Sunday 17 December 2017

What She Wears: Destination Wedding

Attending a wedding abroad will usually mean a more casual approach to dressing, with brigher colours in breathable fabrics. Photo: Getty Images
Attending a wedding abroad will usually mean a more casual approach to dressing, with brigher colours in breathable fabrics. Photo: Getty Images
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Anne Marie Boyhan

Italy, Spain and Malta are popular for Irish getting married abroad, with the warm weather a big drawing point for us Irish. What to wear to these weddings is sometimes a tough decision, for all of us, so here are some suggestions to point you in the right direction.

For Her

Italian churches are strict and catholic when it comes to covering your shoulders, so a pashmina, wrap or shawl is key and you may need it again in the evening, if chilly. Penney’s do cheap and cheerful pashminas for less than 10 euro. Otherwise, try Tie Rack (there’s one at the airport).

Ask the couple if they visited the church as the church rules may have already been explained to them - in some places such as Florence, your knees should be covered too.

Some women wear the same style dress they would wear to an Irish summer wedding – but tend to go for brighter colours and in general the style is a bit more laid back. The colours can be super bright with maxis in particular giving that laid back island/coastal feel.

A bright maxi dress is a great option for a wedding abroad. Halston Heritage certainly has that 70’s boho look boxed off with their maxis but If that label is out of your reach, as it is for most, Asos have a chiffon kaftan shaped maxi in purple, which looks just as good.

Silk maxis with skinny straps look fantastic but sometimes require a great figure. The Grecian look is a great one and Monsoon has some beautiful silk maxi dresses, as do Debenhams.

Finally, don’t forget to accessorize. Sunglasses play a bigger part in your outfit as you’ll be wearing them a lot, so splash out! Sunglasses Hut at the airport do good deals, like 25% off when you buy a second pair, so if you don’t have any nice ones, make time for some airport shopping before you jet off.

For Him

It’ll be hot where you’re going (mid twenties at least), so you’ll need something stylish and comfortable. Men in dark heavy suits tend to stand out a bit as they look very uncomfortable in the heat.

So, be more adventurous when it comes to colour and really go for it with bright colours that you may not normally wear at home.

A linen suit (Debenhams is your best bet) or a linen waistcoat (try Topman) instead of a jacket is also a smart summery look.

Other than suits, guys can go for blazers, in lighter colours or the open collared look with a white linen shirt and slacks. For nicely tailored suits, try Zara where the fit is quite slim, so larger builds steer clear.

A linen suit is probably not something that your man will wear again, so try Blacktie for renting a suit – if they don’t have linen they should have a lightweight suit in a neutral colour (think oatmeal or light grey) and wear with a white shirt - you can always introduce the linen via the shirt (Marks and Spencer’s have long and short sleeved linen shirts). Suit rental will cost you approx. 80-100 euro, whereas buying the suit will be double that.

The Hat Shop, a booth on the ground floor of St Stephen’s green shopping centre in Dublin, stocks Panama hats, the colour you choose will depend on the rest of the outfit. This is something you can certainly carry off at a destination wedding.

This article was published on Anne Marie Boyhan is the editor of fashion website,

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