Invitations coming thick and fast? Penny Fray picks the perfect wedding guest outfit
Wedding season is upon us, and with it comes a whole host of sartorial dilemmas. To hat, or not to hat? To wear black without being blacklisted? And how to look stylish without upstaging the bride?
If you’ve got loads of events this season, then invest in something that makes you feel spectacular. Keep the style plain and colour neutral – after all, weddings are expensive enough without adding a designer dress you’ll never wear again to the list.
I’m a sucker for big hats, but don’t feel obliged to sport a fascinator or a ridiculously fancy headpiece if it’s not your thing. Comfort, after all, is just as important as looking picture perfect, which brings me on to shoes. Wear a pair that you can endure all day and night – or take some flats with you for when the dance floor beckons. Likewise, make sure your outfit is light and not too tight. Standing around in the scorching desert sunshine can bring on sweat patches, while a generous buffet will bring on a food bump that may get mistaken for a baby. You’ve been warned.
Wide leg trousers are a key style story for the new season. Next’s tailored pair sits high at the waist and fits long through the legs – a silhouette that works best with towering heels. From RO21
Victoria Beckham’s minimalist clutch embodies the brand’s classic, pared-back aesthetic. Lined in beige canvas, it has two internal compartments to easily keep your beauty essentials organised. RO245
Who says you have to be a bride to wear ring bling? Sophie Bille Brahe gives timeless pieces a modern twist. Set with a single Akoya pearl, this minimal 14-carat gold band is designed to sit beautifully on your finger. We love it worn alone or stacked for extra impact. RO230
This embroidered lace jacket from Monsoon lies at the chic end of retro boho and can be worn again and again with everything from jeans to a pencil skirt. From RO60
I’m not a big fan of fascinators, but this sculptural headpiece from Accessorize looks far more expensive than its price tag. From RO32
With a wrap-around ankle strap and sizable, yet walkable wooden block heel, these Zara leather sandals give a subtle nod to this season’s 70s trend. From RO40
Penny’s extra tips on guest dressing:
1. Here is one essential thing that I’ve learnt from living in Oman: if you’ve got an amazing new dress from the mall, and it’s still available to buy, there’s a good chance someone else will also have it. So go vintage or search your most fashion-forward friend’s wardrobe for a one-off wonder. Not only will you save money, but you’ll get loads of compliments.
2. Who says you can’t wear black or white? With the right accessories, anything goes. My advice? Go monochrome.