Cara Delevingne's androgynous tuxedo look was the stand-out guest outfitINSTAGRAM: VINTAGETHURSDAY

Cambridge is known for its sense of tradition, a certain stuffiness, and plenty of occasions that come with a formal dress code - not too dissimilar from royal weddings, then. Princess Eugenie’s wedding provided some much-needed style inspiration for this autumn and winter. College formals, drinks receptions, and the upcoming winter balls all require just the right outfits. And if, like me, you're bored of wearing that same little black dress to the fourth formal in a row, why not take away some new ideas for your formal wardrobe for the season from the wedding guests’ outfits?

Cara Delevingne’s wedding look deservedly gets first mention, as her Emporio Armani tuxedo was undoubtedly the stand-out outfit of the occasion- save for the bride's dress. The cropped jacket and tailored trousers, paired with a black top hat and heels, created a beautiful androgynous, yet feminine look.

Cape sleeves peeping out from under a gown at formal will add drama to your lookINSTAGRAM: IVANFERREIRAHAIR

Recreate this iconic outfit by going all-out and wearing a tuxedo like Cara’s. If a tuxedo jacket might prove to be out of budget or too difficult to find, a trouser suit or suit will look equally as stunning under a gown at your next college formal. And why not take the floor in a suit at one of this season’s balls? The top hat is optional, but sure to wow everyone when you make your grand entrance.

cape sleeves will add interest to an otherwise sleek dress

If, instead, you wish to impress in a dress, take pointers from the fabulous (and unusual) silhouettes of Demi Moore’s, Naomi Campbell’s, and Princess Eugenie’s gowns. Moore’s and Campbell’s cape-like sleeves and shoulders, and the wedding dress’ portrait-neckline are interesting features that you can look for when picking out your next formal outfit. A stand-out aspect like cape sleeves will add interest to an otherwise sleek dress. This way, you can keep it classic and simple, yet add something fresh.

The top hat is optional, but sure to wow everyone when you make your grand entrance

Finally, why not take inspiration from the wedding guests’ choice of colour? Baby, powder, and duck egg blue were seen on several guests, including Ellie Goulding and Poppy Delevingne. This delicate shade is sure to brighten up even the gloomiest of winter evenings, and will make you seem like a breath of fresh air amongst sombre-toned outfits.


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While the dresses and suits worn by guests at Princess Eugenie’s wedding obviously far exceed the budget of most students, we can still draw fresh inspiration from the more traditional outfits to the groundbreaking looks showcased. So, get ready to suit up à la Cara and impress at formal occasions this autumn and winter – it’s a formal affair.