The wedding of Lady Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee
Now we’re smack bang in the middle of the ‘Wedding Season’, it’s time to debate guestwear. With two very different weddings taking place this weekend – one a high society bash complete with royals and tiaras, the second a London do complete with Sienna Miller and Kate Moss – there is plenty to discuss on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to weddings.
First up was the posh wedding up North to celebrate the union of Thomas van Straubenzee and Lady Melissa Percy at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. Style-wise there were both winners and losers amongst the old-school revelers.
Cressida Bonas aka Harry’s current squeeze made a common error by failing to dress for the venue. By opting for a relatively casual maxi dress and attempting to jazz it up with a sequined jacket she ended up with an unhappy mis-match. The dress itself was fine – it was just more suited to a beach wedding in Ibiza.
Princess Eugenie highlighted another wedding pitfall – that need to make everything match. The days of dying your shoes to match your suit are well and truly over – and her exact match of frock and lace biker looked dated.
A surprise success was Tara Palmer-Tomkinson whose Michael Kors navy and white stripe top and skirt and chic hat was modern as well as flattering.
In town Mossy managed to look appropriately style icon-like without overshadowing the bride. Her floral dress trumped Cressida’s maxi because a) It was made of silk chiffon, thus felt luxe and moved well and b) because the low neckline and fine spaghetti straps added a louche coolness to counter-balance the mature floral print. Her black tux jacket could have been a heavy choice on top of the lightness of her floral dress and scarf, but somehow it worked, keeping everything rock ‘n’ roll.
Sienna Miller also managed to nail wedding guest style in a blue patterned cotton dress. The clean, unusual cut and the choice of glamorous black heels made the look wedding appropriate.