Saucers on foreheads. Polka dots. Too many tanned, Twiglet limbs. A metallic grey palette echoing the livery on the planes that performed the flypast.
But on the whole the female guests at the Royal Wedding were a colourful, spectacular, reverential bunch.
It was almost as if everyone wanted to do the couple justice. There was very little that shouted ‘fashion’, nothing too overtly showy — if you discount Victoria Beckham’s get-up.
Unlike Diana’s wedding, when the shoulder pads, short skirt suits and batwing sleeves worn by the guests looked out of date within a year, this is one wedding where we will not be cringeing when we look back.
|Winner: Pippa Middleton was statuesque in a cowl-necked gown in ivory satin crepe by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, with details echoing the bridal gown"|
|Getting it right: Lady Sophie Windsor was the most beautiful wedding guest in a cocktail dress and coat by Giorgio Armani Prive, with exaggerated shoulders and graphic hat.|
|The petite Princess Letizia of Spain judged her outfit perfectly: a pale pink bandage dress by Felipe Varela teamed with matching shoes and a charming cloche hat Perfect:|
This was a great day for fashion, and you can guarantee that nude stilettos will be selling out the length and breadth of Britain.
And every bride this summer will wish that she had chosen demure ivory lace in which to marry her prince.
Bright colours and top-to-toe shades were the order of the day, as Westminster Abbey was lit up with vibrant tones of teal, coral, cobalt and pink.
Among the first to arrive was on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry, Chelsy Davy, who arrived wearing an aqua green Alberta Ferretti skirt and off-the-shoulder jacket with a bow at the back, one of two outfits she had made for her by the Italian design house for the day.
Her taupe lace hat was made for her by milliner Victoria Grant.
For the evening party, Miss Davy is said to have chosen an asymmetric midnight-blue satin gown.
Following closely behind - and in an almost identical tone to that of Chelsy - Samantha Cameron arrived on the PM's arm, hitting the right note with her vivid teal silk sheath dress with elaborate pleats, designed by British fashion house Burberry.
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|Wrong choices: Autumn Kelly, the wife of Peter Phillips, was overwhelmed by her coatdress by Sassi Holford, made from what looked like upholstery fabric, and her over-fussy hat.|
Miss FB Lyimo say: WASICHANA WADOGO , BADALA MVAE VEMA ZAIDI .NDO UMEVAA NINI SASA EUGENIE..pengine wamuogopa baba.lol.
|Tara Palmer Tomkinson’s royal blue Deborah Milner dress was flattering. But she must have hoped her Philip Treacy hat would obscure her nose. It didn’t" |
Miss FB LYIMO SAY: UNGEJIPAKA NA BLUE MWILI MZIMA MPAKA NYWELE..lol.
Miriam Clegg shouted ‘Ole!’ in polka dots by Miguel Palacio, flowers in her hair and a Carmen Miranda head wrap. She was in High Street accessories — Zara and LK Bennett — so it seems that her husband is making cuts at home, too"
|Chelsy Davy’s mint green Alberta Ferretti jacket was too tight — it wasn’t flattering on her ample bust at all - and the skirt too casual.|
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Jecca Craig one of William’s exes, looked old before her time in a nude skirt suit, American tan tights and sensible shoes"
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The PM's wife accessorised with a contrasting bright orange scar jewelled hairclip by Erdem and nude shoes, said to be from High Street store Aldo but, in a move some will no doubt deem controversial, the PM's wife left her head bare.
She was followed by David and Victoria Beckham, he in a bespoke Ralph Lauren morning suit, she in a navy creation from her own collection, paired with a pillbox hat by Philip Treacy and Christian Louboutin shoes customised for her by the designer himself.
A larger-than-usual platform had been added to Ms Beckham's shoes to reduce the effect of the 6in heels, enabling the pregnant star to wear the heels for the entirety of the long day.
Perhaps taking her lead from the Queen, who is known for her matching top-to-toe outfits, Ms Palmer Tomkinson wore an off-the-shoulder sheath dress with jaunty blue Philip Treacy hat decorated with a matching bloom, elbow-length leather gloves and studded platform shoes, all in an identical shade.
Arriving at the same time, singer Joss Stone - a close friend of William - attended wearing a coral sheath dress so vivid it was almost luminous with matching cropped jacket, matching shoes and a broad-brimmed straw hat adorned with delicate flowers.
Stepping on to the 300ft-long red carpet running the length of the Abbey, the first of the 1,850 guests filed quietly into the majestic Abbey just after 8am to take their place in the pews, a three hour wait ahead of them before the ceremony was to begin.
Amid the ever-growing crowd glimpses of vivid scarlet could be spotted as members of the Irish Guard, the regiment of which William is an honorary colonel, arrived wearing the red uniform which is said to be the one William has chosen to wear to say his vows.
The last time the Irish Guard suit was worn was in 1973 by Captain Mark Philips for his wedding to Princess Anne.
Hats appeared to be big news at the Abbey, with almost every female guest wearing either a hat or fascinator.
Doubtlessly this was partly as a mark of religious respect for the venue, but also thanks to the fact that Britain has two world class milliners in Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones, both favoured by the royals and their guests.
Hats have enjoyed something of a revival in the fashion crowd of late, and with Victoria Beckham setting the standard in her chic navy pillbox and Chelsy in her subtle grey lace fascinator, a expect a cornucopia of colourful headgear followed on.
One whose head that went unadorned though was that of Samantha Cameron. The PM's wife made the controversial move of shunning either hat or fascinator.