If you’re sick of the cold weather, you may already be looking fondly forward to spring. Hopefully we’ll see a little sunshine then! Plus, if you’ve been invited to a springtime wedding, that’s twice the reason to be excited! Let’s fuel that excitement and start planning your outfit for the event, with all the best spring 2019 trends in mind.
The best place to start is to look at the trends on the horizon. Many of these trends will apply to both men and women, so it’s worth taking a look at these first:
- Minimalism — After chasing highly-embellished dresses, wedding trends are set to cool down to a more sleek, minimal look thanks to the Meghan Markle effect. Guests can take note of this too, and embrace the ‘less is more’ mentality for their outfits.
- Coral colours — Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 is ‘Living Coral’, so expect to see this warm, pastel hue cropping up in fashion and in wedding trends throughout the year. It’s certainly going to see its moment during the springtime, with its blossom-evoking undertones. Think coral-coloured ties to add a splash of colour, or coral shawls to cover-up against the cold.
- Eco-friendly themes — Sure, the idea of florals for spring brings the cutting tone of Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly to mind, but florals will certainly fit the eco-friendly theme set to take hold of weddings across the country. Couple this with some eco-friendly shopping and the minimalism trend and you’ll have crisp, smooth look without fiddly synthetic embellishments.
Let’s look first at how the trends will show up in womenswear. Florals, as mentioned, are a tried-and-true essential for spring. You can opt for large or small floral prints; both are absolutely on-trend, and it’s just down to preference. Add in a little pastel pizzazz too! Opt for floral prints that use a shade close to the ‘Living Coral’ shade that’s set the theme of 2019 to make an effortless nod to the current trend. You can use this for dresses, skirts, shirts, or even as an accent with a coral-coloured accessory, like a thick bangle or coral-gemstone earrings.
A classic choice that works throughout the trends and years is a floral dress — tried and true, a good quality floral dress is the perfect fall-back for any formal occasion. Rixo dresses are a perfect option for this; their 100% silk Coleen dress in Diana floral is a gorgeous springtime choice, nailing the formal flare and the floral spring theme.
Naturally, comfort is the most important thing, so don’t force yourself to wear a dress if you’re not a fan! There’re so many other options: an elegant jumpsuit can look so sophisticated, and it’s set to be a big trend at weddings throughout 2019. Wedding Wire are calling it a ‘fashion-forward style’ for guests, and the best part is that they can be dressed up or down to adapt to pretty much any dress code! When picking a jumpsuit, keep the shape simple and avoid too many embellishments for a really streamlined look. There’s also the catwalk-hot trend of coloured tailoring — that is, two-pieces sticking to one colour, in loose and light materials ready for spring. Nod to Pantone’s Colour of the Year with a pastel two-piece and you’ll have yourself the perfect spring wedding outfit.
If you’re looking for footwear inspiration, square-toed shoes enjoying some Instagram attention. In particular, square-toed satin flats are having their moment on the catwalk and on social media, and they make a great addition to your springtime wedding outfit.
A top tip to make any outfit look elegantly and effortlessly put together is to consider a matching bag and shoes combo. Pick a colour, material, pattern, or all of the above and blend them through your choice of women’s court shoes and bag to really tie up your outfit nicely.
The wedding scene has been a little more casual lately for menswear. But according to Brides Magazine, this is set to take a sharp U-Turn back to the classic expectations. That means a much more tailored look, and absolutely no to jeans and t-shirts, even if it’s a ‘casual’ dress code! Of course, as a guest, you don’t need to match the groom’s three-piece suit, but it can be a good option for layering. Spring can be a tricky one to predict, and a three-piece suit will let you add or remove layers as needed without compromising your look.
You can’t beat the look of a high quality men’s white shirt to keep you looking sharp all day long. Avoid a white jacket though, as you don’t want to be seen as trying to outshine the groom! Instead, opt for a light blue jacket to bring out the spring feeling. If you want to make sure your outfit is catwalk-approved, pick a double-breasted jacket — it’s set to be all the rage in spring this year, with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Burberry both showcasing their versions on the runways recently.
Even if we end up blessed with a warm, sunny spring, don’t be strapping on those sandals just yet! Instead, opt for a pair of smart black derby shoes — they go with pretty much any outfit, and are light enough to be comfortable if it’s sunny, and sturdy enough in the weather turns grey.
Link to the trends with a few well-chosen accessories. A pastel-coral tie or pocket square can certainly pop for a springtime feeling. If you’re attending with a partner, this can be a cute way to match up without looking cheesy if you both have an accessory with the same colour on.
Minimal, smart looks are the best option for wedding guest attire any time of the year, but be sure to stay spring-trend savvy for a fresh approach to these classic choices!