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Bridal Separates To Suit Every Style, Taste and Budget

bridal seperates for every style taste and budget

When I was at London bridal fashion week I was thrilled beyond belief to see so many designers offering separates. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful wedding dress, but I completely adore the idea of walking down the aisle in a skirt and top combo.

You can mix and match styles and really make your wedding day look your own. In fact, this year there are separates to suit every type of bride.

For the princess bride

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Body con dress (worn as a top): AQ/AQ
Skirt: Terani Couture
via Hello Fashion Blog

For the bride on a budget

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Free People Takes a Walk Down The Aisle With Their First Bridal Collection

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There are very few bridal designers that get me really, genuinely enthusiastic about their new collections. In fact I can probably count the ones that do on one hand. However when I met with Free People a few weeks ago and they told me they were dipping their toes into the water of bridal wear I was excited. Very, VERY excited.

Launched today, the collection in collaboration with the Australian brand Grace Loves Lace is just as beautiful as I hoped. Titled FPEverAfter, it comprises of 15 exclusive styles, including an assortment of limited edition dresses, jumpsuits and two-pieces.

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Watch the David Fielden 2013 Collection Catwalk Debut LIVE

Known for his groundbreaking bridal designs and never following the crowd, the amazing David Fielden chooses to forgo the industry pressure to launch his new collections at the London bridal industry show, favouring to do his own epic catwalk show in Milan.

Now I was invited to go to this… and am more than a little bit gutted that I physically can’t squeeze anymore international jaunts in right now, but HURRAH! my frown was turned upside down when they told me I’d be able to watch the show LIVE via their official facebook page… and, dear reader, SO CAN YOU!

My favourites from his 2012 collection, which I snapped when I visited his London studio recently. How can he possibly improve on these!?!

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Tobi Hannah Occasionwear A/W 2011

The very lovely Tobi Hannah launches her A/W 2011 occasionwear this month and I’m thrilled to share the key pieces in the new collection with you. The core pieces are all black, bright pink or royal blue…all my favourite colours!

The structured designs are bang on trend (I kinda hate that I just used that phrase but it is true…) and each piece is inspired the work of British sculptor, Jeff Lowe.

I just love them all but I’m particularly drawn to Andi (love that skirt), Audrey (love the shape) and Olive (cute cute cute!) You?

The range is available to buy from the 26th September through Lipsy.co.uk or directly through Tobi Hannah’s website.

Andie – £300

Audrey – £200

Jen – £200

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New Melissa & Vivienne Westwood Shoe Collections for A/W 2011

Look what landed in my inbox this week – a preview of the new Melissa shoe range for A/W 2011 including some brand new, never-before-seen Vivienne Westwood numbers as well as other design corroborations including Gareth Pugh! Be still my beating heart.

This post is like a rainbow of shoe loveliness huh? Happieee Saturday!

My favourites…WINGS! These babies have wings! (Vivienne Westwood collaboration)

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The flocked skyscrapers are amazing and the mint coloured ones are just so swoooon-inducing. (Vivienne Westwood collaboration)

New colour combos of the ever-popular Lady Dragon heart shoes. Shiny! (Vivienne Westwood collaboration)

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Unique & Alternative Bridesmaid Fashion Ideas – in Association with The NOT Wedding

Are you loving the mismatched bridesmaid trend but are a little unsure about how to pull it off with your own girls? Avoid them looking uncoordinated or simply like the rest of your guests with a few of my simple tips on how to tie them together in easy and subtle ways. With effortless attentions to detail your bridesmaids really will look as faaaabulous as the girls pictured here. I promise!

This article is illustrated with images of the ‘bridesmaids’ at Atlanta’s NOT Wedding which took place in July.

Photography Credit: Once Like a Spark (image 1 & 2) & Chelsea Patricia (image 3)

Making sure all your bridesmaid’s bouquets are the same is a guaranteed way to make sure no one mistakes them. No matter how different their outfits are, anyone carrying a bouquet is pretty obviously part of the wedding party!

the not wedding scalfsPhotography Credit: Chelsea Patricia

Unusual but matching accessories such as scarves (as illustrated), handbags, shoes, or statement jewellery is another great way to tie your bridesmaids together. Even if they wear each the look quite differently (each bridesmaid pictured is wearing the scarf in a different way) the similar flash of fabric and colour will tie them together beautifully.

the not wedding hair styles and acessoiresPhotography Credit: Once Like a Spark

If their outfits are vastly different, keeping your bridesmaid’s hairstyle or hair accessories similar or the same will again, tie them together in a unique fashion. Floral hair accessoires are BIG for this year’s wedding season as are dishevelled and messy up-do’s. Remember Elsie’s tutorial for the beehive up-do? Her bridesmaids all rocked this look so well!

Photography Credit: Once Like a Spark (main image) & The Long Farewell (detail images)

Fabric details are another subtle way to make your bridesmaid’s look part of the same team. The girls pictured are all dressed in a similar colour scheme, but even if they weren’t, a dramatic and obvious pattern (ie aa distinctive pattern or lace as pictured) would tie them together really well.

Photography Credit: Once Like a Spark

Different outfits in the same colour or hue (different shade variations of one colour) has been a popular option for Rock n Roll Brides for a while now and I certainly don’t see this trend going anywhere. How about taking it to the next level and having one of your girls in a jumpsuit as pictured here? I personally love love love this look!

In a similar way you don’t have to insist your bridesmaids wear the same shoes to tie this look together, keeping them in the same colour scheme will again allow them to make some thoroughly modern and unique style choices.

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