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Wedding in September

(34 Posts)
NotQuiteSoDesperate Fri 08-Jul-11 21:20:24

I really need some help with this! When would be a good time to start looking as September can still be quite warm. I have recently lost a lot of weight due to a serious illness (which is not over yet and probably won't be for ages). I am in my 50s, size 12 and 5ft 4 ins. I have pale auburn curly hair and very bad veins in my legs so I can't wear skirts unless they are just above the ankles.

As I have had such an awful year with my illness, I really need cheering up with a nice outfit. Added into the mix is that I'm not very well off, although I could afford up to £150 to £200 at a pinch. The wedding is for my DN and my DSis will be dressed up to the nines! Bit of competition there! She is also extremely rich smile So I really don't want to look like the poor and ill relation.

Looking forward to seeing my DN who will look beautiful smile

NotQuiteSoDesperate Fri 08-Jul-11 23:00:31

Can anyone give me helpful ideas? So stuck!

wicketkeeper Sat 09-Jul-11 09:26:05

The bit about the bad veins struck a chord - my dm was in a similar predicament - needed something longish to cover. After a lot of searching, she found Jacques Vert. Don't know how much she paid, but she looked fantastic - might be worth a look?

madammecholet Sat 09-Jul-11 11:06:45

This is on budget, on trend and in size 12 - use the bright jacket as your key piece and lead colour, good tailored trousers and cheaper accessories...

No one would know the whole lot cost around £130!

bright blue jacket, on trend and a bargain

cream trousers

bright blue courts

bright blue bag

madammecholet Sat 09-Jul-11 11:10:16

Some good tailored jackets here too:

or a good sailor theme for £130



madammecholet Sat 09-Jul-11 11:12:13

This would look amazing with your colouring and those LK bennet trousers I linked to:

sequinned jacket

madammecholet Sat 09-Jul-11 11:15:33

These shoes would match that jacket too:

gold sling backs

tethersend Sat 09-Jul-11 11:20:33

How about this? Would look great with your Auburn hair.

madammecholet Sat 09-Jul-11 11:27:49

some dresses here too:

here - brave choice!



madammecholet Sat 09-Jul-11 11:30:06

could you do a jumpsuit - v chic..?



tethersend Sat 09-Jul-11 11:31:55

Haha, was just going to link to the Jaeger jumpsuits grin

They are fab.

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Sat 09-Jul-11 11:39:42

no advice on the fashion front - but my MIL has been using a self-tanning cream on her legs and her veins are hardly noticeable now...might be worth a try....

madammecholet Sat 09-Jul-11 11:49:02

tethers great minds and all that.....grin The cream jumpsuit with that gold sequin jacket & shoes makes me swoon - if only I had a wedding to go to....

NotQuiteSoDesperate Sat 09-Jul-11 19:00:50

Wow! Have been off-line for a while and brilliant people have left me loads of links to go through. Will have a look and get back to you.

I can't just colour over the veins as they are all bumpy too. Even look horrible with support tights and they also make me look like an old lady and I'm not - honest!

NotQuiteSoDesperate Sat 09-Jul-11 19:03:08

Love the sequinned jacket so far. Not sure about the trousers as I also suffer from short legs. Also have issues with shoes as I have very wide feet. Altogether a physical disaster area me!

NotQuiteSoDesperate Sat 09-Jul-11 19:05:40

The cream jumpsuit is lovely, but I'm not sure if I dare wear it. All that hassle to go to the loo....

... oh, I am sounding really old now!

madammecholet Sat 09-Jul-11 19:33:43

That cream sequin jacket would be perfect...

NotQuiteSoDesperate Sat 09-Jul-11 20:26:34

Yes, the jacket is lovely!

tethersend Sat 09-Jul-11 20:28:16

I say jumpsuit.


NotQuiteSoDesperate Sat 09-Jul-11 20:29:42

Ooh, nervous about the jumpsuit! Would also need shoes and it is hard to find nice ones for my wide feet.

NotQuiteSoDesperate Fri 22-Jul-11 19:51:55

Well, I got the jacket and jumpsuit and they really weren't for me at all. Loved the idea, but looked silly in them. I hate to ask again (but will try as I'm so worried about finding the right outfit for this wedding - chronic illness issues), can anyone give me any more ideas, please?

NotQuiteSoDesperate Sat 23-Jul-11 16:38:54

Can anyone help, please? Or have I done something wrong be revisiting this thread?

GeneHuntsMistress Sat 23-Jul-11 17:03:33

Oh i don't want t leave you unanswered so can bump up for you, but don't think I can be of any real help as I never have much of a clue for myself either.

Regarding the veins, is there anyway you could wear the really thick black opaque tights that M&S do? I had some last winter, They were like three million denier or similar wink. They would surely cover veins (I do sympathise as my mother had really bad varicose veins) but she would have been happy with thick opaque such as these.

I know they would not the be the best as, like you say, usually still very warm for a September wedding, however they would then open you up to possibility of dresses or skirts?

Hope your health improves soon too. Chronic illness is such a bitch, I speak from experience. Stress won't help, how about a personal shopper?

FebreezeYourJeans Sat 23-Jul-11 17:15:53

What about a maxi dress? this is a petite and could look beautiful for an Indian Summer wedding?

NotQuiteSoDesperate Sat 23-Jul-11 18:49:10

Thanks, both of you. Yes, I could try tights - am so nervous about showing my legs. But then, I have also lost tons of weight and at least I am slimmer now. The maxi dress is lovely, but as I remember wearing maxis in the 70s, I'm not sure how it would look at 54!

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