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So Last Season

Whites, florals and dots at Wimbledon

Wednesday, 19th July, 2017 5:26pm

If you remember, I gave you a bit of a wedding update last week and it seems to have opened the bridal floodgates; so that all I seem to be doing is living and breathing wedding stuff.

It’s not that I particularly want to be so engrossed but it’s become apparent that when you get into the home stretch, there are so many things to do that you would never have thought needed doing.

On Monday, we had to register our intent to marry and of course this was preceded by a week of frantically putting together all the paperwork needed.

I may as well have just moved into the births, deaths and marriages office, I have spent so much time in there, but I must say Ann – who registered our details – was so nice to deal with in there.

That’s another thing I’ve noticed; people are so much nicer to you when you’re planning a wedding and my friends who are already married have warned me that it’s a tough pill to swallow when you are no longer the centre of the wedding universe.

I felt like I should make some effort to dress for the registration but decided against a mini wedding gown and veil. I mean, I’m nothing if not low key.

I did give a subtle nod to the white look with a white lace vintage top from a lovely little boutique called Thistleberry and paired it with my favourite pink trousers which I bought on sale in Penneys ages ago and which I’ve definitely got my money’s worth out of.

I’m normally such a dress wearer in the summer but this year I’ve been all about the light, relaxed trouser. With all this talk of white clothing, I was reminded that Wimbledon had been on and that I had successfully managed to avoid watching any of it.

I remember once having to watch Andy Murray play Nadal or Federer (I don’t know which one is which) in a final and my only relief was when the cameras panned through the crowd and I got to see Victoria and David Beckham sitting there in all their sartorial perfection. When it comes to dressing for Wimbledon, some people take the tennis whites theme literally and could easily be mistaken for a ball boy or girl – or are they called ball people now?

It’s all well and good looking fresh and airy in your tennis skirt but one too many glasses of Pimms and a squashed strawberry and your look is ruined.

For me, Irish actress Ruth Negga nailed Wimbledon fashion with a relaxed but very put together nautical-inspired look. She looked stylish but comfortable in relaxed white jeans, a stripey tee and blazer and topped off with a statement lip and signature crop, which kept the classic look fresh.

The Middletons, of course, played it safe with some floral looks which, while perfectly lovely, were hardly very interesting although I must give credit to Pippa who wore a gorgeous but simple Isabel Marant dress on one of the days – complete with straw boater. Aside from florals, the other popular print this year was polka dot which I love and is always a quirky classic that we see in fashion year after year.

My best dressed prize goes to Joanne Froggatt who looked chic in a white wide leg jumpsuit and very on-trend pom pom embellished clutch.

For men, it was all sharp navy suiting and what appears to be an alarming rise in the use of tie pins.

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