My niece is getting married this summer in Santa Monica and I need a dress or the equivalent that meets the dress code of 'cocktail attire'. The last wedding I went to I wore a great wool blend brocade suit. Felt fabulous in it. But that was in February. What is it about going to a wedding that puts a woman who is comfortable with herself and her style and knows what looks good on her, to be full of indecision when it comes to dressy clothing?
We see gorgeous women with fabulous figures on the red carpet in dresses that are meant for the red carpet, not your nieces, daughters, sons, best friend's kids wedding. The fashion magazines certainly don't have anything that is perfect for a 60 year old woman who does not possess the body of a 20 year old that doesn't look dowdy to wear to an evening wedding. The other issue is spending money and in my case, time, sewing up said dress that chances are I'll never wear again. I wouldn't wear it to Alex's wedding because, after all my side will have seen said creation. I have gone to weddings over the years, afternoon weddings mind you, in a dressy suit and everyone is dressed in glitzy embellishment. I have never been comfortable in this sort of clothing. Well, I did wear an embellished blouse and full skirt to a wedding we went to in India which I bought at a very cool shop that sold Indoeuro kinds of things. For an Indian wedding it was very understated! It doesn't fit anymore, so that's out regardless.
What the hell is cocktail attire these days anyway? I was looking at an email of Michael Kors spring collection and either the dressy clothing is too exposed for me or it's perfect for entertaining 'at home' if your home is in East Hampton. Sigh. I went through the same nonsense when Josh got married and while I finally decided on something it was the height of boredom. A real snooze. I've been looking at collections on Style.com. I've looked through my collections of Burda a million times. I even bought 2 Vogue's that might work. There is a very nice Donna Karan in the new Vogue's that someone posted a glimpse of on PR from the back of the pattern magazine. But, its a mid length shirt dress with drapes across the front. How dressy can that be, really? Even in silk isn't it still a shirt dress?
Here's choice 2
This one would need a bit of alteration to work. First it would need to be longer, not hard. The waist panel would have to be lower and or narrowed to actually fit under my bust(gravity does have it's issues) It at least has the kind of tailored look I like and feel comfortable in. I don't know when they will be posting the new Vogues, but as I said a couple did look promising.
Sigrid made a very pretty dress from Knipmode last year that would be perfect, but the thought of altering the pieced bodice for my DD cup bust hurts my brain. I also haven't a clue how to do it!
I need some inspiration and suggestions readers! I have some gorgeous silk brocade from our last trip to India and I was actually thinking of a this pencil skirt and top from the latest Burda.
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