I’m not really a dress wearer, but this summer has been full of ‘occasions’. When shopping my friend’s upcoming nuptials I contemplated a co-ord, or maybe a jumpsuit, but nothing felt quite formal enough. This was wedding, yes, but the bride is one of the most creative people I know; every year I get a homemade birthday and Christmas card from her which are always beautiful and I wanted to make sure that my outfit wasn’t too traditional as it just wouldn’t reflect the wonderful person getting married.
Dress – H&M
Necklace – Tatty Devine
Clutch bag – ASOS
Shoes – Red Herring at Debenhams
It all started with the shoes. They are ridiculous and I love them. Baby pink t-bars from Red Herring at Debenhams, with pom poms on the front and a gradient, ombre effect on the heels – they could be hideous but oh god, they’re not. They could look ridiculous because I’m not the dainty sort that can pull off pink and fluff with a cutesy appeal, so wearing more pink with it was definitely out. I thought about red or maybe baby blue, but they just weren’t quite right. When I found this cobalt blue dress from H&M I wasn’t super excited by it, but the more I looked at it, the more things I like about it. A flattering fit on the top, an asymmetric hemline so it’s a little shorter on the sides which is great for swooshing on the dance floor, and a high neckline so I could get my legs out worry free.
So a simple dress, mental shoes and it was either carry on with the crazy accessories or tone them down. I was going to take a plain pink leather clutch and a tiny gold necklace, but when I got home from dress shopping I spotted my favourite Tatty Devine necklace hanging up it was fate. It’s multicoloured but it has cobalt blues and baby pinks in it, so it kind of matches in a the sort of way that it doesn’t. That settled the accessories question, so the search was on for a stupid handbag.
Oh isn’t it so glorious stupid?! This statement clutch (reduced to £12.50 so go, go, go!) even has a little match as its zip which makes it even more unbelievably adorable.
Thankfully it was a beautiful summer’s day and we were able to sip champagne in the sunshine and then dance way into the evening to celebrate the new Mr and Mrs Conway. It’s so rare that I get to dress up and spend the day with some of my oldest friends, we had so much fun and it was a great final celebration at the end of a long wedding season.