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Tuesday 21 April 2015

The Selfridges Wedding Guide

The Selfridges Guide to the

WEDDING SEASON

Want to be the best-dressed guest this wedding season? Ignore all of those run-of-the-mill guides and consult our version - packed with tips for every wedding eventuality. From the panic-inducing ex boyfriend's bash to the beach do, we can show you the way…

Want to be the best-dressed guest this wedding season? Packed with tips for every wedding eventuality, let our guide show you the way…

1. THE LUXURY WEDDING

Emilia Wickstead Madge Satin coat, Emilia Wickstead Francis satin maxi skirt, Victoria Beckham pleated shirt

What?
The no-expense-spared kind, where your faithful (yet a little love-worn) LBD just won't cut it.

Where?
The 5 star hotel; the stately country home; or even the private island.

How to rock it
It's simple: the grander the affair, the grander the elegance levels required. This is where investment in an outfit will make the most impact. Think demure with a twist - this is a great time to experiment with length, the full kind being quite the chic take du jour.

Where to find it
Emilia Wickstead is the ultimate go-to brand - plush fabrics, exquisite colours and a nice fashion twist to boot. Antonio Berardi and Giambattista Valli are also a good bet.

2. The English Country Wedding

Simone Rocha floral motif shirt, Simone Rocha floral embroidered tulle skirt, Simone Rocha tulle trench coat, Simone Rocha exclusive gold metallic bag

What?
The classic - traditional and invariably church-based.

Where?
Any country idyll where there's more than 50% chance of rain and no umbrella/shelter/mini bus in sight.

How to rock it
One word: colour. This is not a wedding for monochrome; this is the wedding for winsome summery hues that complement the countryside as much as they do your plus one. Floral print? Love it. Spring coat or pastel coat dress? Spot on. Shoes likely to sink into the grass? It wouldn't be a classic English wedding without them.

Where to find it
Think outside the box: the London designers such as Simone Rocha, Peter Pilotto and Roksanda Ilincic will all have wonderful takes on classic themes such as print.

3. The 12th Wedding of the Season

Rag & Bone dress, Miu Miu tortoiseshell sunglasses, Stella McCartney Plymouth sandals, Saint Laurent Jane heeled sandals, Maison Michel Capeline trilby hat, Emilia Wickstead Irune textured coat

What?
Every weekend is a wedding weekend and your wardrobe just can't cope. You need options. Fast.

Where?
You can't even remember, there have been that many.

How to rock it
Fashionable recycling. If the Duchess of Cambridge can get away with it - nay, be applauded for it - so can you. Here's how: take one neutral-ish dress and accessorise. This pale pink maxi feels very different with a long coat, as it does worn with delicate flats. Trust us: no-one will ever know…

Where to find it
Pale pinks, beiges and putty colours are always popular come spring and make a great base for versatility - Valentino, Victoria Beckham and MaxMara all have a proliferation of pretty pinks.

4. The EXOTIC beach wedding

Pleats Please by Issey Miyake maxi dress, Marni fabric choker

What?
The beach wedding, where normal nuptial rules no longer apply.

Where?
Invariably somewhere warm and balmy, thankfully.

How to rock it
With a semblance of a golden tan and a bunch of handpicked tropical flowers, you're halfway there already. Beach weddings simply call for floaty fabrics and vibrant colours. And the best thing? You don't even need shoes: embrace the boho and go barefoot.

Where to find it
Printed kaftans by Emilio Pucci, Camilla and Roberto Cavalli are a good start and accessorising with wood-based jewellery from Marni helps elevate the look beyond the beach bar.

5. The ex boyfriend's wedding

Victoria Beckham stretch knit dress, Mary Katrantzou Envelope clutch

What?
The one you dread where only one rule applies: you need to look GOOD.

Where?
Fingers crossed nowhere as fabulous as your own (real or fantasy) venue.

How to rock it
The challenge is finding the right blend of look-at-what-you-could-have-had and I'm-mature-enough-to-have-moved-on; in other words somewhere between grown-up chic and sexy. By keeping silhouettes simple - a shift, for instance - but going for a bold colour, says subtle but strong (ie I care. But not that much).

Where to find it
Victoria Beckham and Roland Mouret are the immediate go-tos - their exemplary nipping and shaping means your figure will be shown off to the very best of its ability, while still keeping all the sexy bits in tow. A no-brainer.

6. The same sex couple wedding

Missoni knitted metallic jacket, Missoni high-rise trousers

What?
The most modern wedding of the season.

Where?
With no church venue to contend with, the experimental fashion stakes can be raised.

How to rock it
If dresses make up the mainstay of most wedding outfits, why not try something different for the modern same sex wedding? A trouser suit or jumpsuit can be a refreshing alternative - and this type of wedding is all about a refreshing take on the things.

Where to find it
Sandro's Paris collection is designed with bridesmaids in mind but its black and white tuxedos, with their cool androgynous mood, fit the brief perfectly.

7. The bohemian wedding

Dries Van Noten Calybe silk chiffon shirt, Dries Van Noten Tapestry wrap silk blend skirt

What?
The alternative wedding of your most wonderfully crazy friend.

Where?
Far from traditional, this could be anywhere from the tepee to the forest.

How to rock it
This may be one of the few weddings of the season where the bride doesn't wear white, so don't be afraid to wear the colour forbidden on almost all other wedding occasions. You can be more relaxed about your outfit, too, and thus show more skin, which is why floaty, hippy, chiffon vibes often work well.

Where to find it
Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant Etoile have dominion over haute hippie style - think fringing, embroidery and peasant-print blouses. Accessorise with this season's must-have round sunglasses.