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Your summer wedding fashion essentials

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Got a summer of nuptials ahead of you? Put together a perfect wedding guest outfit with Mumsnetters' wedding wardrobe essentials.

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1. A jumpsuit

Price: £99, Phase Eight

What's to love: A brilliant option for frock-phobes. Jumpsuits are very in this summer, and this tailored, printed version is sophisticated and comfortable.

MNers say: "If you don't like showing off your legs, try a jumpsuit instead of a dress. I tried this one in Phase Eight and I loved it."

2. A floral dress 

oasis floral

Price: £45, Oasis

What's to love: The embellished neckline eliminates the need to find matching jewellery, and the Oriental-inspired pattern is timeless enough to wear again next summer.

MNers say: "The floral pattern is lovely, and it's machine washable!"


3. A smart blouse

Price: £62, Hobbs

What's to love: Loose tailoring is the best bet for a breezy summer wedding - you'll look groomed without being too severe. This Hobbs number will look great teamed with well-fitting cigarette pants.

MNers say: "I've just bought this lovely top and I'm so pleased with it. It's so flattering, I'll definitely be wearing it again."


4. Tailored trousers

Price: £59, Boden

What's to love: If a dress is a no-go for you, opt for smart trousers and a blouse instead. Boden's Bistro style fits snugly and can easily be worn again for work or drinks.

MNers say: "I've just bought Boden's Bistro trousers in navy. They'll look great with an elaborate, silky top."


5. A midi dress

Price: £52, Warehouse

What's to love: If you want to keep cool without baring too much leg, this Warehouse frock is for you. It's versatile enough to dress up for a wedding, and dress down for a party.

MNers say: "I love this, it's really flattering."


6. A bright dress

asos lace dress

Price: £175, ASOS

What's to love: This lace pencil dress from Body Frock features a concealed body-sculpting slip, and the knock-out red will look vibrant in the sunshine.

MNers say: "The colour will look great with olive skins."


7. A non-work blazer

Price: £49, Topshop

What's to love: A dark, traditionally-tailored blazer will look a little too office for a summer wedding, so this pastel, open-fronted Topshop beauty is a great choice to keep you warm at the evening 'do'.

MNers say: "There are lots of tux-style blazers out there which look great with straight leg trousers and a smart blouse. Add some heels and you're good to go."


8. A structured skirt

Price: £29.50, Monsoon

What's to love: If you want to ditch the dress but aren't brave enough to rock trousers, a statement skirt is the way to go. The subtle jacquard detailing on this Monsoon number gives an air of high-end luxury.

MNers say: "Choose a bright-coloured skirt and go to town with your accessories to look really trendy."


9. A cocktail dress

Price: £50, Lady V London

What's to love: A vintage-style cocktail dress will look lovely on an hourglass figure, and is gloriously summery. A great choice for outdoor daytime weddings.

MNers say: "I'm not a dress girl at all, but I wore this to a wedding and got loads of compliments. The shape hides a multitude of sins, and the flared skirt means you can move properly."


10. A wrap dress

Price: £32, Next

What's to love: If you're pregnant or breastfeeding, a wrap dress is a great option. It'll sit comfortably over your bump and allow for easy feeding without having to undo any fiddly fastenings.

MNers say: "Wrap dresses are so easy to breastfeed in, and they really solved my 'what to wear' dilemma."


11. A shrug

Price: from £47, Hobbs

What's to love: If the wedding runs through until the evening, a bolero is a lightweight and simple way to add an extra layer. It's also a great option for those who're a little averse <cough> to revealing their upper arms.

MNers say: "This lovely bolero cardi comes in variety of colours, and hides the bits of my arms I don't want to show."


12. A jewelled clutch

Price: £49, Accessorize

What's to love: A boxy statement clutch is a big trend at the moment, and the neutral colouring of this impressive Accessorize bag means it'll go with most outfits. 

MNers say: "A big statement necklace, a chunky bracelet or a fancy beaded clutch will really set off the outfit."


13. And finally, if you are getting your legs out...

Price: from £6, Amazon

What's to love: Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs is, to all intents and purposes, foundation for legs. If it's too warm to wear even nude tights, this is a life-saver, and is designed not to rub off onto clothes.

MNers say: "I've used the Sally Hansen airbrush for legs. Just take your time with it and it looks good."


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