SUMMER STYLE // finding the perfect wedding outfit

M&S Bank necklace summer wedding outfit

• featured post

I was never one of those girls who imagined her wedding dress, or dreamed of having all eyes on her as she walked down the aisle (in fact the very thought makes me cringe), but I’ve always LOVED attending other people’s weddings.

I work from home, where comfort is key, so weddings are the perfect excuse for me to break out of ‘school-run-mum’ mode, drag out a dress and dust off those heels. You get all of the glamour, with none of the pressure. Perfect! 

When M&S Bank set me the task of find a summer wedding outfit for £125 (the exact amount of the gift card you’ll receive, simply by switching your current account to M&S BANK), I knew this was a challenge I’d relish.

I’m quite particular about dresses; I don’t wear them very often, and when I do they have to tick a lot of boxes before they’re ‘right’. I don’t like tight dresses (after two kids they don’t much like me either), so I look for simple styles that are loosely cut, but perfectly tailored to create a flattering shape.

I’ve always loved timeless silhouettes, like the classic shirt dress. First seen in the 1950s, shirt dresses first featured in Christian Dior’s post-war couture designs with a full crinoline skirt. Since then they’ve been modernised and reinvented by some of my favourite designers, including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg.

Not only are they endlessly stylish (is there anything that screams ‘Riviera summer’ more than a crisp, linen shirtdress and wedges?), but they can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

M&S Bank full body summer wedding outfit

Armed with my £125 budget, I headed to my local M&S store. I was first drawn to a pretty floral jacket, but almost immediately I was sidetracked by a £35 black SHIRTDRESS. I know it’s not your typical wedding outfit choice – colour or style-wise – but I could instantly visualise it dressed up with gold accessories and shoes, and brought to life with a brightly coloured bag.

The jewellery basically found me – a simple threaded £15 gold chain drop NECKLACE (see top photo), and the shoes were an easy pick – these £35 metallic gold strappy SANDALS were exactly what I had in mind when I pictured the final outfit (and what a brilliant price too).

M&S Bank shoes summer wedding outfit

M&S Bank bag summer wedding outfit

Then, as if by fate, I then stumbled across the perfect twist lock BAG – summery and fun, and the perfect foil for my classic black base. How great is the geometric design? And I just adore the gorgeous coral accents. Just £25, this has a long gold chain so you can wear it over the shoulder or across the body (for a more casual look). Alternatively, tuck the chain inside and use it like a clutch.

The shirt dress was quite long, and I’m not the tallest, so I actually took the hem up a few inches to give it more of a cocktail dress length. With the accessories and hair and makeup, it was exactly the look I’d wanted to achieve – simple but stylish (I hope… do you think?!), without trying too hard – understated glamour, with a twist of fun.

The cost for the entire look – just £110; proof you can pick yourself up your entire summer wedding outfit with the gift card you’d receive as part of M&S Bank’s new current account deal AND have some left over to put towards the wedding pressie (check out the full details HERE).

M&S Bank H&S summer wedding outfit

• thanks to M&S Bank for inviting me to collaborate on their summer wedding outfit campaign





  1. Gorgeous!! I LOVE those sandals, and that handbag, they would go with so many other outfits too! That dress is lovely, I would never think to wear black to a wedding but it looks so pretty, I will definitely bear that in mind at our next wedding we go to!

    • The sandals are really pretty, aren’t they? Was pleasantly surprised at the £35 price tag too! x

  2. What a gorgeous outfit, you look really stunning in it too x

    • Ah, thanks! I’m not very good at getting in front of the camera, so appreciate your lovely words (even if you’ve got your fingers crossed behind your back)! 😉 x

  3. Love that it’s totally my style I’ve heard people comment on me wearing. Black to weddings before but I think it’s a timeless classic

    • Me too Katrina! Plus black dresses can be worn to other events – colourful ‘wedding’ dresses are often very hard to wear again, aren’t they? x

  4. I love a shirt dress and the MS black dress looks so classy on you with those gold heels. Gorgeous x x
    Ana De- Jesus recently posted…35 Blogging Groups & Platforms That Pay You To BlogMy Profile

  5. Nelu Mbingu - July 5, 2017 reply

    That dress looks good on you. I quite like black so I do see myself wearing this. I hope you enjoyed yourself!

    • Thanks Nelu, I know black isn’t the wedding ‘norm’ but I’m really not a colourful clothing kinda girl! x

  6. I really like the look of that dress! And I bet my wife would too! It was funny with our wedding, as it was horror themed (we got married on Halloween)
    Gareth Torrance recently posted…Why You Should Let Your Child Find ThemselvesMy Profile

    • So you’re saying I look like I’m wearing a Halloween costume??? 😉

  7. I really love this outfit and while I wouldn’t personally wear it for a wedding I’d definitely wear it for a nice evening out x
    Rhian Westbury recently posted…Can’t Find The Exact T-Shirt You Want? Why Not Design It YourselfMy Profile

  8. I love that bag – it really adds to the outfit! x

  9. you look so gorgeous! And that bag.. CAN NOT believe its only for £25!!

  10. What an absolutely gorgeous outfit, I love the colours in the clutch and that necklace really adds a lovely pop of gold to the dress.
    Sarah Bailey recently posted…Win Alphabet Truffles from ThorntonsMy Profile

  11. Absolutely stunning and so affordable! I love that it’s different than the usual wedding outfit!

  12. The necklace is beautiful and I absolutely love the shoes and bag, they bring the whole outfit together – you look fab!!
    Jess | The Indigo Hours recently posted…Hello July!My Profile

  13. I actually love this look, the bag, shoes, necklace…I want them all 🙂 x

  14. You look absolutely gorgeous in the outfit and the bag is stunning . I would definitely wear something like this to a wedding. Love the way the accessories all match x

  15. I love the way you’ve accessorised this dress, simple and elegant! I love those gold shoes too 🙂
    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes recently posted…Spanish Marinated Olives With Manchego CheeseMy Profile

  16. That’s a great look for a wedding. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a black dress.

  17. It’s not your typical wedding guest dress but we love it! Very stylish and cool. The bag sets off the look perfectly and you got it for under the budget! Looks great on you x

  18. I always seemed to have been cursed with bad bridemaids dresses for most weddings I’ve been to. I long to go to a wedding where I can just wear something fabulous. I very much like the sandals you picked out, so useful to go with many different looks and colours. Overall you look fab, a great idea to keep the dress subtle and accessorise!

  19. I really love this outfit and it could take you anywhere, I am a huge fan of black and gold, and I love that bag! x

  20. What a very stylish outfit, I like the bag and the shoes they are perfect for a wedding guest

    • I LOVE the bag – the colours are even nicer in ‘real life’ too. x

  21. I would never have thought of wearing black to a wedding but this just looks so classy! I love the sandals and the handbag is just lovely!!!

    • Thanks Tanya – I know black isn’t a standard choice for a wedding (or summer, even), but I’m just not a ‘coloured dress’ kinda gal. x

  22. Looking good bootiful lady!! I love a good shopping challenge. That sounds like a great incentive to switch accounts x

  23. Lovely dress with the absolutely perfect accompaniment of accessories, you look fabulous and perfect for a wedding!

    • Nawww, thanks Emily! Now I just have to learn to walk in high heels… x

  24. I love what you have chosen! That bag is so different and so very cute!

  25. Thanks muchly! I do cringe A LOT when I see photos of myself, but this was so fun that I decided to get over myself and just do it. Not a bad incentive though is it?! Am thinking of switching myself!! x

  26. You can’t really beat styling gold or silver with a black outfit! So classy and timeless 🙂

  27. What a great outfit. I’m in love with the necklace and bag and as much as I love the shoes they make my feet ache to look at them. x

    • Haha! Me too Stephanie (I’ll let you into a little secret – I can barely walk in heels!!). x

  28. I really love this dress. Love the colour, shape, everything. It looks so flattering and love the necklace too!
    Natasha Mairs recently posted…Naturelly Jelly Juice Review + GiveawayMy Profile

    • Thank you so much Natasha – the baggier the better for me these days! 😉 x

  29. oooh loving this look such a fab outfit which you’ll be able to wear time and time again and can I just say…I’m in LOVE with that bag! Thanks for linking this up to #coolmumclub xoxo

  30. This is just gorgeous! Black is always timelessly elegant and the added glitz of gold and the clutch to make it evening. This would be a perfect day to evening dress – flip flops and big shopper for the day and then heels and clutch for the evening! Perfection! #CoolMumClub

  31. Oooh I love a shirt dress and this one looks fab! I love all of those accessories too – can’t believe you got the whole lot for £125! #CoolMumClub
    Cheryl @ Tea or Wine recently posted…12 Cheap Activities for The Summer HolidaysMy Profile

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to site top