I was recently contacted by a Club Forty reader asking if I would write a post with suggestions on what to wear to a special occasion – specifically a ‘cool’ urban wedding. Well it is my pleasure to oblige!
In my head I am conjuring up images of this wedding… post ceremony, the uber-fashionable guests are gathered on a roof top, the light bouncing off the surrounding buildings, sipping cocktails as the sun goes down. I have no idea if this will be anything like the wedding in question, but it sounds good doesn’t it?!!!
So what to wear? Well I’m afraid my go-to ‘occasion outfit’ is rather predictably – a jumpsuit… did you guess?
For me, a jumpsuit hits the perfect note of being cool, contemporary, yet glamorous and easy-to-wear – even with the de-robing required for toilet visits! I personally feel very comfortable in a jumpsuit.. they are very ‘me’. I do think it’s important to stick to your signature style and what you feel confident wearing.
Plus, the great thing about a jumpsuit is that, depending on the style you choose, they require very little in terms of accessories, jackets etc. A one-stop outfit solution. You can let the jumpsuit do the talking.
Take for example this option from Mango, the shawl effect sleeves are statement enough so no jacket is required; just a pair of red strappy heels, an oversized clutch bag and some impressive earrings to complete the look.
This polka dot jumpsuit, again from Mango, and reminiscent of Pretty Woman’s iconic dress, just needs white accessories and perhaps a white floppy fedora hat to nail the Riviera vibe.
Mango Jumpsuit £59.99
If you choose a block colour jumpsuit like this gorgeous cobalt blue from River Island, pick a contrasting colour for your accessories. Red or cerise pink would work really well with this blue.
Kimono style jumpsuits are great for bigger busts as the wrap front creates a good shaping, hides a supportive bra and the mid-length fluted sleeves provide balance across the chest area.
Add a jacket to more simple style jumpsuits where they won’t interfere or detract from the design. Fitted, strapless or cami-style jumpsuits pair well with a jacket. It’s safer to opt for a shorter length jacket, especially for culotte-style jumpsuits like this one below from Warehouse – a longer jacket would drown the overall look.
You don’t always have to wear heels of course, these embroidered mules add enough glamour and will be kinder to your feet on the dance floor – as long as no high kicking is involved!! The outfit ensemble below sits on the bohemian side, but I think still works well in an urban setting and certainly has the ‘cool’ factor.
When I buy jumpsuits I often size-up. I would try on your usual size and one size bigger – just to compare. Also, underwear is really important… I can’t stand VPLs so I wear huge body-control knickers with jumpsuits – not very attractive on the under-side, but they really improve the silhouette on the outside!
Here’s more shopping inspo for occasion jumpsuits: