never wear any­thing white. If you must wear some pale colours, or are eye­ing up ‡ir­ta­tiously re­veal­ing neck­lines, clear it with your host ‰rst, prefer­ably with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing

vis­ual sent via What­sapp.

4 TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Rect­an­gle clutch bags, be gone! A small top-han­dle bag from Dolce & Gab­bana, Givenchy or lo­cal de­signer Mis­si­baba is an in­stant ice­breaker, and will nes­tle in your el­bow as you nav­i­gate the party.

5 MATCH­LESS CHIC

Re­mem­ber the matchy­matchy rule: never co­or­di­nate your bags, shoes and belt – un­less they’re Chanel, of course.

6COME CLEAN

Forgo the fake self-tan. No one wants to be the guest who smears rem­nants of fake tan on the bride’s daz­zling white gown. 7 WARMER, WARMER A cardi­gan is no longer o lim­its: pin it at the throat with a brooch and let the arms fly for an in­stant up­date. Or in­vest in a cock­tail coat. It will come into its own in the SA wed­ding season. Al­ter­na­tively, an over­sized blazer over a pretty dress looks mod­ern.

8 RE­NEW YOUR VOWS

Yes, you can re-wear a dress to more than one nup­tial, as long as you switch up your Kirsten Goss or Pichu­lik ear­rings. 9 STYLE TIPS Take note of the ter­rain: stilet­tos won’t work on gravel, cob­ble stones or grass. Choose plat­forms or wedges in­stead, and pack a pair of jewel-tone satin Manolo Blah­nik at Lu­mi­nance ‹ats for when the an­kleache sets in (do not, un­der any cir­cum­stances, take off your shoes on the dance ‹oor). Never wear boots – they al­ways look ma­tronly.

10 HEAD TURN­ERS

Avoid fas­ci­na­tors at all costs – they only ever look half-hearted on you. Take your cue and opt for crys­tal-frosted hair clips, or try Crys­tal Birch for spec­tac­u­lar pill­box hats.

Lace dress For­ever New R3 899

Pas­tel heels Charles & Keith R829 Kit­ten heels Zara R559 Top-han­dle bag Dolce & Gab­bana R38 000 Clutch Co­lette by Co­lette Hay­man R630 An­kle-strap heels Charles & Keith R829 Fire­works heels Zara R759 Ear­rings Kirsten Goss R4 990

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