Lesson 17: how to dress for a wedding

Dressing for a wedding is so hard. Suddenly, your evening attire is too dark and revealing, your sandals are too chunky and your ‘undone’ hair is just a mess. The first outfit I picked for Joe’s cousin’s Spring wedding was more ‘Christmas party’ and the second belonged on a yacht in St Tropez. Converting your usual look into something wedding appropriate can be quite tricky, especially in April/May when the weather changes every day. The answer? Don’t stray too far from your own personal style and be a little bit practical. Let’s face it, you’re going to be on your feet, dodging the rain or sweating in the heat, talking to strangers and flinging small children around the dance floor. Here’s what I wore (with flats in my bag, of course).

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OUTFIT

It’s fine to get your arms or legs out in Spring, but probably not warm enough for both. Midi lengths are on trend, wedding appropriate and really flattering. I opted for light neutral shades and feminine silhouettes, with a classic black clutch and velvet stilettos to keep it from looking too Summery. I also wore my usual stacked silver rings and a turquoise ear cuff. Anything too dainty or dangly and I would have felt way too girly.

Top – H&M (similar)

Skirt – H&M (similar)

Clutch – Vimoda Paris (similar)

Shoes – Topshop (similar)

Ear cuff – Zara

Ring – Tribu

MAKEUP

I shunned my go-to red lipstick and chose a soft fuchsia pink instead. Wearing a skirt with quite a glamorous, dramatic shape, I also went for exaggerated black wings on my eyes to balance out the look.

Lipstick – Boujois, Rouge Edition in Fraise Remix

Liquid Eyeliner – Eyeko, Eye Do

HAIR

I kept my hair loose and fuss free, washing it the night before to prevent it from being too floppy. Having naturally straight hair, I applied a styling cream when damp and slept with it in a loose top knot. I used my GHDs to tame it into natural waves in the morning and scrunched A LOT of hairspray into the roots and ends.

Styling cream – Bumble and bumble, Bb Styling Creme

Hairspray – Tresemmé Extra Hold

Lesson 5: how to wear his jeans

I’m no slave to the latest trends, but I do LOVE clothes. I also write about them for a living, so it kind of makes sense for me to include the odd post with a few styling tips. So, here goes…

Boyfriend jeans are notoriously hard to wear, and with Valentine’s Day hype around every corner, what better time to give them a chance to shine? If you’re not sure they’re for you, do what I did and hunt for a cheap pair first. I got mine in the Zara sale for a nifty £7.99. Absolute bargain. You could actually wear your boyfriend’s jeans of course, but most of us would look ridiculous.

I love the idea that every day has the potential to take you literally anywhere. You could go to work, head out for a couple of drinks and who knows where you might end up? Once, my best friend and I went for afternoon tea at 3pm and somehow didn’t get home until the next morning. Life can be more interesting when it takes you by surprise. Boyfriend jeans have that essence of romance about them. It’s the ‘she spontaneously stayed over’ kind of look, which exudes confidence and fun. Also, for me, clothes have to be versatile – I would feel pretty comfortable wearing this outfit whatever I was doing, wherever I ended up (obviously with a pair of flats in my bag, just in case).

I’ve styled my jeans with a grey roll-neck jumper, also Zara, velvet polka-dot stilettos from Topshop, and a black faux-fur stole from Accessorize. Worn-out denim works surprisingly well with more glamorous pieces, so don’t be afraid to mix and match smart and casual. This is such an easy first-date outfit when you want to dress up without looking like you’ve made too much effort.

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So there you have it. My first fashion post…eek! I hope it gives you the excuse to treat yourself to some lovely new jeans and heels, for Valentine’s Day or otherwise.