I’m going to a wedding in October, the first in my adult life for which I’ll have full creative control over my wardrobe. So, even though everyone will be looking at the bride, as well they should, I’m putting a lot of thought into my ensemble. This is what I’ve come up with.
I bought this dress on the whimsiest of whims last winter. I found it on the wrong rack—a petite size far from the petite section—and it was marked down so far that I knew it was the last one of its kind. But, it was a size up from what I normally wear and the petite size conversion rule turned out to be true! At the three-way mirror in the fitting room, I had to use a clothes hanger to fend off a few admirers who would have stripped the garment from my body for themselves. I escaped with the dress and I’m so excited to finally wear it! Maggy London’s Fall 2009 collection is online here.
Can a girl go wrong with Tiffany? Of course not. I don’t think the silver beads get enough play. They’re darling; the fine metal equivalent of pearls. The bracelet was a gift in high school; the earrings were a little gift to myself after I got my second job.
I detest heels. Really. Partly on principle, but mostly because they hurt me. But my Maid of Honor dress at Jill’s wedding in July was tea length, and I couldn’t get away with silver Birkenstocks in the church anyway, so I picked out this pair of sandals from Naturalizer’s N5 Comfort Elements collection. These heels are amaaaaazing. I made it down the aisle and back and through a night of dancing with the under-10 crowd at the wedding in these shoes, and in the morning, when I went back to the hotel to pick up Jill’s dress, I put them back on, just for kicks. I think it was clear, when I walked into the hotel dining room that morning in a commemorative t-shirt from the 1984 Olympic games, madras shorts and silver heels, that my principles were out the window.
Thank you, Grandmom, for outfitting me with such an extensive dress-up collection when I was a little girl. Thank you, too, for including items that could translate from pink plastic dress-up suitcase to special occasions in my adult life! I’ve always loved the snap that this faux leather clutch makes when it’s snapped shut. I’ll have to resist opening and closing it throughout the wedding ceremony.
I found this lovely violet silk flower among many effortlessly enchanting floral accessories in an Etsy shop called East End Home Arts. I browsed the heck out of Etsy on a quest for silk flowers, and the selection in Suzy’s shop is unique, feminine, and affordable. Her customer service is fantastic, too. I my first order with her (for one of these peach cosmos) on the night before she gave birth to her first baby, and the new mom still managed to deliver within a week. She told me that custom orders are her favorites to work on, so if you’re in the “flowers in your hair” mood, get in touch with her. And if you’re not in the “flowers in your hair” mood, please take a good hard look at yourself and get back to me when you’ve sorted yourself out.
I’m ready to get dressed for this wedding now. Where is my pink plastic dress-up suitcase?