Second wedding style

Finding the perfect wedding dress is hard enough the first time around. If you are considering renewing your vows or having a second wedding, you have another opportunity to steal the show or even make up for a bad choice the first time around.

The trick is to think sleek and subtle when it comes to round two. While there’s no denying that you should wear what you want, a simple and sophisticated outfit will win over the mature meringue every time.

Here are our favourite looks for the ‘grown-up’ bride.

When choosing fabric, lace is always a winner as it provides an understated air, while still making a statement. You also can’t go wrong with satin, silk and chiffon.

Alice + Olivia, Jaelyn Cross-Front Pleated Chiffon Gown, $548


Kay Unger, Textured Floral Lace Dress, $396


Unlike your first wedding, don’t feel you must wear white this time around. White isn’t always the easiest colour to wear and if you feel another shade brings out your features I would work with that. Opting for a colour can achieve a much more striking and fun outfit.

House of Holland Lace Boater Dress, $665


Deciding how much skin to show is another obstacle to overcome. While again I stress that this is a very personal celebration about you, and therefore you should wear what you feel comfortable in, the following guidelines may help.

Unless you love strapless styles and feel that they do a lot for you, I would avoid them. On the majority of women they aren’t the most flattering option. Sleeves are a great way to draw attention away from arms, as are lightweight dressy jackets or wraps. I would recommend showing a little décolletage but steering clear of any plunging necklines and balancing out a sleeve with a dress that falls just above the knee or at waltz length (above the ankle).

ASOS Midi Skate Dress With Belt and Zip Back, $78


 Carven Crepe Maxi Dress, $850


Finally, don’t feel that you have to choose a dress. Separates can often make a more stylish outfit. A smart top and skirt or a matching jacket and skirt are both great options and have the benefit of being able to be worn again as individual pieces.

Above all else, remember that this occasion is about you and your partner and you should choose an outfit in which you are comfortable and that makes you feel absolutely fabulous.

Written by SJ