It’s that time of year again – wedding season is a go and even though I don’t have a wedding to attend (actually I did last Friday but I couldn’t get the time off to go back to England), I wanted to share this alternative wedding guest outfit anyway. Because it is pretty bloody awesome, if I do say so myself! I think that weddings and summer occasion dressing in general are a great opportunity to get creative with styling and I will rise to the challenge every time to find something quirky yet still me. Last year, my alternative summer wedding outfit comprised of a simple Zara denim shirtdress, yellow espadrille platform sandals and a straw clutch bag, which I wore to Lewis’ sister’s wedding. I got so many compliments and felt super comfortable in the loose dress – meaning I could consume much more of the delicious food than my stomach could really handle! I’m certainly not knocking the usual dress and heels combo that we commonly think of for wedding guest attire but as I do not get to go to many fancy parties, I would want to go all out and wear something rather special.
As time goes on, I am becoming more and more obsessed with suits, co-ords and anything that matches, so much so that I have a Pinterest board totally dedicated to this kind of styling. What I love about a two-piece is how easy it is to look put-together but you don’t actually have to think too much about styling because most of it is done for you! Furthermore, I think jumpsuits and playsuits are also a great alternative for a wedding dress outfit but I struggle to find ones that fit (do I have an abnormally long body? – I don’t think so!) so if I can get that all-in-one look with the comfort of a co-ord then it’s a win in my eyes.
I think the shape of this two-piece is so flattering, much more so than it looked on the hanger. The top nips in slightly at the waist and then skims out over the hips, coming to the perfect length and in turn complimenting my hourglass shape. I also love the wide leg of the trousers – it looks great and makes the whole ensemble a bit more relaxed. Plus it covers all bases weather-wise, which is necessary if you live in an unpredictable climate like here in Montreal or are not counting on British summer time to bring good weather. Making trousers (or a jumpsuit) part of your wedding guest outfit gives that all important coverage if it happens to fall on a chillier day and the loose cut means you won’t get too hot if the sun does decide to shine. I do always like to be prepared for all weather eventualities.
Navy and white is a pretty easy colour palette to work with when it comes to accessorising this outfit. Due to my recent love for pairing primary colours, I chose yellow as my third key colour, although I think fuchsia pink, hot red or a complimenting pastel blue would look equally incredible. I wore these ASOS yellow sandals to a wedding last year and they were so comfy! In my eyes there is not point tottering around in a pair of painful shoes all day, especially when dancing could be involved. I am not good with heels because I hardly ever get the chance to practice wearing them, so if you are the same I would definitely recommend opting for platforms to give that height we all crave to make us feel “dressed up”. Espadrilles are all the rage right now and add a nice summer touch to any outfit. To keep with the matchy matchy theme, I finished off the look with my adorable yellow bead bag and some white-rimmed sunglasses. The clutch goes perfectly with the shoes and the round form of the sunglasses compliments to the spots, both adding more retro elements to the already vintage vibe.
What do you think of this alternative wedding guest outfit? I hope I have given you some inspiration if you are currently having a “what am I going to wear to their wedding?” stress! Let me know if you’ll be rocking something unusual – I would love to hear about your wedding looks! X