With winter’s grip still firmly in the air, your mind might not have flitted to the thought of spring just yet. But spring is definitely on its way soon, and if you’ve been invited to a spring wedding this year, you might want to start planning your outfit now!
From preparing for the unpredictable spring weather (will it be cold? Warm? Will the sun show its face? Who knows — it’s a British springtime!) to navigating this year’s trends and yesteryear’s firm wedding traditions, it can be a difficult task.
Take a look at this guide for all the top tips you need to put together a successful spring wedding outfit.
Trends set to bloom in spring
There are a number of upcoming trends for spring that you need to be aware of. Many of these trends will apply to both men and women, so it’s worth taking a look at these first:
- Minimalism — After chasing highly-embellished dresses, wedding trends are set to cool down to a more sleek, minimal look thanks to the Meghan Markle effect. Guests can take note of this too, and embrace the ‘less is more’ mentality for their outfits.
- Coral colours — Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 is ‘Living Coral’, so expect to see this warm, pastel hue cropping up in fashion and in wedding trends throughout the year. It’s certainly going to see its moment during the springtime, with its blossom-evoking undertones. Think coral-coloured ties to add a splash of colour, or coral shawls to cover-up against the cold.
- Eco-friendly themes — Sure, the idea of florals for spring brings the cutting tone of Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly to mind, but florals will certainly fit the eco-friendly theme set to take hold of weddings across the country. Couple this with some eco-friendly shopping and the minimalism trend and you’ll have crisp, smooth look without fiddly synthetic embellishments.
Springtime women’s outfit
Let’s explore womenswear options first. Florals, as mentioned, are a tried-and-true essential for spring. You can opt for large or small floral prints; both are absolutely on-trend, and it’s just down to preference. Add in a little pastel pizzazz too! Opt for floral prints that use a shade close to the ‘Living Coral’ shade that’s set the theme of 2019 to make an effortless nod to the current trend. You can use this for dresses, skirts, shirts, or even as an accent with a coral-coloured accessory, like a thick bangle or coral-gemstone earrings.
Of course, comfort comes first — confidence comes with comfort! If you’re not a fan of dresses, an elegant jumpsuit can look so sophisticated, and it’s set to be a big trend at weddings throughout 2019. Wedding Wire are calling it a ‘fashion-forward style’ for guests, and the best part is that they can be dressed up or down to adapt to pretty much any dress code! When picking a jumpsuit, keep the shape simple and avoid too many embellishments for a really streamlined look. There’s also the catwalk-hot trend of coloured tailoring — that is, two-pieces sticking to one colour, in loose and light materials ready for spring. Nod to Pantone’s Colour of the Year with a pastel two-piece and you’ll have yourself the perfect spring wedding outfit.
Pair a loose, floral wrap-top with a smart skirt for an easy and comfy spring wedding outfit! Keep your shirt looking formal with a pick from designers such as Rixo Clothing matched with a sophisticated pencil skirt.
In terms of footwear, square-toed shoes are shining on social media. In particular, square-toed satin flats are having their moment on the catwalk and on social media, and they make a great addition to your springtime wedding outfit.
Lastly, it’s all about the finishing touches. Court shoes are a classic choice, and if you pair the colour or material of your pair of women’s court shoes with you bag, you’ll have an elegant tie-together for your whole outfit.
Springtime men’s outfit
There’s been a casual vibe to some wedding outfits for men in recent years. But according to Brides Magazine, this is set to take a sharp U-Turn back to the classic expectations. That means a much more tailored look, a definite increase in sharply tailored men’s suits, and absolutely no to jeans and t-shirts, even if it’s a ‘casual’ dress code! Of course, as a guest, you don’t need to match the groom’s three-piece suit, but it can be a good option for layering. Spring can be a tricky one to predict, and a three-piece suit will let you add or remove layers as needed without compromising your look.
A high-quality white shirt will see you through the day. Avoid a white jacket though, as you don’t want to be seen as trying to outshine the groom! Instead, opt for a light blue jacket to bring out the spring feeling. If you want to make sure your outfit is catwalk-approved, pick a double-breasted jacket — it’s set to be all the rage in spring this year, with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Burberry both showcasing their versions on the runways recently.
Even if it turns out to be a particularly sunny spring day, don’t be tempted to bring out the sandals! Stick to something tried and true with a pair of black derby shoes. They go with pretty much any outfit and are light enough to be comfortable if it’s sunny, and sturdy enough in the weather turns grey.
You can use a few select accessories to nod subtly to the trends. A pastel-coral tie or pocket square can certainly pop for a springtime feeling. If you’re attending with a partner, this can be a cute way to match up without looking cheesy if you both have an accessory with the same colour on.
With trends in mind and comfortable choices, you really can’t go wrong. Just remember to pack a brolly — you never know when the heavens might open!