Rosa Clara Cocktail Dresses

Over time, Rosa Clará has become an almost equal force to be reckoned with in occasion gowns. The collection for mothers of the bride and event goers is soon to come to the London and Manchester boutiques of Nigel Rayment, but across Europe and Latin America these super-glamorous gowns are already very well known. Brand ambassadors such as Mexican actress and entrepreneur Paulina Rubio and America’s Eva Longoria have been among many distinguished wearers on the red carpet. “As with our bridal collection,” says Rosa Clará, “we aim to create designs to meet the needs of real women. We offer a huge variety of designs and silhouettes and dress women of all ages. I would say we have had the good fortune to dress women with a lot of style – the kind of women who set trends and understand the value of a good gown.”1U237_1

Mother of the Bride & Groom Outfits for the Modern Mum

OUR STORY

John Charles is a luxury design house, world renowned for mother of the bride outfits that push the boundaries of modern occasionwear. Founded in 1959 and designed exclusively in London for over half a century, the collections are available throughout premier independent boutiques and stores in UK and Europe.

John Charles looks to the needs of the modern woman. Bringing together craft and couture on the simple premise of perfect occasion dressing: beauty and comfort combined. John Charles has earnt a reputation for not just striking designs but for the brand’s signature fit, perfectly accentuating the natural female figure – something fundamental to the brands appeal.

Our luxury fabrics are paramount to our designs, sourced from European mills and with exclusive prints designed in-house. Hand-finishing with placed lace, fine embellishments and crystals ensures a John Charles outfit is a nod to 50 years of heritage and experience.

From designer mother of the bride dresses to jackets, the John Charles millinery collection is the last word in head to toe style. Each hat and fascinator is designed to co-ordinate with the brand’s signature exclusive fabrics.

A John Charles outfit is a one of a kind, made just for you and is now in stock in sizes 6-24 at the Nigel Rayment Boutiques London Manchester

Wedding Outfits For Mature Brides

Love in later years. Many ladies marry in later life either through a busy career or bereavement or just through pure coincidence. At the Nigel Rayment Boutique London and Manchester, we have handpicked a selection of stunning occasion wear outfits that are just perfect for that intimate wedding in either a hotel or marquee.

Many of the outfits have sleeves so after the top table speech you can remove your jacket and still feel confident. Many designers like Ronald Joyce by Veni Infantino, Condici or John Charles have created outfits with this in mind, and not forgetting Pronovias 2017 collection who’ve launched there mature bridal prices that aren’t all frills and lace in ivory but beautiful pastels for that perfect wedding feeling.

We’ve selected a few pieces that you may love for that Big Day.

Rosa Clara Cocktail for Mothers of the Bride & Groom London-Manchester

Over time, Rosa Clará has become an almost equal force to be reckoned with in occasion gowns. The collection for mothers of the bride and event goers is soon to come to the London and Manchester boutiques of Nigel Rayment, but across Europe and Latin America these super-glamorous gowns are already very well known. Brand ambassadors such as Mexican actress and entrepreneur Paulina Rubio and America’s Eva Longoria have been among many distinguished wearers on the red carpet. “As with our bridal collection,” says Rosa Clará, “we aim to create designs to meet the needs of real women. We offer a huge variety of designs and silhouettes and dress women of all ages. I would say we have had the good fortune to dress women with a lot of style – the kind of women who set trends and understand the value of a good gown.”

Gina Bacconi Spring Sumer 2017 London-Manchester

snn7136_sim_50A leading British name in occasion wear founded in 1913, Shubette Group remains a London-based family business. Its flagship Gina Bacconi label is defined by beautiful fabrics and sharp but feminine designs that retain a youthful and confident profile – perfect for high-summer and international weddings where style and cool comfort are the order of the day.
The core of the Gina Bacconi occasion collection is lightweight luxury dresses paired with softer cover-ups and capes – rather than the traditional tailored jacket. These designs offer a flattering and feminine profile, with all the style a mother of the bride or groom is looking for on such an important day. Gina Bacconi’s clever design elements – including lace over-tops, shifts and coats – can also be removed at day-into-evening celebrations to add comfort and versatility to the outfits.
The latest collection includes a range of co-ordinating silken wraps and headpieces to complete your glamorous wedding look and Nigel Rayment boutiques London & Manchester offer a fabulous selection of shoes and bags that can be dyed to match your outfit perfectly

Condici’s Golden Rules for Choosing Mother of the Bride and Groom Outfits

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With such a wealth of industry experience we of course consider ourselves an authority on the subject of mother of the bride and groom outfits. However, we’re happy to admit that much of our inspiration comes directly from the wonderful designers and dressmakers that supply us with the garments that make up our personal collection, without whom we’d of course be unable to operate.

It can be difficult to know where to start when first facing the huge collection of dresses, hats, shoes and accessories we keep in stock. That being said, leading designers like Condici have earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the field and therefore represent an ideal starting point.

We’re extremely proud of the Condici mother of the bride and groom outfits we stock and make a point of listening with a keen ear when such a prestigious partner offers any advice. Echoing our very sentiments quite identically, Condici has published a series of simple guidelines aimed at anyone looking to pick up the most appropriate and outstanding mother of the bride outfits in London and Manchester, which feature a handful of essential tips we’d like to share with you.

For Curvier Figures

Complimenting a curvy figure with the right dress can lead to a result that’s simply jaw-dropping – it’s just a case of knowing how to make it happen. According to Condici, the secret lies in ensuring that the jacket chosen to compliment your dress is long enough to extend past the hips, which in turn transforms the silhouette with a more streamlined, slender effect.

For those concerned with the shape or size of their waist or bottom in particular, Condici highly recommends choosing a longer jacket over any straight dress.

For Petite Figures

As for petite women, the secret according to Condici lies in accentuating the best attributes of your figure by wearing a shorter jacket that’s considerably more fitted to your size. This again has a marked effect on the overall silhouette created and can be flattering in all the right places.

Striking the Right Balance

Another key tip from Condici concerns the matter of striking the right balance – as in how to look as wonderful as possible without crossing any of the rather blurred lines. Condici mother of the bride and groom outfits are designed to be understated and elegant, as opposed to trendy or fad-inspired. In addition, it’s crucial to make a choice that doesn’t lead to any clashes with the bride’s dress, or the mother of the groom.

A Word on Hats

Last up, Condici’s final word concerns how to choose the ideal hat to complement the look you’ve chosen. Hats should of course not be worn on the back of the head, but instead on the crown. In terms of design, all that matters is a hat that’s well-suited to your individual complexion and the rest of your outfit as a whole. And if you’re ever told you look great but don’t feel great, don’t forget that you’re the boss and it’s your opinion than matters most!

Common Mother Of The Bride Outfit Mistakes

Selecting the ideal mother of the bride and groom outfits represents a tricky balancing act to say the least – one that’s always made easier with a little professional advice. We take huge pride in being one of the most highly-reputed mother of the bride shops in London and Manchester, but we nonetheless understand that there’s more to choosing the right dress than simply selecting a leading retailer.

The trouble is, there are certain bad habits and common mistakes it’s rather too easy to fall foul of when going about the endeavour, triggered in most instances by the immense pressure you’ll be feeling. That’s why we thought it prudent to share with you a brief outline of the most common dress shopping mistakes we encounter every day, in order that you yourself may steer clear of them entirely:

1 – Buying in Accordance With Trends

First up, when you take a look at any Linea Raffaelli mother of the bride and groom outfit, the first thing you’ll note is timelessness. Such collections look every bit as fresh in 2014 as they would have 30 years ago and will continue as such for decades to come. By contrast, mother of the bride and groom dresses created with trends in mind may have their moment in the sun, but will in a very short time be hideously outdated and lose their desirability enormously. So, when it comes to buying your own dress, side with timelessness rather than flash-in-the-pad fads.

2 – Being Rushed Into a Decision

There’s nothing we hate more than the overly-pressurised environment of most mother of the bride and groom shops. You book a slot from 2pm to 4pm, you’re pounced upon the second you walk in and you feel compelled to buy an outfit before your time slot expires, even if you’re not happy with it. Rushing the decision is frankly the worst possible thing you can do, which is exactly why we don’t use an appointments system but instead operate an open-door policy.

3 – Going Against Your Gut Feeling

When your shopping partner tells you that you look great, the store assistant says the same and the dress itself is stunning, it can be tempting to ignore the fact that you yourself do not feel comfortable in the dress at all. This is a big mistake as if you don’t feel radiant yourself, you will not glow on the big day. So, no matter what anyone else tells you and how glorious that Charles Linea Rafaelli dress may be, never ignore your gut feeling if it’s telling you it’s not for you.

4 – Ignoring Basic Comfort

Last but not least, there is no reason why your dream mother of the bride and groom outfit need not be gloriously comfortable and remain so for the whole of the day. It’s a common misconception to think that all such wedding dresses must inherently be difficult to wear and in some cases downright unpleasant – this is nothing more than a sign of poor quality. And the same also goes for choosing a dress that’s clearly too small or too big, regardless of the reasons you may have for doing so.

So Sensational Mother Of The Bride Outfits

     

There is nothing quite as thrilling as the news that your daughter or son is getting married.  Then, after the Champagne and the excitement of discussing the wedding plans comes the realisation that you are going to be a main part of the wedding party. That means you are going to be on show and in the photos, and of course, that you will want to look your absolute best and most fabulous on the special day.

So the pressure is on to find The Outfit. The first piece of advice when it comes to finding a mother-of-the-bride outfit  is “don’t panic” because Cyndy and I, the co-founders of SoSensational the fashion website for grown-up women, promise you that, whether  your budget is £200 or £2,000, you will find a fabulous wedding outfit.

And providing you follow these simple guidelines, you will look totally fabulous on the special day.

  • Only take a friend, husband or family member with you if you totally trust their judgement and don’t feel intimidated or bullied by them

We all have friend/daughter/mum/husband whom we love dearly, but either their taste can be a bit iffy, or they put pressure on us to buy something we’re not sure about. Sometimes the relationship dynamic is such that you succumb to pressure and buy something you’re not totally happy with. If that’s the case, it is better to go alone and trust your own judgement, and that of the staff at the store where you are buying. These days, shops that specialise in mother-of-the-bride outfits and posh frocks know it is in their interest for the client to look and feel fabulous, so you can be confident they won’t push you into something that doesn’t look really good on you.

  • Choose the right colour for you

Colour is what is noticed first. If you don’t already know which colours (and which tones of colours) make your skin and hair look glowing, make you feel confident and elicit endless compliments, get your colours analysed, or – if there’s no time – do your own blink test in the shop.  As you try on something, look in the mirror and close your eyes for the count of 10. As you open them, do you see you or the colour. If it’s you, the colour is right; if it’s the colour, it’s wrong.

  • Choose a fit and shape that is right for your body shape

Again, the expertise and knowledge of the team where you are shopping should help you. They can see your shape and proportions and they know their stock. Let them guide you, but remember you need to feel happy and comfortable in the outfit. If it is too tight, or too constricting, you won’t feel comfortable and that will show. That said, a pair of Spanx can make all the difference to your silhouette. Just don’t buy them too small – that flesh has to go somewhere!

If the shop offers hats, bag and shoes, take advantage – they have done the hard work for you. But avoid being too matchy-matchy. If you are wearing a pale colour, perhaps choose the outfit and hat in one colour and accessorise with nude shoes and bag. Or keep your outfit, shoes and bag neutral – silver grey, nude, navy, coffee and mushroom are all super smart – and wear a dramatic hat in a standout colour.

  • Choose a hat that shows your face

Remember you are going to be in lots of pictures and it will be nice to see your smiling face. You will also be doing lots of kissing so choose a hat that doesn’t come too far down on your brow, or you run the risk of an over-excited uncle knocking your hat off before the bride has said “I do”.

  • Shoes are made for walking

They don’t have to be flat or ugly, but don’t choose a pair so high that it is painful to walk or dance in them or it will show on your face. If you really feel the need for sky-high heels, stash a pair of fold-up ballerinas for dancing.

  • Finally, smile and laugh (a lot)

When you smile and laugh, your body releases endorphins, which make you feel better. And remember, a radiant smile is what guests will remember long after they have forgotten the colour of your outfit…

Guest blog from Jan Shure & Cyndy Lessing , of SoSensational.

   

The fashion guide for grown-up women.