Never mind what to wear on your own wedding day – what the hell do you wear on everybody else’s? Luckily, we’ve rounded up more than a few ideas.
Weddings! WEDDINGS! ALL THE WEDDINGS! Wait, aren’t you meant to be at one RIGHT NOW? The sun is out and with it, thousands of twenty and thirty-somethings in suits and crumpled fascinators standing around queasily on railway platforms, picking marzipan out of their hair.
Far harder, really, than the question of what to wear on your own wedding day is the question of what to wear on everybody else’s. Are black and white still banned? Will sugared almond shades look adorably winning or like you’ve crawled out of Mothercare? Are floral head garlands pushing the Pinterest agenda just a BIT too hard?
Factor in multiple matrimonies in a single summer and you’d be forgiven for giving up and Skyping in your attendance from beneath the duvet. But let’s not lose our sense of perspective – there are free booze and profiteroles at stake, remember.
The way I see it, you can either be the guest everyone loves – tasteful, appropriate, elegant but not scene-stealing – or the guest everyone sort of hates, because you’re rocking an incredible outfit they never saw on their endless trips from Monsoon to Coast and back again, and the photographer keeps stealing you aside for separate photos, muttering “this will be really bloggable”. Or you can strive for a delicate balance of both.
Weddings are costly enough, without you having to buy a pile of pastel polyester that you’ll never wear again. So forget the nuptial standards and just choose something wonderful instead – you’ll look so much more comfortable than you would in identikit pastel pink Reiss. Go loud, go proud, and then go home after the Grease Megamix.
Clean t-shirt maxi dress, £58 Topshop
I am obsessed with this dress. Mainly because I know there is little in the world that would suit me less than this dress, and so I want everyone else in the world to wear it on my behalf. It comes in a beautiful, wedding-perfect colour spectrum of cornflower blue, coral and turquoise, and with its juxtaposition of slinky Japanese satin and t-shirt shape it’s all business at the top, party in the bottom. You’ll be the envy of everyone in a badly fitting multiway bra.