What to wear to a wedding..


It might not be your big day but trying to decide what to wear to somebody else’s wedding is always difficult. In search of some inspiration we decided to ask some of the most stylish ladies we know for their suggestions. Charlotte Olympia, Katie HIllier, Jessica Hart and Lucy Hutchings all obliged, along with some familiar faces from the ELLE team. Here's what we'll be wearing to the endless round of weddings this summer...

Charlotte Olympia

Charlotte Olympia, Accessories Designer

Charlotte's picks
ValentinoCharlotte OlympiaUrban OutfittersDominic JonesSaloni
Valentino blouse & shorts, POA, 
Charlotte Olympia 'Bebel' textured cotton platform pumps, £620

Urban Outfitters floppy straw hat, £24

Dominic Jones earrings, £145, at Harvey Nichols

Saloni scarf, £345, at Matches Fashion

Carrie Gorman

Carrie Gorman, ELLEuk.com Editor

This is a great guest dress; a romantic print, a flirty/pretty hemline and a style that could work for city, country or abroad, and these heels will give the finished look a fashiony edge - best befitting some tanned legs. The fascinator may be dead but a hat is important – it gives your outfit a sense of occasion, even if it’s relaxed like this one.
For the finishing touches a hard-working year-round clutch will add some glamour, and nothing beats a chunky cocktail ring to keep things modern and youthful.

Carrie's picks

LanvinKenneth Jay Lane

ReissBionda CastanaCamilla & Marc

Lanvin Swarovski crystal pin-embellished straw hat, £560, at Net-a-Porter

Kenneth Jay Lane hammered knuckle ring, £55, at my-wardrobe.com

Reiss 'Mazie' hard-case clutch, £79

Bionda Castana 'Gracie' heels, £600, at Browns
Camilla & Marc printed chiffon dress, £665, at Net-a-Porter

Katie HIIier

Katie HIIier, accessories designer

I love stripes and this Marc by Marc dress is great for a day to night time wedding, no need for a second outfit. It’s super cute and chic and a fabulous party dress.I would (of course) wear a Hillier bunny love pendant to accessorise it. This Victoria Beckham clutch is perfect size for all an all day and goes from day to night effortlessly. And I would ask my friend Rupert to make me some Mirabel pumps, they are the chicest shoe around!

Katie's picks

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Stephen JonesVictoria Beckham
Katie HillierRupert Sanderson
Marc by Marc Jacobs striped silk dress, £475, at Matches Fashion
Stephen Jones fascinator
Victoria Beckham two-tone lizard & leather clutch, £1,800, at Net-a-Porter
Katie Hillier diamond bunny pendant, £795, at Astley Clarke
Rupert Sanderson suede heels, £435

Emma Sells

Emma Sells, Fashion Features Director

A wedding is surely a brilliant excuse to embrace bright and bold colours. The chiffon pleated skirt is really going to come into its own in the summer, especially in such an eye-popping shade, and flashes of neon pink will add some wow-factor. And for the clutch? This one’s not only stylish but big enough to fit a camera, make-up, phone – your boyfriend will be grateful…

Emma's picks

JosephHolly FultonChristopher Kane
WhistlesMiu Miu

Joseph silk vest, £158, at my-wardrobe.com
Holly Fulton clutch bag, £418.50
Christopher Kane two-tone leather platform sandals, £435, at Net-a-Porter
Whistles 'Carrie' pleated midi skirt, £110

Miu Miu double buckled skinny leather belt, £129, at mytheresa.com

Jessica Hart
Jessica Hart, Model

I’d pick out a long maxi dress in a bright colour like yellow or a bright floral print because weddings should be fun and bright – and you cant go wrong with Matthew Williamson. 
A  good tan wedge is essential because you are going to be in those heels for a long time, and a tan colour goes with everything. And I’d add  a few chunky bangles,  a big hat and a clashing clutch.

Jessica's picks
Matthew Williamson
Stella McCartneyChloé

Day Birger et MikkelsenJimmy Choo
Matthew Williamson maxi dress, £1,930
Stella McCartney panama hat, £125
Chloé strappy platform wedge sandals, £389, at farfetch.com
Day Birger et Mikkelsen bangles, £69, at my-wardrobe.com
Jimmy Choo neon clutch, £330

Lucy Hutchings
Lucy Hutchings, Jewellery Designer

I would love someone to wear this to my wedding this summer, the strong lines and monochrome colours make a real impact and a refreshing change from endless floral dresses. Wedges are also a wedding must, no sinking gently into the lawn!

Lucy's picks
Todd Lynn
Jimmy ChooLanvin

Lucy Hutchings Athena Procopiou
Todd Lynn embellished dress, £3,105, at Net-a-Porter
Jimmy Choo perforated leather clutch, £675
Lanvin python & perspex wedge sandals, £925, at Net-a-Porter
Lucy Hutchings multi coloured cuff, £324, at my-wardrobe.com
Athena Procopiou printed scarf, £150, at Liberty

Alice Watt

Alice Watt, Fashion Assistant
I’m not a typical pretty dress and heels kind of girl, so the prospect of picking a new wedding outfit doesn’t usually fill me with excitement. But this spring I have completely fallen for the Erdem and D&G inspired clashing prints trend- and seeing as I like to break convention by wearing trousers to weddings, I can easily translate this into an appropriate outfit.
For accessories, I’d opt for feminine pieces in a light palette but with a grungy edge- metallic shoes and bags are my new favourite and will modernise and balance the pretty florals.  

Alice's picks
Dries van Noten
American RetroMawiPierre HardyPeter Jensen

Dries van Noten sheer floral blouse, £529, at farfetch.com
American Retro printed trousers, £139, at Fenwick
Mawi crystal & skull earrings, £95, at my-wardrobe.com
Gap design editions by Pierre Hardy, £79.95
Peter Jensen 'Angela' shoulder bag, £239, at farfetch.com

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