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Ideas for wedding guests: using the time of day to inspire your outfit

Green woods, cobalt blue, sandy beach, rainbow violet, petrol blue… Which colours from nature inspire you?

17 AUGUST 2010

On receiving a wedding invitation, the first thought that pops into our heads is the inevitable worry that plagues all guests: 'What am I going to wear?'

Many wedding guests select their outfit based on location - a cocktail dress for beach or city nuptials, a more practical yet stylish two-piece for more rural settings, such as a farm, and a formal evening dress for grand and glamorous ceremonies.

However, this isn't the only way to go about choosing your wedding attire.

The time of day in which the ceremony takes place sets forth an endless array of colours on which you can base your wedding wardrobe: for midday, yellows and creams full of light; for the afternoon, tan, sand or salmon-pink colours to mirror the fading light and for the evening, deep violet, petrol-blue and black.

And these are just a few suggestions…

At midday:

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 1. White bandage dress, Topshop. 2. Mermaid-like light-reflecting minidress in a shimmering array of silver, pale pink, green and blue, Matthew Williamson 3. '20s-style dress embroidered with gold sequins, Valentino 4. Cobalt-blue silk dress decorated with gemstones on the neckline, Temperley London 5. Emerald-green asymmetrical tunic, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania 6. Turquoise wool minidress with ruffles on the hip 7. Deep green satin corset-dress, Just Cavalli 8. Sky blue kimono, Splendid

At dusk:

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1. Shimmering printed dress in the colours of a tropical sunset, Peter Pilotto 2. Sand-coloured python-skin minidress, Camilla and Marc 3. Bandage dress with a patchwork effect, Herve Leger 4. Chiffon dress with 'hidden' sequins, Topshop

At night:

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1. Pink asymmetrical dress with a matching flower on the shoulder, Topshop 2. Lilac crepe dress complete with cloak, Alexander McQueen 3. Strapless silk degrade pink dress in the colours of the night sky, Alice + Olivia 4. Long-sleeved, knee-length pink dress with a draped neckline, RM by Roland Mouret 5. Paillette blouse-style dress in silver, DKNY 6. Cocktail dress in night-blue, Vionnet 7. Black minidress in black and navy, Oscar de la Renta 8. Double-breasted black dress, Antik Batik

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