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Royal Wedding: fashion do’s and don’ts

Maria Fernandez | Monday, May 2, 2011

The most popular and awaited royal wedding of the century finally came Friday and all eyes were on fashion. The British Royal Family demonstrated once more its exquisite elegance and sophistication with its choices of attire and the bride, now Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, and her sister, Pippa, also looked both beautiful and breathtaking.

However, the main characters of this royal event of the year were not the only ones dressed to impress. Wearing mainly short hem ensembles with lots of color and extravagant hats, celebrity and royal guests to the wedding made good and not-so good fashion choices on this big day. After carefully looking at all of the wedding fashions, here are some of my picks on guest do’s and don’ts.


The majority of the wedding guests chose very stylish outfits that were perfect for the occasion. They emanated elegance and poise and were avant-garde in their selections.

David and Victoria Beckham’s ensembles were certainly a do. The handsome soccer star looked great in his Ralph Lauren suit and Philip Treacy top hat, while his wife’s dark blue dress from her new fall collection fitted perfectly with her growing baby bump. Posh’s custom-made Christian Louboutin pumps and Philip Treacy headpiece completed her sophisticated look. They were without doubt one of the most stylish couples in Friday’s ceremony and festivities.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha Cameron, radiated simplicity and refinement at the event. Her combination of both a bright teal dress and an orange shawl and necklace were a great choice that gave personality to her outfit.

Spanish-designed attires caused a sensation at this worldwide-televised event. Miriam Gonzalez, wife of English Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, looked sophisticatedly elegant in her Miguel Palacio black-and-white polka dot dress and draped black turban with coral flower applications. She proudly showed her cultural roots with this bold and fashionable outfit.

Princess Letizia of Spain also chose to wear Spanish-designer pieces for the occasion. She looked simple, elegant and chic in a monochromatic blush-colored pleated dress and hat by Felipe Varela.

 Recently married Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Albert of Monaco’s fiancé, Charlene Wittstock, also followed the monochromatic fashion trend to perfection. Princess Victoria looked polished and modern with a side-gathered, salmon-colored Elie Saab dress and matching shoes and hat, while Wittstock demonstrated she has what it takes to look and become a royal with a seamed gray coat, gloves and clutch. The soon-to- be princess completed her refined look with a white wide-brimmed hat and nude-colored heels.  

Another fashion trend seen in some guests at the wedding was metallics, and Princess Marie Chantal of Greece and Zara Phillips, Prince William’s cousin, wore it best. Chantal wore a Chanel Haute Couture gray-tweeted dress with silver hand-beaded embroidery and an elaborate flower-adorned hat by Philip Treacy. Zara Phillips chose to wear a metallic silver dress and fabulous hat for her cousin’s wedding. Both royals nailed the metallic trend with their stylish ensembles, making great and innovative fashion statements.

All of these guests prove that when it comes to choosing their outfits for a royal event they are definitely en vogue.


Although many celebrities and royals who were invited to Prince William and Kate’s wedding showed poise and charm with their perfectly adequate fashion selections, others did not make the do list.

Chelsy Davy’s aquamarine bias-cut satin blouse and skirt, made specifically for the occasion by Alberta Ferretti, were somewhat disappointing. She paired her outfit with nude-colored pumps, clutch and hat, which did not help her overall look. I expected something more stylish and youthful from Prince Harry’s on-again, off-again girlfriend.

Although these sisters are popularly known as British fashionistas, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice of York chose apparel for their cousin’s wedding which was also a miss. Eugenie, the younger of the two, wore a Vivienne Westwood multicolored jacked and poufy taffeta skirt combined with a flamboyant Philip Treacy hat. She went too over-the-top with her outfit and did not exude the effortless grace of a British royal.

Princess Beatrice’s beige Valentino Haute Couture dress seemed less contrived than her sister’s, but it is still not a fashion hit.  The dress was fairly appropriate for the occasion, but her extravagant Philip Treacy headpiece ruined the look. Beatrice mixed an elegant Valentino piece with a wildly shaped hat. This combination hindered her overall look.

Lastly, British socialite and TV presenter, Tara Palmer-Tomkison, wore the most outrageous ensemble to the royal nuptials. Her outfit is a perfect example of monochromatic gone wrong. Her choice of a cobalt blue color did not spoil her ensemble. It was the exuberant shape of her Deborah Milner dress and Philip Treacy hat that did. Tara was certainly trying too hard. She was dressing to impress in all the wrong ways.

Good or bad, hit or miss, do or don’t, these celebrity and royal guests enjoyed this most anticipated wedding of the year and definitely made fashion history with these ensembles.