Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography - www.ashley-caroline.com: He’s popped the question, you’ve said yes, everyone is delighted – now the most important thing is choosing your wedding dress.. or is it? Shouldn’t you be looking at the whole bridal party? You wouldn’t arrange a vase of flowers with colours that clash and the same goes for your wedding group, not least of all the two other very important women at the ceremony – the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom.

Every bride wants everyone including herself to look amazing on her wedding day, but creating your wedding day ‘look’ takes lots of planning, hours of shopping and oodles of patience.

It should be one of the most memorable days of your life but there is a lot to consider, if you really want to ensure you end up with the wedding of your dreams.

Even the simplest weddings cost a small fortune and the photographs last a lifetime, so it is imperative the bridal party look their very best. Don’t leave this to chance, instead, visit one of our qualified stylists who offers tailor made colour and styling advice for wedding parties. Our relaxed consultations are popular with brides and mothers alike who have found our help invaluable at finding out what best to avoid and what has been tried and tested and will work for them on the big day.

When dressing the bridal party you need to choose colours for everyone’s outfits that will suit the individuals and which will all look good together. This is no easy achievement – members of the bridal party may all have different hair colour and skin tone which means different colours will suit them. For example, a bridesmaid with blonde hair would look overwhelmed and very pale in a dark dress, she needs to wear a lighter or brighter colour to make the best of her natural colouring. Whereas a bridesmaid with dark hair will look great in a darker colour. The secret is finding a colour that will look amazing on them all!

It is also a momentous day in a mother and mother-in-law’s life and they should be confident, happy and relaxed when that day finally comes around. You don’t want the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom clashing so badly they can’t stand together.

We suggest that mothers should wait until the wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses have been selected. They might then think about bringing some of the bridal colours into their own outfits, but they must be colours that make them look stunning.

As if colour isn’t enough to think about, as we know, ladies shapes vary and a dress design that looks great on someone with a curvy shape will not look as good on a lady who has a straighter body shape. Also different patterns and fabrics suit different body shapes. Other considerations are height and scale, which effect whether you should dress head to toe in one colour and what size pattern and accessories you should wear.”

We strongly advise any woman in the wedding group not to walk into a shop and announce they are looking for a wedding outfit or they are likely to emerge in something coral or periwinkle that they might never have dreamt of wearing before…and are unlikely to wear again.

The biggest mistake people make at weddings is to try out a brand new look on the day or opt for an outfit that they think looks “suitable” but is going to be uncomfortable. That’s a recipe for misery!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

So don’t leave the most important day of your life to chance and take away some of the stress by calling in the experts. Visit www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email.

Further inspiration can be found at https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/blushing-brides/

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Red Puffer: Yes this winter, you don’t have to call in sick to have a duvet day – just buy a duvet jacket or coat – then every day can be a duvet day.

Built for comfort and warmth over style, they are not the most obvious of fashion garments but bulky puffer jackets in all lengths have become the A-listers must have item. Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Julianne Moore and Katie Holmes to name a few have been photographed wearing them.

Not only are they great for keeping out the chill, they are light-weight, don’t crease and best of all they disguise any post-Christmas indulgence. The other thing, of course, is that providing you don’t take it off in public, no one will know what you have got on underneath so you could still have your pyjamas on. Perfect if you are a dog walker or taking the kids to school and it’s too much of a rush to get dressed.

What started as a ‘I wouldn’t been seen dead in one of those’ sort of coat is now readily available from every High Street retailer. From Sainsbury to Zara take your pick.

From a styling point of view I would just advise that these Michelin Man type coats add bulk and look great on tall and/or slim ladies, however, if you are on the shorter size and edging towards a size 14/16 please ask a friend you can trust when trying one on, for her honest opinion before purchasing.

With regard to the best colour to buy, then my advice is: if you have blonde and light brown hair opt for a soft brown or light pewter, if you have dark hair then black or navy will work, should you have red tones in your hair then choose a khaki or brown and if you have silver locks then navy is best and black will look great too.

After all, it’s the ‘coolest’, warmest coat for the season – if you know what I mean!

 

Written by Personal Stylist, Shan Williams

For further inspiration please see our Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/duvet-day/