Words by Nicole Thomsen
October 16th, 2019
Got a winter wedding coming up and nothing to wear? Look no further than these five brands for occasionwear you’ll fall in love with.
If you’re off to an October wedding, a dress from The Vampire’s Wife is the perfect option, not least because of the brand’s seasonally apt name. Named after husband Nick Cave’s abandoned book project, the label was founded by Susie Bick. The English model’s designs are romantic and whimsical, with an emphasis on period details such as high necklines, ruffles and ditsy floral prints that are fitting for autumn/winter.
Coming in at the more expensive end of the scale, these luxurious dresses are certainly an investment buy, but one that is made to treasure and keep forever. Worn by countless stars, from English to Hollywood royalty, you’ll be in good company with one of these hanging in your wardrobe.
This iconic British brand combines effortless silhouettes with beautiful prints and silky materials to create garments that feel, at once, both contemporary and vintage. If you’re in the market for a dress that you can wear time and time again, no matter the occasion, but also one that won’t break the bank, Ghost is both reliable and affordable.
Better yet, if you’re a fan of silk but you’re not prepared for the level of care such a delicate material requires, all of the brand’s dresses are made using the highest quality viscose yarns resulting in a luxurious, silk-like texture that is machine washable so you can hit the dancefloor as hard as the music requires.
Kitri came to our attention at the beginning of 2018 and since then, the London label has become one of our go-to brands for affordable, quality pieces. The online-only store sells well-made classics with a twist, including the perfect dress for a wedding guest.
With a weekly new arrival of distinctive designs, you can be sure to find the dress of your dreams, if not this week, then maybe next. And the best part? Each design is produced in limited quantities so you won’t have to worry about bumping into someone in the same polka dot dress as you.
Cecilie Bahnsen’s ethereal designs could be worn by both the bride and her guests — if she’s not afraid of being upstaged. The Scandi label, which we highlighted as one to watch earlier this year, offers romantic, voluminous dresses that are so breathtakingly crafted they could bring a tear to the eye.
For autumn/winter ’19, the Danish designer made slight tweaks to her signature aesthetic and opted for a darker, gothic colour palette, resulting in the perfect occasionwear for guests who like a bit of drama. And for the bride, you’ll find the dreamiest of wedding dresses within the label’s extensive collection of whimsical white designs.
As Kate Middleton bravely showed us, you can wear the same thing twice — quelle surprise. That being said, if you’re fed up of wearing the same two dresses on rotation but cannot afford to splurge on something new — or you simply don’t want to —, Rag Revolution is a premium fashion rental service that allows customers to rent designer dresses for a fraction of the original retail price.
The recently launched Irish service stocks some of our favourite dress brands including Reformation, Olivia Rubin, Rixo and Ganni, and caters to a growing number of consumers that want a more sustainable, and affordable, approach to occasionwear. Once your rental period is up, you simply return the dress so someone else can have the opportunity to wear it.
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