I’m not getting married, but I’m buying a wedding dress anyway

I found myself single two years ago and dizzyingly apprehensive about the future. Yet I’ve since bought my own country cottage, and secured a book deal – now I plan to party in excess after lockdown to celebrate my success and there’s no better way I can think to do so than in a free-falling white tulle gown – formally known as a wedding dress.

It’s a rising trend according to The Office of National Statistics. The number of people who have never married has increased by 35 per cent in recent years. In Korea the never-married ‘old Miss’ has been replaced with the ‘gold Miss’, a new club of women with luxury homes and designer wardrobes. It’s a term I can get behind, being single at 40, and the sentiments go some way to explaining my next big fashion buy.  

It won’t be the first time I’ve been a solo bride. Sometime ago I worked with fashion’s ‘most on-it PR’ Mandi Lennard and a highlight was when she loaned me a signature Roksanda Ilincic dress to attend a LOVE Magazine party. It was the hottest party in London, doused in Chanel logos and lacquered lips, yet there was something about the dress that gave me a quiet confidence. The sumptuous, double-lined ivory satin pressing coolly against my skin. The huge puff sleeves adding a touch of 1980s Dallas glamour, and the covered buttons that took the help of an assistant to fasten – it felt empowering.