Selfridges Loves: a self-indulgent wedding season
A SELF-INDULGENT WEDDING SEASON
Welcome to our round-up of tried-and-tested tips for ensuring that any upcoming nuptials work for you, your wardrobe and your very own wish list. From what to wear to a wedding if you're a fashion-savvy mother of the bride to tailoring for suit-shy guys – it's time to make wedding season YOUR season.
Welcome to our round-up of tried-and-tested tips for ensuring that any upcoming nuptials work for you, your wardrobe and your very own wish list
Upstage the bride? Don't mind if we do
We accept that white is still a no-go, but who says we can't make our mark in a scene-stealing outfit? Avoid the dreaded 'when are you getting hitched?' question by diverting their attention to the shimmering oversized sequins of your perfectly cut Givenchy gown (yes, that's right: gown, not dress – this isn't a time for subtleties). Fun yet refined and wonderfully stand-out, we say, let go and enjoy the attention.
Be the Best Man (even if you're not)
No speech to worry about. No groom to calm the nerves of. The only thing you have to concern yourself with is your outfit – so make it a sure-fire hit. The peacock hue of this Paul Smith two-piece makes it perfect for standing out in a sea of suits, while Maison Margiela's fox-print shirt is a great wedding-breakfast talking point. If they gave an award for the best-dressed man (and they really should), you would definitely win.
A wedding gift (to yourself)
This wedding season, make a style investment you won't regret. Forget dresses you'll wear once and then banish to the back of your wardrobe; instead, go for wearable separates that will become your new fashion favourites. Phoebe English is our choice for such investment pieces – this wrap jacket will look just as great with some skinny jeans as it will in the ubiquitous wedding pics. If they've splurged thousands on their special day, surely it's only polite to indulge yourself too. It's their wedding, so you had to…right?
For many guys, a formal suit is something we only pull out of the wardrobe on a handful of occasions: job interviews, weddings, Clark Kent fancy dress...But that's no excuse not to invest. Instead, opt for more relaxed, lighter tailoring. It's perfect for the summer months, looks effortlessly cool and (here's the clever bit) can be mixed and matched with more casual items for your everyday. This Vivienne Westwood suit is the perfect example – simply swap out that perfectly pleated white shirt for a relaxed grey T-shirt or pair the pants with a plain short-sleeved shirt on the weekend.
Maid to treasure
Why is it so difficult to find a bridesmaid dress you'll actually want to wear? We say, get in there quick and suggest a colour that gets the bridal party on-point in the fashion stakes (lustrous sunflower yellow, yes please). Then it's just a case of letting everyone do their own twist on the look. The whole bridal party will thank you for it (hello wedding hero status!) and your metallic Roksanda midi will remain a trusty style ally way beyond that brief walk down the aisle.
The mother of all outfits
Mother of the bride, we say: it's time to show them how it's done. This is no time for stuffy and sensible; it's a chance to let your creativity run free. So ditch the clichéd Mother of the Bride uniform (shift dress and prim bolero jacket) and, instead, opt for something that's altogether fresher and more fashion-forward - think a bold dose of monochrome print or metallic trims on luxurious silk separates. You've coped with the early years of sleepless nights and those teenage strops, so why shouldn't you be the one to take the style crown on their special day?
Make a holiday of it
What better excuse to slip in an extra vacation on your calendar than an exotic wedding? Heck, it could be within the UK and we'd still be booking a night out at a spa, complete with massages and a four-course meal (after all, wedding season is tiring, right?). Indulge in a wedding season and holiday wardrobe in one with our top picks for sun-loving style. Just be sure to take a few photos of the happy couple in between your smug-as-you-like beachside snaps...
Let them entertain you
They're married, which means their 'grown-up' status has just gone up 10 notches. Cash in on their new-found domesticity by selecting a gift that encourages invitations to their amazing dinner parties. Think Tom Dixon's beautiful copper cocktail shaker (we'll take our martini dry) with LSA's cocktail glass set. They'll love you for the generous gift and you'll love being their in-house cocktail tester.
I do...want some new jewelry
Why should they be the only one to get a new ring? Weddings are the perfect opportunity to amp up your aforementioned scene-stealing look with some beautiful jewelry. Astrid & Miyu's minimalist yet characterful pieces are perfect: slender, shimmering and eye-catchingly angular. To paraphrase Beyoncé: we liked our look so much, we put a ring on it.
Make it your photo shoot
How to make sure the wedding photographer's lens is loving you? Our beauty insider, Rose Gallagher, is here to help. "The key to looking great in photos is wearing the right foundation. For me, the best photo-finish comes from Illamasqua Skin Base, available in 28 shades. This foundation was developed to look great in all kinds of contexts: a catwalk, on TV, in person, you name it. It offers full and flawless coverage and leaves a soft, dewy finish. No touch-ups required."