Style Challenge – Summer Wedding

This set of looks is for an Instagram follower who has a wedding in Milan to attend this summer and will be heavily pregnant on the day!๐ŸคฐStylish maternity wear can be hard to find and maternity occasion wear even trickier! Iโ€™ve pictured two maternity dresses and two regular dresses. Iโ€™ve known a couple of ladies that go down this route when it comes to maternity occasion dress – they just size up in a regular label and choose tunic/cape styles that will cover the growing bump. I love the statement sleeves on the Ted Baker dress which will also help to balance out the growing baby bump, and the dusky rose colour matches beautifully with the floral headpiece by John Lewis and satin clutch by Carvela.

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Blush floral headpiece, John Lewis, tunicย dress, Ted Baker; blush satin clutch, Carvela; pink jacquard shoes, L.K. Bennett; pink pearl earrings, A.B. Davis.

Coral pink is a great colour for summer – I’ve pictured below a pleated maternity dress by Seraphine Maternity and a chiffon cape overlay dress by Gina Baconni. If you sized up in this dress I think the cape overlay is a nice addition to discreetly cover the baby bump.

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Pleated coral dress, Seraphine; coral cape dress, Gina Bacconi; copper ruffle brimmed hat, Bee Smith; pink jacquard clutch, L.K. Bennett; nude patent shoes, John Lewis; ivory jacket, Phase Eight; coral drop earrings, Kendra Scott.

And lastly I have picked out a pretty “English Rose” dress by Tiffany Rose Maternity which I have unashamedly accessorised in an excessively romantic and feminine way! The English Rose print just makes me want to skip around in an English flower bed! Now Iโ€™m not a fan of fascinators but I think if itโ€™s more of a floral hair clip then this is fine – I just donโ€™t like anything too flimsy as it doesnโ€™t really enhance the outfit.

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Left accessories: Ella pillbox hat, Whiteley Hats; dusky pink satin clutch, Ted Baker; pink suede heels, L.K. Bennett; pink quartz drop earrings, Lola Rose.

Right accessories: coral Fascinator, Failsworth Hats; crystal bobble clasp clutch, Ted Baker; rosebay suede heels, Boden.

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This series of looks is for a follower on my Instagram page who is looking for an outfit for a wedding this summer. The wedding date is four weeks after she is due to give birth so Iโ€™ve recommended that she go for a tunic style of dress that skims over the figure and perhaps make more of a feature of the accessories or hat. Iโ€™ve picked out three tunic style dresses here and matched them with accessories.

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Look 1:

Chatsworth Bloom Scallop Dress, Ted Baker (ยฃ189)

William Chambers hat from SS18 collection (prices from ยฃ195)

Aerielle scallop back shoe, Dune Londonย (ยฃ80)

Bonie blush suede clutch, Dune London (ยฃ60)

Double drop pearl earrings, A. B. Davis (ยฃ149)

This look features the Chatsworth Bloom Scallop dress by Ted Baker, with sheer panelling around the top and a scallop edge. I’ve picked out the scallop detail in the blush/gold courts from Dune, and added their matching clutch, classic double drop pearl earrings from A. B. Taylor at John Lewis and a statement headpiece in the same tone from Scottish Milliner William Chambers. These shoes are a great neutral court shoe for special occasions – the nude colour will go with every dress and the scallop detail and streak of gold make them a little dressier than a regular beige court. The Ted Baker dress has quite a bold print but in subtle colours so I think you can still make a feature of the hat.

 

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Look 2/3:

Nicolette headpiece, Bundle Maclaren (ยฃ147)

Parsons statement earrings, Kendra Scott ($85)

Flame Dress, Goat Fashion (ยฃ460)

Boraa black clutch, Dune London (ยฃ70)

Gwen flower court shoes, L.K. Bennettย (ยฃ250)

Diana headpiece, Bundle Maclaren (ยฃ198)

Aphrodite Statement Earring, Olivia & Pearl (ยฃ175)

Secondly we have the Flame tunic dress from Goat Fashion in a vibrant coral shade. The Flame dress is simple, versatile and stylish. Shaped for an easy fit, the dress has a round neck and an over-sized feature button on the outer sleeve. I’ve shown two looks here with different accessories so you can see how the dress can be worn two completely different ways – great if you have a busy social calendar this summer and don’t want to buy multiple dresses! On the left I’ve matched the vibrant colour of the dress in a button head piece from Bundle Maclaren, and statement earrings from Kendra Scott. If you’re wearing a block colour like this you can afford to add embellishments in the accessories so I’ve added an embellished black suede clutch from Dune with matching bag from L. K. Bennett. ย For a softer look I’ve used the same accessories as the first look and added a button pinkย sequinned headpiece adorned with an oyster and dusky pink silk flower from Bundle Maclaren with statement mother of pearl earrings by Olivia & Pearl. This headpiece could also match with the first dress from Ted Baker.

 

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Look 4:

Ruffled sleeve shift dress, Boutique Moschino, ยฃ410

Duchess of Cambridge pill box hat, ยฃ116.95

Brompton court shoes, Kurt Geiger, ยฃ149

Sophh palace gardens canvas clutch, Ted Baker, ยฃ65

And finally a baby pink dress by Boutique Moschino featuring pretty ruffled sleeves and a square neckline, which I’ve accesorized with a classic Whitely swirl hat, the Olivia Pearl earrings, rosy suede heels from Kurt Geiger and a floral clutch from Ted Baker. I love Whiteley hats – they’re classic and elegant and look great with dresses like this if you want a sophisticated look!

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Another instagram follower is quite the social butterfly this year ๐Ÿฆ‹ย she has four weddings and a day at Royal Ascot to dress for! Sounds like a sequel for a Richard Curtis movie! She wants to re-wear her beautiful peachy coral flower & twist headpiece from Julietteย pictured here for at least one of the events. I’ve selected some dresses and accessories below to mix and match so that she can get three more wears out of this hat!

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Top left to right: Coral percher hat, ยฃ470, Juliette Botterill millinery; Wanita raspberry pink dress, ยฃ120, Phase Eight; Bella floral dress, ยฃ130, Phase Eight; Floral dress, L.K. Bennett.

Bottom Left to right: pink pouch clutch, ยฃ130, Vivienne Westweood; beige/rose gold heels, ยฃ120, Boden, Dee coral drop earrings, $39.97, Kendra Scott; rose leather heels, L.K, Bennett; Madeline beige nappa clutch, ยฃ195, L.K. Bennett.

For a slightly more formal look I’ve picked out aย floral jacquard dress coat from Bruce by Bruce Oldfieldย available at John Lewis. Iโ€™ve matched it with two sets of accessories – one silver and one bluebell blue so that you can get two wears out of the same dress.

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Silver accessories: silver disc hat, ยฃ225, Vixen Millinery; grey satin clutch, ยฃ80, Dune London;ย white/grey pearl earrings, ยฃ395, Georg Jenson; grey suede heels, ยฃ80, Dune London.

Bluebell blue accessories: oval disc feather hat, ยฃ130, John Lewis; powder blue clutch, ยฃ195, L.K. Bennett; blue topaz/diamond earrings, ยฃ395, London Road; Fern powder blue suede heels, ยฃ195, L.K. Bennett.

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