In a few years, we are likely to look back at 2020 as the “Year of Postponements”. In the face of a novel virus and an ensuing global pandemic, birthday parties, holidays, and other looked-forward-to special occasions typically celebrated with friends and family became a no-go, and our loved ones’ “Save-the-Dates” were rendered pointless. But five months into 2021, things are slowly looking up, and as vaccine roll-outs progress in parts of the world, plans are gradually being reinstated—and just in time for wedding season.
So as we begin to settle into summer, it’s not just sunny days, clear skies, and outdoor adventures that we have to look forward to: there’s also the promise of bridal showers, celebratory soirées, and dare we say it—maybe even a congratulatory hug or two for the newlyweds on their big day? Whatever kind of merriment that’s in store, we’ve got you covered style-wise with a handy guide on embodying four fashion philosophies bound to make you the best-dressed guest.
Many a wedding celebration will be full of drinking, dancing, and merriment, so skip the high heels and boot that form-fitting midi dress in favor of a laid-back style ethos that will allow you to navigate these festivities with ease. But, just because you’re going for something cool and casual doesn’t mean you can’t still make an outstanding statement. Just remember: loose fits, muted tones, and flowing shapes are the name of the game, and with its breezy silhouette, adjustable neckline, and chic black-and-white motif, Diarrablu’s Diago Maxi Dress offers an ideal solution. Pair the artisanal frock with a flat, dance-floor ready sandal like Loza Maléombho’s bronze embellished Black Koh style, and accessorize with the elegant, gleaming brass creations of Ami Doshi Shah and Adele Dejak.
If sophisticated refinement is your style persona of choice, you’re likely a devotee of all things timeless, tailored, and polished. Trends aren’t your concern. Instead, your everyday ensembles are based on classic and elegant wardrobe staples, while your evening and event attire runs the gamut from silky, floor-length dresses to tailored menswear-style suits. Keep things elevated at the next wedding you attend in pieces that prioritize formality and excellent craftsmanship like Emmy Kasbit’s Amaka bustier top and matching skirt. The ankle-length skirt and sleeveless top duo is given a sensual spin with irreverent tie detailing on the upper arm, while a panel of Akwete Cloth woven in red hangs from the waist. Step into a fun fringed mule by Shekudo, then tie the whole look together with the silky Salma Clutch in red and a pair of Pichulik’s artisanal ear-candy.
After a year of living in slouchy sweatpants, many of us are ready for a touch of extravagance. And since wedding season 2021 has been such a long time coming, we suggest you take it as an opportunity to pull out the big guns and proudly clinch the title of “Most Glamorous Guest.” Dial things up a notch at your loved ones’ nuptials and go full glamour-puss in brilliant colors, curve-hugging cuts, and towering platform heels—just be sure not to upstage the couple on their big day! Andrea Iyamah’s Ama Jumpsuit is just the piece in which to turn heads: a bestseller for the Nigerian ready-to-wear brand, its dazzling orange hue makes it an absolute showstopper and when styled with Loza Maléombho’s Thila Heel exudes a striking and powerful opulence. Khokho Collections Lindi Minaudiere in Smoke Blush and delicate jewelry choices in subtle silver make for dazzling finishing touches.
Do you prefer your fashion choices a little unconventional? Like to push the envelope when it comes to dressing for special occasions? Allow your innate eclecticism and experimental spirit to inform your summer wedding looks and make a bold, off-beat statement in playful shapes, vibrant patterns, and unique fabrics that go against the grain. Step out with quirky confidence in Viviers’ Signature Jumpsuit and let its one-of-a-kind Banana Orchid motif, rich blend of colors, and innovative cut and craft serve as a vehicle for expressing your own daring and imaginative spirit. Keep your outfit add-ons unexpected and embrace power color clashing with the addition of Shekudo’s green Adiza Mule, then temper the look’s irreverence with just a sleek leather clutch and dainty stud earrings.
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