So, here's something I wasn't expecting... another wedding next month! It's the best possible kind of news to have short notice on in every respect (particularly as it's good friends of ours), but I did of course go into outfit meltdown. What can I say, I'm a fashion blogger and a massive worrier. Anyway, after an initial 'but I have nothing to wear!' panic, I've got a grip and thought it through... and true to form I've over-planned and have two whole outfits I could wear. So it's time for another wedding outfit option a and b! This time: winter edition (if you're interested, here's summer: a, b).
This is the first winter wedding I've ever attended, in fact. I'm quite excited about dressing for it because darker colours feel more appropriate than they perhaps are for summer weddings, where the dresses are all 'look at how bright and summery and cheerful I am'. I'd all but forgotten how classy black can look in occassionwear... but there's a part of me that wants to look like Audrey Hepburn all the time and she sure hadn't forgotten. (I can't be the only woman who has one of those, right?!) I feel like this look has a definite touch of the Audrey about it with the simple shapes, monochrome(ish) stripes and big 'do (yes, I've come round to the hair donut).
This dress is clearly a modern dress, but the shape, with the little mock crop top on top, reminded me of how ladies did wear crop tops over their shifts (like this). It's the epitome of the kind of modern clothing I love to wear - classic, but with something extra about it. This is the first Coast dress I've owned and yes the quality is excellent, but like nearly every brand it didn't fit without alterations because I'm both petite and curvy. So, I had the waist and hips taken in for a closer fit, as this time my bust won the dress-fit lottery, meaning nothing else did. I'm quite impressed, though, that despite the fact it's now a close fit as it should be, the lining and the way it's been cut mean it's still skimming my bumps and is very flattering. So, this is quality, huh? I did leave the length as it is, which means it's not on the knee as it should be, but B thinks I look tall(er) in this outfit so if it ain't broke... Oh and it's hard to see in the photos, but the alternating stripes are a very pale blush pink - very pretty. Anyway, I feel like this is a dress that could be dressed for a number of occasions, but I'm really quite pleased with this slightly romantic wedding look.
Did I say slightly romantic? I lied, I stuck a great big heart bag on it. And a bow. Well, it is for a wedding, after all...
Hair bow: eBay
Dress: c/o Coast ('Prena')
Bag: Skinnydip London
Shoes: ASOS (all available colours)
Actually, you probably could wear this for the summer too, but I'd probably always go for something brighter and lighter then... Stay tuned for outfit b coming soon! There'll be more black, gold and a feather...
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