Christmas Gift Guide

If you’re still looking for Christmas gift ideas for stylish ladies, here are some of my top picks to help with your Christmas shopping this week. The only “person” I’ve bought for so far is my dog, so I need a little inspiration myself! (And if any of my family are reading this, this is pretty much my wish list, hint hint 😉).

Stocking Fillers

No lady’s maid would be without a fully stocked sewing kit – This Liberty print sewing scissors and holder would be a stylish addition to it for a budding seamstress.

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My favourite chocolates at Christmas time from Hotel Chocolat; best to only buy the pocket selection or I won’t stop eating them 😋

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Please don’t think me weird for including a stapler in my wish list, but there’s something about Ted Baker’s “let’s get together” rose gold stapler that I love! Perhaps one for those who are hard to buy for, have a sense of humour and like a tidy desk.

 

I love Christmas scented candles – these are two of my favourites from Marks & Spencer – Frankincense and Myrrh and Mandarin and clove.  Really good value and they smell amazing.

A Royal Christmas – a great Christmas book, published by the Royal Collection Trust, exploring the Christmas traditions of royalty, past and present.

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Luxury Gifts

I know you shouldn’t be swayed by packaging, but when it’s a Fortnum’s hamper I don’t really care what’s in it – just save the basket for me 🙂

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This world class tech case is a really good buy for jet-setting ladies who travel a lot – keeping all your gadgets organised in style on the move. Available in different colour combinations, but this is my favourite.

 

 

I love Smythson notebooks and diaries. I especially like this Soho diary as it has a “To Do” page for notes each week as well. The cobalt blue is super stylish.

Aspinal currency wallet – I have a similar wallet to this one that I bought from Heathrow Airport several years ago when I was travelling a lot and didn’t want to carry different wallets for multiple currencies – really useful.

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Wilbur & Gussie make the most stylish clutches. It’s impossible to pick a favourite, but this gold glitter clutch is a wardrobe classic.

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For hat-loving ladies with a busy social calendar in 2019 – an unlimited hat hire voucher for a year from The Cotswold Hat Club. Wear a different one each weekend if you want! Great value if you have a lot of formal day dress events to plan for.

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You can’t go wrong with a cashmere scarf as a gift. These ones from John Lewis are great value for cashmere, and available in a large range of colours, I like this coral red to brighten up wintery days.

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Add a glamorous touch to your winter coats with a brooch from Susan Caplan. I like this wreath of pearls and turquoise – it would look great on a winter white coat. (20% off with the code LADYSMAID20).

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I couldn’t not mention my book! If you’re bored of the family on Christmas afternoon, then dip into a copy of Wardrobe Wisdom and start planning your New Year Wardrobe for 2019.

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Little Red Dresses

Little Red Dresses

Every lady has a trusty LBD – a little black dress that you can always count on when facing a what-to-wear dilemma. But during the festive season it’s all about the little red dress – red is the most Christmassy colour, so always a popular choice for Christmas functions. I’ve rounded up some of my favourites available now for every budget. In terms of accessories for red dresses, I would say gold is the best choice, or a matching red for evening looks. Some red tones also match well with burgundy accessories. I think black accessories can look a bit harsh for evening looks with sleeveless red dresses, but if the dress is sleeved and you wear black opaque tights, it does look more balanced.

Budget

Starting with budget LRDs, one of my favourites is this new red dress from M&S. I love the subtle animal jacquard print and the ruched shoulders – I sense this one will be popular for office Christmas parties.

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I really like this simple tunic dress from HM – I love the pretty lacy sleeve detail.

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A slinky little number from Zara. You might need a faux fur, or extra egg nog, to keep warm if you wear this out in December! Love the rich jewel red and fringed belt.

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Pussy bows are one of my favourite style features in tops and dresses – it’s the Lady Di/Maggie Thatcher in me! Tall ladies can get away with working this pussy bow maxi – a stylish, longer little red dress from Warehouse.

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Mid-range

A new number from Cefinn just in time for the festive season and a great choice as a wearable desk-to-dinner festive frock for mid-week Christmas parties.

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I’ve been all over burgundy velvet on my Insta page, so this poinsettia velvet dress from Boden will make you stand out from the crowd more than my usual mellow merlot options 🙂

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A pretty lacy floral embellished dress from Needle and Thread.

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I like throw-on tunic styles – great to hide any over-indulging on canapes! This maroon red tunic dress from Ted Baker has pretty embellishment at the wrists.

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Another great classic day-to-eve little red dress from Jaeger.

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If you have a bit of extra cash to flash for your Christmas frock, this is one of my favourite LRDs from Nanushka. The “Ezra” wrap dress is made of a gorgeous claret red silky satin.

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I really love this Grecian style pleated metallic silk dress from Maria Lucia Hohan – like a stylish Christmas sweet wrapper! One-shoulder dresses are always a winner with me too, so this would be my top pick for a special Christmas party dress.

 

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I love the sharp shoulders and ruffled sleeves on this mini from Alexander McQueen.

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If there’s one red dress on my lust list, it’s this one from Antonio Beradi – I love the clean lines and contrasting textures of wool-crepe, cady and satin – classic and glamorous. What more do you want from a little red dress?!

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Christmas Jumpers

Christmas Jumpers

You may think that Christmas jumpers have no place on a page about style, but you’d be wrong! I used to think they were incredibly naff – my main image of them being from American 80s/90s Christmas movies. These days there are much more subtle and stylish festive sweaters out there, so you don’t need to worry about looking like your Grandma dressed you on Christmas Jumper Day. In my wardrobe, this silver sequinned angel jumper, bought from Top Shop in 2015, is a favourite. The plus side of only wearing it a few days a year is that it’s still in excellent condition!  (There are a few on ebay if you like it.)

Christmas Jumper Day is on Friday 14 December this year. People in schools and offices across the UK wear their best novelty knit in aid of Save the Children. I’ve trawled through the festive knitwear on offer to bring you some of my favourites – from novelty knits to stylish sequins, via festive Fair Isle: there’s a Christmas jumper out there for everyone!

Novelty Knits

M&S leads the way with some stylish and wearable Christmas jumpers this year. These are three of my favourites:

Embellished Mistletoe jumper, M&S

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Robin embroidered jumper, M&S

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Embellished stars jumper, M&S

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All other high street stores now have a Christmas knitwear offering too – there are some good ones in H&M, Next and Dorothy Perkins. Tu at Sainsburys and George at Asda also have some great ones:

Sequin stag sweater, Dorothy Perkins

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Are you noticing a pattern? I quite like reindeers 🙂 Gold sequin reindeer jumper, Monsoon

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One for dog lovers – puppy in antlers from Tu at Sainsburys

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 A subtle offering from Top Shop – a mini candy cane crested black jumper

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There are quite a few Fair Isle/novelty hybrids if you want something that doesn’t scream Christmas:

Jacquard knit reindeer Fair Isle, H&M

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Robin Fair Isle, Asda

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Slogan knitwear merges with festive fun in this “baby it’s cold outside” sweater from Bella Freud

 

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Make it easy for people to guess your drinks order with this Navy sequinned champagne Christmas jumper from Asda

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JOY red sweatshirt – Save the Children x Selfish Mother. 50% of the retail price is donated to Save the Children.

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Everything sounds better en francais – “joyeux Noël” from Top shop

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Festive Fair Isle

If you don’t want to spend money on a jumper that you only wear one or two days a year, then Fair Isle is a great alternative to the novelty knits – still Christmassy but much more stylish and wearable throughout the winter months, not just December. Fair Isle knits are named after the place where they originate from – the tiny island of Fair Isle, one of the Scottish Shetland islands (where you’ll be in need of a cosy knit to keep warm at Christmas). The style became popular in the 1920s when the then Prince of Wales was photographed wearing a Fair Isle jumper whilst playing golf. Since then they’ve become a winter wardrobe classic, especially during the festive season.

Ivory Agnes Fair Isle, Boden

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Georgina sweater, Hobbs

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Mohair Icelandic jumper, Brora

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Fair Isle sweater, Ralph Lauren

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Islay print, Fat Face

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Somersby Fair Isle, Jack Wills

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Stylish Sequins

Another more wearable option to the classic Christmas jumper is sequinned and jewelled knitwear – a great cocktail casual option for Christmas parties. I particularly like the grey ones as the dull colour carries sequins and jewels really well.

This grey jumper with bow motif from HM is my top pick

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I also love this pretty blush snowflake number from Next – this would look great with a pleated satin skirt and sparkly silver heels

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Jewel embellished jumper, Warehouse

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Grey sparkle jumper, Oasis

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Arqyle sweater with sequins, Zara

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These Christmas jumpers all get the seal of style approval from The Lady’s Maid – which one will you pick for Christmas Jumper Day?!

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Vintage Jewellery – Susan Caplan

The Lady’s Maid’s top Vintage Jewellery picks from Susan Caplan

Most stylists will agree that accessories complete an outfit. Glance at my Instagram page and you’ll see all the outfits are accessorised with earrings and sometimes brooches – my two favourite jewellery accessories for lifting a look. Whether it’s cheap costume jewellery or expensive precious stones the visual effect is the same. This week I’m focusing on vintage jewels and teaming up with vintage jewellery expert Susan Caplan to offer my followers 20% off their entire jewellery range. Perhaps you’re looking to add some festive sparkle to your winter outfits, or maybe you’d like something a little different as a Christmas gift for ladies who love a bit of bling. I often feature Susan Caplan pieces on my Instagram page – I love the touch of glamour that her vintage pieces bring to a winter outfit. I’ve picked out some of my favourite pieces from her collection here. Head to their website here to see their full range. The discount code for 20% off is: LADYSMAID20.

Brooches

1980s Vintage D’orlan Owl Swarovski Crystal Brooch

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Owls are a symbol of wisdom, so I feel like adopting this little owl brooch as the mascot for my book Wardrobe Wisdom. Made of 22ct gold plate, featuring round-cut green and clear Swarovski crystals, it’s at the top of The Lady’s Maid’s wish list for Christmas. The owl always lends itself well to jewellery design and I love the piercing emerald eyes of this one. £135 (£108 with discount).

1960s Vintage Trifari Crystal Brooch

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A simple but stylish silver-plated floral sprig brooch, featuring round and marquis-cut clear Swarovski Crystals. A great choice to add a finishing touch of understated elegance to an outfit. £125 (£100 with discount).

1950s Vintage Silver Marcasite Brooch

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I love marcasite – it has a subdued sparkle to it that’s great if you want something a little less flashy than crystals or diamonds. This silver brooch features a scrolling floral design embellished with faceted marcasite. £145 (£116 with discount).

1970s Vintage Attwood & Sawyer Stylised Brooch

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A decorative ribbon twist brooch featuring teardrop and round-cut clear and red Swarovski crystals. I love the Christmassy colours of this one – I’d wear it on a burgundy or red winter coat. £95 (£76 with discount).

1980s Vintage Swarovski Crystal Floral Brooch

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Another particularly festive brooch – a silver-plated star embellished with clear round-cut and emerald green marquis-cut Swarovski crystals. £48 (£38.40 with discount).

 

1960s faux pearl and leaf brooch

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This leaf brooch looks like a sprig of festive holly – a great way to add a touch of Christmas to your outfit in a stylish way. £95 (£76 with discount).

 

Earrings

1970s Vintage Monet Red Chandelier Drop Earrings

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Top of my earrings wish list are these beautiful ruby red chandelier earrings featuring red lucite drops and round-cut Swarovski crystals. The perfect accessory for a red Christmas party dress. £145 (£116 with discount).

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1980s Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Swarovski Crystal Snake Earrings

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I really love these striking snake hoop earrings. Embellished with round-cut clear crystals with red Swarovski crystal eyes. A stylish statement accessory for a glitzy gown. £185 (£148 with discount).

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1990s Vintage Gold Plated Swarovski Crystal Star Earrings

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Jazz up any Christmas ensemble with these gold-plated star drop earrings. £18 (£14.40 with discount).

1980s Vintage Statement Swarovski Crystal Drop Earrings

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 Another statement red earring that would be a great accessory for festive frocks at Christmas time. £125 (£100 with discount).

1980s Vintage D’orlan Swarovski Crystal Drop Earrings

 

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If you prefer a slightly more understated look, these mini 22ct gold-plated glitter ball earrings featuring Swarovski crystals might be the ones for you to add just a touch of sparkle to your party look. £135 (£108 with discount).

1980s Vintage D’Orlan Swarovski Crystal Clip-on Earrings

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These 22ct gold-plated classic drop clip-on earrings, featuring round-cut clear and oval-cut amethyst-coloured Swarovski crystals, are so elegant and could be worn day or evening. I’ve pictured them here in a regal winter wedding look. £95 (£76 with discount).

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1970s Vintage Attwood & Sawyer Crystal Clip-on Earrings

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 The Duchess of Sussex favours discreet studs over statement earrings, so if you want to emulate her style these contemporary faux emerald triangle clip-on earrings are a good place to start. £95 (£76 with discount).

1980s Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Bow Swarovski Crystal Clip-on Earrings

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A stylish statement clip-on earring from Kenneth Jay Lane, featuring a bow design embellished with round-cut Swarovski crystals. £225 (£180 with discount).

For more ideas on how to style all these vintage treasures, keep a look out on my Instagram page between now and Christmas as I will be featuring them in my festive ensembles!

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Christmas Style – Bombshell HQ

The festive season is just around the corner, and The Lady’s Maid loves a Christmas  party frock!

In this post I have picked my top five festive dresses from Bombshell HQ – a London based dress label designed by Katya Wildman who specialises in elegant dresses for curvy ladies.

Mother of the Bride – Christmas Wedding

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Forest green was one of the most popular colour choices at the recent Royal wedding this year. It’s a great colour for brunettes and perfect choice for a Christmas Wedding Mother of The Bride. I’ve styled Bombshell’s Confident dress in dark green here with a feathered hat by Bundle Maclaren, available to hire from The Cotswold Hat Club, green velvet clutch and heels from L.K. Bennett and vintage star earrings by YSL available from Vestiare Collective.

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All shades of red have to be the most popular choice for the festive season. If you like your reds a little more mature and discreet, as opposed to a standout scarlet, then this mulberry hue is the one for you. Pictured is the Scoop Neck Elliptical Midi Skirt Dress in wine accessorized with a matching pill box hat and kitten heels from Phase Eight, clutch from Hobbs and vintage earrings by Jennifer Gibson.

Christmas Party

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without some burgundy velvet. I’ve picked out the Stretch Luxe ¾ length sleeve in wine velvet as my top choice for a Christmas party frock. Accessorized here with matching velvet heels by L.K. Bennett, bag by Dune London, earrings by Susan Caplan and a winter white coat from Hobbs.

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Christmas_Day.png The Midnight Tartan on this Scoop Neck Elliptical Midi Skirt Dress is a great choice if you want to dress up on Christmas Day. I’ve accessorized it here for a trip to church on Christmas morning – winter coat and faux fur scarf by Hobbs, bag by Aspinal of London, gloves by Mulberry, heels by Rupert Sanderson  and earrings available at Vestiare.

New Year’s Eve Ball

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You can’t wear too much glitter on New Year’s Eve! If you have a fancy ball to go to over the festive season then this Gold Sequin Gown will put you at the top of the best dressed list. Glam it up to the max with a glitter clutch from Wilbur & Gussie, snake hoop vintage earrings by Susan Caplan and sandals by Dune London.

 

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Royal Wedding – Best Dressed

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An autumn wedding is always going to be tricky when you’re planning an outfit in advance. The gusty winds in Windsor yesterday saw plenty of hats fly off the heads of guests filing into St. George’s Chapel, revealing those who had and had not utilised the hat pin! The most successful headwear on a day like yesterday were the small discreet pill box style hats/headpieces, secured with an elastic band, or the alice band style headbands that are more popular lately, as worn by the Maid of Honour, Princess Beatrice. For dresses – heavier fabrics, longer hemlines or fitted dresses/skirt suits were the best choices to avoid any unfortunate Marilyn Monroe moments. Autumn/winter weddings are a great time to wear rich jewel shades and there were a lot of them on show – forest green being the most popular, worn by Princess Anne, Autumn Phillips and Pippa Middleton – also berry pinks and burgundy reds. My top three favourite outfits go to those who seemed to nail the autumn wedding look in colour, style and appropriate headwear.

Alessandra de Osma

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Alessandra de Osma wore a forest green midi dress by Andrew Gn, with ¾ sleeves and scattered floral embroidery. This was definitely my favourite dress of the day amongst the guests. I love the deep green colour, the slightly fluted sleeves and flounce hem and the floral scatter embellishment adds just the right amount of autumnal floral detail to glam it up a bit. Forest green was a really popular colour at the wedding but I like the combination of green with berry pinks here. Alessandra picked out the berry of the embroidery in her headpiece by Mimoki, with burgundy velvet clutch and patent heels.

 

 

The Duchess of Cambridge

 

The Duchess of Cambridge’s outfits are fairly predictable at formal royal events as she rarely strays from her two favourite designers for formal wear – Alexander Mcqueen and Catherine Walker. For yesterday’s wedding she opted for Mcqueen – wearing a lovely raspberry shade of pink, matching it with a velvet veiled headpiece trimmed with handcrafted flowers – a bespoke variation of this velvet calotte from the AW18 collection of Philip Treacy. If Alessandra wore the best dress this is definitely my favourite hat from the wedding – a variation of the style was also worn by Kitty Spencer at a wedding earlier this year and on Michelle Dockery at Royal Ascot in June. Kate’s dresses by Mcqueen tend to be variations on a theme, but I’m not holding that against her as the hat was the standout element in this ensemble anyway, so it needed to be set against a simple block colour to shine. Her burgundy velvet accessories were the perfect final touch to the look.

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Cressida Bonas wore a blue devoré velvet dress by Tory Burch. The dark velvet fabric could have drowned her delicate frame if worn with the wrong accessories but she matched it perfectly – with a velvet headband by Juliette Botterill and contrasting burgundy shoes by Rupert Sanderson. The hemline and fabric were perfect for the weather and season and the headband adds a touch of youth to freshen up the look. Big ticks all round from The Lady’s Maid.

Other Best Dressed Guests:

Demi Moore

I think Demi was the “Amal” of this wedding – dressed head to toe in burgundy red. Dress: Stella McCartney, hat: Philip Treacy, bag (appropriately named “Demi”): Gabriela Hearst, shoes: Malone Souliers.

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Princess Beatrice

Princess Bea has never looked better – loved this royal blue skirt suit by Ralph & Russo with lilac suede accessories, also by Ralph & Russo, and a blue/purple headband by Sarah Cant. The bee brooch is adds a nice elegant touch too.

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Jane Gottschalk

I love this belted blush/burgundy shirt dress by Luisa Beccaria – I featured it on my Instagram page last week so I’m glad to see it make an appearance at the Royal wedding!

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Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs

Loved the autumnal florals of this midi dress matched with a dusky pink hat by Laura Cathcart.

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Alice Naylor Layland

A bold and beautiful teal floral jacquard tiered coat by La Double J with hat by Laura Cathcart.

 

Ayda Williams

A stylish silver look – love the patent pewter accessories. Suit: Armani, hat: Philip Treacy.

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Autumn Phillips

Dressed in the colour of the day – a forest green jacquard dress by Suzannah.

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Caroline Sieber

Chic in lilac Chanel.

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Lydia Forte 

There were a lot of veiled hats at this royal wedding – and this one by Jane Taylor was one of the chicest – love the statement brooch too.

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Anya Rowland

Monochrome chic in a tailored ecru dress from The Fold with hat by Jane Taylor.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor

Here comes the next royal bride – Lady Gabriella Windsor in turquoise Claire Mischevani.

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Nicky Malone 

Beautiful in burgundy by Claire Mischevani with matching floral headband by Juliette Botterill

Clare Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford-Haven

Wearing an elegant navy blue Claire Mischevani dress coat.

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Royal Wedding – what to wear

With Princess Eugenie’s wedding a couple of days away I’m rounding up my series of Instagram outfits that I would like to see some of the royal party wearing!

The Queen

I’m thinking pink for HM. It’s a colour she hasn’t previously worn at a royal wedding and one that would suit this time of year. Most likely to be by her milliner and couturier dream team Rachel Trevor Morgan and Stewart Parvin although she could choose something by her senior dresser, Angela Kelly, who designed the green hat she wore at the last royal wedding. One thing that’s easier to bet on is HM’s accessories – she may be known for dressing in a kaleidoscope of different colours for her formal events but her accessories rarely change: black patent shoes by Anello and Davide, black patent bag by Launer, classic pearl and diamond stud earrings – a wedding present from Queen Mary, a triple strand of pearls, and a diamond brooch. Her pearls are part of her regal uniform and I can’t imagine her not wearing them can you?!

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Mother of the Bride – The Duchess of York

It will be a big day for the Duchess of York next Friday, welcomed back into the royal fold in her prominent role as Mother of the Bride. Fergie made two public appearances with the royals this year (at the Royal wedding in May and at Royal Ascot in June) wearing classic navy blue head to toe both times, but I’m expecting her to up the style stakes a little as MOTB. I think she might dress in Roland Mouret or Vivienne Westwood with hat by Philip Treacy and I’d love to see her in gold  –  she’d look great in a dress coat like this one by Claire Mischevani – classic still but with an edge of glam.

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Hat: Rachel Trevor Morgan, clutch: bottarga Veneta; pearls: Annoushka; heels: Jimmy Choo; brooch: The Antique Jewellery Company.

Maid of Honour – Princess Beatrice 

Princess Beatrice was spotted leaving Ralph & Russo in London earlier this week carrying what looked like a shoe box I like to think it might have inside these gorgeous Empire pink suede and rose gold pumps – they look right up Princess Bea’s street. The York Princesses are known for their lively sense of style – who could forget the infamous pretzel hat Beatrice wore at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Her style has got more elegant and classic in recent years but still with a quirky edge, like the white tweed boater hat she wore to Easter Sunday service this year or the teal headband for the last royal wedding. If she was picking up R&R accessories then that could be a big clue as to who has designed her Maid of Honour dress…and possibly Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress too. I’d love to see her in something like this divine vision in blush from Ralph & Russo – perhaps a bit glitzy for a Maid of Honour dress but I’m sure they could tone down the sequins a bit so as not to steal the scene from Eugenie too much! I’ve pictured the dress here with R&R accessories, morganite earrings Kiki McDonough and a ceramic rose headband by Fi Graham Millinery.

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The Duchess of Cornwall

As with many of the female royals The Duchess of Cornwall has go to designers for formal events like weddings. She almost always wears Anna Valentine dresses/dress coats and Philip Treacy hats, so I think this will be the combination she will choose at next week’s royal wedding. You can always count on Camilla to wear a proper hat – she wore a fabulous wide brimmed pale pink feather trimmed hat by Treacy for the last royal wedding so I’m hoping he will have designed another spectacular hat for this occasion too! Wide brimmed hats don’t suit everyone but it’s great to see them still worn by those that can carry them off. The Duchess tends to wear pastel colours in formal daywear so I’m imagining her in silvery grey this time. Something similar to this stylish “Michaela” graphite silk dress coat by Lalage Beaumont perhaps, pictured here with a hat by William Chambers, clutch and shoes by Emmy London and vintage jewels by Susan Caplan.

(N.B. since I wrote this post it was confirmed the Duchess of Cornwall is not attending the wedding due to a prior work engagement.)

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The Countess of Wessex

Sophie always rings the changes with the style of her event outfits – at the royal wedding in May she wore separates: an elegant short sleeve ice blue silk top and matching midi skirt by Suzannah, and at Royal Ascot this year she was the first royal to wear a jumpsuit in the royal enclosure. I love how she’s not afraid to take risks and try new things with her clothes. She’s worn dressy shirt dresses in the past and I think the style really suits her so I’d love to see her in something like this burgundy/blush belted midi dress by Luisa Beccaria –  featuring a blush velvet collar, burgundy floral jacquard pattern and flared midi skirt. Elegant and formal but still a bit of a style statement. The Countess always wears hats by Jane Taylor (the one I’ve pictured is by Juliette Botterill and available to hire from The Cotswold Hat Club). Burgundy/blush is a great colour combination for autumn too – holding on to the blush from summer and dipping into some wintery burgundy! Other accessories: antique garnet earrings from The Antique Jewellery Company, velvet burgundy clutch by Jimmy Choo and blush velvet heels from Prada.

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The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t usually stray from her tried and tested style formula of a fit-and-flare dress coat with matching hat for formal events like weddings, usually from her ‘go to’ designers Alexander McQueen and Catherine Walker. She also usually prefers not to make too much of a style statement at weddings so as not to draw attention away from the bride. So I’m expecting either a repeat wear from Kate or something fairly neutral/classic. I really like this Catherine Walker beige tweed dress coat with peplum detail at the waist. I’ve accessorized it with a beautiful oyster silk pillbox hat by Juliette Botterill, pinky beige clutch by Loefflerr Randall, suede courts from Gianvito Rossi and morganite earrings by Kiki McDonough.

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The Duchess of Sussex

The Duchess of Sussex has shown a preference for neutral colours in her working wardrobe as a member of the royal family. Her last appearance at a royal event in formal daywear was Prince Louis’ christening where she wore a khaki green dress and hat. I think she’d look great in this jewel green pleated silk dress by Gabriela Hearst. I’ve matched it here with an elegant saucer hat by Edwina Ibbotson, her black accessories by Givenchy and Aquazzura and diamond stud earrings from Birks.

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Zara Phillips

Zara wore a teal dress coat by Claire Mischevani at the last royal wedding so I think this sapphire blue colour and cut by the same designer would also look good on her with a matching blue velvet headpiece by Juliette Botterill. Other accessories – heels by Manolo Blank, bag by Amanda Pearl and opal earrings from Annoushka.

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Autumn Phillips

I’ve been studying the fashion form and Autumn tends to favour the fit and flare style of dress, similar to the Duchess of Cambridge. She wore an elegant ice blue coat by Suzannah Fashion with matching hat by Juliette Botterill for Easter Sunday in Windsor this year and for the last royal wedding she wore a beautiful turquoise dress coat by Hen House HQ with matching hat by Juliette Millinery, so she may well repeat this design duo next Friday. She isn’t afraid of wearing bright colours and often contrasts the colour of her hat with her dress so she may not go for a matchy-matchy look. I’ve picked out the Princess dress coat in flag red by Suzannah here and matched it with a silk bow headpiece by Juliette Botterill. Red is sometimes considered a bit of a taboo colour at weddings but I think it’s fine to wear it these days, especially in autumn/winter. The Duchess of Cambridge has worn red a couple of times to weddings. You can always tone down the look by adding nude accessories or a darker shade of red – like I’ve done here. The unwritten rules are that a guest should blend in as much as possible and not wear anything that detracts too much attention from the bride – red is often considered a bit of a scene stealing colour so I think that’s why many people steer clear of it at weddings. But if we’re talking about scene stealing then canary yellow a la Amal will do it just as much! As will any other brights. The only colours that are a no go are black and obviously white!

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The Countess of Snowdon 

The Countess of Snowdon doesn’t get much media coverage at royal events compared to the more senior royals, which is a shame because she’s one of the most stylish. Often opting for chic pill box hats all “Lady Lucan” style! I think Serena would look great in a floral headband like this one from Laura Cathcart Millinert teamed here with a navy Ballerina dress by Suzannah and jazzed up with some gold/navy brocade shoes by Rupert Sanderson.

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