Monday, August 22, 2011

Black for a Winter Wedding?

There are still a few hard and fast rules that I immediately think of when people discuss ‘wedding etiquette’, though in these modern times, it’s not surprising that so many people are left in a quandary when navigating the pleasantries.

Sartorially, the two big no’s for guests are wearing white and wearing black: one being too bridal, the other being too morbid. Having said that, with the blurring of traditional dress-codes, the rise of evening receptions and black-tie invitations, the certainty of the ‘little black dress’ and the variety of colours that brides wear these days, maybe even those rules no longer apply.

I have been ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ about the outfit for a early December wedding… It will be late in the day and so even going into the church will be in darkness, as it will be deepest winter. The reception will be held in a fabulous old museum so again, glamour and elegance rather than pretty and delicate will be the watchwords…

Suddenly, it seems that black could be appropriate. Glamourous and indulgent, elegant and gorgeous, sumptuous and textural… I’ve been having some good, clean, clicking fun finding some fabulous shots, and fabulous friends have been forwarding ideas too. (Thanks Chloe!)

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Roberto Cavalli Wrap dress and gratuitously fabulous Bijoux Heart Necklace that I also love!

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Day Birger et Mikkelsen Lace Dress needs little more than some earthy earrings to undercut the lacy delicacy: Monica Vinader Labradorite Earrings

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Lela Rose shift dress with Dannijo bracelet

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Narcisco Rodriguez Silk Crepe Dress with Miu Miu patent heels

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Temperley London Silk Dress with Valentino appliqued clutch


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Even this high-necked, long sleeved black Michael Kors number can be lightened with this fabulous Lanvin hairclip

So just possibly… with the right accessories and the right amount of flesh… with the right attitude and the right amount of elegance… it is possible to be modest, gorgeous, decadent and appropriately fabulous. At a wedding. Wearing black.

Who’d’ve thunk it!?

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