County Wedding Magazine: Issue 12
Interview with Coryn Emma, Director/Senior Stylist at Baroque Boutique
County Wedding: What style of outfit do you recommend for Mothers?
Coryn Emma: Out with the Old! Don’t feel you have to conform to conventions. Go with what suits your body shape and personal style. Mother of the Bride/Groom’s are young and trendy, not old and drab. Consider all your options, dress and wrap? Abstract digital prints modify a dress and tailored coat option whilst looking very much the part. The classic pillbox hat and suit in an attention grabbing hue are at a fashion peak for Mothers thanks to the late Jackie Kennedy; these chic & sleek classic cuts even work in pastel tones and will never date.
CW: Which particular style is currently popular among Mothers-of-the-Brides and Grooms?
CE: Ladies are loving lace! Especially when it’s creating attractive arm coverage. Ditch the jacket and let the dress take you from day to night. Accessories are key to this flawless fashion trend. The perfect dress has a ¾ length lace sleeve, daring detailed neckline with fitted waist and pleated pencil skirt which finishes just below the knee. Pair this with a show-stopping hat, statement jewellery and you’re sure not to go un-noticed.
CW: Should they choose an outfit to match the bridal party colour scheme or should they opt for a different hue?
CE: Compliment, don’t match. Blue and green should never be seen – this is definitely an old wives tale! Cold colours work with cold colours and warm hues also work well together. Try to stay within a similar colour pallet. Do compliment, but don’t be afraid to make a statement, use colour to your advantage! Bold colours like fuchsia should be accessorised with similar bright tones of the same shade. Classic colours such as Navy can be uplifted with bold colour such as lime of cerise.
CW: Shoe-wise – heels or flats, and why?
CE: Comfort is key especially when portraying confidence. Always attempt a heel even if it is a kitten, as we tend to have better posture in a heel. Shoes are a finishing touch and unless you are trying to make a statement through colour they should always match the hemline of your dress, otherwise they can draw attention to your feet rather than the whole ensemble.
CW: How do you advise they accessorise for the wedding?
CE: Hats you head! Hats, fascinators or even the on-trend ‘hatinator’ is a definite must! The rest is down to personal preference and dependant on your outfit choice. High necklines encourage drop earrings, however bare necks are an opportunity for a drop pendant or chunky statement necklace.
CW: Who’s the best shopping companion for a Mother-of-the-Bride? The Bride herself, the Mother-of-the-Groom, or a partner or close friend? Or should she shop solo?
CE: Your best shopping companion is your most honest companion! They know you, they know how you like to dress and they know when you look fabulous… but aren’t afraid to tell you when you don’t!
CW: When is the best time for the mums to start looking for their big-day outfits, and why?
CE: For Spring/Summer new stock arrives in January; at Baroque we host a Designer Weekend in February so this event is a great opportunity to buy an outfit and have fun at the same time! Autumn/Winter stock arrives in July to August and we hold another Designer Weekend usually in September or October. Dresses are order-able in the correct size but can take up to 3 months.