Despite the early hour, people were gathering outside the Quad for the Royal Wedding Breakfast last Friday, fresh faced and impeccably dressed. Women teetered along cobbles with tickets in hand whilst men in morning suits shared a laugh, the buzz of the imminent Royal Wedding filled the air and we could not have asked for a more perfect day.
It was a marvellous day to be British and this sentiment was shared by most of the people I spoke to. Everyone seemed to have their Union Jack or bunting to hand and people were moved to tears at the images being broadcast to us from London. It was also a very proud moment for the fashion house Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton’s creation was the highlight of the day for most (£40,000 well spent). The plunging neckline and magnificent train complemented the intricate lace beautifully, whilst Pippa Middleton looked equally divine tending to her older sister.
Not only was fashion on parade in London, where guests seemed to be constantly trying to out-do one another, but St Andrews certainly gave them a run for their money. Guests to the sponsored breakfast in St Salvator’s Quad went out of their way to bring a bit of wedding glamour to the event. Some even donned fabulous hats and fascinators, whilst others sauntered across the lawn in floaty florals and dynamic prints. It was wonderful to see how the happiness of the occasion had been channelled into so many outfits.
Florals are always a must have as we enter summer; perfect for garden parties, evening cocktails and picnics on the beach. Whatever the venue or event, don’t be afraid to wear a summer dress and match it with some heels or wedges. As I always say, it is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. Not that that was a problem on this particular Friday. When I didn’t have my eyes glued to the big screen, I was catching glimpses of the people around me: Chanel handbags dangling from arms, Mulberry scarves loosely tied around jewel-adorned necks and tailored leather jackets over flowing maxi dresses.
If feminine, sheer dresses aren’t your thing, then try some neat tailoring. This could be in the form of a shift dress, a blazer or some high-waisted shorts (these are the ultimate day-to-night staple). Then accessorize with a sheer blouse, statement jewellery or a standout bag. Just don’t go overboard, since you have to let the tailoring do some of the talking.
I am in love with heels, if my feet would let me, I would wear them all day, everyday, but they are not always practical when one is expected to walk on grass. The sheer length of the wedding on Friday was another reason not to put on your skyscraper heels (I unfortunately did not listen to my own advice and came home with aching feet, but at least I had a great view of the screen!) and many sensible women opted for bejewelled flip-flops, flats and gladiator sandals. These can make a statement all of their own and look great with more subdued outfits.
We have also been enjoying some glorious weather recently and Friday was no exception (long may it continue), so don’t forget to take some sun lotion and some fabulous sunglasses!
Photos: Tara Atkins and Alastair Irvine