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The royal wedding looks to say ‘I do’ to

The royal wedding produced a number of key trends which retailers and brands expect to spark an increase in sales.

Key trends


Worn byThe Queen in Angela Kelly; Samantha Cameron in Burberry; Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in Deborah Milner;Pippa Middleton in Temperley London

Brights featured in an array of colours, from primrose yellow and emerald green to electric blue, as guests competed to be noticed. A pregnant Victoria Beckham sported navy via her eponymous label.

Dusky pastels and nudes

Worn byPrincess Letizia in Felipe Varela; Lady Kitty Spencer in Victoria Beckham

Pastels and nudes were as popular as brights. Dusky pinks and champagne were worn by both young and old guests. Duck egg blue was worn by mother of the bride Carole Middleton.

Long-line jackets over dresses

Worn byCarole Middleton in Catherine Walker; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in Anna Valentine

Three quarter-length jackets worn over dresses were abundant. The trend traditionally linked with mother of the bride was carried off equally well by younger guests like Zara Phillips and Prince Albert of Monaco’s fiancée Charlene Wittstock.

Here come the boys

Ones to watchPrince William, Duke of Cambridge, in the uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards; David Beckhamin Ralph Lauren; Elton John in bespoke Richard Jones

Prince William’s decision to wear the red dress uniform of the Irish Guards rather than his navy RAF uniform was greeted with cheers by the fashion pack, adding colour to the occasion.

Meanwhile, most of the male guests wore morning suits to the wedding, with David Beckham in Ralph Lauren, his faux pas being that he initially had his OBE medal pinned onto the wrong lapel of his jacket. Both Beckham and Guy Ritchie opted for modern-looking grey ties. Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish also wore morning suits, with John adding colour with a purple tie and yellow waistcoat, as did James Middleton.

The nude shoe

Worn byPrincess Letizia in Felipe Varela, Princess Beatrice in Jimmy Choo, Chelsy Davy in Jimmy Choo

Nude footwear was the most popular choice, continuing the biggest shoe trend on the high street this spring. It focuses attention on the outfit, and also elongates the wearer’s leg. Other accessories were understated, apart from Samantha Cameron’s bejewelled Erdem hair clip.

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