Firstly the stress we go through before hand trying to find the perfect outfit (Just me?).. I went through 4 completely different outfits before finally settling on this one.
Secondly, i don't go to a lot of formal events, weddings etc. So for me to have a beautiful and potentially expensive dress just sat there after the event kind of irriates the b'jesus out of me.
If i'm investing my well earned cashola in to a dress, then it needs to me somewhat functionable in my wardrobe and not put in storage with the other 'occasion frocks' never to be looked at again, apart from to reminice over what a lovely day' xxx 'was.
So i trawled and trawled and trawled and scoured the web high and low. I went to my usual haunts and i also went to some different for me shops.
Nothing felt right.
Until 4 days before i was browsing the Wedding Guest section on Asos and i stumbled across this beautiful dress. I instantly loved the colour, i've totally got a thing for teal, i liked the fuller skirt as apposed to straight and clingy- a 3 course meal and multiple drinks will make this belly pop out like a 6 month gone pregnant lady- so floaty rather than clingy also ticked the boxes.
The V neckline i find is uber flattering and perfect for showcasing some wedding style bling a la Yosa.
So with next day delivery i bought it.
And finally, FINALLY i freakin' LOVED it.
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The fabric hangs beautifully, Its elegant and comfy yet i can actually see versatility with a pair of sandals and a little jacket. Heck, I'm actually excited to wear it again! I've just washed it and it's drying as i type (there was a lipstick stain from my clumsy/tipsy accident.. i had lipstick on my glass and then accidentally rubbed my glass on my boob.. d'oh. what a plonker, but hey i was quite a few glasses of rose/champers/pimms to the wind so all was fine.. )
So anyway, back to the outfit, this was just after the amazing wedding breakfast (3 course beautiful meal) and even though there's a giant food baby under there, nobody was any the wiser due to the excellent cut and fabric of the dress.
I paired the dress with some grey and silver accessories. I borrowed the facinator and pashmina off a friend which worked out perfectly, it went well with the dress and it meant i didn't have to invest in something i wouldn't necessarily wear again.
Shoes and purse were bought an hour before the wedding.. last minute Rachel , as always.
A sparkly box clutch bag which was actually really annoying, as you couldn't fit anything in it for, y'know girly makeup provisions, and it was annoying to open (again made even harder due to the aforementioned multiple drinkies,lol)
The shoes were on sale for £15 and are actually a low block heel.. controversial for me, especially for a wedding, usually i go for a super high, super schexy heel.
But for this wedding where we were there from 12.00, i knew i wanted comfort as well as something purddy.
I found these mid block heels with a silver simple band across the toes and a light snakeskin effect to the heel and strap. They added a bit of interest and were beyond comfy.. seriously, i think i'm a mid heel convert (that and i fear i may be be getting old.. old but comfy at least).
Also being a tally plus a fascinator and add in any large heel would have made me tower above everyone (including most men) making me look like a giant.. giant style is not my thing.
The necklace just set everything off perfectly. How much is this Crystal Clear Collar made for weddings? It just brought the whole outfit together and finished it off with some pizazz. I loved it.
Smooches and selfies with Mr Rachel the Hat haha ;)
And lastly , one picture of me and the beautiful bride. Hayley has been one of my most dearest freinds for the past 12 years. We have so many memories together and have really been through so much together. I can't even begin to tell you how overwhlemingly happy i was to see her getting married to such a great guy.
Plus she looked stunning ( I cried, like a baby when she walked down the isle ).
So there we have it, the perfect wedding look, all last minute and all verstaile to be worn again!
Have you got any special occasions this year?