FASHION / Summers days into nights

The weather’s warmer (at last!) and the social calendar is getting more busy with weddings, christenings, summer parties and basically any excuse to go out for some drinks. So then us ladies get to the same tired ass dilemma we have every single time (I’m generalising) – what to frickin’ wear??

I had the said dilemma recently when invited to a country garden wedding from early afternoon to late in the evening – I knew there’d be a church but also grass, burgers and a few chickens running around the place, so had to find something that would suitable for everything!

In the end I decided to go shopping in my own closet – after all, as a regular guest I’m only likely to be in a couple of photos, it’s only really the big white dress everyone will be focusing on (and trust me, this dress was a showstopper!)

This maxi dress was pretty much the perfect solution to all – the fabric was light and floaty which meant it was easy to move in and I stayed relatively cool. Because of the longer length it felt a little more relaxed yet decent for wearing inside Church.

There’s a tie around the waist area that means you can easily control the shape of the dress to be more or less fitted to your figure (I had it tied in a firm but loose bow and pulled some of the fabric over the top slightly to create a neater break, but it had slipped a little before this photo was taken).

The neckline was really interesting with a spaghetti strap halter and bardot section which covered up a part of my arms I’m not loving too much right now.

Finally – floral print in soft colours because, well, ‘cos it’s summer and florals.

I finished the look with some low block-heeled mules that were easy to stand in and wouldn’t sink into any soft ground, and my new straw bag as a nod to the garden vibe of the day.

Dress, AX Paris / Shoes, Public Desire (simar style here) / Bag, Topshop

I don’t have too many formal events happening this summer so I doubt anybody else will be seeing this frock again for a little while which means I can bring it out again easy next year as it’s quite a timeless style. If you’re someone who has a few more big events in the foreseeable future, ask yourself the following when planning what to wear:

– what type of guest are you, day or evening? This helps decide if you need something with staying power and more daytime appropriate, or whether you can have a look that’s more party focused.

– who will be at this event? If you’re attending with a different group of people, they probably won’t have seen what you wore to the last event (or at least, no more than the top half) so it’s totally fine to wear the same thing again. You could mix up the accessories to keep it interesting.

– where is the wedding? Location is important because you have to factor in travel to the venue as well as drinks when you’re there, which in some places can be quite pricey. You’d be better saving your money for these things than buying a fully brand new outfit, by the time you’ve had some drink you probably won’t care much about what you’re wearing anyway!

Thanks for reading,

J xx

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