By Tamara Duncan

Tamara knows fashion. In addition to working in advertising in London and Assistant Managing Karen Millen in Kildare, Tamara has worked in PR & Events for Belfast Fashion Week and  IN! Magazine.

Now Tamara has launched the innovative Lotus Boutique – based on the ever popular trend in New York, London and Dublin of hiring designer outfits for special occasions.

Located in Hollywood, Lotus stocks international designers as well as supporting local designers who make bespoke, exclusive pieces. It also boasts headpieces, Mongolian fur shrugs and capes to hire.

Summer Wedding Inspiration

We are well into the swing of summer wedding season and nearly every client I have asks if their outfit of choice is acceptable to wear to a wedding. Are you attending a wedding this summer and aren’t sure what to wear?

Then look no further, as I have put together a wedding guest etiquette guide using the season’s inspiration!

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Block colours are HUGE this season and colour blocking is probably the most versatile style you will come across. Think bright colours paired with clashing accessories, or keep it simple with a nude shoe and simple accessories if you prefer the dress to do the talking.

COLOUR BLOCKING - Oasis

I love this Cobalt Twill Satin Ruffle Shift Dress (£70) from Oasis, which, with its classic shape is perfect to wear to a summer wedding! This piece would also work for a date or night out on the town with the girls.

COLOUR BLOCKING - Lotus

A firm favourite of my clients (and mine), is this Amanda Wakeley Midtown Hibiscus Sculpted Dress (£595) which is available to hire at Lotus Boutique for £95. Bright pink isn’t always a first choice for some of us, but this deep pink works for most skin tones and the longer length at the back of the dress is super flattering.

Add in the pockets and this dress is simply a winner.

COLOUR BLOCKING - ASOS (1)

I must admit, unless I’m super organised, which I rarely am when it comes to shopping for outfits, I don’t tend to buy online. I know a lot of you do so I had a wee nosy and I’ve come across this stunning Colour Block Pencil Dress (£112 in the sale) from ASOS which is ideal for those ladies who wish to cover their arms but still show a bit of skin.

Pleats

PLEATS - Ted Baker

Pleats are the perfect way to instantly feel feminine, and can be worn in a number of flattering ways to suit every woman’s body shape.

This Colour Block Pleated Dress (£159) from Ted Baker merges the colour block and pleats trend in such an effortless way. Its subtle colours mean accessories will be easy to match!

PLEATS - Next

Rose gold is a major trend at the moment, from jewellery to hair to nails, so what could be better than wearing this Rose Gold Pleated Dress (£68) from Next to make you feel special?! This piece is an excellent example of something that wouldn’t look out of place when worn in summer or at Christmas.

PLEATS - Oasis

If shimmer isn’t for you, then this teal green Pleated Cami Midi Dress (£48 in the sale) from Oasis is a brilliant alternative. The belt that comes with it dresses it up, and paired with a white blazer or pashmina, you’re instantly wedding guest ready!

Stripes

STRIPES - Zara

Stripes have always been popular due to their slimming powers. There are many different styles when it comes to stripes so it’s important to find one that is flattering to your shape so they cut you in the right place.

This Multi-Coloured Striped Dress (£45) from Zara is definitely more on the daring side and would probably suit someone taller but the colours and cut are just right if you opt to wear a maxi dress to a wedding.

STRIPES - Lotus

Some dresses often don’t look like much until they are worn, and this Khaki Moroccan Stripe Strapless Dress (£1250) by Christian Siriano is a brilliant example of why it’s best to try every potential piece on! The boning and cut of this accentuates the feminine figure to perfection.

Obviously not everyone has this amount of money to spend on a dress, but it is available to hire at Lotus Boutique for £95.

STRIPES - Warehouse

A friend of mine wore this Stripe Prom Dress (£35 in the sale) from Warehouse to a recent wedding and the monochrome piece looked stunning paired with a bright red lip and red accessories! If red isn’t for you then a softer tone could work just as well.

Floral

FLORAL - Coast

Some ladies shy away from floral, thinking it just isn’t for them. I used to the be the same, however I have recently embraced the trend, as there are so many different styles to choose from, whether its small delicate prints or big bold designs.

This Maisley Jacquard Dress (£159) from Coast has an oriental feel to it whilst being delicate and subtle due to the grey and soft blue tones.

FLORAL - Ted Baker

If you’re a girl who likes a print to do the talking, then you’ll love this Magnolia Stripe Texture Dress (£149), from Ted Baker. It’s also a nice mixture of the two popular trend this season – stripes and floral!

FLORAL - Reiss

This Jacquard Dress (£125 in the sale) from Reiss is a perfect example of embracing the floral trend without it being too obvious. The jacquard print is a classic, timeless design that only needs to be paired with a simple shoe and bag.

Of course, dresses aren’t for everyone. A dressy top and skirt or flowing trousers are also perfectly acceptable!

Just follow the rules below to make sure you don’t look out of place on someone’s important day…

Don’t Wear A White Dress

Bride wars

Most of you realise this is a definite no-go but trust me, I’ve heard a few interesting stories. If you do decide to wear cream or ivory, make sure it’s part of a print. It’s becoming more popular for brides to opt out of wearing the traditional big white.

Wearing Black

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Another common question I get is whether it’s OK or not to wear black to a wedding. It is! Just make sure you stick to lighter materials such as lace or a flowy style and pair your outfit with brighter accessories.

Keep It Modest

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That means no see through outfits or anything too low cut!

Wear The Right Footwear

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Don’t go to the effort of choosing a beautiful outfit only to pair it with garish shoes, so be sure to stick with elegant styles. Also stay away from flip flops!

There are so many beautiful sandals if you prefer to wear flats that there’s really no excuse on getting it wrong on the shoe front.

Make sure you check out Lotus Boutique on Facebook and online at lotusboutique.com.

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