Wedding season is upon us and, quite frankly, some people are in desperate need of a bit of guidance and a few tips!
It’s hot. It’s sticky. It’s windy. Summer weddings in Malta look nothing like those in the movies. In fact, the eternal question that afflicts us in the summer months rings louder than the church bells calling us to the ceremony: What in God’s name can we wear that won’t make us want to kill ourselves by the time they say ‘I do’ and won’t be considered too naked by society at large?
Here’s the answer, boys and girls!
Even at this most dreaded time of the year – when it comes to looking great in the sweltering heat, that is – we still have various options.
Tip #1: Whether it’s a formal wedding or an informal one, the LBD – little black dress – remains a firm favourite. It’s also a one garment-situation, so you won’t be piling on the clothes. And the fact that it’s black means you won’t have sweat patches showing, provided you use the right deodorant. Team it with a pair of strappy heels and a clutch, and get ready to dance!
Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to suit up, either! A pant suit in a pastel colour will look fabulous, and if you go for linen or silk, it won’t feel bulky either. The important thing here is that you wear super feminine shoes whilst keeping the blouse or top light. And no, wearing a pant suit with nothing underneath is not an option.
Tip #3: Evening gowns don’t have to go out of style when the summer heat hits the fan. Just make sure they’re not heavy and don’t have layers upon layers of fabric, especially if it’s made out of polyester, which makes you sweat more. Just remember to keep it simple.
Yes, I’m afraid it’s still a suit for most of you, but it doesn’t have to be black, and you don’t have to wear a tie.
Tip #1: Invest in light-coloured suits – such as light grey, tan, khaki or taupe – made from summery materials, like cotton or linen. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself and bless every penny you’ve spent on them.
Tip #2: Unless it’s a formal wedding, you can team these suits with a crisp, white shirt and no tie, but do make sure to wear a pocket square. Why, you say? Well, you need to make people realise that it’s not for lack of effort that you’re not wearing a tie!
Tip #3: Black suits are not necessarily a no-go, but don’t wear the one that’s reserved for Christmas Eve, unless you want to be parboiled in your own sweat and served as an appetiser. Get a light one in a custom or tight fit (you’ll be wearing fewer layers than you would in winter), and wear a white shirt and a medium-to-skinny – but not super skinny – tie. Oh, and patterns for ties are fine. Cartoon characters, however, are not.
As you can see, there are many things that you can wear to a summer wedding. And remember ladies, don’t be scared to take a fan with you, and do consider a bag that has a strap. And lads, hand fans (palji) cost very little; get one before the hipsters do!
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