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going to a wedding in Italy in mid-May - dress me?

(5 Posts)
Burren Wed 23-Apr-14 13:59:42

Advice sought - I am attending a smart wedding in the Abruzzo in May, and have nothing to wear. Your challenge is this:

I live in the middle of nowhere, with limited childcare and no car, so purchases will probably have to be online.

I am a post-baby size eighteen, and very self-conscious about it. Large breasts and don't ever wear sleeveless clothes.

I can't wear heels, so whatever is proposed will have to be wearable with flats.

I really dislike dressing up, and feeling in any way constrained, and I will have a toddler with me at the wedding, so no point in anything too elaborate/easily creased etc.

(To give you some idea of my usual style, at the last wedding I attended, I wore and grey and black linen long dress with an umbrella hem and a thin black cardigan over it.)

Apatite1 Wed 23-Apr-14 14:26:01

Long Grecian style gown springs to mind, not white of course!

Like this, gold jewellery, hair loosely up, flat braided sandals?


EatSleepRaveRepeat Wed 23-Apr-14 14:37:59

Not sure what your budget is

I like this


This depends on your colouring I think


FauxFox Wed 23-Apr-14 14:43:44

black dressed up with gold/bright accessories?
blue or green print wrap dress
cobalt cocoon
plum lace?

Burren Wed 23-Apr-14 19:43:42

Faux, several of those are lovely, but I don't think any of them are wearable with flats, really..? Feel free to disagree - as I know nothing about clothes and resent any occasion I can't attend in jeans (in fact I wore jeans to my own wedding...) - but I think knee-length dresses look weird and stumpy without heels.

That Alice Temperley dress is beautiful, as is the blue long dress EatSleep suggested, but I have a horrible feeling either would make me look like a sack of spuds with a string round the middle... I just feel lumpen at the moment, and though I have plans to do something about it, I'm at the end of a book and won't get far between now and the wedding...

Thanks Faux, Eat and Apatite - any further thoughts from anyone welcome. Budget is no problem, as the one thing about being a writer living in the sticks with a small child, is that I don't make any impulse purchases...

Recommendations for beautiful flat shoes or sandals that would work well with a long dress also welcome.

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