Picking out suitable wedding guest dresses can be challenging, but one aspect of occasionwear shopping that rarely gets talked about is the trials of finding a frock that doesn’t require you to splash out on specialist lingerie.
We caught up with style expert Kristabel Plummer of I Want You To Know for some tips on wedding guest wear that works with your tried and tested bra. And if you do fall head over heels for a cold-shoulder or backless number, she’s got some great suggestions for suitable underwear, too…
Wedding season is a great opportunity to get dolled up, and a chance to break free from what you usually wear. Ever wanted to walk a red carpet? Well you can (almost) come close, tottering towards Lauren’s ceremony at the town hall.
Whether you prefer to experiment with a bold print or keep things simple with lace, it can be fun to express your personality with a different kind of outfit.
For those of us who prefer an extra bit of support, it can be tricky to find the right styles. All too often I’ve spotted something that looks great from the front, before realising that the back is non-existent and a bra is out of the question.
Fortunately there are some brands that have the balance right. Since I’ve been through the struggles, here’s a few pieces to look out for plus some underwear that can help. Busy? All of the items listed below are available to buy online with CollectPlus Click & Collect
Wedding guest dresses: Kristabel’s top picks
Oasis Azelia Printed Lace Dress – £44
If you don’t want to spend loads of money on something you’ll only wear once, then you may want to go for a style that can be dressed down. This Oasis dress consists of a printed lace overlay in an eye catching blue. The fluted sleeves nod to current trends and it’s got a nice amount of stretch in, which is useful if you have a bigger bust and smaller frame. Buy at John Lewis >>
ASOS Palm Print One Shoulder Scuba Dip Back Prom Dress – £65
There’s a lot going on with this ASOS number and usually cut-outs can mean that a bra is out of the question. Fortunately the design is pretty clever and will work with a strapless bra, since the detail is at the front and the back isn’t too low. It’s a leafy print with a white background, that doesn’t look remotely bridal, so there’s no need to worry. Buy at ASOS >>
Whistles Rosie Lace Dress, Pale Grey – £249
You can rely on Whistles for elegant occasion wear, wedding guest dresses and other stylish dressed-up pieces, and this lacy number pipped the others to the post, with its streamlined empire line shape. There’s three different colour options and strategically placed sheer panels, which won’t complicate the underwear situation. Buy at John Lewis >>
Ted Baker Hanie Tropical Oasis Chain Detail Dress – £209
This Grecian inspired style by Ted Baker screams Summer wedding and the colour-blocking has an elongating effect. It’s a slight halterneck but luckily the neckline and armhole placement mean that your strapless bra won’t be spotted. You can also cinch it as much as you’d like thanks to the tie-belt. No need to feel uncomfortable after hitting the desserts. Buy here >>
ASOS WHITE Midi Dress With Layered Pleat – £76
It’s well worth checking out ASOS White if you fancy non-traditional occasionwear, wedding guest dresses and other more ‘dressed up’ pieces. This dress in particular combines is a modern take on the 30s flapper girl, with knife pleats and vertical stripes . It’s a relaxed fit and will also work for holidays, if you want to get the cost-per-wear down. Buy at ASOS >>
Now you’ve sorted your dress, here’s some bras that won’t let you down:
Ultimo Fuller Bust Low Back Strapless Bra – £36
Spotted a backless number in your quest for wedding guest dresses? Never fear, Ultimo have created a supportive strapless bra that goes a little bit lower and opens up more styling options. Now there’s no need to compromise. Buy at House of Fraser >>
Wonderbra New Ultimate Strapless Bra – £40
This is a personal favourite that gives plenty of uplift and works with some lower cut dresses. Buy at House of Fraser >>
Nubian Skin – from £34
Struggling to find the right shade of ‘nude’? Nubian Skin have you covered, with tones ranging from ‘Café Au Lait’ to the darkest ‘Berry’. You’re bound to find something that works, amongst the strapless, lacy and seamfree styles. Browse the collection here >>
May 18th 2017 - by @CollectPlus