Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

CHARLOTTE'S FASHION MATTERS; A Wedding Is the Perfect Excuse to Invest in a Gorgeous New Outfit. Lincolnshire-Based Stylist CHARLOTTE HAY - Who Has Recently Launched Brand Stella & Alf with Designer Paris Hodson - Offers Her Expert Advice. Mothers of the Bride or Groom, Take Note

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

CHARLOTTE'S FASHION MATTERS; A Wedding Is the Perfect Excuse to Invest in a Gorgeous New Outfit. Lincolnshire-Based Stylist CHARLOTTE HAY - Who Has Recently Launched Brand Stella & Alf with Designer Paris Hodson - Offers Her Expert Advice. Mothers of the Bride or Groom, Take Note

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THE FOUR DAY DRESS FIXER Check out Wish-Want-Wear, an online hire service that enables you to wear a beautiful designer dresses at a fraction of their cost. If your summer diary is stacked out with countless wedding invitations, and you''re fretting about how many dresses you''re going to have to buy, www.wishwantwear.com is your answer. There are dress and accessory options to suit every type of wedding, body-shape and style.

THE ROMANTICS Pastels and florals are your best, and safest, option for a summer wedding. The most important thing to remember when dressing for a wedding, is to keep the attention on the bride. If you''re feeling a little pale, add a pop of colour in your accessories, be it a statement clutch or necklace.

SHOES... For an outdoor summer wedding, opt for some pretty flat pumps, or something with a chunky heel for ultimate comfort. If you''re like me and swear by heels, Heel Stoppers are your new best friend. Slip them onto your heels and you''re guaranteed not to be sliding into the grass.

SMOOTH TALKER Invest in a great pair of Spanx. To most women, control underwear is something of a taboo, but even my size 8 friends swear by them. There are so many shapes and brands available on the high street and online to suit all body-shapes and sizes. They will smooth out any lumps and bumps and suck you in at all the right places to show off your great curves. There are many great high-street versions available at the likes of Marks & Spencers and Primark.

THE COVER-UP As unreliable as the British weather is, it's always best to cover up with a silk scarf or tailored jacket in a pale ivory or off white. If your dress nips in at the waist, opt for something that crops at the waist so you don''t lose the shape of your dress.

BLACK & WHITE RULES If you''re considering wearing white to a wedding (as an unspoken rule, it''s generally a no-no), politely ask a member of the bridal party first. Stick to something that sits just above or below the knee, and avoid full length. …

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