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Wedding, done!

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So, after much searching, I finally did that thing that men say women do when shopping and we say that we don’t: I went back to one of the first shops I visited. Sorry womankind, I don’t mean to set a bad example, don’t chuck me out of the sisterhood!

The store was Mango, the dress is ace. What actually happened was that I saw the dress in question a previous trip, but wasn’t in my size. After no success elsewhere, I then insisted on dragging my friend around every Mango we could think of in Central London until I found it in a medium.

So voila, the dress that does it all:

  1. Doesn’t look like I’m going to a prom
  2. Avoids black (and white, chill brides!)
  3. Not too short
  4. …or too casual…
  5. …or too worky.
  6. And I can only hope that no one else gets the same dress.
It also is purse friendly at £44.90, which also made me very happy. When I saw it, I thought it screamed autumn wedding, so here it is:
 
 
I’ll be wearing this badboy with these simple courts that I already own – they are called Arnoldoa from Aldo. I bought them before they went in the sale – they’re now £39.98. (Grrr. Sale envy.) I also will accompany with this wee bag from New Look – a steal at £12.99. (But frankly they have loads of nice bags at the moment at reasonable prices, so there were a whole host to choose from.)
 I also chose a blue pashmina (£6.99 from H&M – sorry it doesn’t seem to be online) to go over my arms in the (likely) event of cold. It exactly matches the blue colour in the pattern on the dress. Kiss my face.
 
I decided against a hat, and opted for something a bit more practical for a wedding in Northern Ireland…
 
 
xxx
 
 

Wedding guest appearance: mark 2

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So with the wedding only a few weeks away, the hunt is still on to find a nice dress.

Attempts 3 – 5: I am currently loving concessions ranges – and Closet at Dorothy Perkins usually gives me plenty of loveliness in classic shapes, bright prints at reasonable prices. I challenge anyone not to swoon! So off I popped with a friend and tried a host of different dresses, some of which included the following:

I liked the coral pleated dress (£48), but although it looked really nice and I loves a tea dress, I felt it broke rule 4 (too casual). Similarly, the purple fit-and-flare frock (£42) looked lovely, but felt a little bit too worky (thus breaking rule 5). Nightmare.

If I could have found it in the store, I would have tried this retro baby. Pure 50s magic in dress form. This would have called for a pair of leather driving gloves, like these cute heart cut-out ones, £22 from Accessorize. Obviously you could team this with a pair of black courts if you wanted something a bit more subtle, but if not, I think these block heeled bow courts, £29.99 from New Look, would set the whole thing off a treat!

Attempts 6 and 7: Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s back to Topshop concessions we go. But this time it was the biggie – Topshop’s flagship store at Oxford Circus. And this time I had a friend with me to help. They have a great range of concession labels here including Love, CiCi, Orion, Tara Starlet, Wal G, Dahlia, TFNC and, of course, Traffic People.

I tried on MANY dresses here! I won’t go through them all for fear of you falling asleep into a cup of tea and suffering 2nd degree burns on your nose. BUT here are the best of them.

Normally I dismiss Orion as a) being cut for the shorter lady and b) a wee bit expensive, but in the spirit of trying on the whole shop, I gave these beauties a go:

The first is called Julia and costs £67 – it hit the middle of my thigh in terms of length, but looked really lovely on. The cowl neck sewn into the waistband gave me some killer curves. I loved it very much, and this is definitely on my shortlist. Apologies about the dimensions of the pic of the second one – I had trouble trying to get a picture of the white version. Click the link on the name to see it properly. This dress was called Queenie, and at £76 it was one of the more expensive dresses I tried. Although I loved it on, I didn’t seventy-six-pound love it, and white chiffon felt more like cocktails-on-holiday than autumn-wedding. So, if I’m feeling flush, when I go on hols in September I might treat myself to this, and wear with wooden jewellery and a pair of thong sandals.

I also tried, and dismissed these: Turquoise Eva dress by TFNC (£60, too short!); royal blue frilled dress by CiCi (£45, made me look like I had massive shoulders) and some horrendous orange dress (I can’t remember the brand) with a weird cape bit on the back. Just no.

Onward, dear friends… x

Wedding guest appearance

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Attempt 1: With all my rules in mind, the first dress that I found was this beautiful green number called Ronah by Traffic People in concessions at Topshop. This dress is also available from aspirestyle.co.uk at £59. Unfortunately, it’s not made for big friendly giants like me: the waistband fell on my ribcage making me look like a green plank, but would be perfect for more petite girls. That high neckline will also make smaller boobs look bigger and the cap sleeves will broaden shoulders to balance any pear shapes too. I would have put it with metalic shoes and accessories – like these badboys: Skater Su from Dune at £80; or gone for these slightly kookier tribal lovelies to add a few other colours to the outfit:  Lindemuth from Aldo at £60.

Attempts 2 and 3: After failing miserably with attempt 1, and a lot of online searching (I loves the research) I hit the streets again, and happened upon Mango. Aside from the wedding search, I dribbled a little on sight of their killer AW drop: there are many new season dresses and tops that I am lusting after! (Repeat after me: credit cards are for emergencies, credit cards are for emergencies!) I tried on this navy slinky cowl neck number for £69.90, and a cute black/nude mesh and lace cocktail dress for £59.90.

The navy jobby (also available in a colour I like to call ‘slutty red’) looks faintly like a replica of that one that Kate Middleton wore when she got engaged! It’s super clingy though, so unless you want to go commando, some Spanx will definitely be in order.

The mesh cocktail dress was also really lovely – plus came with a free belt; excellent. It fitted me perfectly, and was a very beautiful dress – ideal with pearls and nude accessories BUT I thought the sheerness of the fabric would mean I’d have to cover its loveliness up with a cardy. (Did I mention the wedding is in Ireland?) And was also very similar to a skirt/top combo I had worn at a wedding last year.

BUT if I had bought it I may have paired it with these lacy courts from Barratts at £40 (if feeling matchy-matchy); these nude flowery sandals from DP at £40 (if I’d checked the weather forecast) or these classic Keanah bow courts by Ted Baker at Office for £80 (if I was feeling particularly flush.)

The search continues…

Wedding belles

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No, I’m not getting married, but I’m at that age now where people around me are! And that calls for more dresses (shame) and maybe even a hat.

Now, as delighted as I am about having a bona fide excuse to buy a new dress, dresses for weddings always prove difficult. For a start there are rules, some written, some unwritten. The obvious is that you can’t wear white or cream, not too much of a problem. Some brides don’t like you wearing full length dresses either, that’s kind of ok too. But then to the unwritten. Let’s call them guidelines rather than rules:

  1. You don’t want to look like you’re going to a prom
  2. Is all black ever appropriate at a wedding? Genuine question, I am not really sure.
  3. You don’t want to wear anything too short..
  4. …or too casual…
  5. …or too worky.
  6. You don’t want to end up with the same dress as someone else.

So, the first and second ‘guidelines’ cut out pretty much most dresses on the highstreet. There is, firstly, a destinctly limited range of suitable formal dresses in a lot of highstreet shops – and most, let’s face it, come in black. Argh! The likes of Coast, LK Bennett and others are, sadly, too expensive for me on my little wage (a total bummer as Coast have brought out a replica of a hot vintage monochrome dress (below), as worn by Dannii Minogue last year – but at £175 it’s a little out of my price range.)

The third issue (too short) is even more of a problem for me. At 5’10 even a standard ‘above the knee’ skirt can look indecent on me. Pencil dresses have the bonus of being a bit more demure, but at the same time they can look worky (issue five!)

The added dimension for this wedding is that it is an autumn wedding, which means it will be beautiful with all the changing leaves and a low autumal sunrise to welcome in the day, but also means bye bye chiffon summer frocks, there’s no room for you at this inn.

So my mission is to find frocks of a reasonable price – avoiding all aforementioned pitfalls and looking hot to trot. Go…!