Words by Flora Macdonald Johnston
wHaT tO WeAR fOR WEDDIng sEASOn
All the looks for all occasions
In a recent article by The New York Times, it was revealed that there will be some 2.5 million weddings this year alone, the most since 1984. With the pandemic pushing schedules back for many couples, and the newly engaged all planning to have their big days during the warmer months, it seems there is no end in sight to the frivolities and, most importantly, fashion of these affairs.
So, whether you’re the best friend of the bride, the last-minute partner who knows absolutely no one at the party, heading to a traditional countryside wedding, or wish to stun onlookers (the bride included) in that tiny church in Tuscany, we’ve curated looks for all matrimonious occasions.
Right, first things first, you need to be practical, which means a good blazer to layer over your dress for the church and to keep you toasty in the nippy evening air. Do not, however, be lulled into thinking this means a boring outfit – you just have to maximise everything else.
BesT fRiEnD Of tHe BRidE
It’s a big day – yes, for your best friend, but also for you. Looking fabulous without taking all of the attention is a delicate balance, but this look covers all bases.
tHe wEDDing aBROAd
Sunshine, fantastic landscapes, and the thrill of being somewhere, anywhere, that is not your living room or office. Weddings abroad have a special place in our wedding-filled hearts. Make sure to opt for outfits that are floaty (less chance of dreaded sweat patches while dancing the night away or sitting in the hot sun) and choose comfortable shoes perfect for all terrains – gravel, grass and, if you’re beachside, sand.
tHe pLUs (BUt sTiLL cHiC!) One
Even if this is the only wedding you ever attend with that certain someone (or perhaps it’s the first of many), leave your mark! Have those items that nobody else has and wear those labels nobody else knows. Firstly, you’ll look fabulous and unique. Secondly, it’s a great conversation starter should you be put on a seperate table. Now, don’t we just think of everything?!
tHe CiViL cERemONy
It’s not a church, so really, there are no rules. And, at KOIBIRD, no rules usually means you should look towards sparkles and glitter.
nOt yOUR rEgULaR mOtHeR Of THe bRiDe
Forget everything you know about what the Mother of the Bride should dress like. Think sharp and neat, but manoeuvrable. You’ll most likely be dashing around, greeting friends and family, or saving vases from falling off tables thanks to rambunctious toddlers. In other words, you need an outfit that you can move in and look devilishly stylish wearing. A suit, then, is the obvious choice.
tHe gRAnD bALL wEDDing
There’s always that one invite – 300 guests, carriages to take you from the church to the venue, gloves and hats ‘encouraged’ for the proceedings. This should not deter but ignite your sartorial senses. It’s the modern equivalent of Bridgerton – and we’re here for it!