“But… I have NOTHING to wear!”
For those who managed to score an invite to the Royal Wedding of the Century, take a deep breath and don’t panic. First of all, congrats for getting yourself invited, secondly, clear your schedule to go dress hunting/making/borrowing as you will need to look the part of a royal wedding guest.
Granted that it will be a holy ceremony, guests should respect the dress codes set forth by the royal family and Westminster Abbey: Uniform, Morning Coat or Lounge Suit. Frankly, I’m not even sure what those dress codes mean. So if you’re clueless as to what to wear and how to present yourself, just remember 2 things: dress understated and appropriate, and never upstage the bride. After all, the day is all about the bride and groom, and everyone else shouldn’t be stealing their thunder, unless you’re the Queen.
The best place to start is to look at today’s trends and the weather forecast for Friday. Anything sweet and pleasant will go well with a British wedding ceremony. You can definitely never ever go wrong with a Chanel inspired tweed jacket and matching skirt or dress. Just like the Spring 2011 runways, Chanel was brimming with pastel tweed suits with statement necklaces and stylise shoes.
It’s a shame that classy women in power the likes of Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Carla Bruni were not invited, otherwise they would have rocked the frocks from Nina Ricci’s spring wear. I can imagine Mrs. O wearing the coral red dress with its matching gloves.
Seeing that Victoria Beckham is invited to the wedding, one can pay her a compliment by showing up in latest creations designed by her. These minimalist and simple dresses would suit any royal wedding when accessorise with a box clutch and high heeled pumps.
For the fashionistas among the crowd, put on the fuchsia lipstick and Jackie’ O shades with some pop bright maxi skirts and a plain white top ala Jil Sander.
Punk rock chic girls, refusing to conform, can still play the part at the wedding by infusing their style with classic looks, like tweed suits by Mulberry with matching bags and shoes, and sweet outfits with a twist.
Sources say that the friends of the bride and groom make a saucy looking entourage, so let’s liven the wedding a little. Inspired by Princess Anne, Christopher Kane’s neon lacy outfits will set the girls apart from the crowd so everyone will know who’s rolling with the royals.
Another favourite British label of mine, Erdem is lacy and flowery this spring season. Gorgeous!
If you’re a energiser bunny, channel the sporty chic in you with Proenza Schouler’s urban warrior collection this spring.
Just there to cheer for the couple and not wanting to draw attention to yourself? Then go with Jonathan Saunder’s preppy dresses that are cute and bashful.
I’ll be really gutted if not one of the 1,900 guests show up in a Mary Katrantzou’s ingenious dress. Someone should just create a spectacle in this for the upcoming British designer.
Bonus! If you simply must maximise your 15 minutes of fame and steal the limelight from the princess bride herself, go bold and go loud with Alexander McQueen.
Long live McQueen! ♣
All photos are source via the said websites. Main page “Emperor’s New Clothes” photo by Ann Mc Kenna via theenchantedcanvas,blogspot.com. I do not own any of the pictures.