Wedding Guest Dresses

The Do's and Don'ts of Autumnal Wedding Guest Dresses

Autumnal wedding guest looks Summer weddings have had their moment, their season has now passed as we open the doors to our favourite crisp autumnal looks. But first, we have a few things to consider… Considerations when choosing your wedding guest dress When choosing your look for any wedding it’s always a good idea to consider a few things first. From knowing the dress code and acknowledging the colour scheme to wearing layers and avoiding denim – we have you covered. Do consider the dress code If you receive an invitation to the wedding then we can assume that you know both bride and groom, and therefore will most likely know the expected dress code. If there is anything out of the ordinary then it is key that it is included on the likes of invitations and saves the dates. Nonetheless, you can't go wrong with choosing a dress that suits the majority of attires. Don’t Wear White This should really be an obvious one, it should go without saying. However, believe it or not, there are people out there that would relish the thought of wearing the same as the bride and creating some fun drama on the day. Unless stated so by the bride/groom then avoid white at all costs! Whether the bride chooses to wear white or not is neither here nor there, as white is the staple bridal colour it is always a good idea to completely avoid it. But, do think about the colour Typically, you should expect a hint of the wedding theme colour when you receive your invite. If you don't, then it doesn't hurt to ask what the theme/colour scheme will be, so as to avoid clashing with items. Wearing a dress that is similarly coloured by the bridesmaids isn't as bad as blending into the curtains, seating or fixtures and fittings. Do consider the location Whether it’s warm or cold is neither here nor there if the wedding location is within a warm log-cabin-esq hotel or outside in the middle of a forest. If there are plans for the wedding to be held in the latter, then avoiding a dress that is floor length could be beneficial – as it would simply avoid you taking any clear ups along with you. In contrast, if the location will be indoors within a warmer setting then wearing layer upon layer should be rethought and ditched to save overheating and the dabbing of foreheads! Do think about your footwear It’s easy to forget about your choice of footwear when planning what dress to wear to a wedding, but it should always be the staple. Dare we say, it can sometimes work best to choose the footwear then the dress? Anyway, footwear is the key essential when you know what to expect at a wedding. If you’re attending the ceremony with little walking involved and then plan on spending the evening seated as well, then choosing high stiletto or platform heels wouldn’t be the worst idea. But, if like the majority of weddings you plan on dancing the night away until the early hours then you’re going to want to choose the right kind of footwear for your dancing. Do look for a cover-up Wearing a cover-up isn’t necessarily a need during the summer months, but as we end September and head into October the cooler days and nights are truly setting in. wearing a cover-up doesn’t mean a thick coat or wool jumper, instead, you could try for an oversized blazer, which is something you’d definitely reuse. Or, you could reach for a chic faux fur bolero to take the bite out of the autumn air. Don’t wear denim This might be one of those 'really?' statements, I mean who would wear jeans to a wedding?! But believe us, it happens! Whilst it might sound obvious it really isn't always the case.  So unless the dress code initiates that denim is a go-to then it's definitely a no-go. Don’t go too daring It can be tempting to go out here when you plan your wedding guest outfit, (especially when we’ve spent the last couple of years avoiding social gatherings due to the everlasting COVID restrictions). However, it’s important to remember the age-old saying of not outshining the bride. So when it comes to attending a wedding, it’s best to leave the dresses that feature a bare-all low-to-navel dress with the extended flowing train and above-knee cut finish for another event. Our autumnal dresses for wedding guests The Off-Shoulder Vegas Dress Our bestselling Vegas Calf Length dress is one of those desired dresses that look just as good in autumn as it does in summer. Combined with a thicker bolero, it would look amazing in winter too. What's more, with 13 shades to choose from and sizes from S to XXXL, you're sure to find the right shade and fit for you. Created using our ripple crepe fabric, the cold-shoulder design features a Bardot neckline and a waistband that aids in enhancing the natural silhouette feminine shape. Additionally, the pleated detail and tulip-style skirt add a touch of elegance to the lower half of the dress. Buy now: Vegas Calf Length Dress £199 The Oversized Collar Swing Dress Our Gatsby Oversized Collar dress is available in six shades, including beige, navy, black, celestial blue, fuchsia pink and parasailing green. Designed using our luxury moss crepe stretch fabric the swing dress fit ensures freedom of movement (for that evening on the dance floor!) as well as the hidden pockets (bonus!) and 3/4 length sleeves which are perfect for the cooler days. Buy now: Gatsby Oversized Collar Swing Dress £189 The Fully Lined Off-Shoulder Dress The Mulberry Off-Shoulder pencil dress comes in two bold shades, including our favourite autumnal grenadine orange. Made using our luxury moss crepe fabric, each Mulberry dress features a fully lined and tailored bodice, which not only offers a flattering fit but works perfectly in cooler weather. Additionally, the belt detail aids in providing an hourglass silhouette. Buy now: Mulberry Off-Shoulder Dress £169 Choosing the best cover-ups for an autumnal wedding Whether the location of the wedding is inside or outside, taking a cover-up with you is always a good idea. Here we go through our favourite cover-ups we have available at diva catwalk. Buy now: Fresno Floral Jacket Nightshade Bloom £99 & SEED Dawlish Jacket £129 Buy now: Tavistock Jacket £19.99 (was £85) & Twilight Long-Sleeved Coat £155. Have you enjoyed this article? Let us know via social media using our links below!  

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Wearing Blue to a Wedding Event

Did you know that there is actually a lot more to wearing blue than just simply enjoying the colour? Many psychologists link the colour blue to emotions and behaviours such as loyalty, trust and responsibility. What's more the colour blue represents love and purity as well Choosing where to wear blue Fortunately using the colour blue in our daily wear items is very common, however, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with trends. In fact, with so many different shades of blue around you could quite literally wear a different shade every day. Our favourite items, which we stock at Diva Catwalk, include our Nadia Venice Stretch Dress (which also comes in two other shades). With a contrasting waistband, it works to define and further emphasise the feminine silhouette. Whilst you can take this dress from office to wedding, we also love our stunning Oxford Blue Vegas Calf Length dress for a romantic dinner date, as a wedding guest, or our Tess Maxi Kimono Dress, in turquoise. Choosing to wear blue can mean a variety of things, as well as just making a gorgeous statement. However, here we are going to go through how to wear blue as a wedding guest and what to do to make sure you look your utmost best. Wearing Blue to a wedding or event Wearing blue to an event, like a wedding or birthday celebration, can be playful and feminine. You don’t have to stick by the blue ‘fancy dress’ rule and you, of course, have the option to wear a nice top and pair of trousers or match completely with a statement suit. What to wear with a blue dress to a wedding Whatever it is you plan on wearing, if you’re close with the couple getting married then there is no harm in attempting to find out the colour scheme beforehand. No surprises need to be spoiled, but if possible it’s best to avoid going dressed as the table cloths. So, wearing a blue dress, whether it be a solid colour, mixed or patterned, is always a bright idea when it comes to weddings – particularly when we incorporate them with different accessories and footwear. Here we go through a handful of our favourite dresses and the footwear/accessories we suggest you wear with them. Wedding Guest Dress and White Accessories In standard wedding fashion it is always important to note that you should never wear a white dress as a wedding guest! Whilst not all brides choose to wear white, it's still best to avoid unless told by the bride! However, you can easily incorporate the summer shade in with your look through accessories. With our Maxi Kimono dress, we suggest the stunning ASOS DESIGN Nala barely-there heeled sandals in white (like those in the photo!) as well as a matching bag. Wedding Guest Dress with Pearl Earrings Accessories, as we know, go beyond handbags and shoes. Opting to wear jewellery is something you should look into, especially when a big event is involved. What’s more, and it might sound obvious, you should also plan ahead on coverups and hairstyles. Why? Well, those stunning silver pearl earrings you spent a small fortune on won’t be getting a look-in if they’re covered up with your volume winning hairstyle. Should you decide to opt for a dress, like our Kurumba Off-Shoulder dress then we suggest wearing a statement necklace. Wearing the Kurumba dress, that sits off-shoulder, allows room around the neck and upper chest area to showcase a beautiful piece of jewellery. If you were to choose something like our Sasha dress then this area would be covered up. Don’t worry though, if the Sasha dress is for you! Simply switch accessories and opt for a chic pair of earrings like these Decadence Statement Loop pair from ASOS, at £10 or these ALDO Asterran Earrings with Tiger Head at £22.   Our Lilith Bodycon Dress adds a much-loved turn of femininity to a darker dress with its cute pink satin waistband. Taking the two colours from the material you could simply add the following two items to complete the look. We suggest these KG Sammy High Heel Sandals in Blush, at £99, and a matching clutch bag at £139, also in a blush shade. You could also go for a light silver jewellery set – you want to avoid gold with this shade of pink to avoid being washed out. And, finally, although not an accessory… we have the much-loved wedding guest dress with… pockets!!! The Casares ¾ Swing dress in our store comes in 6 delicious shades, including navy blue and cobalt blue. With its round neck, A-line float, long sleeves and pockets it’s definitely an all-year-round wedding guest dress. There is always the option for this dress to be worn again, whether it be in the office or out for dinner. For a daytime look, pair the dress with a jacket and flats, or wear a classic black heel and some statement earrings for a stunning evening outfit. How to wear a blue suit to a wedding Gone are the days when wearing anything other than a chic dress at a wedding was unheard of. Just like the power suits that we are seeing being strutted down red carpet events, you too can join the trend by wearing a feminine suit as a wedding guest. Our Diva Trousers and Fulica Long Sleeve Jacket are the perfect combos for statement suit wearing. Available in a number of shades (including pink and blue) it’s an outfit you can wear repeatedly. Trousers are available here: Diva Trousers £79 |  Jacket is available here: Fulica Long Sleeve Jacket £89 Our other favourites for wearing a feminine suit look, include the following beauties.     What shoes to wear with a blue suit? Loafers In December 2021, we saw actor Jonah Hill wearing a matching pale sky blue oversized Gucci suit with his partner Sarah Brady. Now we may have all been dazzled by their cute-matching combination, however, the eagle eyed of us would have noticed their further dazzling choice of footwear. Both Jonah and Sarah fashionably wore turquoise jacquard mules by Manolo Blahnik (at £595). Heels Back in 2016, Lily Donaldson wore a Stella McCartney suit to an event in Cannes. The choice of footwear almost had us dropping in a phone call for an immediate pedicure. Alas, we had a look online and found a similar heel at ASOS (£22) that would look perfect in your dream blue suit – and without a pedicure needed insight.   Wearing a blue wedding guest outfit As above, you have the choice to wear whatever you would like to a wedding. However, you should think wisely beforehand on whether you would prefer to wear in the realms of a trouser suit or a dress. Each comes with its own ‘do not do’ lists, which as we all know include not wearing a white dress! Wearing a blue wedding guest dress can be in keeping with the rest of the wedding itself. However, if you feel that the chosen design could be statement-making then it may be worth finding out if blue is part of the wedding part palette. If you’re not able to find out, then it might be best to stick with a sensible chic dress like our Mustique Dress in Cobalt Blue. With its puff sleeve and flattering fit, it's created using our bi-stretch fabric which works perfectly for silhouette contouring.   Celebrities in Blue Dresses   Celebrities in Blue Suits Blue suits are not just for the boardroom, here our favourite celebrities show how you can wear them at other events too. Wearing blue in 2022 At the end of February 2022, there became a whole new meaning of wearing the colour blue. With the invasion of Ukraine, by Russia, there was known solidarity wearing blue and yellow (the colours of the Ukrainian flag). Whilst we wear those colours of support at home, many celebrities have been sharing their outfit choices on social media with hashtags like #ukrainefashion, #standwithukraine and #ukrainecolours. InStyle Germany magazine shared a statement post with the above image [woman wearing a dark cobalt blue suit and holding a yellow handbag] sharing how "The current events in Ukraine are also moving the fashion world in Milan. Influencers such as @leoniehanne and @xeniaadonts call for donations in their profiles. They support the @dariadaria fundraiser and have already collected almost half a million for @caritaswirhelfen. Many other content creators show solidarity with the Ukrainian population by creating visibility. Influencer @vikyandthekid cancelled Milan Fashion Week to support her family in Ukraine."    Have you enjoyed this article? 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