FAQs and expert advice about ladies' formal wear

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhampshiredorset.wedding


Modish mums

Modish mums

Q. We're hoping to get married this summer and my mum is stressing about what to wear. She has no idea where to start when it comes to choosing an outfit for such a special occasion, can you help?

A. Steve Taylor says: Steve says: We've certainly missed the busy flow of mothers-of-the-bride and -groom in the boutique, but that makes us even more excited about all the weddings to come in 2021 and we've got some great styles arriving for the season ahead!

- Front and centre of the mother-of-the-bride and -groom trends is the midi dress. The popularity of this style has grown over the last few years, but for 2021 it stands out as the star of the show. Harking back to the days of Audrey Hepburn, there's just something so elegant about this look. The fitted bust leads to a neat waistline to create a lovely shape as the skirt skims over the hips flaring down to the calves. While you do need some height, a pair of heels really complements the shape and gives you the stance to make the most of what's set to become one of the most popular choices this year.

- There are some great options you can wear not only to the wedding but afterwards too. Trends for next year include a less formal 50's look with below-the-knee flared skirt and sweeping neckline.

- Classic looks from the likes of Condici are always on trend; elegant and comfortable this kind of style will never go out of fashion.

- The key to looking fab at any wedding is getting the colours right and for 2021 pinks, blues and multi-colour florals are in. We love the floral prints for summer weddings and with so many varied and alternative venues available nowadays it gives the option of looking amazing without the formality.

- Choosing the accessories can take as long as finding the right dress and the hatinator is set to be one of the coming year's top picks. This style of disc on a headband is easier to wear than a hat and less likely to spoil your hairstyle. New designs include large fascinators on wide headbands adding striking detail to any look. Opt for something to either match your outfit or add contrast with a different colour.

- No matter what you choose the Rainbow Club shoe collection provides an easy option for any mother as they can be dyed in any colour to match your outfit.

Steve Taylor,Fab Frocks of Westbourne


Mum's the word

Mum's the word

Q. My mum was thrilled when we got engaged but she's been stressing ever since about what to wear for our wedding. She's most comfortable in casual clothes and hasn't a clue about formal wear – can you help?

A. Steve Taylor says: Steve says: Buying an outfit as a mother-of-the-bride or -groom can be daunting. The pressure of being seen by everyone and getting the colours right can make choosing the ideal style even more vital. Above all it's important for your mum to think about comfort and how she'll feel in her outfit, after all she'll be in it for quite a while. She may not want to wear a jacket for the whole day either, so make sure the dress looks great on its own.

There's a whole range of options and one of my top tips is, don't judge styles on the hanger, you have to be open to trying things on. Some people assume the classic dress and bolero combo might make them look frumpy, but think again! Designers like Linea Raffaelli are taking this look to the next level with great fabrics and touches to give the classic look a modern twist.

As temperatures start to rise, sometimes a jacket isn't required, especially if the wedding's at a more unconventional venue. Going for a less formal but striking look is a great idea, with the added bonus that you can wear the dress again on holiday or to a party. The '50s-style A-line dress is a popular choice for weddings currently and can complement most body shapes

Steve Taylor