What to wear to an Investiture

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After the initial surprise and euphoria of the letter, the content of which has to be sworn to secrecy until the public announcement six weeks later the question becomes “what am I going to wear ?”

The investitures take place in the morning at either Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or Holyrood Palace. It is a very special occasion requiring a very special outfit. Protocol requires females to wear a hat but not to look like it’s a wedding.

In my mind the most suitable dresses or outfits have clean uncluttered lines are well cut and fit perfectly. Made in quality fabric, classic with a twist and tiemelessly elegant. Elegance never dates and in the conventional setting of a palace at a conventional occasion it makes sense to be respectful. That however doesn’t mean boring ! Colour, cut and design will make you stand out for all the right reasons.

At Joyce Young we are very experienced in designing investiture outfits and love to be on that journey with you. Very often it’s a quick turn around as the date of the event may only come in 4-6 weeks before the actual day. In 2023 a number of ladies chose outfits from our Signature Collection https://www.joyceyoungcollections.co.uk/signature/ and others from our Couture designs which are individually made to measure and offer great flexibility https://www.joyceyoungcollections.co.uk/collections/investiture-outfits/


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