I think that we are well and truly into wedding season now, and I attended my first one of the year the weekend before last. We had a wonderful day spent in the heart of Yorkshire celebrating two of my best friends from university, tying the knot. It was a glorious weekend with lots of beautiful food and drink and we had some amazing weather along with it. 

As with every wedding, deciding what to wear played a key role and I had spent many an evening perusing the internet for the perfect wedding guest outfit. I wanted something that was dressy enough to wear to a wedding, but was also versatile enough so that I would be able to wear it again.

I opted for this floral, bardot, skater style dress in the end that was from New Look of all places. I bought it from their ‘Occasions Wear’ range, which was filled with some beautiful pieces. I absolutely love that high-street stores such as New Look and Topshop, are starting to bring out more high-end fashion items that can be worn to formal events. I had a number of weddings last year and I bought a skirt from Coast for £70, but this dress from New Look was only, £34.99, A fraction of the price yet I think that it portrays the same amount of high-end quality and finish.

Due to the collection of different colours within this wedding guest outfit, I found that I was able to mix and match my accessories, without feeling limited to wear just one particular colour. There is nothing more frustrating than trailing the shops in an attempt to find a bag and heels with the exact shade and tone of a colour that needs to match your dress!

I decided to team this light and floral dress with my pair of Jessica Simpson red sued stilettos. I have had these for about six months and because they are so beautiful, I haven’t yet had an occasion to wear them. I thought that they would be a perfect shoe to wear with this outfit however and I loved the bright pop of colour which I then extended to my nail and my lips.

I didn’t want to go too overboard with the red and I wanted my shoes to stand out as a focal point, so when it came to my shawl and handbag I decided to wear subtler tones that still complimented my dress. Both items were from Primark with the dusky purple/grey shawl costing just £4 and the pale pink, envelope clutch only setting me back £5. 

It just shows that you don’t have to go overboard when it comes to occasion wear. I think that there is a pressure sometimes to wear expensive, labelled pieces when it comes to a special event, but as long as you find something that looks nice, I don’t think it matters where it comes from. I think the key is shopping for staple pieces that you can style with less expensive, high-street items that don’t break the bank but still look really pretty and suitable.

Have you got any weddings coming up?


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