Outfit: pleasing my inner Audrey (winter wedding option a)

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’veย 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…
Coast Prena dress styled 60s for a winter wedding
Coast Prena dress and Skinnydip London heart bag
Coast Prena dress styled 60s for a winter wedding


Coast Prena dress worn with 60s style up-do


Coast Prena dress styled 60s for a winter wedding


Back of the Coast Prena dress worn with 60s style up-do


60s style big bun up-do with large ribbon bow


Coast Prena dress and Skinnydip London heart bag


Coast Prena dress styled 60s for a winter wedding


Coast Prena dress styled 60s for a winter wedding
Hair bow: eBay
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…


  1. October 13, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    This is SUPER cute for a wedding – especially with the heart purse! You could easily find a pretty cardigan to go over if its chilly, too. A red one to match the purse, perhaps!!

    • October 13, 2015 / 7:49 pm

      Luckily enough I have just the cardigan ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. October 13, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    The dress is gorgeous, but your hair is stealing the show – very 'Audrey', and I love the way you've incorporated your signature hair flip into the bun: I might have to shamelessly attempt to copy you with that – my hair donuts always make me look bald at the front!

    • October 13, 2015 / 7:51 pm

      Ha I'd be flattered – after years of having the worst hair as a teen, I still find it frankly amazing that anyone would copy anything I do with it! The good thing with the flip is it's easy, quick, and can be worked into more complicated styles no probs. Go flip!

  3. October 13, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    Wonderful! The bolder stripes on top really make that dress gorgeous. I love the red heart bag.


    • October 13, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      You're right – I hadn't really twigged that's why I like the pattern so much, but the contrasting stripes is it! The bag is the bag of my dreams ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. October 13, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Outfit b is going to have to be pretty special to beat this one, you look wonderful. Like the donut and the massive heart bag!

    • October 13, 2015 / 7:53 pm

      Aw thank you! I do have a real soft spot for what's coming next – it's going to be a tough call!

  5. October 13, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    The combination of the wide and narrow stripes looks fantastic! And the blush pink is so soft and romantic with the black. This outfit rocks! I'm glad you are now convinced of the hair donut because it looks stunning!

    • October 13, 2015 / 7:55 pm

      Definitely – the colour is so beautiful. I don't think I'd like the stripes half as much if they were real monochrome; the blush pink really adds something for me. Hair donuts are my new favourite; they make it so easy to get huge hair!

  6. October 13, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    As I said earlier… "hubba hubba"!!

    What an utterly gorgeous look on you – you do 'Audrey' so well! I have a hair donut that I have never used, it's in the drawer with the rockin' rollers, also never used. I thought that now the wedding's over I'd have time to play with hair and makeup but it seems I'm not going to get a rest until Christmas?!

    You look so beautiful, you're going to be in danger of upstaging the bride xx

    • October 14, 2015 / 4:12 pm

      Naughty Porcelina! I'd love to see you have a go at both – and both are pretty easy so do it!! Donut is be quicker one though ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Aww I won't upstage her – I'm actually hoping to help her with some hair styling advice as she's doing it herself and asked for tips on 50s styling ๐Ÿ™‚ her hair is much longer than mine even, so it's a fun challenge! xx

  7. October 14, 2015 / 4:55 am

    goodmorning,buongiorno Cici…This is such a Breathtaking outfit for a wedding!…like also the hair style and the eyes makeup…gorgeous!
    cannot wait to ssee the b outfit…
    ciao ciao

    • October 14, 2015 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you! It makes me happy that you're still reading along and enjoying my eye makeup ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. October 14, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Y'know, you're one of the few people who can actually carry off an Audrey look and make it work. Most people don't have the elfin quality. (Weirdly, Queen Mathilde of Belgium often has an Audrey vibe about her; I often wonder if she looks at her diary and thinks 'What would Audrey wear?')

    It's a gorgeous outfit. Will you have a coat or jacket or somethingin case the venue is chilly?

    • October 14, 2015 / 4:15 pm

      Mim, that's one of the nicest things anyone's ever said to me! Oh to be like Audrey… I guess I do have the 'petite' part down at least!

      I would wear this with a red cardigan, most likely. Or if really bad a short black faux fur jacket. I say that hypothetically as I'm leaning towards outfit b… But I'm so intrigued to see what people think about which I should go for!

  9. Chiarina
    October 14, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    I really love this dress, AND the way you styled it. I really am curious to see option b and what it can do to try to beat this. On a related note, I see you use those shoes a lot, they appear in several of your outfit posts! I am considering buying them myself (as they just reappeared in stock on the asos website in my size). Can I ask how high the heel is and if you find them comfortable for a whole day's wear? Thank you in advance!

    • October 14, 2015 / 4:09 pm

      It's quite different to this outfit – I can't wait to share it! Guilty – I have worn them in this post and the one before – although not before then I don't think, as I only just bought them! Without being at home to check I would guesstimate the heels are around the couple of inches mark – I will report back when I'm next in the same building as them! In terms of comfort – they don't have a platform, but they're not exceptionally high, so I can stand a couple of hours in them but I've never tried a whole day yet as they're still new to me. My guess is that they'd start to make your feet hurt after a while, but I've got many heels that are a lot worse than these ones! If I remember correctly there is slight padding or something that takes the edge off, unlike what you get with really cheap shoes… Hope that helps for now! I know you don't get a lot of time with ASOS stock levels!!

  10. October 14, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    I love this style of dress with the crop top. This outfit is lovely, has a very 60s vibe! x

    • October 14, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      I am really pleased I could style something this modern as something more classic – it gave me a massive amount of satisfaction! Vintage stylist credentials still in tact, if I ever had any (ha), phew! x

  11. October 14, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    This cute clothing, you're really beautiful and her bags are always heartthrob, also this beautiful and very romantic!

  12. October 15, 2015 / 12:07 am

    You look really sharp here! I love the proportions of this dress on you – the wider and narrower stripes really show of what an hourglass figure you have. I am loving these shoes, by the way. Very versatile.

    • October 15, 2015 / 12:40 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜€ and yes, I'm having to force myself to wear other shoes by this point, as I want to wear these with everything right now!!

  13. Chiarina
    October 15, 2015 / 6:37 am

    I tried to reply to the answer you gave me about your shoes yesterday, but my computer doesn't cooperate, so I will just add another comment. Thank you very much for your answer, it is very helpful indeed!
    Looking forward to seeing option b.
    Have a lovely day!

    • October 22, 2015 / 5:39 am

      Glad to help ๐Ÿ™‚ sorry to not give the height right away – they're actually 3.25", which is higher than I thought! They don't feel as high as that to me, but I do wear heels a lot. Option b is coming very, very soon (I.e. Today!)…

  14. Teresa Bowers
    October 15, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Hi CiCi, awesome blog and I just bookmarked it for later. I wanted to let you know that I found you on ModCloths Style Gallery but your link to this blog is wrong. I found you but you might want to change it, they have it as: http://http//www.cici-marie.com which does not work.


    • October 15, 2015 / 5:53 pm

      Hi Teresa – thank you so much for this comment! I had no idea; I think that happened when I changed my URL and I stupidly never checked it worked. Thank you again!! x

  15. October 16, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    You look so gorgeous! Great outfit for all seasons, but definitely on point for winter too as it's very elegant and classic! I've surprisingly been to more weddings between November-February than summer ones, but some have been in warm climates or on flukey warm days so I'm not much help. Again, gorgeous! XO

    • October 18, 2015 / 8:13 am

      That is unusual! There's no such thing as warmth in those months in this country – I will definitely need a cover-up here!! x

  16. October 16, 2015 / 11:50 pm

    Oh my gosh I love this look! The dress is amazing on you, I love your hair with the bow and the shoes + cute purse really top it off. Perfect for a wedding! x

    • October 20, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      That's the aim ๐Ÿ˜€ although now I'm wondering how well my second choice is going to go down, as this one seems to be a winner! x

  17. October 17, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Adorable! That bow in your hair with your heart purse are the perfect finishing touches!

  18. October 18, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Stellar outfit! I adore that heart bag. Swoon!!! Talk about the absolute perfect accessory to wear to a wedding. You look as pretty as a picture, sweet CiCi!

    โ™ฅ Jessica

    • October 20, 2015 / 12:30 pm

      I can see the heart bag reappearing here many, many times in future! The only thing is I wish it had an adjustable strap… Thanks for your sweet words, as ever ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. October 20, 2015 / 12:13 am

    Such a cute outfit and sooo perfect for a wedding Cici! You really do remind me of Audrey, I think you have the essence of her style down pat! โค

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • October 20, 2015 / 12:30 pm

      I can't wish for better praise than that ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  20. March 12, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Wow this dress is so sophisticated and timeless. You look lovely! I love the way you've done your hair, and the gorgeous heart bag too of course! It's such a whimsical, playful look, and at the same time very grown up. You're definitely channeling Audrey here, but with a personal twist!

    Saba xx


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