As so many people had to postpone their nuptials due to the pandemic, many of us have received a wedding invitation (or several) this year. We’re here to help you sort out exactly what to wear.

Here are some tips to make choosing your wedding guest outfit easy.

If you’re the mother of the bride or the groom then it goes without saying that you should wear something a little bit dressier than the rest of the guests as you are an important part of the wedding party. The good news though is that although you have a prime role you will only appear in a couple of formal wedding party photos so you don’t need to overly worry about matching – however try not to choose a conflicting shade! Also, no to black. I know a lot of you love black, but it tends to send the wrong message and no-one wants their mother showing up in black to their wedding. Sorry.

So then, what to wear? Well, if your invite said it’s going to be “casual” or a said something about it being a garden wedding then you get to choose something pretty, comfortable, breathable, and that can be worn again – think of a nice cotton dress in a pretty pattern. There are some truly gorgeous options out there to choose from, and as we keep saying, it’s less about the style of dress and more about what style and colour look good on you and your body shape and skin tone.

If the wedding is a formal day wedding then think knee length or a tea-length dress in a dressier fabric. We have lots of options that fall into this category with our Bonita Bold line such as our V-neck Drape Dress, our Asymmetrical Cape Dress, or our Diamond Cape Dress. The list goes on, and it’s our mission to help you look and feel beautiful when you head off to this love-filled event.

If it’s a formal evening wedding then you can still go with a knee-length dress however you might want to consider adding in some sparkle. You can have rhinestone details on the dress itself or sequin lace, but definitely add in some sparkly jewellery. You could also consider a floor-length dress, just stay away from light champagne and watch the neckline, too deep a V in the back or the front might have wandering eyes on you as the protagonist instead of the bride.

The “barn” wedding can get a bit confusing as these affairs can be quite fancy and formal or venture towards the opposite extreme of being quite casual. You’ll want to speak with someone close to the bride to get her inside view on what the bride is planning for her special day because it could be the difference between choosing a cute A-line floral cotton dress or a fancy chiffon number.

Generally-speaking it’s always better to be over-dressed rather than under-dressed, and it’s definitely important that you wear something that fits you well and complements your body shape and skin tone. Don’t forget flowy palazzo pants and a pretty top can be a great option too. Many women love this as they still look dressy but feel very comfortable all day long.

Prior to heading to the boutique to choose something amazing for you, make sure you know the following:

- whether it's a day or evening wedding

- whether it's formal or informal

- what the wedding party colour is

This allows our Fashion Stylists to properly help you so that you not only look great but that your outfit makes sense in the setting of the wedding.

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After a two-year pandemic and a rather bleak world-scene right now, in fashion it’s all about being in the moment and celebrating the positive in life. Think colour, think pretty, think fun.

This season you’ll see some traditional Spring favourites pop back into the spotlight like pink and coral, and you’ll also see some newer tones like jewel (think a dreamy deep but engaging teal). Don’t expect it to go away anytime soon either as it’s becoming a big fan favourite and is set to stay right through Fall.

Allow yourself some fun, and step into the brightness of life with pattern and colour. Pants can be a good way to start and you’ll certainly see an array of pretty options to choose from, like these ones shown here. Be sure to choose a pant-leg and length that suits you however see Bring Out Your Beautiful Bold Self for tips on how to dress for your body shape.

Whatever way you choose to design and celebrate your life this season - whether with a bold print, a cool jewel tone, or a fun light pop of colour like coral - we have so many new arrivals that fit the bill of fun and unique.

Want to get into the Spring groove but not sure what colour is best for you? We're happy to help and that's what our fashion stylists are trained to do! You can make an appointment either virtually or in-person or pop in to see us and we'll do a quick assessment for you so that you know just what types of silhouettes and colours work for you. Click here to book

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There is a big push these days towards sustainable fashion. More and more people want to buy clothes that decrease their environmental impact but what makes a fabric eco-friendly? Which ones are out there? Are they comfortable?...

What Makes a Fabric Sustainable?

There are many things that make a fabric sustainable, but some of the most important ones are how it is made and the impact it has on the environment.

Some fabrics, like silk, are sustainable because they come from a natural source. Others, like bamboo, are sustainable because they grow quickly and don't require a lot of water or pesticides to grow.

Additionally, fabrics can be sustainable if they are made using environmentally-friendly methods. For example, organic cotton is grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, which can harm the environment.

How a fabric is dyed including whether the dye is water-soluble or not, how the dye and its solvent are processed and dealt with afterwards, and how much water is used in the process are all important variables in determining to what degree a fabric is more or less sustainable. Some interesting improvements are being made in this area such as using laser to dye fabrics and to print on them.

What fabrics are sustainable?

So, what should you look for when checking a fabric content label? Look for the following:

- Organic cotton

- Viscose

- Rayon

- Viscose-rayon

- Hemp

- Linen

- Wool (but be careful if you have an allergy)

- Recycled polyester

- Modal

- Fabric made from recycled water bottles (yes! This is a thing! Yay!)

So how are some of these? Well to pick just a few, viscose for example is made from the cellulose of bamboo and wood pulp, rayon from bamboo, trees, cotton, and other natural fibers, and modal from spinning beech tree cellulose. All these fabrics are made from natural materials and are environmentally friendly to produce.

But, are they comfortable?

If you have visions of itchy scratchy hemp you are not alone, but the reality of today’s eco-fabrics is very different.

Sustainable fabrics today like organic cotton, viscose from bamboo, rayon, most linens, and viscose-rayon are all very soft and breathable. Bamboo even has the added benefit of being moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial.

Many are even wrinkle-resistant which is great for travelling.

You can choose an eco-outfit

Choosing clothing made of sustainable fabric is a great way to be more environmentally conscious.

Why not look and feel your best (check out our article ) while supporting the planet?

We use bamboo, organic cotton, viscose, rayon, recycled poly and modal in our clothing line to provide sustainable fashion to our customers. We plan on leaving a smaller footprint, as it's at the core of what we do. Who says you can't wear beautiful, stylish, and unique clothing that's also sustainable?

Check out what our store has to offer!

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