It's coming up to that time of year when John Lewis Personal Stylists are dressing everyone for a wedding. As the invitations come in, so the diversity of the wedding celebrations widen, from a beach wedding in Skiathos to a ceremony in a tepee in Norfolk.
But regardless of the venue, a wedding can spin everyone out. We’re also finding that most of our clients do want to wear the outfit again, and that they have a budget. This is where your local John Lewis Stylist can assist. She will look at your body shape and colouring, taking everything into account – including whether you will sink into the grass or melt Mamma Mia-style in the Mediterranean.
Dresses are always our first choice when planning our wedding outfits, and there are lots to choose from in-store and online this spring/summer. If you prefer to keep your arms covered up, we have little jackets or knitted shrugs to ward off the chill and the exposure angst.
The mother of the bride or groom will look stunning in this palest of blue two-pieces, an elegant occasion dress from Adrianna Papell with a v-neck, pleated bust detail and a lace overlay. This charming dress offers a bolero jacket, and has a midi length and scalloped hem.
Team with these impeccably styled nude patent leather court shoes from COLLECTION by John Lewis to add the finishing touch to a formal outfit. The elegant almond toe is paired with a stable and reliable 8cm cone heel - perfect for being on your feet all day.
To finish the outfit, a delightful fascinator featuring a delicate lace disc in nude is complemented by feathers that are sure to flatter.
A wedding is also a great time to experiment with some colour, even if you’re an LBD or muted colour devotee. There are also lots of romantic styles around right now, featuring peplums, pleats, ribbon belts and sheer layers, ideal for upcoming nuptials. Another beautiful dress with sleeves is this gorgeous and glamorous Alexon lace top dress, which also works the enduring lace trend with its beautiful overlay. Crafted from an easy-to-wear jersey fabric, it’s cinched in at the waist, creating a stunning draped effect in the skirt. Finish with a graceful pillbox hat, adorned with crinkled binding and ornamental feathers.
These elegant ivory satin shoes from Rainbow Club feature a glamorous diamanté-encrusted bow at the chic pointed toe. Rainbow shoes can also be dyed to match any outfit, and there’s a selection of handbags too, so you can achieve a perfect match.
A mother of the groom was one of my recent clients and she insisted on a dress that could be worn many occasions after the wedding – dressed up or down. We opted for a contemporary printed dress from Jaeger with a modern brushstroke print inspired by traditional English herringbone tweeds. The hanger didn’t do its shape justice, but this laid-back linen mix fabric created the perfect waist and fit (on a fairly boyish figure), and it’s perfect for work or weekend wear. To give it a lift, we teamed it with a stunning, bright coral pink edge to edge jacket with ¾ sleeves. I like a wedge with this outfit in a classy black patent – alleviating any worries of gravel drives or parquet flooring - and will happily dress up a pair of jeans after the event. Known for their comfort and classis designs, L K Bennett’s Zahara fits the bill.
And for a handbag, large enough to hold the Order of Service, tissues and waterproof mascara, I absolutely love Aspinal’s gorgeous Manhattan clutch handbag, one of their best sellers. Hand made in stunning Italian calf leather, each bag is lined in shimmering contrast grosgrain and comes with a gorgeous bijou hand mirror, a separate pocket for tickets and invitations and a detachable heavy gold gilt chain.
For younger guests, there are floaty sleeveless looks, asymmetric numbers, and bold ‘never to be forgotten’ colours from Oasis, Mango, Coast and Ted Baker. For the budget conscious, there’s this: the stunning Oasis lace skater dress in mid red, again teamed with nude stilettos; or the flamboyant head-turning Carvela Garland studded stiletto platforms - indulge your inner Imelda!
So browse online, or book your free appointment with your local John Lewis Stylist to help you find your dream outfit.
And finally - don't forget to book a free appointment at one of our beauty counters afterwards to get a free makeover to co-ordinate your make-up with you new look!