- Blue, black, yellow and white graphic print dress – Macy’s
- Blue scarf masquerading as a pashmina – Old Navy
- Pearls – birthday gift from Chelsie
- Black ankle strap shoes – Naturalizer
Excuse the tired eyes and mangled hair – I took these photos after a day spent arguing heartily debating over how best to represent 4.5 billion years of time in an exhibit, and I’m a wee bit on the tired side. I wouldn’t even have taken photos today, but I promised my mum images of the dress I’m thinking of wearing to my friend’s wedding and, trust me, you don’t mess with mama. The summer o’ grounding for riding my bike (once, just once!) without wearing my helmet taught me that lesson.
Honestly, I really dislike dressing for weddings. There are so many variations on the theme! Outdoor, indoor, the “outdoors is indoors” of conservatories, cocktail, semi-formal, black tie, the list goes on and on. Because the rest of my life is much less fancy, I never wear dresses I get for weddings any other time, and I always seem to end up in a situation where the dress that worked perfectly last time is now too big/small/short/long/casual/fancy/purple (yes, I was once told a dress would be too purple and clash with the bride’s color scheme) and I have to start all over. My one coup was last year when there were three weddings in three weeks and I wore the same dress each time – take that, weddings!
So, this is the dress I’m thinking of wearing to my friend’s wedding. Originally I had another dress in mind (this, only in red), but it doesn’t fit me as well as it did when I bought it and I really don’t feel like wearing a girdle (don’t believe the hype in calling them “shapewear;”they’re all girdles). So I found this dress (for $19.00 down from $90.00!) and am thinking it might be a suitable alternative.
The fabric is a lovely, soft, stretchy, crepe-y material that will pack wonderfully with no wrinkles. It’s also a pattern, which I’ve been trying to incorporate into my closet more. The wide shoulders and high back = Katie gets to wear a regular bra and not have to repeat the duck tape incident of 2004 (score!), and the length is just right. It’s probably technically more of a day dress, and the wedding is evening cocktail (whatever that means), but I think the scarf and pearls dress it up. And, the circle shape of the pearls mimics the circle print of the dress. See what I did there? Eh? Eh? I can be fashion-y.*
The one thing I’m not sure of are the shoes. I bought these shoes when I was a bridesmaid and was told I must wear close-toe black shoes, and I quite like them. They have a 40′s feel, and I like how my legs look in ankle straps, but I’m not sure if they “go.” I have a pair of black high-heeled sandals that might work…
Any thoughts? Does the dress work? Do the shoes go? Do you like dressing for weddings? Do you have a go-to ensemble? Do you know why Two and a Half Men is still on the air? Or why there are so many books at my library about outsiders “finding themselves” while living in Amish communities?
That’s my “thinking about Amish culture as a cheap literary device (I’m looking at you, Karen Harper, Carol Duerksen, Beth Wiseman, Barbara Cameron, Beverly Lewis, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Wanda E. Brunstetter, Hilary Manton Lodge and Dale Cramer) face.”
*That’s so a lie. My mom thought up the whole “pearls and circles” thing. I’m pretty sure I just looked at it all and went, “ooo, pretty!”
P.S. I just realized it looks like I didn’t buckle my shoes properly. And that’s because I didn’t.