A summer wedding, you say? If you’re expecting prim and proper, pretty shades of pink and peach and lilac, then I’m afraid you’re hitting up the wrong blog, ladies.
When we were invited to a wedding reception in Edinburgh in June, I had a vision in my head for months of wearing a gorgeous, cerise-pink satin dress that’s been hanging in my wardrobe before Christmas, looking like a very bright and shiny Quality Street wrapper. But when it got closer to the time and I realised *everyone* would be wearing shades of pink and purple, I decided to think a bit outside the box and channel the ultimate style icon for a wedding guest outfit with a twist.
My inspiration? Kate Moss at her legendary 30th birthday party, strutting out of a club in a shimmering star-printed black maxi dress, complete with wild, tumbling curls and a Bowie-esque gold star painted over her right eye. My weapon of choice was this gorgeous maxi from ASOS (similar here), with its glittering stars and sweeping sleeves – black might not be everyone’s choice for a wedding but when a dress is this fabulous, it should be!
I felt amazing in this dress! I think we all need something like this in our wardrobe arsenal; slide up the zip and feel like a superstar, there’s nothing more transformative sometimes. I paired it with my very favourite silver and gold t-bar heels from Topshop (similar here), the most comfortable pair of heels in the world, and with a well-loved (read: slightly battered) pleather laser-cut envelope clutch (similar here). As a finishing touch, I added my new favourite hair accessory, a Grecian gold-leaf headband and piles of dainty gold necklaces and bracelets, for the glamorous-boho look I was envisaging.
I loved this look in its entirety and am already searching for the next occasion when I can recreate it – who says you can’t wear black to a wedding?!