Mother of the bride? Here’s our fool-proof way to accessorise like a pro. With the wedding, not to mention horse racing & garden party season almost upon us, now is the time to decide what to wear with that gorgeous new dress you’ve bought.  So, the friendly team at N.Shelley of Billericay has put together a whistle stop occasion wear accessories guide.  Now you can finish your look mother of the bride look in fabulous style.

  • Wearing a printed pattern dress? Choose one colour from the dress, and match your accessories.
  • Prefer understated? Go tonal, with accessories in a range of shades of metallic or pastel to create a sophisticated modern look.
  • Keeping it simple? Inject personality to versatile plain dresses by adding wow factor statement jewellery, headwear, bags and footwear.
  • After dark? Keep accessories black, or dark metallic to create a sultry look.

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Dee, our occasion wear style expert says:

“Colourful printed dresses are incredibly fashionable this season, but for many ladies this bold look creates an accessories headache.  I always advise customers to select one, or two of the colours from the dress and use that as the foundation for accessories. Shoes, headwear, jewellery, wrap can all follow from there, and the end result is a sophisticated tonal look that ties together seamlessly”.

Dee continues, “If like so many of the ladies I style, you adore matching shoes and bag then consider our Lisa Kay collection.  We have a stunning range of matching occasion bags and footwear, in an incredibly wide range of colours.

“With so many brides opting for grown-up evening weddings I am also helping more and more ladies to style their evening occasion wear looks.  My advice is often to go back to black.  Black accessories, regardless of the colour of your dress, add a glamorous edge.  With the addition of some understated sparkle the result is a look that won’t disappoint”.

“Finally, remember when accessorizing your summer event outfit you don’t always have to stay within your style comfort zone.   An occasion is the perfect opportunity to dress up and have some fun with your look.  My role at N.Shelley is to help ladies feel inspired to discover their own individual style.  There’s nothing I enjoy more than knowing a customer feels her show-stopping best, and her mother of the bride outfit makes an impact!”

Visit us anytime or telephone 01277 621000 to arrange a private shopping appointment with one of our experienced fashion advisors.

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Our exclusive women’s wear boutique can be found at 75-79 High Street, Billericay.







It houses a wide range of mother of the bride & occasion wear, footwear, bags, fascinators, hats, jewellery, lingerie and much more.  With mother of the bride & occasion wear brands in our collection this season including Ann Balon, Condici, Linea Raffaelli, Irresistible, Veni Infantino, Ronald Joyce, Zeila, Cabotine & Joseph Ribkoff.  Accessory brands including Victoria Ann Millinery & Snoxell Gwyther Millinery, Lisa Kay & Radley.  Jewellery brands including Dyberg Kern, Sence, Pranella & Lola Rose.