5 ways to master wedding guest dressing for 2019

Hats at Delpozo
Behind the scenes at the Delpozo SS19 show

The spring wedding season is upon us once again. But is it really possible to reinvent the wheel, style-wise, when it comes to this perennial fashion event? Here are five 2019-ready style updates to try...

1. Pick a mixed bunch

Some spring seasons, it’s easy to pick out a particular flower as the one to wear now. But for SS19, floral prints are all about the mix. On the catwalks we saw surfer-girl hibiscus in one show, painterly roses in the next. The best new florists are bunching it all together, carnations with lilacs (Rixo) pansies with passionflowers (Les Rêveries) or irises with mimosas (Borgo de Nor). It’s all quite blooming lovely.

Top (L-R);  Betty dress, £325, rixo.co.uk; Silk-crepe de chine dress, £595, Les Rêveries at selfridges.com.

Bottom (L-R); Silk midi dress, £1,640, Andrew GN at net-a-porter.com;  Veronica Vintage Floral Print blouse, £435, Borgo de Nor at themodist.com;  Kaiya shirt dress, £1,095, Erdem at BrownsFashion.com.

2. Visit a new dressing destination

Black floral midi-dress, £230, Essential-Antwerp.com; Boots with contrasting heel, £305, Essential-Antwerp.com

The cult Belgian label Essentiel Antwerp has arrived in London; its first store opened yesterday on Sloane Square. Consider it your new place to go to for something colourful, a little bit special, that no one else in the congregation will have.

Dresses from £155, Open now at 27a Sloane Square, London

3. Think 'what would VB wear?'

Open back drape sleeve dress, £1,490, VictoriaBeckham.com.

It is well known that Victoria Beckham loves a good wedding guest dress (she’s worn her own creations to two rounds of recent royal nuptials, no less) so, to see us through the occasion season ahead, she’s developed a new 11-piece capsule collection of dresses based on her signature silhouettes. Consider these a flattering, fuss-free option if you’re scrambling for a look at the last minute.

Out now, from £950, victoriabeckham.com

4. Give yourself some head-space

Hats, wonderfully, are prolific on the catwalks this year. From Marc Jacobs’ net-veiled boaters, to Delpozo’s organza flounces, there is truly something for everyone - even the millinery-phobe could get on board with one of Prada’s over-plumped Alice bands. If you would usually not partake, this is the year to try; as Stephen Jones, whose most extraordinary hats are on display until June at the Brighton Pavillion, once said; ‘You put a hat on to have fun’. I couldn’t agree more.

Stingray-shaped disc, £1,680, Jane Taylor London (janetaylorlondon.com); Bettina, £395, Lock Couture by Prudence (lockhatters.co.uk); Summer, £350, Bundle MacLaren Millinery (bundlemaclaren.co.uk); The Montague, £550, Jess Collett Milliner (jesscollettmilliner.com); Jackie O, £116.95, Whiteley Hats (hatsandcaps.co.uk)

5. Find a personality piece

After paying careful consideration to the dress, shoes, bag and headgear, why is it that we always fling on our trusty pair of ‘fancy’ earrings last minute while the taxi waits outside? Well-chosen jewels can elevate an outfit to occasion-worthy and turn something classic into something cool. These gold earrings from Pippa Small’s new Turquoise Mountain collection would up the ante on a navy dress, Aurelie Bidermann’s Grigri earrings would offset a ditsy floral print or allow one of Sophie Bille Brahe’s baroque pearl single earrings to add some edge to even the prettiest dress. Guaranteed to spark conversation with your fellow guests.  SRG

Parisaa gold-vermeil earrings, £295, Pippa Small (matchesfashion.com); 14ct gold and pearl Elipse Venus earring, £540, Sophie Bille Brahe (net-a-porter.com); Gold-plated faux pearl Grigri earrings, £325, Aurelie Bidermann (net-a-porter.com)