Mama Style | Summer Wedding Guest Outfit

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Weddings make even my cynical heart beat a little faster, because they truly are a celebration of love.

My usual style is far from romantic and frilly, but if you can't switch up your look for a wedding when can you? I took ‘love’ as my theme when I was finding the ideal wedding guest outfit to wear to the celebration of our family friends Kate and Jon.

'Cadia' blush silk cold shoulder dress | All Saints
‘Eloise’ silk tasseled clutch bag | Stella & Dot
'Love' script necklace | Stella & Dot
Nude leather bracelet | Paul Smith
'Rebel Stone' bracelet | Stella & Dot
Quilted leather jacket | Zara
Black suede perspex block heels | Autograph @ M&S

Isn't the blush silk of this dress just so super pretty? It feels like quite a romantic look but the cut-out shoulder details keep it fresh and modern.

This dress continues my general obsession with silk garments. They're so light and breezy to wear and they skim the body wonderfully without being too clingy. The wrap style is so easy to wear and drapes fluidly. All Saints design is so technical and precise, very focused on cut and draping.

To spike the pretty pink a little, I decided to go with black shoes and a leather jacket to anchor the look. I have shown these heels before on the blog, and I absolutely love them, mainly because they are actually super comfortable, easy to dance the night away in, and I'm obsessed with perspex details on accessories. I love them so much that I even own them in red as well!

Weddings can involve a lot of standing, and due to their locations stilettos often don't work (picturesque setting usually equals cobbles, sand, sweeping gravel drives or other unstable surfaces) so block or wedge heels are usually a better choice.

How stunning is this tasselled clutch bag? The black and pink shades matched in well and it added a bit of bite to the pale shade of the dress. It's a really nice accessory for an event like this - and tassels are another of my style obsessions right now.

Delicate dresses call for delicate accessories. As the dress has a low crossover neckline, I went for a short gold script necklace spelling ‘Love’, and then added a stack of bracelets, including one of my all time favourites and most worn with an obelisk-shaped piece of marbled calcite, and a leather cuff I got in the Paul Smith warehouse sale last year.

I adore jewellery which uses rough hewn natural crystals - there is nothing so beautiful as nature, after all.

For the evening, when it was getting colder, I chose to offset the floatiness of the dress by popping a quilted black leather jacket on top. I love the contrast of the tougher fabric with the delicate aspect of the dress.

It's very rare for Mr A-F and I to have an evening away from the kids, so we tried to make the most of it.

The location was a gorgeous secret garden with lanterns, fairy lights and white dreamcatchers hanging from the tree, across the valley from the stunning Belvoir Castle, which we could see framed through the trees.

It also managed to be the sole beautifully sunny day in a recent run of torrential rain, so a perfect evening to kick back with some fizz and soak up the evening rays.

Are you off to any summer weddings this year? What are you planning to wear?

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