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.