Wednesday 19 June 2019

Ditch the fascinator and forget the fake tan: 10 new rules for wedding guest dressing - as issued by 'fashion bible' Vogue

This is the word of the Vogue

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, guest, Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Princess Margaretha Mrs. Ambler attend the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JUNE 13: Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, guest, Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Princess Margaretha Mrs. Ambler attend the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

Vogue has officially declared the end of the wedding clutch bag.

Thanks be to God, says you, remembering all the times you tried - and failed - to get your full make-up bag, keys, wallet and now comically oversized phone into one for formal soirées in the past.

Cavandish hat by Emily London, £720
Cavandish hat by Emily London, £720
sur la tête Posey Pillbox Hat, €34,95, hatsandcaps.co.uk
Wool felt hat from hatshop.ie, €49.95

But that's not the only good news from on high; heels are out too, with wedding guests being encouraged to opt for more comfortable wedges and - stick with us - platforms instead.

Read more: Wedding guest style: 40 fabulous dresses to wear to a spring soiree

And it's farewell to the fascinator, many will be relieved to hear, the 'half-hearted' hat that's being replaced by sparkly hair clips and pretty pillbox chapeaux.

The footwear is understandable of course. With Irish wedding ceremonies taking place in what used to be considered quite bizarre such as 'the surrounding forests' of the wedding venue with the many perfectly formed and well appointed walls (we joke, outdoor weddings are a firm favourite here at THEVOW.ie), wedding guests now have to come well prepared for all manner of surfaces by wearing multi-functional footwear.

Simone Rocha Faux-pearl and crystal-embellished hair clip, €135, matchesfashion.com
Simone Rocha Faux-pearl and crystal-embellished hair clip, €135, matchesfashion.com

Which leads on to cosy cover-ups; cardies get the nod for summer soirées, as does the oversized blazer, while guests are urged to stay away from any pale shades and 'flirtatiously revealing necklines' that may 'steal the bride's thunder'.

One place it's okay to be a bit pasty for some is the skin, with Vogue urging guests to forgo the fake tan in favour of keeping things natural.

Read more: Oh Mama! 21 show stopping mother of the bride outfits for Irish weddings in 2018

Vogue's 10 Rule of Wedding Guest Dressing for 2018

1. Stick to your own style - and if that's wearing black, just accessorize with something 'zingy'

2. Don't steal the bride's thunder - avoid white, pale shade and revealing necklines

3. Wear a 'name-dropping' niche designer - Johanna Ortiz, Kitri and Vampire's Wife are acceptable

4. Avoid fascinators 'at all costs' - Vogue recommends a crystal frosted hair clip from Irish designer Simone Rocha instead

5. Never co-ordinate your belt, bag and shoes - "Unless they're Chanel, of course"

6. Ditch the fake tan

7. Keep warm with a cover-up - Cosy cardies, oversized blazers and cocktail coats are all on the list (before you ask, we're not sure what a cocktail coat is either)

8. Opt for platforms or wedges - flats are aye-okay (yay) but boots are a definite no-no

9. Ditch the clutch bag - they're only a hindrance when it's your turn at the open bar

10. Wear it again - re-wear your dress and make it new with different accessories

Gallery: 40 fabulous dresses for spring weddings

Floral print maxi dress, €125, & Other Stories
Floral print maxi dress, €125, & Other Stories
Fan floral open back dress, €72, Warehouse
Fan floral open back dress, €72, Warehouse
Fan floral open back dress, €72, Warehouse
Anais floral print midi dress, €89, Warehouse
SUNBURST GOWN £350.00, needleandthread.com
Floral pleated midi, €89, & Other Stories
Caroline Kilkenny Frill Detail Pencil Dress Pink €256.00, Arnotts
Tara Jarmom Cap Sleeve Dress, €295, Arnotts
Strenesse Darly Dress Pink €499.00, Arnotts
Patterned chiffon dress €27.99, H&M
LATTICE ROSE MINI DRESS £355.00, needleandthread.com
MIDI DRESS WITH BELT Details 49.95 EUR, Zara
Patterned chiffon dress €27.99, H&M
PRINTED JUMPSUIT WITH A TEXTURED WEAVE 49.95 EUR, Zara
CONTRAST PRINTED DRESS 49.95 EUR, Zara
EMBROIDERED AND SEQUINNED DRESS 69.95 EUR, Zara
Wrap dress €49.99, H&M
Wrap dress €49.99, H&M
Sequined dress €79.99, H&M
Sequined dress €79.99, H&M
Lyra Dress - Rose €79.95, Folkster
Lena Skirt - Blush €109.00, Folkster
Harper Dress - Taupe €59.95, Folkster
Coast, Penelope maxi dress, €220
Coast, Penelope maxi dress, €220
Coast maria jacquard dress €245
Coast maria jacquard dress €245
Coast savannah printed jumpsuit €169
Coast savannah printed jumpsuit €169
Coast Jocelyn jumpsuit - Now €115
Coast Jocelyn jumpsuit - Now €115
Brown Thomas, Finery, Fenmore floral tunic dress, €135
Rixo London, Coco sequin midi dress, €410, Brown Thomas
Rosie Assoulin Tulip Belted Shirt Dress, €2,070, Brown Thomas
Dod Bar Or Essco Ruffle Dress, €450, Brown Thomas
ASOS DESIGN long sleeve waterfall deep plunge midi dress, €51.35

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