When it comes to dresses for weddings, our first thought immediately goes to the bride. However, whilst brides are more than adequately catered for by fashion magazines and the bridal fashion industry, guests are often left to fend for themselves in a world where every minor and major brand is churning out outfits left, right and centre. And whilst it is very important that guests dress in a way that does not upstage the bride, they still have to bring it!
With millions of options, and very little guidance, we are proud to present a designer who will ensure that you not only look incredible – but also stand out from the crowd. If you’re a fan of vintage fashion, then you need not look any further! Read on, and discover Coco Fennell, a young British designer with an old soul – and a fantastic new collection to prove it!
Coco Fennell has been making a name for herself on the British fashion scene since 2011, when she began her one-woman vintage clothing company aged 23, with one principal aim: to make flattering vintage-inspired fashion that makes people feel good about themselves. And in the years since, she has certainly succeeded on both fronts. Now regularly appearing in the biggest fashion magazines – with the UK editions of Vogue and Grazia amongst them – and with famous clients like Kylie and Rihanna in her phonebook, Coco Fennell has definitely landed, bringing a fantastic trend along with her.
Vintage fashion has always been “in“, but most major brands have mainstreamed it to such an extent that we can’t quite tell whether a collection has been inspired by this style or not. This is where Coco Fennell makes her stand against them – and gains the upper ground. Honouring the cuts and silhouettes of the 60s and 70s, and adorning them with nouveau patterns, her dresses can be described as “wearable chic“. This is one throwback we are completely on board with!
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So you may be asking yourself – these dresses are gorgeous, but are they wedding appropriate? In short, yes. 2019 is set to see the return of the traditional wedding dress and all of the associated accessories – including capes, kitten heels and classical jewellery. This leaves the door wide open for vintage guest dresses, who will perfectly complement the traditional bride – but also stand out in a bold, vintage pattern.
Ideal for spring and summer weddings, with some brilliantly unique patterns, Coco Fennell caters for every woman. Her choice of cuts are flattering for a range of body shapes, and the coy skirt lengths and sleeves are fun and flirty, whilst being modest enough that you could easily choose one for a church or chapel wedding. Indeed that is surely the point of her work – to take designs that were traditionally feminine, and recreate them to be striking and alternative for the 21st century girl!
And although we’re here to talk about Coco Fennell in a guest-dress capacity, we also have to draw your attention to the rest of her brand! Though every piece has been intricately designed to reflect its vintage influence, she doesn’t just create the long dresses that you see here. If you head to the Coco Fennell website, you’ll find a whole world of fashion – from vintage-inspired party dresses to casual skirts, to summer tea dresses too. Indeed, if you will soon be attending a bohemian-themed wedding, then any piece from this designer will suit your needs perfectly!
The variety between options – despite the range being pretty exclusive – is also something to be aware of. From collared V-necklines to button up dresses to the most brilliant bell sleeves (alongside a whole host of embroidery – we love the stars on the first dress!), a lot of women will find something to love with Coco Fennell.
Aside from the fact that you will both look and feel totally beautiful upon wearing one of her pieces, a huge advantage of choosing Coco Fennell is that the chances of being dressed the same as another guest is pretty low. Have you ever arrived at a friends’ wedding to discover another person wearing the same dress as you? We have – it’s as bad as you can imagine! The exclusivity of Coco’s designs means that you are sure to have a completely unique look for any occasion. So whether you’ll be clamouring for the bouquet, or just heading out for a lunch-date with your girls, with Coco Fennell you’ll be creating your own distinct style.
Coco Fennell is not just another up-and-coming clothes designer. There is a complete originality to her work that seems to be slowly fading out of the fashion industry, and her uncompromising loyalty to the vintage style means that her collections will stay original for a long time. So if you’re not afraid of trying something a little different for that wedding coming up next year, then you should definitely start with Coco Fennell (and yes, we checked, she definitely ships to the US!) Alternative guest dresses for the modern woman? We just love it!