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What Does One Wear to a Royal Wedding?

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- In less than two months, 1,900 lucky guests will be raiding the shops to find the perfect royal-wedding outfit.

Wedding garb is a minefield. But ABC News set out to Selfridges, one of London top stores, to get some tips for what to wear.

Sophie, a stylist from Selfridges, said that because the wedding's taking place at Westminster Abbey, sleeves are a must. It's a delicate line between looking "proper" but not "stuffy". Gloves, for women, are also essential, Sophie said. Dents gloves are the brand de jour, favored by the royal family, hand stitched in Wiltshire for three centuries, and worn at many a royal wedding in bygone days.

As for male dress? The invitation says men are required to choose among three kinds of dress: a military uniform, a morning coat or a lounge suit. A lounge suit is what the Brits call a coat and tie. As for the morning coat, that's a coat with a front cut away, so that the back is longer, which Americans would recognize as a tailcoat, or "tails." The outfit is topped off with a hat, which comes from the days when men rode horses and wore top hats. And, last but not least, the final touch for a gentleman royal-wedding goer is an umbrella. This is London after all, and the chances are that April Showers will appear at some point April 29.

ABC News headed to Fox Umbrellas, a name synonymous with umbrella excellence. Made to last a lifetime, these rain shields don't come cheap. Some cost thousands of dollars; a mid-range model goes for around $400.

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