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Mother of the bride styling tips from John Charles

Work to complement the colour palette – not match it. Look at the scheme of the bridal party and see how to complement it, while looking striking. If the bridesmaids are in lilac, go for a rich, deep purple accent.

Treat yourself to a pampering session and professional makeup for the big day. Bear in mind the tears and running around on the day so it can also be a good idea to have a day look and an evening look otherwise you’ll be constantly re-applying!

Invest in an outfit, choosing a quality outfit will not only give you a great cut – holding your shape but will also give you an outfit that will last a lifetime.

Be aware of the type of wedding/venue as this should be reflected in your outfit. Wearing something appropriate will be important to your physical and psychological comfort.

Be striking with your hat choice. It’s the eternal signature of glamour and a form of costume that gives you confidence. A comfortable, securely placed hat is always going to look gorgeous.

Consider your outfit as a whole and try to ensure it is balanced. A striking print is always a chic statement to make – pair it with a co-ordinating plain fabric jacket for maximum style points, showing off the print of your dress without overpowering it.

The golden rule of style is to work with what you have, highlighting your most beautiful features. A knee length, tailored fit is fantastic for elongating and showcasing legs for example.

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