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My son is getting married. What on earth am I going to wear?! Please help.

(43 Posts)
bleedingheartlefty Thu 16-Jun-11 16:25:17

I have no idea what to wear, I am not good with colour. I haven't been to a wedding for years.

I usually wear black, grey, blue or cream, oh and a darkish purpley colour too. I feel like I should have something colourful and a bit floaty for a summer wedding, but I fear I will just end up looking like a tit and be uncomfortable because I am pretending to be a lovely lady. I am comfortable in smart business wear or something like jeans and a stripey t-shirt. This middle ground is a bit of a mystery to me. People will be looking at me this time, I can't just stand at the back. Oh god, I just thought about it, there will be photographs.

I am 46. Size 8-10. Quiet flat chested.blush 5 ft 2. Mid brownish/red hair.

The venue is a country hotel (in Scotland) and the ceremony is on the lawn.

Any suggestions would be very gratefully received. smile

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:31:44

Oh you will be fine. Size 8-10 and flatish of chest means you can have any style of jacket you want pretty much, which you might need in Scotland, and if you are confortable in smart business wear you should be able to find a "weddingy" skirt or even trouser suit that you don't feel a tit in.

I wouldn't go with anything too flowery or flouncy - it wont cut such a sharp figure in the photos.

You need a shift dress and jacket type suit combo, hat if everyone else is and some tasteful heels with a slightly thicker heel so you don't sink into the lawn.

How does that sound?

TrillianAstra Thu 16-Jun-11 16:34:46

Something like this?

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:37:45

This kind of idea

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:39:09

But not this

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:40:19

this wouldn't be so great unless he's marrying Lady Gaga

bleedingheartlefty Thu 16-Jun-11 16:40:59

That does sound pretty perfect. I was worried that a shift and jacket might be too businessy. Good, I am relaxing already. Any links to something like that, anybody? I am looking forward to the opportunity for some hat wearing.

bleedingheartlefty Thu 16-Jun-11 16:41:43

Ooh, slow typing, thank you.

TrillianAstra Thu 16-Jun-11 16:42:15

Definitely shift + jacket + hat/bag/shoes.

It'll only be too businessy if you have it in black or grey or navy.

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:42:40

Yep, shift and jacket need not look businessy. There are loads of weddingy versions around at this time of year. In fact, it can be hard to find anything other than weddingy racesy stuff at this time of year, its all sale shite or Wedding/races/garden party.

Right, now you've confirmed the shift/jacket combo I'll see if I can find some more helpful links!!! grin

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:46:13

This dress


This jacket

Its grey, but not business grey, and the dress detail stops it looking businessy too. Dress might be a little long on you at 5 foot 2 but hard to tell online...

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:47:26


with this ...

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:48:41

This is a potentially nice look, ignore the 16 year old model

bleedingheartlefty Thu 16-Jun-11 16:48:45

That green one is nice Tatty, if a bit green.

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:51:06

Tasteful. Scroll down for "complete the look" ideas

TrillianAstra Thu 16-Jun-11 16:51:48

Why would Hobbs have a 16 yr old model? How bizarre!

I like the sparkly-looking grey one with the heavy-looking detailing on.

Pinkjenny Thu 16-Jun-11 16:53:00

Another vote for the sparkly grey one.

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:55:39

Some nice bits here

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 16:58:03

Noice ...

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 17:03:36

Bit showy but you have the figure for it by the sounds of it

KristinaM Thu 16-Jun-11 17:14:28

If you must wear black

bleedingheartlefty Thu 16-Jun-11 17:16:10

Love the phase eight jackets. Some of those dresses look like they might swamp me a bit. I would probaly just go for a pretty plain straight shift. Love all the pale grey, I would feel fine in that and that colour suits me especially in summer. I also have a big thing with that bit of flab between the top of your bra and your armpit so very picky about armholes.

God, it is such a minefield. I so should get this done before my six year old son finishes school at the end of June

KristinaM Thu 16-Jun-11 17:21:51

You MUST get an outfit with a jacket or coat. Do not let anyone talk you into just a dressthen trying to find soemthig to match. You cannot rely on the weather

And if you never wear floral , floaty or pastel normally then dont start now. You want a more glamourous version of you, not a whole new look. You are very young for MOB/G and slim so dont dress like a grannygrin

bleedingheartlefty Thu 16-Jun-11 17:23:55

No, black is not essential at all, I would only do black with cream or something.

I should just throw myself on the mercies of a John Lewis personnal shopper. <Shudder>

TattyDevine Thu 16-Jun-11 17:25:32

Do it soon, I agree. Sales are beginning to start. Whilst this can mean prices are low, it can also mean sizes are sold out, and if you leave it too long, its all tatt...

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