Can YOU tell the guest outfit that cost £30 from the £22,000 ensemble fit for the royal nuptials?
- Stylist Lucas Armitage has created three looks costing very different amounts
- The budget look cost just £36 for a dress with a fascinator, shoes and bag
- A mid-range option can be bought for £290 with second hand Louboutins
- The blow-the-budget look features a £1K designer dress and bespoke shoes
When Harry and Meghan tie the knot at Windsor Castle tomorrow in front of royalty, celebrities and high society, their guests will no doubt be turned out in the finest designer ensembles money can buy.
But with wedding season about to get into full swing, is it possible for guests to achieve a similarly high end look without a royal budget?
Celebrity stylist and designer Lucas Armitage has created three looks for Femail ahead of the royal wedding, at very different price points.
One ensemble cost just £30 to put together while another would set you back a whopping £22,076 for a designer dress and hat – plus the services of a celebrity make-up artist.
In between sits an affordable option with millinery from Debenhams and second hand designer shoes for under £400.
Here model Lettice Spooner, 22, from London, shows off the three different looks, but can you tell the budget option from the outfit that costs thousands?
Lettice did her own hair and make-up for the budget look, but said she’d prefer to enlist a professional for a polished look if she was attending a wedding
The royal wedding dress code states that women must wear hats to St George’s Chapel, however millinery can really add to the cost of an outfit.
Dress: Nazz, £10
Shoes: Primark, £14
Fascinator: Primark, £4
Bag: Primark, £8
But if you know where to look you can pick up a fascinator for just a few pounds, such as the bargain buy Lucas picked from Primark.
Lettice cut costs by doing her own make-up and styling her hair in waves with a Panasonic straightener.
‘I was comfortable in this outfit and was surprised by how cheap the total cost of the whole outfit was, as you could not tell at all.
‘I would have definitely get my hair and make up done for a wedding though, as you can never quite do it as well as the professionals do.’
Model Lettice Spooner, 22, from London wearing a £10 dress from Nazz teamed with shoes, £14, a bag, £8, and fascinator
‘With a mid range budget you can get creative to give yourself a high end look for a fraction of the price,’ Lucas explained.
‘Change of Heart is an amazing place to get pre owned designer goods at a fraction of the RRP.
Jumpsuit: the-timeless.com, £39
Bag: JD Williams: £36
Hat: J by Jasper Conran at Debehnams, £65
Shoes: Christian Louboutin at Change of Heart, £150
Hair and make-up: Blow Ltd, from £85
‘Most of the items are pre-loved pieces worn once or twice and everything on sale is in amazing condition.
‘The Christian Louboutin shoes would usually cost over £600, but at Change of Heart they are a fraction of that at £150.’
For this look, Lettice had her make-up applied and hair done by stylists from affordable mobile beauty service Blow Ltd.
‘I think getting my hair and make up done brought the look together more and made it feel like more of a special occasion,’ Lettice said.
‘I loved the fit and simplicity of the jumpsuit paired with statement accessories.’
Lettice wears a jumpsuit by The Timeless, £39, accessorised with a J by Jasper Conran at Debehnams hat, £65, and a bag by JD Williams, teamed with second hand Louboutin heels
Getting her hair and make up done brought the look together more for Lettice and she felt more prepared for a special occasion
The team from affordable mobile hair and beauty service Blow Ltd took care of Lettice’s hair and make-up
These £600 Christian Louboutin heels can be found second hand at Change of Heart for £150
Celebrity make-up artist Lisa Little created Lettice’s beauty look, which emphasised the eyes and added luminosity to the skin.
Dress: Sarah Bond, £995
Shoes: Aruna Seth, £670
Hat: Jane Taylor, £650
Bag: Coach £295
Earrings: Kohinoor Jewellers, £3,070
Rings: Kohinoor Jewellers, £11,045 and £5032
Make-up by Lisa Little: £200
Hair: James Johnson, £67.50
Nails: Uspah express mani pedi, £74
‘For the eyes I chose intense colours, blending them out to add depth and make the eyes,’ she explained.
‘For the skin I wanted a soft glow from within look, with a flush of colour. It’s an easy look to achieve for all skin types.’
Hairdresser James Johnson styled Lettice’s hair and said that preparation with the right foundation is the key to the perfect updo.
‘Make sure you’re using the right products before you blowdry to get that glass like shine,’ he explained.
‘ColorWow Dream Coat, as used on the red carpet on Kim Kardashian, is a must have in anyone’s hair drawer.
‘Prepping your hair correctly first before styling will give your hair style longevity.’
For the ultimate in wedding guest opulence, a bespoke pair of Aruna Seth shoes – like those worn by Pippa Middleton to William and Kate’s evening reception – will add the finishing touch.
Lettice also modelled a stunning hat by Jane Taylor, who is one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite milliners.
Fit for the royal wedding? Ahead of Harry and Meghan’s big day celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage has create three very different guest looks for Femail
Lettice models a dress by Sarah Bond, £995, a Jane Taylor hat, £650, and a Coach handbag
Lettice had a manicure with Upsah and accessorised with rings from Kohinoor Jewellers
‘I loved this striking dress and especially the beautiful earrings,’ Lettice said.
‘For the high end look the mani pedi and getting my hair and make up done again made it a fun day of getting ready, and I felt as though my outfit came together more.
‘I would definitely pay a bit more to get this done as it is less stress on yourself when it actually comes to getting ready.
‘You look like you have put in more effort into you outfit.’
Lisa Little focused on creating the perfect statement eye and luminous skin for Lettice’s high end look
Aruna Seth’s bespoke shoes, as worn by Pippa Middleton, provide the ultimate luxe touch to your wedding guest outfit
Hairdresser James Johnson styled Lettice’s hair and said that preparation with the right foundation is the key to the perfect updo
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