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Heading to a
wedding but have nothing to wear? Here's the lowdown on
wedding fashion etiquette. Well-known Pretoria
designer, stylist and fashion guru Simon Rademan has
some advice: Mr Rademan has been an
advocate for true style for almost 2 decades, and is a
vehement believer that "fashion" belongs to all.
"True style, however, only belongs to a selected few."
"...and yes! I enjoy being a
best dressed guest..."
Black and white
Advice for men
For the mothers
going to a wedding soon, and have no idea what to wear.
Do you have some general guidelines when attending a
wedding? - Catherine Haley
important thing to remember is that it's the bride's big day
and you shouldn't overshadow her. Wear something
that's flattering, appropriate for your age and in line with
the dress code or formality of the event (often indicated in
hostess (usually the mother of the bride) if you're not
sure. Avoid floor-length outfits for a daytime wedding
(ankle- or knee-length is more appropriate). Although
weddings are more relaxed affairs nowadays, you shouldn't be
too casually dressed. Be the best-dressed guest,
rather than the sloppiest one. And never put your
underwear on display.
I went to my best friend's wedding last month and,
believe me, I was the ONLY one wearing colour!
Everybody was wearing black and/or white (and it was not a
theme-wedding...) - Jackie du Toit
Black is no
longer regarded as a sign of mourning. Many women prefer to
wear black to a wedding (particularly if it's an evening
affair) because it always looks smart. White is still the
most popular choice for wedding dresses and should be
respected as the 'bride's colour'. Bear in mind that darker
colours are slimming, while lighter colours have precisely
the opposite effect.
husband refuses to wear a suit, do you have advice for men?
- Deidre Longhurst
As a sign of
respect for the bridal couple, men should wear a jacket and
tie, no matter what time of day. You can take off the jacket
later if it's very hot, but keep it on hand in order to look
polished. You can loosen your tie, or preferably take it off
once the dancing starts or the wedding cake has been cut.
a mother of the bride -to-be. Do I decide what to wear
or should I be told what to wear by my daughter?
- Annatjie Mostert
first: the egg or the chicken? Well, let your
daughter decide what colour she wants to have as the theme,
and try and tone in. If you "play your cards right",
she will choose a colour that suits you. Colour themes
are about the shades of it, and not the exact colour.
The order in which the 'women of the day' decide what to
wear is: the bride, the mother of the bride, then the mother
of the groom. The mothers set the tone for the occasion and
must be well dressed.
colour scheme of the wedding into account and choose a shade
of that colour that suits you. If you feel that it really
doesn't suit you, you could always wear it as an accessory
or accent colour. For evening weddings, a well-cut
full-length outfit is the in thing, while something soft
such as ankle-length chiffon would be appropriate during the
hats, do I have to wear a hat if it is a morning wedding?
- Diana Sieberhagen
A hat remains
the height of elegance if it's the right style and shape for
the occasion. It is however a luxury accessory and you are
unlikely to wear it again in a hurry.
and when the wedding is being held when deciding on a hat.
Hats are appropriate for daytime weddings held outdoors, not
for indoor evening nuptials. If you decide to wear a hat,
keep your hairstyle simple so that you can take it off for
I am getting married for the second time - heeelp!
- Juanita Winner
There are no
rules for second weddings, except to take your fiancé (who
may be marrying for the first time) into account and to
remember that you don't want to be embarrassed by your
wedding photos. A veil is optional even the first time
around, and white is perfectly acceptable.
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