Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What to Wear: London Wedding

Here's a fun request from Mandy:
What to wear to a late September wedding in London? My brother-in-law is getting married in the afternoon at a church with a reception to follow at a classy hotel in Mayfair. I want to look chic and put-together, but not fussy or formal. I live in the country in New England, so my shopping options are limited and it's always so hard to figure out what to wear so I don't look like a country bumpkin in stylish, urban London
I love the way people dress up for weddings in England. Fancy details plus elaborate hats - all with a casual glamour and focus on structure. Here's my idea for Mandy:

Dress - I don't usually post dresses this expensive, but in gray brocade with subtle purple peonies and a dropped back with a bow...this is exactly what you want to wear to the wedding at $460. There are probably other brocade sheath options a bit more reasonable, but maybe not as lovely.
Fascinator - A must, but doesn't need to be very flashy with this dress (flashy is an option). I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for online - basically just a few of these goose biots on a comb. If you're crafty, make it yourself with a bit of glue and ribbon. Otherwise, Etsy and Forever 21 have lots of options.
Clutch - In crocodile from Forever 21.
Shoes - Basic patent leather black pumps, with a heel that won't kill you on lawns or dancing late a night.
Pashmina - You might need a wrap for the church or running about town.

There you have it: one glam London outfit that won't entirely break the bank and with many elements that can be worn again. Have fun across the pond!


Anonymous said...

I just love when you do outfits - they're fab.

(i felt compelled to let you know...)

Elizabeth in Ireland

mandy said...

I love it! The dress is a bit spendy, but I will look for something similar. Thank you so much for the style recommendation, I no longer feel so lost.

Caroline said...

as a Brit living in America..I give you 10 out of 10..perfect..and really the dress is inspired! Easy but somehow perfectly architectural and very Slaon Square. BRAVO :)

Anna Patricia said...

The flashy headpiece is pretty! ;) I make some that's why I like it!

Macky said...

My wife will love this..she will be in harpenden next year to attend a wedding. thanks for sharing