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Figuring out your spring wedding outfit

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Spring has crept up on us, and if you’ve been lucky enough to get invited to a springtime wedding this year, you need to get your outfit planned soon! Spring can be a funny time for trying to work out what to wear — will it rain, will it shine? How cold will it be? You need to have options open for any eventuality, but you also want to still look the part.

To help you through this difficult balancing act, we’ve put together this guide for both womenswear and menswear to get you prepared for spring weddings.

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An overview of Spring 2019 trends

We will first take a quick look at the fashion trends for spring this year. Many of these trends will apply to both men and women, so it’s worth taking a look at these first:

  • Minimalism — After chasing highly-embellished dresses, wedding trends are set to cool down to a more sleek, minimal look thanks to the Meghan Markle effect. Guests can take note of this too, and embrace the ‘less is more’ mentality for their outfits.
  • Eco-friendly themes — Sure, the idea of florals for spring brings the cutting tone of Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly to mind, but florals will certainly fit the eco-friendly theme set to take hold of weddings across the country. Couple this with some eco-friendly shopping and the minimalism trend and you’ll have crisp, smooth look without fiddly synthetic embellishments.
  • Coral colours — Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 is ‘Living Coral’, so expect to see this warm, pastel hue cropping up in fashion and in wedding trends throughout the year. It’s certainly going to see its moment during the springtime, with its blossom-evoking undertones. Think coral-coloured ties to add a splash of colour, or coral shawls to cover-up against the cold.

 

Outfit inspiration for women

Take these spring trends with you as you decide on your wardrobe. Florals, as mentioned, are a tried-and-true essential for spring. You can opt for large or small floral prints; both are absolutely on-trend, and it’s just down to preference.

Pastel shades are a great choice here. Opt for floral prints, such as a printed Rebecca Taylor dress, using a shade close to the ‘Living Coral’ shade that’s set the theme of 2019 to make an effortless nod to the current trend. You can use this for dresses, skirts, shirts, or even as an accent with a coral-coloured accessory, like a thick bangle or coral-gemstone earrings.

Though we’re making use of the trends, you don’t need to restrict yourself. If you’re not a fan of dresses, an elegant jumpsuit can look so sophisticated, and it’s set to be a big trend at weddings throughout 2019. Wedding Wire are calling it a ‘fashion-forward style’ for guests, and the best part is that they can be dressed up or down to adapt to pretty much any dress code! When picking a jumpsuit, keep the shape simple and avoid too many embellishments for a really streamlined look. There’s also the catwalk-hot trend of coloured tailoring — that is, two-pieces sticking to one colour, in loose and light materials ready for spring. Nod to Pantone’s Colour of the Year with a pastel two-piece and you’ll have yourself the perfect spring wedding outfit.

A smart skirt paired with a floral, flowing wrap-style top is a safe bet. Keep your shirt looking formal with a pick from designers such as Rixo Clothing matched with a sophisticated pencil skirt. For shoes, there’s a trend gaining pace on Instagram for square-toed shoes. In particular, square-toed satin flats are having their moment on the catwalk and on social media, and they make a great addition to your springtime wedding outfit.

Want an easy way to look effortlessly put together? Consider a combo of wedding shoes and matching bags. Pick a colour, material, pattern, or all of the above and blend them through your choice of shoes and bag to really tie up your outfit nicely.

 

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Outfit inspiration for men

Brides Magazine notes that for men, wedding wear has become a little more casual in recent years. But this is all set to change this year. That means a much more tailored look, and absolutely no to jeans and t-shirts, even if it’s a ‘casual’ dress code! Of course, as a guest, you don’t need to match the groom’s three-piece suit, but it can be a good option for layering. Spring can be a tricky one to predict, and a three-piece suit will let you add or remove layers as needed without compromising your look.

A good-quality white shirt that will stay looking great all day is, of course, the dream wedding outfit choice. Avoid a white jacket though, as you don’t want to be seen as trying to outshine the groom! Instead, opt for a light blue jacket to bring out the spring feeling. If you want to make sure your outfit is catwalk-approved, pick a double-breasted jacket — it’s set to be all the rage in spring this year, with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Burberry both showcasing their versions on the runways recently.

Even if the weather is nice, you need to keep your footwear smart; no sandals please. Instead, opt for a pair of smart men’s derby shoes— they go with pretty much any outfit, and are light enough to be comfortable if it’s sunny, and sturdy enough in the weather turns grey.

Give a subtle nod to the trends of the season through your accessories. A pastel-coral tie or pocket square can certainly pop for a springtime feeling. If you’re attending with a partner, this can be a cute way to match up without looking cheesy if you both have an accessory with the same colour on.

 

Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to put together the perfect spring wedding outfit for this year.

 

Sources:

https://www.bridesmagazine.co.uk/gallery/2019-wedding-trends

https://theblacktux.com/blog/wedding-attire-for-men/

https://www.edharry.com/tips-tricks-on-what-to-wear-to-a-wedding-for-men

https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-fashion-trends

https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019

https://www.weddingideasmag.com/mens-seasonal-wedding-guest-fashion/

https://www.elle.com/uk/fashion/trends/a40085/7-fashion-trends/

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/fashion-beauty/style-advice/a25626752/spring-fashion/

https://www.vogue.fr/vogue-hommes/fashion/story/mens-fashion-22-top-trends-for-spring-summer-2019/4065

 

 

 

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How to shop for clothing gifts successfully

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I love buying and receiving clothing as a present but buying clothing for others can be very tricky. It can be hard to get the right size and design. But once you know the clothing size and the taste of the recipient, you should be able to successful buy clothing as a present. When shopping for clothing gifts, you need to aim to get it right first time and include gift receipts just incase you don’t.

 

How to shop for clothing gifts successfully

To shop for clothing gifts successfully, you need to have a close relationship with the recipient. Buying clothing as gifts for kids is very easy but it can become a chore when it comes to adults, especially adults you don’t really know. I like buying loose fitted pieces when I am not sure of the exact size, or I just go down the accessory route – so scarves. Another way to go about this is to shop for outerwear so coats, jackets, blazers, and so on. These are easier to buy if the sizes are grouped in small, medium, large and extra-large, as you can likely guess which group the recipient will fall into.

If you are on the hunt for clothing gifts, you may find these pieces very helpful.

 

Orvis Classic Barn Coat £159

 

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If you are after a gift idea for a lovely man in your life, then you need to check out Orvis Men’s Clothing. The brand stocks some amazing quality menswear, and this lovely coat is one of them. I love this Orvis Classic Barn Coat a lot. The garment washed classic look is beauty. I think it is a great gift idea for a special man in your life. What I like most about this coat is the pure cotton corduroy collar and cuff lining. It makes the coat stand out even more.

You can get this coat in this tobacco shade, or barn red and olive.

 

Barbour Women’s Zip Knit Sweater £119

 

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I would love to receive this Barbour Women’s Zip Knit Sweater as a present. I love the simplicity of the knit sweater. It looks like a quality piece of clothing that it is – 100% lambswool zip-front jumper. I also like the diamond quilted polyamide which helps with both durability and warmth

It can work as a jacket on a warmer day, and can be worn underneath a coat on a chilly day.

 

Orvis Pansy Print Scarf £29

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This Orvis Pansy Print Scarf is another great gift idea for women. It would work well as a little Mother’s Day gift this year. I love the beautiful pansy print. It can be worn as a scarf or as a wrap, and I think it is such a bold statement accessory. The light price tag also makes it a budget friendly gift idea. What do you think?

 

What do you think of these clothing gift ideas? Did any catch your eye? Let’s know in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Giving Your Partner Styling Tips – Without Being Patronising!

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It’s a common enough scenario. You’re both going to an event or social gathering (e.g. a wedding or a birthday party), and you’ve put a lot of time and thought into what you’re going to wear. The same can’t always be said for your husband or boyfriend…

Make no mistake, many men are great at looking good. They’ve got instinctive knowledge of what to wear and how to style themselves. But there are a lot of men who just prefer to sling on the suit they’ve had since their college days, regardless of whether it still buttons up or not!

 

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Some great tips for getting your partner looking mighty fine

 

  • Don’t assume superiority. Tempting though it is to totally take over, remember that too much control can come across as patronising. After all, he’s a grown man – he does know how to dress himself! Make sure he knows why this matters so much to you; that you not only want him to look his best, but to also make a great impression to others.

 

  • Emphasise that less is more. Good style doesn’t actually involve that much effort; just a bit of know-how. Leave out some male style magazines, demonstrating how easy it is to look smart and sophisticated without going too ‘overkill’.

 

  • Provide some style inspiration. If he’s been favouring the same old suit for decades, now might be the time for an update. Again, this is a perfect time to flick through some magazines or browse online. Look at this years’ styles on key fashion sites, that’ll give him a good idea of what styles are on-trend at the moment.

 

  • Get the little details right. The devil is in the detail when you’re going to a special event like a wedding or party. It’s not just about the suit and the shirt, it’s also about the right shoes, the right tie, and even the right belt for those trousers. It’s a good idea to experiment with what’s in the wardrobe, then work out if he needs to purchase anything new.

 

  • Start grooming. A bit of male grooming never did any man any harm. At the very least, trimming the beard or styling the hair should be a priority. Get your partner to think about fragrance too; it makes a real difference when you’re attending an event. Copycat Fragrances have a good range of male colognes, which have been inspired by the leading fragrance houses.

 

  • Focus on comfort. Don’t bulldoze your partner into wearing something if it doesn’t feel comfortable. You know what it’s like, adjusting your outfit all day because you don’t feel ‘right’ in it – it’s not a pleasant feeling! If he’s trying on new clothes, remind him that it’s important to feel good in it, not just look good.

 

  • Shop online (without spending a fortune). If your partner hates going shopping, the internet can be a life-saver. It takes the pressure off, giving you both the time to browse properly without feeling rushed. There are often more opportunities to save money online too, if you know how to shop in a savvy way.

 

  • Think to the future. Don’t just focus on this one event; think about when your partner will wear this outfit on the future. For example, will the suit be wearable for the office too? Is he likely to need it for other events? If he’s only likely to wear it one time, you might not want to spend so much on it.

 

Have fun together!

Choosing clothes together can be a whole lot of fun; providing you handle it the right way. Avoid bossiness and encourage your partner to voice his opinions; after all, he’ll be the one wearing it!

 

 

 

 

 

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