The Victorian wedding tradition of ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ is one that we have all come to know and love. The bride of course is dressed accordingly, subtly incorporating the novel items that fit the ditty into her ensemble – but as Mother of the Bride you can join in on the fun too.
For the bride this tradition may mean that she wears a piece of antique jewellery or some wedding attire from the maternal side of the family; brooches, veils or the wedding dress itself tend to be the most popular choices. As Mother of the Bride you could make your ‘something old’ extra special by wearing a gift given to you by your daughter, be it the earrings from two Christmases ago or the bead and button bracelet she made for you when she was seven (handmade treasures might be best off in your purse to avoid clashing with the all-important Mother of the Bride outfit or the wear-and-tear of the day). The little touches mean the most and whilst the bride is wearing a link to her past and family, you can be wearing something that symbolises your special mother-daughter relationship on her special day.
The Dress. Every bride, no matter what shape, size or colour the wedding, will seek out and ultimately fall in love with The Dress. The clothes may make the man but the dress makes the bride and most brides will have their dream dress as their something new. So, Mother of the Bride, what about you? It’s your little girl’s big day and you want to look the part – elegant, chic, sophisticated…that means you need a new dress too! As well as the dress there are also plenty of additional extras to enjoy like shoes, hats (or fascinators), bags, jewellery and anything else you feel the need to don yourself in. Now, consulting the bride is a must (her day, her rules) but the wedding-fashion world is yours for the taking.
John Charles Mother of the Bride collection is perfect for those opting for a sophisticated look. Graceful fabrics like lace and silk are teamed with classic styles and feminine palettes to ensure you look and feel the part in a timeless outfit with an on-trend twist.
For elegance and impact, look no further than Condici Mother of the Bride range. Soft and luxurious silks and crepes are used in flattering styles and available in a variety of prints and colours, giving you plenty of choice – with Condici Mother of the Bride you’re only problem is likely to be that you can only choose one outfit!
The bride’s ‘something borrowed’ is usually likely to be a piece of jewellery, a lace handkerchief or another novel item. As Mother of the Bride you are likely to be more than prepared and the one making sure the bride finds, buys or borrows all that she needs – that said, you can have a bit of fun borrowing inspiration and advice from people who have done the legwork for you:
Normally the bride’s ‘something blue’ is a garter, the trim on her lingerie or some other token – but blue is a popular hue for the rest of a wedding too and a beautiful colour for the Mother of the Bride to experiment with (you could be the ‘something blue’!).
Elle UK has tagged navy as “the season’s chief colour’ whilst both The Vintage Tea Party and Vponsale Wedding have noted blue as a popular colour choice for Autumn-Winter 2013/14 and Spring 2014 weddings.
The muted blues in the John Charles Mother of the Bride collection as well as the vibrant array of blues coming from the Condici Mother of the Bride range seem to confirm than something blue is definitely on-trend for the wedding scene. The collections are previewed by the designers online and there are stockists throughout the UK with independent fashion retailers, offering John Charles, and Condici as well as a variety of other Mother of the Bride lines.
So as the beautifully blushing bride prepares for her big day, make sure you enjoy being the Mother of the Bride.
Spring has arrived in New Zealand so it is time to start thinking about your wardrobe once again. We all know that our weather can be a bit “four seasons in one day” but it is nice to think that we’ll be able to wear a few more dresses than in the winter months. So take the risk and move some of your thickest coats to the back of your closet, and then hit the shops to find some new key pieces for the upcoming season. If you have no idea where to start, why don’t you use a few of my helpful tips?
Buy a tunic or two
My first suggestion is to look in the shops and online to find a couple of tunics to add to your collection of clothes. Perfect for plus size fashion, a tunic is a perfect mix of design and practicality. You’ll be able to pair one with tapered leg trousers on a cooler day, or opt for a thin pair of footless tights when it gets a bit warmer. Have a look at the colours and patterns available and choose something that suits your features and skin tone. Finally, on chilly days you will be able to pop a cropped jacket over the top to finish your look.
Find a cropped jacket
Of course, if you don’t have a cropped jacket, you might want to go and look for one that suits your shape. I’ve seen some beautiful ones in the shops already, ranging from bombers to denim styles. Black is a safe choice, but I’m noticing a lot of royal blue and coral tones in the shops at present which could bring a boost of seasonal colour to your wardrobe. Aside from looking great with a tunic, you’ll also be able to wear your new jacket with dresses, skirts and jeans.
Look for a statement top
My next tip would be to bring your outfits right up-to-date with a brilliant statement top. There are so many styles available right now, but my personal favourite is the crossover top. They have a gorgeous dipped neckline, but this might mean that you want to wear a slip underneath when wearing it in the office. Other good choices include waterfall front shirts – which look very slimming – or a floaty shirt which gathers slightly under the bust to provide a nice definition to your shape.
Consider office wear
Finally, don’t forget about what you’ll wear at work during the warmer days. This year there are some bold pencil skirts in blues and other gorgeous prints. I’d recommend pairing one of these with a basic vest and a ruched neck cardigan. If you prefer something more covering, find a three-quarter length pair of slim leg trousers and complete your outfit with a smart swing top tee. On cooler days you could wear a shaped hem jacket with either of these outfits and it would look fabulous.