This weekend I was a guest at my first winter wedding, which threw me a little as I’m so used to buying pretty summer frocks I thought it may make a good blog to share my shopping journey.
As the wedding was on the 1st November I was aware that the weather would be on the much colder side and set about looking for an outfit which offered me a smart wedding appropriate look with the added benefit of warmth.
I trawled the high street and internet looking with two things in mind, it must be warm and not black. Well at this time of year it was hard, given that we’re heading into party season and everything at this time of year is black or sparkly.
My first and one of my favourite finds was this Mint Velvet dress
I found that due to the AW14 trend of bold large floral prints, this offered me the best way to work colour into the look but nearly all the florals I found had a black base but this dress had the long arms I thought would offer warmth. Three quarter sleeves are also flattering as they draw the eye to the waist, which if you have some shape to your hips and a defined waist, is the narrowest part of your body.
I found this two piece set from Warehouse which totals £120 for both pieces is my bargain find.
Worn with black tights it would have given the warmth required, the coverage on the arms needed to avoid a chill and this deep green is a great alternative to black. It also offers you versatility, as a two piece it could be worn separately offering many more outfit options ensuring it will get worn more than once, reducing the price per wear so feeling much more value for money.
My next find was this Coast Roxetta Dress
It covers the arms giving the warmth, monochrome is a great trend this time of year but personally I wanted more colour than this but felt this was a great option to share with you in the blog. The dress is a great piece for those with full hips and shapely curves, as it draws you in at the narrowest point and I love the detail on the back.
I searched for a pretty jacket that wasn’t a shrug or god forbid a bolero jacket, and found this from French connection The Gardini print jacket this could be styled with a skirt or even the matching dress if you fancy a print on print look.
Again due to the dark rich opulent florals on the high street at the moment the compromise on the “no black” rule was that there was a brighter floral pattern which was the main feature rather than it just being another black dress.
Had I had the budget (which was rather stringent) I would have invested in this absolutely stunning dress from LK Bennett. Capable of being worn for other occasions including work the Kiel Pleat dress has the complimentary three quarter sleeves, is beautifully fitted skimming over hips and accentuating your curves.
After much searching (and drooling over what i couldn’t afford or justify) I opted for the Candiss Opulent print from Ted Baker
Here I am, I styled the dress with shoes from Dune and a Cherry Chau fascinator bought many many years ago. By not matching my shoes exactly to my fascinator (the heel of the shoe was black) I avoided the effect of matching shoes and headwear which often has the effect of shortening you. At 5ft 2in I do not need help being short ;0)
As soon as I tried this dress on I knew it was the one, the scuba type material was very warm and the large coloured print detracted from the black base. Apart from a shivery 5 minutes outside for the obligatory family shot, I kept the cold at bay thanks to a warmer than average day and an extra lining with my spanx ;0)
Had my budget permitted I would have continued my search for a jacket, just in case the weather had not been kind but I opted to invest in the dress and deal with the cold. Ted Baker have many other dresses I loved including the Elenna, Jacen, Dixie and the Naias Jungle Orchid print is an alternative print in the same shape…I was so torn between the two but hope you liked my final choice.