How to wear pastels to a wedding (and NOT look like a cupcake)
What to wear when the bride picks pastel as her colour story and you're in the wedding party
Love it or hate it, wedding season is around the corner and we’re sure the invitations have already started piling up. More important than who is sitting at your table, what gift to bring or if you should Uber or Lyft home, is the question of what to wear? Since pastels ruled the runway this season (see Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Emilia Wickstead among others), they are a natural and on-trend choice for a spring wedding.
But here’s the thing, while the saccharine shades of bubblegum pink, mint green, cotton candy blue and limoncello yellow are definitely the colours of the moment, they can often look, well, too sweet. You’ve got to give them some edge to avoid a toothache from all that sugary sweetness. And we know how.
If you are a VIP wedding guest – as in a member of the bridal party, or more importantly the maid of honour, sticking to the bride’s dress choice is de rigueur but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your fun with your choice of Instagram-worthy accessories.
Look for pieces that work back to your dress but still let your personality shine through. It may not be your big day but at least you can have your say when it comes to your shoes, jewels and clutch. Fun embellishments like 3-D florals or bold, chunky gems can keep pastels from looking too froufrou.
If you’re very lucky, the bride may only choose the shade and you get to pick out the actual dress. If that’s the case, find something that feels true to you but that also works back to the other bridesmaid’s dress choices (and that the bride definitely approves). Keeping her happy without sacrificing your sense of style is the goal. Midi or maxi lengths are fresher than mini and avoid all bodycon dresses for this role. In order to keep the pastels in check, avoid too much lace or volume. That’s the key to ensure your pastels are pretty not precious.