A Royal Dress Code: A Style Guide to the Royal Wedding

 Meghan Markle in  Stella McCartney .

Meghan Markle in Stella McCartney.

Adhering to the criteria of the crown, social media is “frowned upon” at the Royal Wedding. Therefore, the world will be on the edge of their seats until after the I Do’s for the inevitable “Instagram” moments. Until then, here is the 4-1-1 on the styles and etiquette considered at St. George’s Chapel on May 19th, 2018.

With a spring wedding, the invitation calls for simply “formal day dress with hat”. Anyone seen sporting outrageous red carpet duds will be criticized without a doubt. How dare you try and upstage the bride! Although, the Royal Wedding was deemed to be slightly more informal than the last, this definitely did not mean it was appropriate to wear wedges or open-toed shoes. It was key to find the “regal” middle ground. Guests could be seen wearing shoes like the new Legiralia pump from Aldo.

 The Legiralia pump in Bone Nubuck. A modest heel to walk from garden to church -  Aldo

The Legiralia pump in Bone Nubuck. A modest heel to walk from garden to church - Aldo

The Ladies of ET sported head-to-toe Canadian fashion as commonly worn by the bride herself. Cheryl Hickey wore Aleks Susak, Greta Constantine and Velvet Ave while Sangita Patel dressed in Narces and Greta Constantine. The Hosts looked understated yet feminine and elegant while they graced the crowds to cover the most anticipated event of the season.

 Sangita Patel in  Narces  with a  Lilliput  fascinator.

Sangita Patel in Narces with a Lilliput fascinator.

 Cheryl Hickey in  Aleks Susak  and a  Lilliput  hat with Ross Matthews in a  Gotstyle  blazer,  Brooks Brothers  pants and  Aldo  Loafers.

Cheryl Hickey in Aleks Susak and a Lilliput hat with Ross Matthews in a Gotstyle blazer, Brooks Brothers pants and Aldo Loafers.

Much like other traditional weddings, white is off the table.  Female guests assembled amongst the pews in  “delicate” pieces, wearing pastels, soft florals and respecting their environment by covering shoulders and showing minimal cleavage. The trends exuded many characteristics of the label, Ted Baker; known for its feminine prints and lady-like cuts, Ted is a perfect choice for a wedding guest.

Although it is spring, men were expected in a more formal attire. Suits over linen, black over brown when it came to shoes and belts. However, the opportunity was not missed to add a splash of colour with ties and pocket squares. A bowtie from Matty’s Fab Avenue is a must. Be sure to check out their selection of unique accessories that add excitement to any classic look.

Men's fashion for the Royal Wedding was inspired greatly by London style exhibited on the Toronto Blog, The Debonair Dude. Men sported classic morning suits similar to Ross Matthews’ Gotstyle blazer and Brooks Brothers pants. The final touch on his look, a paisley Ted Baker pocket square. For London style, men can always rely on Ted.

 This look by  Verona Suits  was the inspiration for Ross Matthews Royal Wedding Look

This look by Verona Suits was the inspiration for Ross Matthews Royal Wedding Look

For accessories, the key was to keep it simple – do not overdo it. Links of London’s Hope Egg Earrings in White Topaz are the perfect look-a-likes for this modest occasion. Kate Middleton has worn these earrings from the "Hope Collection" on multiple occasions, as the brand is a true favourite of hers.

  Links of London's  Hope Egg Earrings in White Topaz

Links of London's Hope Egg Earrings in White Topaz

 This  Thomas Sabo  “Light of Luna” bracelet in silver is the perfect compliment to any Royal outfit.

This Thomas Sabo “Light of Luna” bracelet in silver is the perfect compliment to any Royal outfit.

Most fascinating about Royal fashion - the opulent hats that are a staple at the most important occasions. To no surprise, Lilliput Hats is a go to as one of Canada’s preeminent milliners for a variety of innovative modern designs. Experts such as owner Karen Ruiz can help you make an eye-catching statement. But, be aware. Fascinators are hit and miss. If you block the view of the alter with an over-the-top headpiece, you will be committing a serious fashion faux pas.

 Sangita Patel in a  Lilliput  Fascinator at Windsor Castle Park.

Sangita Patel in a Lilliput Fascinator at Windsor Castle Park.

In the end, the Royal Wedding was all about classic looks, that just like the Monarchy, will never go out of style. 

 Myself with Cheryl Hickey wearing  Velvet Ave  overlooking Windsor Castle.

Myself with Cheryl Hickey wearing Velvet Ave overlooking Windsor Castle.