The best winter wedding guest outfits in stores now

The best winter wedding guest outfits in stores now


25 perfect pieces to nail the winter wedding guest dress code…

Winter Wedding Guest Outfits

As the endless string of summer weddings comes to an end and the weather starts to cool off, it’ll soon be time to prep for a new round of winter nuptials. Figuring out how to look chic and not freeze to death in the blistering British cold isn’t an easy task however, but we’ve done a dig for our favourite winter wedding guest outfits that’ll help you stand out from the crowd.

Whether you’re looking for a sweeping maxi dress or a colour-blocked midi, we’ve tracked down something for every budget and sense of style below. Affordable high street pieces are the name of the game over at Topshop, ASOS and Mango and we’ve also included some luxury hard-hitters – just in case you ever get invited to a royal wedding. (A girl can dream.)

Sometimes, the type of wedding you’re going to might limit the kind of silhouette you can opt for. When it comes to traditional church weddings, it’s generally frowned upon to flaunt your shoulders or a little too much skin so unfortunately the spaghetti straps and bardot pieces are off the table. On the other hand, a black tie affair is a chance to really let your hair down and go for a truly dramatic piece so look to Rixo and Theory for help on this one.

Your clothes are just part of your outfit however and the right accessories can tip you into fashion queen territory. Show-stopping statement earrings or some on-trend shell jewellery can step up a minimal piece, while the right pair of high heels or flat shoes can make or break an outfit. And if you’re feeling really sartorial, why not cash in on one of the season’s biggest trends: extra mini handbags? Let’s be real – when else are you ever going to get a chance to wear them?

As far as keeping warm goes? Our fashion editor Lucia Debieux weighed in, saying, ‘A great blazer is key in colder months. It’s the one thing that will really pull your whole look together if you get it right.’

Here’s a few pieces to fall in love with below…

Elegant wedding guest dresses

Rixo is very much the fashion darling of the moment and their stunning midii dresses are a sure-fire winner. Beloved by the style set and our own fashion editor Penny Goldstone, the dress below makes the most of two popular prints this season: polka-dots and dark florals.

Rixo Camelia Multi Chalk Tulip Dress

winter wedding guest dresses

Priced at £305, available at Rixo

Buy now

Maxi wedding guest dresses

A floor-sweeping maxi always makes a statement and we’re particularly feeling this wrapped Topshop piece. While the shirt collar gives it a more relaxed vibe, the length on this beauty takes it into fancier territory. Perfect for a more understated wedding, it’d look absolutely killer with a pair of faux croc heeled boots and a crimson lip.

Topshop Stripe Maxi Shirt Dress

winter wedding guest dresses

Priced at £49, available at Topshop

Buy now

Petite wedding guest dresses

If you’re looking for a piece that you’re likely to wear again, this affordable pastel Zara jumpsuit dress is one of our favourites. We’re particular to a menswear-inspired outfit and this bubblegum outfit is hitting all the right notes, especially with the contrasting buttons.

Zara Blazer-Style Jumpsuit Dress

winter wedding guest dresses

Priced at £29.99, available at Zara

Buy now

Midi wedding guest dresses

We can’t get enough of yellow this season and this gorgeous piece by Svitlaya is only feeding our obsession. Perfect for that awkward period between autumn and blistering cold winter, this bright dress will bring the sunshine to every happy occasion.

Svitlaya Rose Midi Dress

winter wedding guest dresses

Priced at £1251, available at Svitlaya

Buy now

 

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The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now

The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now


The high street has some exquisite style finds to offer any blushing bride.

high street wedding dresses

High street wedding dresses just keep getting better and better. Stylish brides on a budget now have their pick of an ever-expanding selection of high street wedding dresses – and we’ve got them all here for you to admire.

From floor-length gowns to sleek lace minis and everything in between including some rather gorgeous beaded boho dresses – there’s something for every style.

And for the spring/summer wedding season, there has never been a better selection. With Ted Baker, Whistles, French Connection, ASOS, and Self-Portrait now offering bridal collections, the price-conscious brides-to-be have never had it better. And quite frankly, when you se this amazing array of dresses you’ll wonder why anyone would ever go over a £1,000 budget.

Traditional high street wedding dresses

For the traditional brides, there’s gorgeous fishtails and caped sleeves gowns from the likes of Phase Eight and Monsoon. While for the vintage lovers and soon-to-be boho brides, Monsoon and ASOS have all your embellished and floaty lace dreams covered.

Alternative high street wedding dresses

And for something altogether more contemporary then some of our favourite high street stores, French Connection and Whistles, have launched lust-worthy collections to make you stand out on the aisle. Think off-the-shoulder lace, asymmetric necklines, on-trend midi dresses and minimalist silk slips, which are exactly what the modern stylish bride needs for the new season.

High street wedding dresses for every shape

As well as all of these, we’ve found dresses to suit all shapes and heights – from Twenties bias-cut to full-skirted prim variations. Not keen on your arms? There are some great long-sleeved wedding gowns that will solve your bridal dilemmas. Want your waist to stand out? Try a cinched style with an embellished belt. Petite figures will suit all the lovely ruffle dresses that are so in at the moment too.

So with that in mind, it’s time to pick your dream dress from the best high street wedding dresses available now…

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What does a fashion designer wear to get married?

What does a fashion designer wear to get married?


Hint: you don’t design it yourself. (Because who needs that kind of pressure?) Step inside the stylish nuptials of hot London fashion designer Alice Archer and steal a few tips for yourself…

wedding style Alice Archer

wedding style Alice Archer

When it comes to wedding style and you’re a young designer building a reputation for designing pieces that make perfect wedding dresses you’d have thought wearing your own design would be a no-brainer for your trip up the aisle.

London-based Alice Archer is an embroidery specialist, who worked for designer Dries van Noten in Antwerp. She also – fabulously – worked for artist Tracy Emin, producing the embroidery for Emin’s artworks. Archer graduated from RCA in 2013, having studied fine art at Goldsmiths and Central St Martin’s. She began designing her collection in 2014, and now has fans including Pippa Middleton, Camilla Rutherford, P Diddy, Ellie Goulding, Susie Bubble and Pandora Sykes. Her labour-intensive designs are exquisitely made in Como, Italy, and are a combination of print and specialist embroidery techniques.

Wedding style Alice Archer

Alice Archer AW18 photo by James Mason/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Her wedding style perfect pieces are often chosen by other brides: “Some of my clients have bought my pieces to get married in but they weren’t conventional ‘wedding dresses’, she tells us. “Even before starting my own label, I embroidered dresses for two of my best friends’ weddings.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

Alice Archer AW18, photo by James Mason/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Now Archer is building on her rep, with the launch of a dedicated bridal collection (hitting Browns Bride in October): “It will be a small collection of embroidered pieces, including dresses and a trouser suit. Each piece is embroidered with flowers that symbolise love, loyalty and hope,” she says.

But for her wedding to Henry, a UX (user experience) designer, she went for something completely different. Here are all the stunning steal-them-now details from her bridal look…

wedding style Alice Archer

The location: St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London – with a reception in the Crypt afterwards.

Wedding dresses Alice Archer

The proposal: “One evening last August, Henry texted me to ask me to come home early from the studio. When I arrived back at our flat there were candles everywhere and he had cooked a delicious three course meal, including an incredible chocolate cake. I am a chocoholic so this was perfect!”

The dress:  “Our wedding was quite soon after finishing a collection, so I didn’t have much time. I went to Browns Bride to look at potential dresses and completely fell in love with a Viktor & Rolf dress, and then I couldn’t get it out of my head and couldn’t imagine anything else…”

Wedding style Alice Archer

The look:  Duchesse satin on top, with a tulle skirt featuring 3D organza flowers on the skirt, from the Viktor & Rolf bridal collection. “The top was almost like a sporty polo shirt – very structured, while the skirt was romantic and ethereal. I chose it because it made me feel strong and it was unusual – romantic, innocent and modern,” says Alice.

Wedding style Alice Archer

The shoes: Gucci blue satin round-toed mules with crystal bows for the ceremony, and flat white jewelled Manolo Blahniks for the reception. “I’ve always loved shoes, and your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy a fantasy pair! I’m always browsing online. When I saw these Gucci mules, I thought they were fun, bold and beautiful. But I couldn’t resist the chance to wear another pair, too – Manolo makes surprisingly comfortable, elegant pumps.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

The rings: “Henry went to Hatton Garden before cooking the engagement dinner and chose my engagement ring instinctively. It has a deep blue sapphire in the centre and diamonds on either side. He loves sapphires, his mum has one in her engagement ring and they represent September, his birth month.” The couple bought their wedding bands from a hand-crafted jewellery shop called Ruberg in Islington’s Camden Passage.

Wedding style Alice Archer

Hair and makeup: “My hair stylist Carolina Crona did a beautiful chignon, which we practiced about a month before the wedding. Ariel Yeh, who does the make up for my Fashion Week presentations, did my makeup. She’s amazing at glowing skin and ‘natural’ beauty looks.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

Wedding vibe summed up in a sentence: “An explosion of happiness and love!”

Wedding style

Congrats, Alice and Henry….now we’ve got some wedding style inspiration, can we borrow those Gucci mules please?

 

 

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The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now

The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now


The high street has some exquisite style finds to offer any blushing bride.

high street wedding dresses

High street wedding dresses just keep getting better and better. Stylish brides on a budget now have their pick of an ever-expanding selection of high street wedding dresses – and we’ve got them all here for you to admire.

From floor-length gowns to sleek lace minis and everything in between including some rather gorgeous beaded boho dresses – there’s something for every style.

And for the autumn/winter 2017 wedding season, there has never been a better selection. With Ted Baker, Whistles, French Connection, ASOS, and Self-Portrait now offering bridal collections, the price-conscious brides-to-be have never had it better. And quite frankly, when you se this amazing array of dresses you’ll wonder why anyone would ever go over a £1,000 budget.

Traditional high street wedding dresses

For the traditional brides, there’s gorgeous fishtails and caped sleeves gowns from the likes of Phase Eight and Monsoon. While for the vintage lovers and soon-to-be boho brides, Monsoon and ASOS have all your embellished and floaty lace dreams covered.

Alternative high street wedding dresses

And for something altogether more contemporary then some of our favourite high street stores, French Connection and Whistles, have launched lust-worthy collections to make you stand out on the aisle. Think off-the-shoulder lace, asymmetric necklines, on-trend midi dresses and minimalist silk slips, which are exactly what the modern stylish bride needs for the new season.

High street wedding dresses for every shape

As well as all of these, we’ve found dresses to suit all shapes and heights – from Twenties bias-cut to full-skirted prim variations. Not keen on your arms? There are some great long-sleeved wedding gowns that will solve your bridal dilemmas. Want your waist to stand out? Try a cinched style with an embellished belt. Petite figures will suit all the lovely ruffle dresses that are so in at the moment too.

So with that in mind, it’s time to pick your dream dress from the best high street wedding dresses available now…

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