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I have 2 winter weddings to go to and am clueless what to wear. I often end up buying something that looks weddingy and not at all "me" and then notice that everyone else is wearing stuff that is funkier/bohemian but still posh enough.
One wedding will be quite arty/creative types and not too formal, the other will be quite traditional and I suppose quite formal.
Is it ok to wear black? Can I wear boots?
I am 41, big size 14 and 5'5", pale with longish light brown hair. I hate looking really mumsy and frumpy.
There are loads of little dresses around, but they are all above the knee/skimpy which wouldn't be great on me.
I like purple, grey, blue, berry/plum shades, some green, black. I don't do bright red, orange, yellow. Not wild about big pattern.
I might need to get a great new coat/jacket, but only if it's something I could wear again. I don't do proper high heels (but can do high boots, wedge or very chunky heel).
I have seen lots of those drapey/wrap style dresses - are they a good idea or not formal enough for the posher do? How do I do skirt and top combo with style?
OK, that's my challenging brief - please help!!
I'm off out to look at (all the wrong) stuff now!!! Will check in this evening!!
Ooooohhhhh no no no - that all sounds very mumsy weddingy!
Haven't time now but will try and find you sonething funky and cool later - I hate hate hate going to weddigs and seeing everyone in their pretty florals and their hats/fascinators - just so uncool and so un me and everyone else under 50!
And that is only one site - I could do this all day.
Look at All Saints too - I have worn a couple of thier dresses to weddings and my best freind described me - both times - as the girl that you are too intimidated to talk to because she looks so cool! (That is about the nicest thing in respect to clothes anyone has ever said to me - but I am terribly shallow!)
All depends what kind of a wedding it is. Will there be dancing?
I would hesitate to wear black to a wedding ceremony. (If I was only going to the evening do I wouldn't be quite so hesitant.) But I never buy a "wedding-y" outfit - very rarely buy an outfit just to attend a wedding, more likely to raid my wardrobe for something I already like.
I am of similar dimensions to the OP. A V neck is the most flattering - I don't go for big cleavage at weddings. And I have rediscovered my legs lately - somehow a shorter skirt - by which I mean just above the knee - makes me look slimmer. Personally I hate anything that's strappy/ sleeveless on the top half - I do sometimes wear a long cardi (quite fitted) over the same colour and same length dress, or a lacy (mohair) cardi, knotted just at bust level over a simple dress.
A low heel - something I can walk and dance in (will never forget torture of having to walk down long gravel path from hotel to marquee wearing strappy high heels, standing for most of the evening and dancing as well).
Sorry I don't have any links to offer - I wear a lot of Boden but maybe it's a bit too recognisable to want to wear to a wedding? They would do a good skirt/ top/ cardi combo though.
Stay away from Coast - that is where everyone gets their wedding outfits from - that is why at 2 weddings I have been to girls have had the same dresses on - and they were from Coast!
My MIL wears comfy low heeled sandals and dresses with the same colour lacey cardis knotted at bust level and she is in her 70s! Please don't go down the road of dressing like someone a lot older than you already!
Velvet is supposed to be fashionable this winter and would be great for a winter wedding. Green or berry velvet would be great. Boots would look fine with the right dress - and could have chunky heels and still be quite elegant.
I would be thinking, if the weddings are in December or later, of waiting till the sales - which might start in Dec, or there might be some early ones.