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Q. My daughter is getting married in early May and the only rule is that there are no rules! She's happy for me to wear what I like but I want something special. What would you suggest that's suitable not only for her relaxed boho theme but the spring weather too?
A. Debbie Hill says: Debbie says: In springtime, with all the array of emerging colours, it's an ideal opportunity to add an extra splash with floral prints, either bold or something more subtle.
The boho theme is great for more relaxed weddings and can look just as stunning as more formal attire. Stand-alone dresses are the way to go, with or without sleeves, so long as it's soft and flowing – no structured shift dress for this theme I'm afraid. How daring you want to go depends wholly on your individual style and personality. As this is a more informal type of wedding, to make yourself stand out from other guests as mother-of-the-bride, why not finish your outfit with an amazing hat? Should the weather be a little chilly and you feel the need to add layers for warmth, make sure that they are soft and flowing too, no stiff jackets! Don't forget no one sees what you have on underneath, so if you do feel the cold wear some thermal underwear and if the weather warms up during the day, it can easily be removed and no one will know any different. Just remember it's meant to be all about about relaxing and having fun!
Debbie Hill, Charisma
Mum's the word
Q. What looks are on trend for the mother-of-the-bride this season?
A. Debbie Hill says: Debbie says: For autumn the palette is changing to more neutral colours. This is a very safe choice as it will go with everything and never seems to offend. These shades always look sophisticated and exude understated elegance and the one option that is never out of favour for mums is the ever-popular navy and ivory. This also works with practically every colour of the rainbow and remember; a darker colour will give you a slimmer silhouette. Don't forget the hat either, as this will elevate your chosen outfit to another level, and if the designer makes a specific hat to go with it, you can't go wrong.
Debbie Hill, Charmisa of Fawley
The supporting role
Q. My mum's not used to shopping for formalwear and is stressing about what to choose for our big day. She wants something that will set her apart but still feel comfortable and suitable for our intimate wedding.
A. Julie Facey says: Julie says: Everyone knows that planning a wedding can be stressful at the best of times, but 2020 has taken it to another level. You may be planning something more relaxed for your intimate celebration or you may still want to go all out because those all-important photographs are going to be even more valuable to show loved ones who may not be able to attend the ceremony.
Our latest stock includes new styles from several labels including the everpopular Veni Infantino range. There are dresses for casual weddings as well as more formal affairs with coats too; ideal for autumn and winter. We're based in a quiet village with free on-street parking next to the shop, great for relaxed, stress-free shopping and we're working in a COVID-secure way, with private appointments available on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Julie Facey, Charisma of Fawley
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