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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding in 2019

Traditionally speaking, there have always been ‘rules’ about what you can and can’t wear to a wedding. However, as things move on, people are becoming more and more relaxed about wedding guest attire and it sometimes feels as though the rules have changed completely. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at five rules which have changed over the years to help you plan your summer wedding outfit for 2019.

White is Okay…SOMETIMES!

In the last few years, I’ve noticed a massive change in attitude towards wedding guests wearing white. In the past, it would have been a MASSIVE no-no to turn up to a wedding dressed in white, but it’s becoming far more common. My one piece of advice if you’ve found a white dress you like is to run it past the bride first, to see if she minds and brace yourself for a no with a back-up plan outfit. Radley have handbags in a whole range of colours which would be an amazing accompaniment for any wedding outfit.

Men Don’t Always Need a Full Suit

If you’re going to only the evening portion of a summer wedding, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear a shirt and trousers but no jacket, and many male summer wedding guests will even forego the tie, in favour of an open neck. If you’re unsure, check the dress code with the bride and groom.

Think About Your Feet

If you’re a guest for the whole day, you’re going to be spending a LOT of time on your feet, so thinking about your shoes is essential. If you’re the sort of person who can wear skyscraper heels all day long, you’re good to go, however if you’re not massively comfortable in heels, look at different options such as wedges or kitten heels. Even flats are pretty acceptable these days!

Black is Back

As with white being a bit of a no-no, black was also considered taboo to wear to weddings, perhaps because of the funereal connection. However, these days, people wear black to weddings quite often. It’s still best not to wear ONLY black, but breaking it up with coloured pattern makes it perfectly suitable.

Not Too Much Flesh

One rule which hasn’t changed too much is that wedding outfits should be a little bit demure. Dresses which are very low cut or very short will probably make you stand out like a sore thumb – think about showing either legs OR cleavage, but definitely not both!

Have you got any great tips for choosing a wedding outfit? Please leave me a comment below.

Dressing for Success: What Are 5 Essential Components of a Women’s Business Outfit?

I know; morphing from a beauty diva whose closet has dozens and dozens of casual attire to a smart and decent business lady isn’t easy. You possibly can’t even fathom the prospect of looking stylish on an official outfit, different from your usual casual, attire!

Looking chic on a business outfit

You only have to discern which clothes match with which other one and the mojo to navigate vaguer social rules and dress to kill. And you don’t even have to do a complete overhaul of your current collection or even spend a fortune, shopping for an entirely new set.

Just a little new set of selected types of official women’s attire and you are fully ready to start “slaying” again on your new outfit. There are over five main components that make up an ideal women’s business attire.

1. Start with a well-knitted blazer

Out of all women’s official wear, you will need, a blazer shouldn’t miss. And whether you are new to the world of office wear or not, spotting a nice, cute and quality blazer isn’t hard. Go for something that’s nicely cut and knitted to perfection, slim and fitting, especially on your arms.
The good thing with a blazer – bold colours are cool, is that it goes with pretty much any other attire. It goes well with your dress, that skirt or even that only black pant you love wearing to official gatherings.

2. Accessorize well

Nothing completes a killer look of a smart, focused professional businesswoman more than a nice watch, a beautiful necklace, and a matching earring. Coordinating jewelry with your office attire isn’t hard, provided you learn more about which fashionable brands are good for you. The same is true for a watch.

But for someone who probably has never shopped for a timepiece before, I’d suggest that you don’t splurge on one of those super-expensive brands. Just go for something that will look nice on your wrist and still match with a majority of what’s in your wardrobe.

3. A Beautiful To-The-Knee Dress

Once in a while, you will need to remind everyone that the chic, fashionista in you isn’t dead yet. While doing this, however, choose a well-cut dress that’s thick and flattering, but comfortable when put on.

Naturally, dresses are fantastic for business meetings for they ooze elegance and sheer sophistication. But it’s also an instant choice that doesn’t disappoint during one of those days when you can’t decide what to wear. Just make sure you go for solid coloured dresses – sleeveless or not.

4. IMPORTANT: roomy, high-quality handbag

Don’t forget to tag along with a cute handbag. Work bags that are a little bit of everything; professional, but not too roomy, and not too bulky, will accentuate the calm and organized business woman in you. Ideally, your handbag should be able to comfortably carry all your essentials and still feel comfortable to walk with.

5. Cute, comfortable heels

I’ll not talk about flats and ankle strap (or sneakers) official shoes for women because they are part of everyone’s staples. When it comes to heels, however, it’s okay to have at least a pair – just in case. Pointy or not; super-high or not, your choice should, however, feel comfortable to put on and trendy with your overall office wear.

Going through this list, you should feel confident investing in them, especially if you are considering buying a couple for a start. Other outfits to consider are a beautiful, bold-coloured blouse and a beautiful pencil skirt. The best thing is to have a perfect blend of them so that, choosing what to pair with which another one becomes a breeze!

What I’m Wearing to BritMums Live!

It’s just a few days until BritMums Live and while I’m only attending on the Saturday, I’m RIDONKULOUSLY excited about the conference. I get to meet some seriously epic bloggers and hopefully learn a lot too (oh, and there’s the brand schmoozing bit too, which I love!). So, in the spirit of, well, getting in the spirit, I thought I’d show you what I’ll be wearing!

I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of bits by Fat Face,which will be making up the main part of my outfit:

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My dress arrived today and I am SO impressed with it. I’m a size 18 and often struggle to find clothes to fit, especially around the bust, but this dress has an elasticated panel in the back and accomodated my bosom perfectly! The material is lovely quality, the skirt part of the dress is fully lined, and it’s a really flattering shape. I wore the flip flops to pick Sausage up from school as I wanted to check that they weren’t going to cause blisters on Saturday and I have to say, they were super comfortable. The leather straps are soft and supple and the footbed is actually padded, making you feel like you’re walking on cushions!

I’m going to add a couple of things to the outfit to, in the words of our beloved Carrie Bradshaw, “merchandise it up” a bit. I’ve picked out some jewellery that I like from a different shop:

 

 

I’m also on the lookout for a cardigan and the lovely Anya at Older Single Mum, who is a genius at colour matching, has told me that I’m a Summer and should be wearing dusky colours, so I think I’ll be on the lookout for something pale grey or pink.

I’ll definitely be rocking my Cath Kidston messenger bag, it goes everywhere with me and it big enough to carry my whole life in it!

So, what will you be wearing? If you spot me, looking lost, come and say ‘Hi’ – I’m very friendly!

What I’m Wearing to Cybher

Sian To, the lovely organiser of Cybher and blogger at Mummy-Tips has urged us all to share our outfits for Cybher with this link-up, so I tried to be all clever and use Polyvore or ShopStyle to create a look, but both websites appear to hate me, so I’m doing a simple collage instead. The look I’m going for is comfy and casual, with a few splashes of colour.

White Neppy Vest – Next It’s a damn sight more see through than it looks on the site though, so I’ll need to wear something underneath it!

Beige Chinos – Next I wanted something comfy and casual without resorting to my usual uniform of jeans

Pink Cardigan – Next As close to Cybher pink as I could find, though a lot darker in real life than it looks on the site

Birkenstocks – Amazon These are from the Papillio range, which is the usual super-comfy Birkenstock footbed but with uppers made of on-trend prints. I’m a sucker for anything animal print and Husband got masses of Brownie points when he randomly ordered these for me a few weeks ago!

Lego Heart Necklace – Etsy Again, a gift from Husband, I tend to wear this all the time, it’s like my comfort blanket. I’ve had so many compliments on this necklace and it’s so geeky and adorable, I just love it.

So, that’s me. I’ll no doubt be sporting my Cath Kidston bag that I got for Chrimbo as I tend to use that every day too. So now, if you’re at Cybher and you don’t recognise my face, you might recognise me from my outfit so come and say ‘Hi’!