The Royal Wedding of William and Kate had, as might be expected, a huge impact on designers’ ideas and interpretations for the Mother of the Bride fashion trends, and is still having an effect today!
All eyes were on the mother of the bride and there was almost as much speculation and discussion of her outfit as there was of the future Queen. She did not disappoint and looked supremely elegant for her daughter’s extra special day! This, of course, is the aim of all ‘mothers of’ – never wanting to outshine the bride, but very mindful that it is an enormous compliment to the happy couple to look their very best on the wedding day.
After several seasons of bolero and dress ensembles, we have this year seen a return to the coat and dress combination, something which was hardly seen for two or three years. Whilst the bolero, or jacket and dress outfits are still very popular and extremely flattering, there is something quite special about an elegantly cut coat, with superb dress beneath.
Full length outfits are now much harder to find – hemlines have certainly risen, no doubt a nod to what is going on in the world of high fashion, but, as ever, caution should reign here, as many of us do not possess the ‘pins’ to carry off outfits above the knee! On or just below the knee is probably the most flattering length.
Colours for 2012 are complicated! There are certainly many soft pastel shades, often with stunning beadwork detailing, but, equally, strong colours are still very much in evidence and who can deny that a bright fuchsia or aqua tone can lift the wearer and onlookers on a less than a perfect day’s weather.
Above all, the colour of your outfit should complement your own colouring – try not to be persuaded to wear a colour which you dislike, just because it will ‘go’ with the bridesmaids. If you wish to follow the colour scheme of the wedding, and this is not one which you would chose, it may be safer to opt for the beautiful silvers or golds which are always available.
Milliners have come into their own this season – the disc shapes which were on display at the Royal Wedding, have become extremely popular. Larger than a fascinator, but possibly easier to wear than a formal hat, many ladies are realising that this is a look they can wear and which is flattering.
Most designers work with millinery companies to have their fabrics used to trim the hats and fascinators which are produced to their specifications, and frequently dyed to an exact match for a particular outfit. This certainly takes the hard work out of finding just the right hat and can often be purchased at the same time as you buy your outfit, thus ensuring a total look.
Do enjoy the process of dressing for the wedding – once you dip your toe into the world of occasion dressing you will be pleasantly surprised how easy and pleasurable it can be! Hopefully you will be anxiously awaiting the next invitation so that you can repeat the whole process of trying on such lovely things!
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