Ask Alyson: What to wear to a wedding this summer if you don’t like dressing-up May 31st 2021 — by Alyson Walsh To view this content, you must be a member of Alyson's Patreon at £2.5 or more Unlock with PatreonAlready a qualifying Patreon member? Refresh to access this content.Discussion (8 Comments) Emma says: June 1, 2021 at 7:35 pm Is the link to this article not working ? I’ve signed up to Patreon but still get a message saying content not available. When I click the link.Reply Alyson Walsh says: June 2, 2021 at 9:52 am Hi Emma, It should be working! Please could you send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll look into the issue for you. Thank you, HelenReply Maureen says: June 2, 2021 at 10:47 am I had to go via the website, click refresh and the sign in again rather than following the link on my email. I think it only stores details for a limited length of time. Great article, I shall certainly reference it when I need an outfit for a big event!Reply Janet says: June 2, 2021 at 11:30 am At the end of last September my son and his long time partner got married. It was a registry office wedding, and because of Covid 19 restrictions there were only 4 others there, myself and my husband and my daughter-in-law’s brother and his wife , plus their baby daughter. The wedding was because my daughter-in-law had to move to Switzerland for her new job. I didn’t have time to buy anything new, as my husband and I had spent the last two weeks in September in self-isolation as we had been away in France. I wore , as mother of the groom, a brocade skirt I’d made a couple of years ago with a cream coloured silky blouse and a dark jacket. Daughter-in-law wore a pretty dress , pale blue with a flowing print of flowers, while her sister -in-law wore a green, pleated skirt chiffon dress, very appropriate. Her baby daughter wore a very pretty rose printed dress and behaved impeccably throughout the ceremony and the lunch afterwards. I don’t think any of us bought anything new, just the nicest and most appropriate clothes we already had. It was actually what people in the past used to do, especially during and just after the Second World War, when clothes rationing was still in place.Reply Alyson Walsh says: June 2, 2021 at 7:13 pm Sounds like a lovely wedding, Janet. And so true, that’s what happened in the past – people had to make-do. I re-read the brilliant book ‘ Fashion on the Ration’ by Julie Summers, last year during lockdown; how women coped and the ingenious things they wore during and after WWII.Reply Mrs Tonia says: June 2, 2021 at 12:25 pm Thanks Alyson for your explanation which I have also experienced for several weeks. Error message saying material unavailable. So for now unable to read content about occasion wear. I do actually like the approach taken by the millennial Carrie Symonds now Mrs Johnson to her wedding attire. I read she is a regular user of My WardrobeHQ rental service. And for a very modest fee was able to rent her white wedding dress and several other coloured decoy dresses also. Given that for occasions one needs a photogenic outfit this seems a great approach. A new, for you, stylish outfit which will look good in photos. If i had anywhere formal to go, I don’t, I’d adopt this approach. For my son’s wedding three years ago today, I couldn’t afford a new outfit so I took three silk dresses with assorted shoes and jackets in my suitcase to France. On the day it was warm enough to ditch the jackets and wear an unlined silk Paul Smith dress and navy wedge suede sandals. I felt comfortable, looked good and appropriate and it proved photogenic. Just shows one doesn’t need to purchase something new and expensive. I did spend money on a pedicure to have professionally groomed polished toes. And wore a new baroque pearl necklace I got months earlier.Reply Winifred says: June 2, 2021 at 8:56 pm A truly informative piece Alyson, thank you.Reply Susanna says: June 3, 2021 at 4:37 pm Very helpful article, and in accord with my own experience as mother of the groom. I almost gagged when I went into the MoB departments! Ended up with a lovely hand painted silk tea dress with a bit of lace trim, in my favorite sea green and sand colors. No waist, no fastenings, and crinkly pleats all over, so no faff; I wore it all day in absolute comfort, with a pair of low suede ankle-tie pumps. When I first saw it, I could hear it calling out to me but my sensible self said, “No, too expensive.” The following week I found it again in a tiny boutique on half price sale!!!ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel replyPlease be respectful and kind.CommentName * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.