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Can I wear this to a wedding?

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cityrat79 Thu 12-May-16 19:35:06

Off to a close friend's wedding this summer. Christian ceremony, followed by afternoon and evening reception. I have been asked to do a reading.

I own this dress already and I love it:

Is it wedding-able? If so, what would you recommend to cover the shoulders for the churchy bit or if it's a bit cooler?

Have literally no sense of style, so any guidance taken on the nose!

LaceyLee Thu 12-May-16 19:47:10

I definitely wouldn't wear that to a wedding. It's an evening dress not a day dress and black is traditionally not considered suitable for wedding clothes. Sorry!

MrsLettuce Thu 12-May-16 20:01:21

Sorry, I don't think you can either! I'm all for people wearing what they like but it's just too eveningish and full on burlesque to be appropriate.

Disagree about it being too black though, the colour balance in its self would have been fine with white / bright accessories.

this, as a random example, would be fine.

DerelictMyBalls Thu 12-May-16 20:02:21

It's a bit too eveningy.

AllPizzasGreatAndSmall Thu 12-May-16 20:02:52

Agree that is an evening dress, not suitable for a summer wedding.

MrsLettuce Thu 12-May-16 20:04:23

(prefer this version actually. love the print)

Puffinsrock Thu 12-May-16 20:06:22

If you cut off the ruff at the bottom, ditched the bow and got a more summery demure jacket that you kept on and done up until after dinner you could get away with it.
Otherwise agree with earlier posts- is a bit too burlesque for a summer wedding, esp if doing a reading

MerryMarigold Thu 12-May-16 20:07:50

Well, I think it could be ok if you took the sash off and put a belt instead plus wore it with shoes but nothing red. Maybe nude.

Ifiwasabadger Thu 12-May-16 20:08:16

No, don't wear it.

MerryMarigold Thu 12-May-16 20:08:22

...well obviously wore it with shoes, I meant shoes which aren't black or white. Yellow? Nude?

nilbyname Thu 12-May-16 20:27:45

Sorry, no.

Lovely dress for a party, but not for a traditional wedding

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 12-May-16 20:32:02

No, it's too eveningy. Black is fine for a wedding though.

cityrat79 Thu 12-May-16 20:33:40

Thanks all!

Any suggestions of not-hideously-expensive things that have caught your eye this season?

I'm 5'3", big of boob (breastfeeding currently) and used to be small waisted but two c-sections have meant I no longer have that hourglass figure!

One other thing - foot problems mean high stiletto heels are out, so need to find something that can go with a sandal or wedge heel...

Easy peasy, hey?!

MrsLettuce Thu 12-May-16 20:43:50

Would you prefer a 50's style dress or some other style? I did like one above but might not be what you're after.

What do you like / hate in terms of colours? Print OK? Actual max budget?

IME, as a fellow dodgy footed soul it could actually be sensible to start with shoes first. I often need to anyway.

mrssmith79 Thu 12-May-16 20:44:19

Maybe with something like this?,default,pd.html
Or this for a bargainous tenner:

MrsLettuce Thu 12-May-16 20:44:39

Oh, sorry, dress size would also be handy to know 'cause of the sales.

cityrat79 Thu 12-May-16 20:56:57

I'm a size 10... If left to my own devices, I tend to gravitate towards the conservative (Coast, Phase 8). But the few times I've seen a personal shopper, I've loved more unusual things they've chosen for me.

On maternity leave at the moment so £50ish would be my max budget.

Agree re: choosing shoes first! But I just hate anything other than Crocs so can't see myself making a sensible outfit decision based on that!

Diddlydokey Thu 12-May-16 21:06:24

cityrat79 Thu 12-May-16 21:09:10

Ooh, Diddly, I love the first one! What jacket or cardigan would you wear with it?

Sadly, being on the shorter side, maxi dresses tend to trail sadly in the mud and make me look like a hobbit.

MrsLettuce Thu 12-May-16 21:10:51

Yes, but if you hate shoes and loads of them are uncomfortable then the field is significantly narrowed and you almost have to choose them first. If you had a pair you could tolerate and weren't to uncomfortable you could find dresses to go with them from now to evermore smile

What did you wear on your feet with the lindybop dress?

Might something like these (probably over budget) maybe be bearable?

MrsLettuce Thu 12-May-16 21:12:51

x post
coral wrap would be good with that lovely PB dress
There are petite maxi dresses about with no trailing in mud required.

cityrat79 Thu 12-May-16 21:20:03

I wore nude low kitten heels with the other dress but it was just a couple of hours - any longer and I would have needed something with open toes (Morton's neuroma if you're interested, which literally no-one is).

The coral dress is exactly the sort of thing I'd have gone for pre-kids, when I used to emphasise my waist. This is no longer a strong point! Do you think it'll still suit a less-than-firm tummy?

cityrat79 Thu 12-May-16 21:22:54

Oops - forgot to say, I like the Schuh (my nude heels are from there) but would need some sort of ankle or cross-foot strap as backless sandals have never stayed on my feet. Don't ask me why.

Also, as I like the style, do you think they're summery enough for that sort of dress?

Thanks everyone for your help!

MrsLettuce Thu 12-May-16 21:29:08

The coral dress should be fine on less-than-firm tummy, yes. Ideal even.

The foot thing sounds dreadful. Safe to assume you;re not getting all the fancy-schmancy tratments wikipedia goes on about, I suppose. The black mules obviously wouldn't work with the coral dress but I think something that would should be findable. Will av a look.

Puffinsrock Thu 12-May-16 21:30:09

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