Monday, 22 April 2013

Wedding Guest Outfit | Damsel In A Dress Style Challenge

Floral dress & statement necklace (great wedding guest outfit)
Beaded clutch
Braids, statement necklace & florals
Floral dress & statement necklace (great wedding guest outfit)
So all's good after a fabulous long weekend away for Bath in Fashion: look out for BIF-related posts over the next week or so, all still featuring my personal style :)

Today's outfit is a style challenge entry - as I'm so lucky to have had you lovely people support me for the BIF blogger award, I'm asking you again to vote for my outfit in a Damsel in a Dress Blogger Style Off... gosh I'm so demanding! I'm sorry!

As described on their website, Damsel in a Dress targets "confident, vibrant, and individual women who embrace the feeling of wearing clothes that are cut to flatter the female body". (I like the sound of that!) They contacted me to ask if I wanted to take part in a dress styling competition on their Facebook page with four other bloggers - and I'm rarely one to pass over a challenge! We've been challenged to create an outfit that's based around a dress from the SS13 collection - I chose the Sakura dress which is the most beautiful orange and pink floral, perfect for a wedding guest outfit.

So if you like the way I've styled it...



How I styled the dress:

I decided to go with black and white accessories to counteract the girliness of the florals, so an Asos statement necklace, a wide black cut-out belt and black scraper heels gave the dress a little bit of an edge.

You may think you need to buy all the extra accessories to go with a new dress for a wedding... not necessarily true. To save money, I looked at what I had in my (not very large) clutch collection, and found this very plain white patent clutch. And to funk it up a bit, I did the easiest DIY ever: arrange some craft jewels on your clutch in a pattern you like, then simply stick them on using a glue gun. Hey presto - one totally blinging, coordinating clutch!

The winning blogger will receive a £250 Damsel in a Dress wardrobe that they can keep themselves or use as a giveaway... I'll be offering the £250 as a giveaway - so please get voting!




Thank you so much everyone, I hope you like the outfit... Look out for more wedding guest outfits, I'll be featuring them in other posts over the next few weeks!

Catherine x
Shop my look! Items marked* are the actual items, if still available:

Dress: courtesy of Damsel in a Dress*, Necklace: Asos*, Heels: Aldo, Belt: Unknown, Clutch: Unknown (DIYed with craft jewels), Gold ring: Asos* (part of set), Bracelets: Debenhams / H&M / New Look, Nails: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Blueberry*



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61 comments

  1. so pretty Catherine..love it..voted!!!!!
    that belt is killer too!
    Sheree xxx

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  2. The perfect wedding outfit! Love it from head to toe! Also, that church looks so lovely. I love the UK... sigh...

    xo Emma
    http://strollingthecityinheels.com

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    1. Oh bless, you - thanks Emma! Churches like that are everywhere here, it's bad that we think of them as nothing special. How wrong to think that! x

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  3. GORGEOUS! Beautifully styled.
    www.shannonheartsblog.com

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  4. Lovely dress! Im looking for one for a wedding coming up, I think you've inspired me :)

    www.everywordhandwritten.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh that's great to have inspired you, Rosie - look out for more wedding guest outfit posts! x

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  5. Oh wow! I love how you have styled this with the touches of black & the DIY clutch is a great idea too! Yes I'm very inspired! Andrea x http://couscousandcorkwedges.blogspot.com/

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  6. that dress is just fabulous! i already voted ;)

    ~Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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    1. :))) I knew I'd be able to count on you, Chioma... thank you hun x

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  7. I was right yesterday, it was the same thing. :-)

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    1. Oooh so it is, Louise! Let the battle begin, hehe...! Good luck sweetie xo

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  8. You look stunning!!! That dress is beautiful, the colours are beautiful and the pink lip is great touch! A perfect look for a wedding guest. I voted for you my dear, best of luck, you by far deserve to win! :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  9. Fabulous, Catherine! This colourful dress is perfect for you and the occasion of a wedding in spring or summer.
    Flattering, female, vibrant... you name it!
    Voted already.

    Annette
    Lady of Style
    now on Facebook

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  10. Gorgeous dress and styling! Will be voting as soon as I get to my proper computer : >

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    1. I know I can always count on you, Patti - thank you my lovely xoxo

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  11. Sorry, but the belt and the shoes are a bit out of place. Too heavy for the dress, the necklace and the bag.

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    1. Don't be sorry, Linda! I don't know whether you saw I wrote that the black was worn to give the outfit an edge? The fact that you think it's heavy is good - so thank you! It was meant to be :)

      Some blogs ask for an outfit critique but mine isn't one of those: people come for inspiration and I like to provide that, in the same way as I take inspiration from other style bloggers. I'm not looking for confirmation that an outfit works, my blog is just showing my readers what I like to wear. It's so much more pleasant for everyone around us if we're positive - or if that's not possible, silent - don't you think...?!

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  12. You look fantastic and I voted. Good luck!

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  13. SO different, creative and beautiful at the same time!

    Love it.

    Kim
    www.bellablain.com

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  14. you look stunning. Love every detail. Good luck to you!!
    xo,
    nancy

    http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com

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  15. You look stunning and that is a gorgeous dress.

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  16. Such a great outfit!
    I really like the subtle way the colours change from magenta to orange in the dress, lovely
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Mmmm the subtle change of orange to pink is what I loved about it, Helen! Thanks hun x

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  17. I am in LURVE with that dress! Really flattering on you!

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  18. So glad I found your blog! Such pretty pictures! Awesome dress! New follower;)

    Brooke
    onprairiehill.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh thank you Brooke - and welcome! It's nice to meet you! xx

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  19. Love the dress and the beautiful setting--well done!

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. It had to be my local church for a wedding outfit post, didn't it Ann...?!! Thank you so much x

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  20. Love your whole outfit. It's very pretty and romantic.

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  21. Beautiful dress and the styling adds interest and certainly prevents the look from being totally girly. The accessories do add an 'edge'. Voted. Good luck, you look gorgoues.

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    1. Yep I thought black would be less obvious and much more dynamic than pastels or brights! Thank you Deborah! x

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  22. The print, the colors, the floaty sleeves...I could stare at it forever (well a long time anyway). :o)

    Oh, I got the picture sizing working for me and can use horizontal photos now without messing up how my pictures "read". Thanks sooooo much for sharing how to fix that!

    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow that's EXCELLENT news, JJ! I will pop over and check out your pics! And thank you for the lovely comments too x

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  23. WOW! This dress looks incredible on you! I love the print & colors (of course!!) and your hair looks so elegant! Love the DIY clutch, very genius! I voted for you, of course! best of luck darling! XO!

    Courtney

    http://cupcakeobsessions.blogspot.com/

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    1. Courtney you are an absolute darling... thank you so much xoxo

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  24. The clutch alone is enough to make any outfit stunning! Voted and tweeting the link ;-)

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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  25. Very well done... Very elegant and chic yet still very Catherine. My compliments.
    Of course I voted for you.

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  26. You wear colour SO well Catherine - always inspired by your looks x

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  27. Loving the styling Catherine. Bath is so pretty! Special mention to your hair style though - call me inspired! Now to wait for mine to grow to a reasonable length :) Thanks for sharing with WW xo

    www.kiwiwomensstyle.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. Love this dress on you! I can't get over the pink and orange together, such a fresh look. Visiting from Wardrobe Wednesday link up today :)

    xo,

    Lindsay
    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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  29. meant to comment on this yesterdya, I LOVE this dress! It's super pretty and colorful :)

    Tiff Ima
    Style Honestly

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  30. Glorious. I learn something every time I tune in. But today I learned that there's no aping your highly individualized style. Just glorious.

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  31. This dress is fabulous, and the belt really takes the whole look to the next level. You've got my vote, without a doubt :)

    Found you via Wardrobe Wednesday. Find me at http://greenandgorgeous.net

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  32. You look gorgeous! I'm so flattered to be taking part in this competition alongside bloggers such as yourself.

    Sophie x

    http://www.lafashionfolie.com/

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  33. You look so http://www.fabulousafter40.com/ wearing that dress.You will no longer need to ask someone to vote you because they already know that you are the most qualified for the award.

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