Westmeath Examiner: Spring Wedding Wear

My first fashion feature for the Westmeath Examiner was based on what to wear to a Spring wedding. I scoured local fashion shops and narrrowed the search to these beautiful dresses and fascinators.
Unfortunately the article is not available online but I'm hoping eventually they will be put on the paper's website so you can all see what great fashion Mullingar has to offer. Until then I will basically copy and paste the articles to the end of my posts so you can read it here on the blog and get a sense of my style of writing.
The feature has had a good response so here's to many more!
Dress: Clara Ellen, Mullingar

Dress: Clara Ellen, Mullingar
Dress: LBD Boutique, Mullingar
Dress and Fascinator: LBD Boutique, Mullingar
Shoes: Clara Ellen, Mullingar

Bag: Jasmine Design, Mullingar
Head piece: Jasmine Design, Mullingar
Necklace: Jasmine Design, Mullingar
Entire outfit: LBD Boutique, Mullingar (except shoes which are my own)
Top 5 Tips:
1.      Never wear white/cream. It can be insulting to the bride and will make for very uncomfortable conversation.
2.      Mother of the bride and mother of the groom, consult each other before deciding on your respective outfits. Turning up in the same colour would be very unfortunate.
3.      If the wedding is in a church/religious setting, keep this in mind and dress appropriately. A light coat/shawl to throw over your shoulders or a dress that sits below the knee are some simple options to consider.
4.      Dress for comfort. Wedding days and nights can be very long affairs so you definitely have to be comfortable in your choice of clothes and shoes. If you buy a new pair of shoes especially for the occasion and they are a bit tight, bring a pair of pumps in your bag (or those foldable pumps that can fit into your date’s suit pocket!) that are dance floor friendly.
5.      The bag. This is a controversial topic. Most women prefer to use a dainty little bag for weddings that acts like an accessory without being practical. This is totally fine if you have a suitcase upstairs in the hotel that you can run up to every couple of hours to powder your nose. If not, then you need enough space in your bag for the following essentials, including but not limited to: plasters, makeup, tissues, money, a camera, nail/eyelash glue, hair clips...The list is endless!
Dressing for a wedding can be quite stressful. There are many factors to be considered, including the weather, the setting, the dress code and your budget. However, it all boils down to the same factor: it is a fashion parade where we all want to look our best. Spring weddings allow for a great selection of fashion to choose from. Colours should be light and fresh, with florals and playful prints adorning the fabrics. Spring/Summer ‘14 sees the return of pastel shades and hologram tones, while also reinforcing rich royal blue and purple, which means we have lots of styles to choose from. Many winter colours stay around for spring but in a lighter refreshing tone. For example, greys and blacks from A/W13 have moved up the colour chart to give way to pale silvers and metallic hues for S/S14.
While most of the shops are still awaiting the arrival of their spring stock, some of the pieces in store at the moment are very much appropriate for a spring wedding if you accessorise correctly. Fascinators and headpieces are great for dressing up an outfit and I found extensive selections in Jasmine Designs, Clara Ellen and LBD Boutique.
I chose this beautiful purple dress and coat option from Clara Ellen as a good example of a comfortable, weather appropriate outfit for spring. It is comfortable and stylish, ticking the trend boxes with the lace shoulder detail and the vibrant colour palette. A statement necklace and clutch bag would really dress this up. Nude heels are a must-have. They can be worn with every colour and have an elongating effect on the leg.
The last year has seen the resurgence of lace dresses and I chose a little blue number from LBD Boutique to demonstrate a stylish classic dress. The length of the dress is perfect and sits just under your knee. The long sleeves are a favourite for women who want to cover up their arms, especially in spring when it may not be warm enough to have your arms on display. 
Also from LBD Boutique is this stunning cerise dress with a diamante broche. The draping of the dress over your shoulders is so flattering and it means you don’t have to worry about searching for a necklace because the dress detailing is more than enough.
For a little more fun and less structure for spring you could opt for a floral print, as seen on this beautiful Havren dress in Clara Ellen. A printed dress is best teamed with neutral accessories and my favourite feature of this Havren dress is the way the fabric is gathered to one side, creating a waist and disguising your tummy at the same time.

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