“I think a good wedding guest outfit conforms, to all intents and purposes, to your normal style, but elevated a notch. Such high-octane social occasions are not the best time to try out an entirely new persona. Accordingly, this summer, I will be wearing a better version of what I wear every day – black dress, heels and sunglasses – and then, once wedding season is over, each purchased item will seamlessly integrate with my wardrobe. As long as I keep thinking of the cost per wear, I can justify nearly anything.”
L-R: The Row Sante plunge-neck crepe gown, £2,880, at Matchesfashion.com; Manolo Blahnik Palisia heels, £650, Manoloblahnik.com; 13BC The first wave clutch, £2,995, at Net-A-Porter.com; Alaïa Oval sunglasses, £390, at Mytheresa.co
Ellie Pithers, Fashion Features Editor & Senior Associate Digital Editor
“Black for a wedding is now kosher (so long as it’s not worn to a Jewish wedding, where it is frowned upon). It makes a refreshing change from florals, and souped up with Bottega Veneta’s puffy leather clutch bag (big enough to fit a spare pair of flats, a wadge of tissues and a packet of Fruit Pastilles, which will provide you with ample ammunition for even the sulkiest of table mates) and some Maryam Nassir Zadeh sculptural earrings, it will make you feel elegant all weekend long.”
L-R: Khaite Joanne balloon-sleeve cotton dress, £1,428, at Matchesfashion.com; Maryam Nassir Zadeh, £493, at Net-A-Porter.com; Bottega Veneta The Pouch, £1,730, Bottegaveneta.com; Isabel Marant Aldey leather sandals, £510, at Net-A-Porter.com.
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