Wedding Outfit Dilemma in Wales

Hi Chantelle,

I have been invited to my very best friend’s civil partnership ceremony in October … I know, I know it’s only January but already I am panicking!

I am roughly five foot seven, long brown hair, size ten on the top and a small twelve on the bottom … the bridesmaids are wearing off white trouser suits and burgundy tops underneath so I think a trouser suit is out but I don’t want to be a screaming girly girl in a prom dress either!

The wedding is in a castle so lots of outdoor windy photos so I don’t want to be wearing anything that will blow open/up/off/down! I am getting myself totally confused and would love some help!

I think my budget can stretch to around £150-£200 at a push and as I am in West Wales it needs to be all internet available!

Please, can you help me?
Mel x

Hey Mel,

I hope you don’t mind but Chantelle passed your wedding fashion dilemma on to me.
It’s good to be prepared and at least you won`t be panicking the week before! I think a nice tailored look will suit you, which will not be overtly girly and will complement nicely with your frame. You mentioned having brown hair so mixing the colours that suit you and the theme of the wedding is a good place to start. I hope the following information helps.

Cassandra x

Here’s what to do:

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Eggshell Double Breasted Jacket – Oli – £29.99

Style Tip: This double breasted jacket is from Oli.co.uk. The colour is easy to wear and very neutral – it`s a great light jacket for Spring so you will be able to wear it even after the wedding. It follows the traditional theme required for wedding attire and it also has a more relaxed feel. It`s double breasted, so less girly and has slight puff sleeve detail so will balance out your narrower shoulders with your hips, making you look more proportionately balanced.

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Red Twill Moleskin Jacket – Debenhams – £60.00

Style Tip: This double-breasted jacket adds a nice splash of colour to any outfit and will be complimentary with red shoes, black opaque tights (which can be patterned) and red or black accessories. It has a nice high neck, which can be used as a good wind blocker. You can wear this jacket open when you`re indoors to keep the colour theme going throughout your outfit.

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Tailored dress with skinny belt – Oli – £35.00

Style Tip: This dress is formal but can be worn for special occasions if complimented with the correct accessories. Its also very smart so could double up as a useful outfit for work and wearing to a meeting. Teaming a red jacket, shoes and silver jewellery with this outfit will offset a dress like this nicely.

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Tailored Seam Detailed Dress – Linea at House of Fraser – £24.75 (was £99.00)

Style Tip: This is another alternative to the tailored dress from Oli, though it can be accessorised to make it your own as it doesn`t come with a belt. The dress has a v-neck and cap sleeves so the tailored details are even more pronounced – making you look like a perfect hour glass body shape.

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Patent Elastic Red Belt – Miss Selfridge – £15.00

Style Tip: Coordinates fantastically with the black dress from House of Fraser and will come in useful to revamp a new Spring blouse or floral dress.

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Red Brogue Blood Red Mid Heeled Shoes – Office – £35.00 (was £54.99)

Style Tip: As you have already a wonderful height these shoes are not too high or low and won`t be left at the back of your wardrobe as they can continue to be worn with your more casual attire. They have a t-bar, which will elongate your foot but be careful not to shorten your legs with such a high strap. Shoes also available in a zebra skin pattern and black.

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Wedge Dolly Mary-Jane Beige Leather – Office – £30.00 (was £44.99)

Style Tip: These low wedges with strap detail will complement the eggshell double breasted jacket alongside gold accessories. Natural coloured tights would look great with this look rather than opaque as they are more flattering. This shoe is both stylish and comfortable for the winter months.

For your information:
Oli`s delivery charge is £3.95
Office`s delivery charge is £3.50
House of Fraser`s delivery charge is £4.00
Debenhams delivery charge is £3.95 for purchases under £150.00

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