Ask Estelle // Harriet’s Helpline

Harriet asked:

“Hi Estelle

First of all can I just say that I love your blog!

So I’m getting married next summer, and I am just trying to get a feel for the general bridesmaid trends that are out there at the moment. The wedding ‘vibe’ is sort of festival-ly, nothing too posh.

Thanks in advance!”

Now many of you who know me personally will know that I have a vested interest in this particular ‘Ask Estelle’ since I have the honor of being one of Haz’s bridesmaids… so no pressure then!

This will be my fourth trip down the aisle as a bridesmaid, however my previous experiences won’t help us here unless you fancy dressing us all up in bonnets Harriet?

So I’ve turned to celebrity weddings for some inspiration. Now obviously the most talked about wedding this year has been Kimye’s, in which the bridesmaids wore white?!


I wouldn’t personally go for this, call me old fashioned but the bride should be the only one in white on her wedding day. However I love the cut of these dresses, my favorite feature being the ruched netting which has been wrapped over the base fabric. Muted tones are very in vogue right now, how about an off white colour, a beige, a greige or a pale pink?

Kourtney and Khole’s dresses are a bit too formal for a festival inspired do. So instead let us draw inspiration here from the wedding of OC creator Josh Schwartz and Jill Stonerock whose ceremony was a far cry from the Kardashian’s. Rachel Bilson collaborated with Brian Reyes to design these flowing, bohemian, beauties…


They have a relaxed rustic feel to them and the heather bouquet is the perfect complement to these Grecian green gowns.

Kimono’s are an essential when it comes to Festivals and why should your wedding be any different?! Here’s how the style translates into bridesmaid dresses…I think we can draw the line at wellies though…

Lace is always a classic, however this trend translates best onto dresses which end just below the knee.a2837f0dad3990def83c4cef646e2f6a

This serene simple dress is defiantly one of my favorites, minus the colour of course…

So there you have it, the bridesmaid dress options out there are endless, as long as you think outside the box. You’ll have noticed that I haven’t featured the likes of Debenhams or Coast aka the obvious choices. Now don’t get me wrong they’ll do the job and do the job well. However I’m guessing you’ve already looked there and haven’t found what you were looking for, hence why you’ve written in.

Clearly it’s important to get our dresses right (remember there’s seven of us and only one of you…) but in all seriousness it’s your dress that will be the focal point, not ours, so get thinking about that!






Red Carpet Anarchy


The Met Gala is one of the most fashionable nights of the year. It celebrates the opening of Metropolitan Museums fashion exhibition at the Costume Institute. Hosted by Vogue, every year has a theme and this year’s was punk!

Punk became big with the arrival of Vivienne Westwood’s and Malcolm Mclaren’s iconic shop on Kings Road, London. later in the 70’s Zandra Rhodes took  the rebellious Punk style and tamed it, resulting in elegant pieces which became popular with the rich and famous, Versace adopted this Punk chic with the memorable safety-pin dress worn by Liz Hurley. Due to the glamorous nature of the red carpet most guest erred more towards Rhodes than Westwood. Either way Punk will always be a style that attracts attention, lets see who attracted the most…


Miley Cyrus looked both sexy and anarchistic (a tricky combination to achieve) in her Marc Jacobs fish net dress.


I feel bad criticising Kim as I think she’s had a lot of stick of late with regards to her maternity wardrobe, but I just don’t think this dress does anything for her. Kim’s dress is Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, the hole rings around the edge of the dress combined with the deep, rich blood-red lipstick manage to give it the little pinch of punk it craves.

sarah-jessica-parker-met-ball-2013-red-carpet-02Sarah Jessica Parker, puts her spin on the classic mohawk with a glamorous headpiece. While Nicole Richie goes grey…


I love how she’s gone high street with a Topshop dress!

Finally, Madonna goes for the classic punk print – tartan, but turns it into tartan tarty…