We’re well into the spring/summer wedding season and in a MAJOR way! In fact I’ve had nine weddings this year (including my own) and even one I couldn’t attend due to being on my honeymoon which would have rounded the count to double digits. WOW! Not that I’m complaining… But with nine weddings in one year comes many a cocktail dress or even black tie in some cases. Obviously I had one of the dresses sorted (it was long and white) but for the remainder I really had to dig through my party dresses and garden variety themed outfits to find the perfect dress for each location. Did I mention only three of our nine weddings were driving distance? That’s a lot of frequent flyer miles.
There was Port Douglas, Byron Bay, Noosa, Bowral, Brisbane, Mosman and the list continues… What I like to do is match a theme/colour scheme with the location. For Port Douglas, Byron Bay I went with colourful, whereas for places like Bowral for a wintery wedding, I opted for something a little more sleek, sophisticated and colour coded with the environment. Think emerald green, burgundy and might I even say it… black. I’ve often said I’m definitely more of a fan of bright hues but with so many weddings and our own to budget for, I had to opt for some of the beautiful black dresses I already owned. But how was I going to make them stand out and represent me without just being a basic black dress? Yep, you guessed it, by adding a pop of colour. Red is the perfect partner in crime to accompany black and adds the perfect touch of sex appeal and sultriness to any outfit without being smutty.
I adore this black maxi style dress from Alice McCall – it’s chic, feminine, floaty and comes with the most gorgeous floral imprint across the fabric and two slits up either side to add a little spice.
What makes this dress a standout though is how you style it. The dress itself looks super cute with white sneakers, a high ponytail and denim jacket for an unpolished day time look, or even a super cute pair of Valentino flats or gladiator sandals for lunch with the girls. But to take this dress and make it wedding appropriate, it’s all about the soft shoe, statement earrings, designer bag and bold lip.
This nude shoe from Direct Warehouse Fashion is super affordable and can be worn with pretty much any party dress or even to the races. The bag and the watch add a glitter of gold, which brightens and accentuates the softness of the black maxi dress, while the earrings are pretty much my favourite. I stumbled across this brand ‘Clover accessories’ on Instagram and since then have purchased six pairs of their statement earrings – yep you heard me, six! Every time I wear them I receive so many compliments and I can see why – they are such a showstopper, particularly this vibrant shade of bright orange mixed with candy red.
Well what do you think on my take of the LBD at weddings? I’d love to hear your thoughts on wearing black to a wedding when you’re attending as a guest. Yes or no? Let me know in the comments section below….
Lotsa love, LM xxxx