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I can’t remember how many weddings I went to in my 40’s, in fact I can’t actually remember one (apologies to anyone if I was at your beautiful day and can’t remember), of course most friends, if they were going to get married had already done so by 40. So, as you can imagine, now past 50, I certainly wasn’t expecting to get an invite but amazingly for me a friend is getting married for the second time and as she’s fabulously glamorous, it’s a rather smart dressy affair.

Oooh I’m so excited, the chance to wear something a bit special. I love the opportunity to dress up and it’s probably the only wedding I’ll be attending for a long time so how do I decide on the most striking outfit?! Or is it even striking that I’m going for?

I’ve tried on various outfits, all with a different vibe; a Red by Valentine white crisp clean shell top with exaggerated bow and V back with a fun, fresh multicolour Pucci skirt. I’ve also tried my beautiful but rarely worn light sand, tiered Chloe silk skirt with an ivory blouse and my very old but beautiful cream sequin and satin flat Prada pumps…lovely but maybe a bit serious?!

Modern and chic describes how I’d love to look!  I’m particularly inspired by the 70’s air hostess with a touch of hippy chic coming through from the resort 2019 collections but the only starting point I have is my ivory white, Bianca Jagger inspired trouser suit (see main pic), though it does need a bit of colour and pattern somewhere….yes please to some Valentino if anyone is wondering!

So, how to look fabulous, will no doubt whirl around in my head for some time yet but it’s time well spent, I am really enjoying thinking about my options, whilst pulling on the same few sets of clothes every morning.

….once I’ve decided on the outfit I’ll have to start thinking about how to accessorise.

Wedding season has kicked off….oh what to wear?!

Do you have a wedding invite this summer? I do (deliberate pun!) and after seeing the best dressed guests at Meghan and Harry’s wedding I have some idea what I hope to be wearing.

Here’s how to do it, from those that shone…

Carey Mulligan with husband Marcus Mumford

Lovely choice of Erdem dress, Carey’s retro vibe is maintained with the 1950’s inspired fabric of embroidered flowers on a sheer base. Bright and beautiful (just like Carey) and perfect for a summer wedding.

George and Amal Clooney

Could this couple look anymore chic! Absolutely love Amal in this sunny yellow Stella McCartney dress and matching hat and don’t get me started on George…swoon!

Mother of the bride, Doria Ragland

Mother of the bride, Doria looked elegant and stylish in this Oscar de la Renta dress and coat combo, the beauty is in the simplicity of this outfit and the fresh pistachio ice-cream colour. The small but perfectly fitted Stephen Jones hat tops off the outfit perfectly.

Serena Williams

Not many of us could look this striking in pink! Serena Williams looks amazing in this Versace dress.

So colour is definitely the way to go for a stand out wedding outfit but if you decide to go dark make it bright with a lovely smile like the Suits actress Sarah Rafferty in navy Lanvin with Philip Treacy hat.

Here goes the first of, hopefully, many blogs, style matters or matters of style! Nicely open to interpretation I thought!

Colour is one of the foundations of Lucas and Stone. The others are great quality, classic design and good value but I’ll save them for another time.

I love colour, my passion is colour and amazing colour combinations but somehow this rarely translates into my wardrobe! That’s why beautifully coloured accessories really appeal to me.

How do I wear them? Well that basically depends on my mood and the season – but here’s a few suggestions…

    1. Head to toe colour makes an impact. Add accessories of the same colour to your outfit to enhance the look.
    2. Totally opposite colours make each other look amazing. Technically, these are called complimentary colours, they are colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel (first created by Goethe and taught by Josef Albers). The name is a giveaway, when these colours work together they make each other look great. So why not add a burgundy cuff to set-off your yellow sweater!
    3. Colours stand out or pops more when used as a highlight with neutral tones. If you don’t wear much colour, a bit like me, camel and grey are my winter staples, then add a bright accessory to mix it up. Summer is my time and a totally different story colour wise, bright and bold tones are my fav so I tend to calm the look down with natural or neutral coloured accessories.
    4. Layer up different tones from the same colour family for a rich strong look. A good example that always looks fabulous is red with pink…and Delpozo always uses colour beautifully!

 

The best advice I can give is have fun and play with colour, it’s instinctive and anything goes, just wear it with confidence.

Feel free to share your thoughts too.

Karen

 

NB – All designer shots are from the Autumn Winter 2018 catwalk collections.