What To Wear To An Autumn Wedding

What To Wear To An Autumn Wedding

There’s nothing more lovely than a wedding on a bright, crisp autumn day – but what’s a wedding guest to wear? The Great Boden Diaries contributor Olivia Purvis reveals the art of special-occasion style as the weather cools down…

Is it still T-shirt weather? Are my denim shorts redundant for another year now? And is it too early for my 180 denier tights? These questions become all too frequent during these in-between early autumn days. And that’s before the quandary of choosing a wedding look.

Don’t get me wrong, picking what to wear to someone’s special day is one of life’s little pleasures. There’s something about a day filled with love, tiered cake, great company and dad-dancing that fills me with excitement. Coordinating with the weather, however, can be quite the task: Who needs extra dress stress when there’s cake to be thinking about?


The main problem is that, in September, something switches in my sartorial mindset and I can’t help but feel that burgundy, black and grey clothing should be the norm (with colourful sunshine hues consigned to the back of my wardrobe for another six months). But where is it written that come autumn, primary shades and summery florals have had their moment in the proverbial sun? We’re not quite in the realms of winter florals just yet although I might be making a few advance investments.

Keeping this liberating attitude in mind, planning an outfit for a friend’s autumn wedding became much easier and I opted for my favourite Boden dress with its girlie nod to Zooey Deschanel and her signature playful 50s-inspired look. Although it could be described as a summer dress thanks to its midi-length (no cold legs here) and nipped-in waist, it’s actually perfect for pairing with a cropped cardigan and a sneaky pair of nude tights if necessary. Plus, all of the multi-tonal printed flowers make it uber-easy to match-up with your existing accessories.


To offset the dress’s exuberance, I turned to this gorgeous leather clutch, which helped bring all of the little outfit details together – sometimes less really is more. A statement clutch which can be used again and again gets a big thumbs up in my book – and all the better if it fits all your essentials (which, let me tell you – it definitely did). A handy arm strap makes it all the more practical for cutting some YMCA-style shapes on the dance floor during the evening reception.

Finally, if you’re not brave enough to go all-colour head to toe, why not challenge yourself to some subtle colour-pop make-up? This needn’t be Bowie-esque flashes of eyeshadow, a slick of ruby red lipstick can work some serious confidence wonders and can take a look from day to night. Trust me on this, you’ll be wedding-ready in no time – now where’s the cake?

The five autumn wedding essentials

  1. A colour-popping dress (they’re not just for summer)
  2. Embrace a midi-length skirt
  3. A bright crop cardigan
  4. A statement clutch (with strap)
  5. A pop of red lipstick

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