posted on 10 May 2014 16:28 by magnificentharb61
I visited London based Belle & Bunty to see if they could help me solve the age old 'what to wear to all those summer weddings' dilemma (Picture: supplied)
If you're between the ages of 25-35, I'd hazard a guess you have more than one wedding to attend over the next few months. Lovely as that may be, finding a suitable outfit that a) doesn't run the risk of being worn by another guest, and b) can be recycled and worn again undetected, is a common challenge.
These days, even if the guests at your various weddings don't overlap, your outfit will be all over Instagram before the happy couple say 'I do' and in an instant, your sartorial choices will be open to scrutiny from anyone and everyone. No one wants to be hash-tagged #matchymatchy when it comes to weddings.
All the usual high street suspects - Whistles, Zara, Coast - are dangerous territories when it comes to problem a) and getting around problem b) requires the imagination and panache to know how to style the same dress in different ways.
Coast is a popular high street shop for wedding outfits like this Naomi dress, 95, but you risk wearing the same outfit as another guest
Thankfully, there are a number of independent labels who offer lovely wedding-appropriate outfits at prices that won't break the bank. If you decide you would like added related information in regards to wedding dresses for runaway bride 2014 , stop by click here to investigate or simply our website right away.Being smaller and more personal in nature, they can also help you style your outfits in ways you'd never think of yourself.
One such label is the north London based Belle & Bunty, who have just this season decided to branch out from their successful bridal range and launch a new line of dresses perfect for guests and bridesmaids.
I went to take a look at the range, accompanied by the fabulous wedding blogger Alexis Cuddyre (of OMG Im Getting Married), who knows a thing or two about wedding style. Alexis and Alice (one of the two talented designers behind Belle & Bunty) styled me in a number of pieces from the collection, demonstrating how with a good eye and a plentiful supply of fun, bold accessories, one dress can be worn multiple times, undetected.
Our 'one dress, three ways' experiment shows just how versatile a good dress can be. Investing in one special piece, like the pink dress below, and accessorising it to the max could serve you better than buying three average high street dresses.
How to style one dress, three ways with clever use of accessories (Picture: supplied)
Similarly, if you're shopping for bridesmaids, you can give each one the freedom to stamp their individuality on a dress through their own styling and accessories.
There's nothing natural about a group of grown-up women wearing identikit outfits and, from my experience, giving bridesmaids a little scope to add their own twist on a dress leads to happier bridesmaids. A surly bridesmaid line up is not a look any bride wants captured in her wedding photos after all.
You'll see from the photo above that we managed to create three different bridesmaid looks - 'classic bridesmaid', 'boho bridesmaid' and 'city glam bridesmaid' - just by switching up jewellery, sash colours and hair & make-up (applied/shoved up in a bun in about fiveminutes so please excuse the lack of polish).
In addition to the 'one dress, three ways' experiment, we also had a lot of fun trying on the full, new collection from Belle & Bunty.
I got to try on some of the other dresses from the collection that would work for bridesmaids or wedding guests (Picture: Belle & Bunty)
There are fivestyles that each come in 16 colours, so it's great for all shapes, sizes and skin tones. It's a similar concept to the Ghost collection - another lovely range that works well for guests and bridesmaids (that is, if you don't mind emulating Millie Mackintosh from Made in Chelsea).
And if none of these ideas take your fancy, my final tip is to check out J.Crew's bridesmaid collection. As you'd expect, it's on the preppy side of pretty and the colours are gorgeously vibrant and fun.
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