My hat! How Cara made all the stiff upper lips wobble
Supermodel Delevingne was the best-suited guest at her posh chum Princess Eugenie’s wedding
The royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank last week “broke” the Internet. Over 800 guests were expected, and each had their jewel-toned frock, structured shift and suede court heel inspected and analysed as they floated into St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
One guest, however, threw a fashion curveball.
Among the royal guests at the ceremony, the Duchess of Sussex opted for chic navy Givenchy and the Duchess of Cambridge was a vision in raspberry McQueen. From the celebrity guest list (Princess Eugenie has a fabulous set of famous friends) Demi Moore chose a sleek burgundy Stella McCartney dress, while close friend Ellie Goulding opted for a classic pale blue dress by British label Suzannah.
All of these outfits were typical of classic wedding guest attire, and the tried and tested combination of a pretty frock plus high but walkable heels plus luxe blowdry was the basis of many an outfit at the ceremony. Cara Delevingne, however, may not have received this valuable memo, or if she did, she definitely ignored it. The supermodel, who is close friends with both Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, was among the many famous faces in attendance, and chose to go off-piste with her choice of outfit.
The supermodel/actress arrived at the chapel in Windsor in a tailcoat and slim trousers by Emporio Armani, complete with a top hat and incredibly high black court heels. While a tailcoat is a regular at weddings, it’s typical menswear attire and was not entirely dissimilar to the groom’s own morning suit.
She may have flouted all of the style rules for any wedding, let alone a royal one, but there is no denying Cara looked great. Here are the five reasons she may actually have nailed wedding guest dressing in her own unique way:
1. She still looks incredibly chic
The top hat could be considered a step too far, but otherwise Delevingne rocks a black suit with aplomb. While it’s probably the most common of all suits, black is underestimated in how tricky it is to wear, particularly on fairer skin tones. It is however undeniably flattering, slimming and sophisticated. 2. She is suitably formal
It definitely can’t be said that she didn’t make an effort. Her slick suit (complete with a pale blue tie and black satin cummerband, natch), flawless makeup and sky-high heels are anything but casual or not-enough. Tailoring definitely ticks the black tie dress code, after all.
3. She breaks the style rules by wearing black
Here is a woman who is equal parts confident and rebellious. While the wearing of even black accessories at a wedding is debatable, particularly for a royal one, Delevingne went the full whack with a black suit. There’s no doubt it was frowned upon (she wasn’t one of the groomsmen, after all) but her sleek suit wouldn’t have had the same impact in any other hue.
4. Her masculine/feminine mix is refreshing
Onlookers were no doubt expecting a parade of floral dresses and pastel heels with an array of arty fascinators to boot. Delevingne shunned both cliches, opting for a mannish tailcoat, flattering straight-leg trousers and, at the other end of the style spectrum, sky-high stilettos only a supermodel would attempt more than a few steps in. All of the elements perfectly come together to complement each other, without a print or pastel in sight.
5. She stayed true to her personal style
Those more comfortable in loose trousers and an oversized knit than a floral structured midi dress will attest to the fact that the term “wedding guest dressing” can fill you with anxiety about being forced out of your comfort zone to adhere to a dress code. They will also inform you that finding an appropriate jumpsuit or suit that is flattering, feminine and wedding-worthy is no mean feat. Cara is an inspiration to us all. Rather than feel awkward in a dress or bright hue, she comes across as powerful and true to herself.
- © The Daily Telegraph