Oh wasn’t it wonderful – the frocks, the hats, the crowds. We had some fantastic fashion moments at the Royal Wedding, with the magical Middletons, and some very well dressed senior royals. And then of course we had a few guilty laughs at the two princesses who will forever now be known as the pantomime sisters. Why didn’t they ask me for style advice!
One week later, however, it all seems a million miles away. Yet really this is the best time to look back, take stock and see what style tips real women can take from the day. The individual style stories were great fun, but we civilians now have the benefit of hindsight – and the wall to wall press coverage – to see what overall trends stuck in the mind, and what we can take into our real world for that special summer event.
What was out?
Fashion – there wasn’t actually a great deal of this. We didn’t see a lot of colour blocking, (except from Prince William in his gorgeous scarlet tunic and cobalt sash), and those few women who chose shocking pinks and other fashion colours looked very much out of place – indeed a bit too high street for such a posh do. There was no sixties or seventies vibe, no military themes (except for the men who did it rather well), no lace and no jumpsuits. Quite sensibly everyone knew that they couldn’t risk that special photo of the day showing them in their finery being laughed at by grandchildren in twenty years time!
Fascinators – apart from Beatrice’s famous teletubbies number, we simply didn’t see that many of these, even on the young. Instead many women opted for classically elegant hats with curving brims and low key decorations.
Patterns – I don’t think I’ve ever seen an event with less swirls, florals and polka dots in my life. Ironically, the fact that Princess Anne chose them showed how passé they really were. We didn’t see any mixed prints, we didn’t see candy stripes – it was almost like fashion never happened.
Cleavage and legs – this was definitely a no no. Most sensible women chose not to dress to enhance, preferring structure and tailoring. Shame we couldn’t say the same for Sally Bercow.
What was in?
Elegant lines – last week it looked as though someone had abolished the waist. Whilst we appreciate that poor pregnant Posh didn’t have an option, the main style of choice was the coat dress teamed with a fitted shift. There was barely a short jacket in sight and those with nipped in waists looked bundled up and uncomfortable. For once Sam Cam let the side down and looked decidedly underdressed carrying her pashmina.
The softest of colour tones – the Abbey definitely wasn’t a sea of colour! There were only a few poor fashionistas and Jacques Vert customers glowing in the midst of a neutral congregation. We saw every colour under the sun taken to its palest tone. Carole Middleton in ice blue, Camilla in champagne, the gorgeous Althorp girls in taupe. The wedding was awash with understated elegance and whilst it can provide us all with a lesson in style, I’m not sure what it will do for my colour consultancy business!
Nude shoes – please someone, give me a pound for every peep toed nude shoe with a small platform that I spotted on the day. But to be honest – what else can you wear on a spring day when the black tights are banned, it’s too early for sandals and you can’t go without tights?
So there is hope for us all. Whilst most of us have to be content with the high street for our next big event, we can use the style successes – and disasters – at the Royal Wedding as pointers to a designer look on an everyday budget!