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Q. We're planning our special day and want some fashion advice for my dress and my bridesmaids' attire. What advice can you share with us?

A. Claire Ridley says: With wedding season officially back on, here's my go-to guide for dressing your best girls, just be careful not to upstage the bride:

- Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out! I'm a big Sex and the City fan and the television series returning to our screens this summer has inspired many dress designs. Think frothy tulle skirts and you get the idea – perfect for a chic-city wedding. Simply add a pair of Manolos!

- Grown-up pastels are the shades of the season with sage-green and soft-mauve dresses being a fashionable choice.

- Muted metallics are also hot hues to be seen in, from champagne and rose gold to silver-grey.

- Dress your flowergirls in cute candy shades with contrasting pastel posies to finish.

- Consider ombre bridesmaids' dresses if your theme includes lots of colours. They are super-stylish and will help tie everything together.

- After a year of lockdown, gowns are more glamorous than ever, with full-length styles featuring statement voluminous skirts.

- Statement sleeves are the fashion buzzword of the season and help to keep everyone feeling snug, especially if you intend on roasting marshmallows around a firepit. Pick a jacket or bolero with fluted or ruched sleeves.

Claire Ridley, County Wedding Magazines
www.county.wedding