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What to wear to a wedding?

By Karen Proctor

Wedding season is fast approaching, and with it looms the wedding outfit dilemma! Over the years, so many ladies of all ages, shapes and styles have come to me for help on this – often horrified at the options available in ‘special occasion” wear! Whether guest, mother-of-the bride or groom, sister or close friend – the search for the ultimate outfit often seems daunting.

I believe your outfit really has to work for you, the setting and the weather! The solution is simple - it’s all about the right fabric and an effortless design - combined to create an individual look. Surely, it’s a far easier option than trawling the shops for the holy grail of outfits?

But how do you choose the fabric and select a design? In my next few blogs, I want to explore fabric and style options that leave you inspired with choice!

Wearing floral to a wedding.

With Kim Kardashian being blasted in the press for her somewhat curtain-tastic, Mrs Doubtfire-esque, Givenchy floral gown worn to the Met Ball – floral is definitely fashion topical this week! In light of Kim’s floral over-kill - I feel the urge to defend floral and show how it can work so well for weddings.

I am an avid floral fan. Deliciously feminine and delicate or bold and dynamic with so much in-between, floral is amazingly diverse. With careful selection, a splash of a current trend alongside the right shapes and combination of styling – floral can suit you perfectly whatever your style or the event.

I love the simple cuts and the use of floral on this stunning Dolce and Gabbana outfit (Spring/ Summer 2013 collection.) Interesting, yet demure. A stunning floral silk print blouse with a cleverly designed skirt in a jacquard can easily be created from our fabric collections.

Or why not come mix some of a fabulous floral with other prints to create a somewhat bolder impact as in this other funky outfit from Dolce &Gabbana?

I love these designs too - so different in terms of how they work floral. The Green silk dress from Louis Vuitton shows how silk can be used to create the perfect shape dress with sleeves with a versatile length skirt.

This floral Louis Vuitton dress shows how black trim and a lower neckline can make all the difference. Kirsten Dunst shows us how a classic floral dress is always a winner.

Here are my top 2 wedding florals available at Joel and Son:

Printed Floral Silk Jacquard By Valentino

Yellow Floral Printed Silk Jacquard By Ungaro