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Top Summer Wedding Guest Styling Tips

August 08, 2022

Top Summer Wedding Guest Styling Tips - Lulu + Belle Jewellery

Top Summer Wedding Guest Styling Tips by Fashion Creator Arlene Costello 

After such a long period where we couldn't socialise, we have all been looking forward to this Summer and the many post-poned gatherings that we can finally attend.  More than ever, it has been a Summer to really enjoy getting dressed up and to indulge a little in feeling glam again.  If you are attending a late Summer wedding this year, we talked to Arlene Costello of @stylefamingos to get her top tips on finding the perfect wedding guest outfit this Summer.   

Meet Arlene 

arlene wearing lulu and belle mama necklace gold

Arlene is a full-time fashion, lifestyle and interior's creator and Mum to Isabelle.  Having worked for almost a decade in the legal industry,  Arlene set up @styleflamingos as her stylish creative outlet, after her little girl was born.  Arlene inspires us with her signature feminine style and her love of florals and we have loved her wedding guest inspo posts this Summer.  We've even spotted some familiar accessories from Lulu + Belle.  

We chatted to Arlene about all things wedding guest styling : 

  • What style trends are you loving at the moment for dressing up?

I actually don’t necessarily follow trends and opt more for classic styles. When it comes to dresses, I absolutely love florals and botanical prints. I always love a nice heel when dressing up too.

  • What are your go to brands for occasion dressing ?

At the moment I absolutely love Coast occasion wear – they have such a wide range to suit everyone and the style and quality of their pieces is always so on point. I also love Lavish Alice and Karen Millen for occasions too!

arlene wears a pink floral floaty wedding guest dress

Arlene wears a stunning pink floral floaty Summer dress from Coast perfect as a wedding guest outfit. Dress styled with the Gold Mama chain

  • Do you have any styling tips for wedding guests this season ?

I think ever since the pandemic every style goes for an Irish wedding. You could go ultra glam or dress up a dress that you would normally wear more casually and you would look equally fab! Don’t over think your outfit – just wear something you feel good in and most importantly comfortable in!

  • Minis, Midis, Maxi’s or trousers suits – how do you choose the right length for dressing as a wedding guest ?

As a Fashion Creator I get asked this quite a lot – I personally would not choose mini for a wedding, I would much rather choose midi or maxi when it comes to dresses. I feel the midi/maxi length is so elegant. I am just under 5 4’ and get asked if being smaller it restricts you on dress length. I really don’t think so – as long as the dress fits right and you wear the right shoes it will work.

 arlene green floral maxi dress

Arlene looks stunning in a green floral maxi dress from Coast. 

  • Do you have a go to accessory at the moment, that you love to wear for dressing up?

I don’t wear a lot of accessories – I like my dress to do the talking. So when it comes to jewellery I would usually go for something classic & understated. I adore my Mama necklace from the Lulu + Belle collection. Its such a fine timeless and special chain so it completes all of my dresses perfectly. I am also a little bit of a handbag lover so I love to theme my nude Prada bag with most of my looks!

gold mama necklace lulu and belle jewellery  

Arlene's gold mama necklace from Lulu + Belle 

  • Are there any no, nos for dressing for a wedding in 2022 ?
You know I am not sure there is at the moment. I think you can really dress up anything and look wedding ready. If I was to say one thing I would say no to wearing flats at the mass anyway! I know not everyone loves heels and I feel since covid my feet are not the biggest fan of heels lol 😊 but even if you can manage a small heel it just really helps to elevate your height and your overall look!
  • Have you been to any recent weddings and if so, what did you wear ?

Yes a few weeks ago I went to a friend’s wedding and I wore a gorgeous floral/nature print dress from Mint Velvet. I just fell in love with the print and the bonus was the style and majority viscose composition made it so comfortable. The material was so breathable, just perfect for a summer wedding. I noticed it is on sale now online for only €60 which is amazing given the quality of the dress.

arlene costello in mint velvet dress and lulu and belle accessories

arlene costello wearing mint velvet dress

Arlene wears a floral dress from Mint Velvet and has styled it with our Lulu + Belle gold Mama necklace. 

  • Do you have a favourite piece of Lulu + Belle jewellery that you could recommend to wear as a wedding guest ?

Oh it has to me the Mama chain for me – I have it in the gold and complements all of the dresses in my wardrobe. Its my go to piece for my everyday outfits too so I get to wear it all of the time. As a Mammy of two girls it has a special meaning too.

Lulu and Belle Mama necklace worn by arlene

lulu and belle mama chain style by arlene as a wedding guest

Arlene styles the gold Lulu + Belle Mama necklace in gold with her wedding guest outfits

  • Any other advice for those planning their wedding guest outfit this year ?

Don’t over think the look. Know that any type of dress suits weddings these days. Choose something that the style and fabric complements you, makes you feel comfortable and has a breathable fabric. Visit my instagam @thestyleflamingos for more fashion tips.


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