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What Should I Wear to a Destination Wedding?

There's always something so lovely about receiving a wedding invitation in the mail - knowing that you've made the shortlist to witness your friends making the ultimate commitment in a beautiful ceremony with great food and good company! When that invitation includes a trip, it's even more exciting - you're on the ultimate shortlist, and you may get to take a vacation to boot!

Of course, there are also drawbacks that come with destination weddings: these babies are expensive, for one. We all know attending weddings ain't cheap, but if you tack on to that the cost of flights, accommodation and any extra transport (couples rarely get married conveniently close by the airport!), things can really rack up. So your RSVP for this attractive destination wedding needs some serious thought: can you afford it? Do you have the free time to take? If you have children, can you afford to bring them? Will you be organizing childcare for them while you are away?

Once you've answered all of these questions - and let's hope your answers facilitate a great trip away for your bestie's nuptials - it's time to wonder: what do you wear to a wedding in a hot, foreign country? There will be sun, sand and sweat, so your failsafe tailored silk number from Banana Republic may not do the trick.

L-R: Beaded dress, $270 by Needle & Thread @ Net-a-Porter; drop-waist dress, $800.11 by Lanvin @ The Outnet; yellow shift dress, $49.99 by Mango; digital kimono dress, $142.91 @ ASOS

Bearing all of that in mind, start by thinking about your fabric: man-made materials are going to be hotter (and therefore sweatier!) than natural options such as cotton, linen and silk. So avoid poly blend fabrics, elastane, jersey fabrics and so on. In terms of shape, while it can be lovely to go for figure-hugging, hourglass silhouette dresses (especially for a more formal hotel wedding), if the wedding you're attending is in a more exotic locale you can relax a little! 

For a sunny, tropical climate, loose shapes are best - a simple, bright color can make real impact, and you're free to play around with your accessories. Layer up on your necklaces or bangles, opt for dangly earrings (perhaps bought from a local market the day before the ceremony!) and pair your dress with a pair of simple, flat sandals - beach weddings are usually far more relaxed affairs, so you don't need to worry about teetering around on vertiginous heels all evening!

Lastly? Don't forget the sunscreen (we dig P20 for its once-a-day application) and bring a fan in your purse in case things get a little too hot out there!

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