Friday, 31 May 2013

What to Wear to a Wedding in a Stylish Town Hall (Midi Dress & Faux Fur)

Red print dress & faux fur shrug
My third wedding guest outfit for Wedding Week is... What to Wear to a Stylish Town Hall Wedding - my favourite type to dress for! Quite often town weddings are held in a swanky town hall, hotel or register office, so I think it gives you free reign to go uber-sophisticated. I love seeing wedding guests strolling through a city centre just before or after a wedding, if only really to see what they're wearing.

The brides I've seen in large cities like London and Bath most typically wear jackets, beaded dresses, sequins, etc., and the guests often have a cool, artistic or slightly retro feel to their outfits... I decided to go with that feel for this look. The animal print midi dress I wore in this post worked beautifully with the faux fur shrug; I love this 1940s inspired look!

Red print dress
Red print dress
Red print dress & faux fur shrug
Black veil
Red print dress & faux fur shrug
Here's my best tips for what to wear to a town wedding:
  1. Think chic sophistication. A town wedding often involves being dressed up and walking through crowds of shoppers, so you'll most probably be stared at - make it worth their while!
  2. A midi length is a good skirt length to go for as you can add patterned tights
  3. Faux fur shrugs or bolero jackets add a little retro touch and are practical if the weather isn't especially warm (great for the UK)
  4. Consider a small pillbox hat or veiled fascinator rather than a huge hat - how about making your own like I did?

It's my DIY fascinator that really makes this outfit I think - I wanted to prove that you don't have to spend a fortune on a hat or fascinator. (Many of the ones in the shops are way over-priced for a few feathers on an Alice band - not exactly value-for-money...!) This is what I used to make mine, with costings:
  • A length of birdcage veiling (I got mine from eBay) £4.20
  • A wool felt base especially for fascinators (eBay) £2.49
  • A plain spring hairclip (I had plenty of spare ones) £0.00
  • A flower corsage pin (I already owned one) £0.00
  • Needle and thread or glue gun

Total cost of my fascinator: £6.69 (a total bargain)! Assembling it is easy - simply glue or stitch the hairclip to the underside of the base, then gather the veiling along one of the long edges with a running stitch through the holes. Arrange it on top of the base so that it covers your face at the length you'd like it to sit, then stitch into place. Cover the stitching with the flower pinned on top - that's it! The hairclip will hold it in place to your hair, and a few kirby grips [bobby pins] are handy to keep the veiling down and in place as well.

There'll be two more posts for Wedding Week; on Sunday I'll suggest What to Wear to a Wedding Evening Reception - forget having to dress for church, that calls for a party outfit!


Got any great tips for outfits to wear to town weddings? How dressed up did you get for ones you've attended - let me know!

Catherine
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Dress: Asos, Faux fur shrug: Debenhams, Heels: Aldo, Fascinator: DIY, Clutch: Unknown, Tights: Unknown, Oui/Non Bracelets: Asos, Watch: Debenhams, Rings: New Look / Asos / Debenhams, Nails: Barry M Berry Ice Cream


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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

What To Wear To A Wedding On The Beach (Maxi Dress & A Wide Brimmed Hat)

Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach hat, bag & flip flops
Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach wedding guest outfit
Wedding Week at Not Dressed As Lamb continues with my second outfit: What To Wear To A Beach Wedding. Now I'm not the necessarily the best person to judge as I've never been to a beach wedding before, but I did a little research online and found a few good tips and some great outfits as inspiration. Some of those tips for what to wear to a beach wedding were:
  1. If you prefer to wear heels to make your legs look longer (like me), wear a maxi so you can get away with no heels on the beach
  2. If flats are totally out of the question, consider flip flops with a wedge - height for your legs and practical for sand
  3. Floaty fabrics will be most comfortable in the heat
  4. A wide-brimmed hat will keep harsh sun off your face and shoulders
  5. Wear a pair of fabulous, statement sunglasses
  6. Don't forget... slap on the sunscreen - that's your most important accessory!
This dress is one I bought a few weeks ago in anticipation of some warm summer sun, which hasn't happened yet in the UK (check out my goose bumps in the photos)...! But it seemed the perfect dress for a beach wedding - colourful, quite unusual and almost certainly a one-off (i.e. it won't also be worn by another guest) as it was from designer resale boutique Grace & Ted in Bath. It was begging to be accessorised with a fabulous wide-brimmed hat (perfect for the sun), lots of bangles, over the top sunnies - I simply went all-out beach style. I think my number one aim as a wedding guest is to avoid being dressed the same as anyone else, so hopefully this outfit would hit the mark in that sense!

Wedding Week will continue on Friday with another outfit post: What To Wear To A Town Register Office Wedding. Think smart, sophisticated, and stylish.

Don't forget my MASSIVE wedding-themed giveaway: £250 to spend at Damsel in a Dress. Perfect for buying a complete wedding guest outfit - click below to go to the giveaway post!

Damsel in a Dress Giveaway

I'm linking this post up to IFB Project #98: What's Your Summer Style - it's taken ages to get any sunny weather in the UK, so an outfit post taken in full sunlight has been a rare thing in 2013...!
Catherine x
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Dress: One-off from designer resale boutique Grace & Ted, Hat: Reiss*, Belt: Asos*, Bag: Debenhams*, Sunglasses: Asos, Earrings: Unknown, Flip flops: Debenhams, Gold band ring: Asos* (part of set), Lightning ring: Asos, Spike bracelet: Asos*, Nails: Chanel Peridot*








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Monday, 27 May 2013

What To Wear To A Wedding In A Country Church (Vintage Floral Dress)

Vintage 1970s floral & fruity midi dress
Hair bun with flowers
Vintage 1970s floral & fruity midi dress
So Wedding Week at Not Dressed As Lamb continues! My first outfit is what I've picked for a particular type of wedding, answering the question: What To Wear To A Country Church Wedding. Whilst there are no "rules" as such, I think key things to remember for a country church wedding are:

  1. Wear something respectful - no acres of flesh on show (occasion-appropriate!)
  2. Small churches are often tight on space, so maybe think twice about wearing that huge hat so everyone can see over your head
  3. Echo the countryside with nature-inspired prints
  4. Wear something that is comfortable and will take you right through to an evening reception, so it's a good idea to avoid that body-con dress

The dress I chose to style up was my fruit-patterned 1980s vintage dress that I bought on eBay a year or two ago - yet to be seen on the blog! To read some tips on buying vintage on eBay, read this recent post - the great thing about wearing vintage to a wedding is that you are guaranteed there won't be someone else there in the same dress.

The wrapover style of this dress is cut far too low to wear alone, so I added a bright pink vest top and picked out the colours in the pattern with bright tangerine heels and a purple belt. Instead of a hat I went for a huge up-do (created with a hair donut you can buy here) and added two silk flower corsages - a different take on a fascinator which can cost upwards of £50 or so! My version was a lot cheaper - one is a pin and the other is a flower hair tie, so you can save a lot of money if you forgo the (not-actually-that) obligatory hat. Just as pretty and a lot more modern...!

Wedding Week will continue on Wednesday with another outfit post: What To Wear To A Beach Wedding. You rarely get to go to those in the UK, but Brits do go abroad for them and I'm sure panic at the mere thought of what to wear!

Plus don't forget my MAHOOSIVE giveaway: £250 to spend at Damsel in a Dress. Perfect for buying a complete wedding guest outfit - click below to go to the giveaway post!

Damsel in a Dress Giveaway
Have you been to a country church wedding recently - what did you wear? Let us know in the comments!
Catherine x
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Dress: Vintage eBay, Vest top: Marks & Spencer*, Belt: Accessorize, Heels: Zalando, Corsages: Primark / New Look, Clutch: Asos









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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Wedding Week Giveaway: A Massive £250 To Spend At Damsel in a Dress! (Perfect For A Wedding Guest Outfit)

Damsel in a Dress Giveaway
I'm so pleased to tell you all I'm kick-starting Wedding Week on Not Dressed As Lamb by hosting an international giveaway to spend a massive £250 at Damsel in a Dress! This week I'll be styling outfits to give you some inspiration for what to wear to different kinds of weddings, and also a post on how to restyle just one dress for one than one wedding - I thought a giveaway would be the perfect way to start it all off.

I won the Damsel in a Dress Facebook style-off challenge a few weeks ago with my wedding guest outfit (above), and I'm giving away my prize as a thank you to you lovely readers for voting me the winner!

Damsel in a Dress sell stylish day and glamorous evening dresses in the most beautiful prints and colours - perfect if you have a wedding to attend this year. They have a huge selection of elegant summer dresses as well as occasion dresses and plenty of separates too: trousers suits, skirts and tops - plus they even sell wedding dresses. You can see the entire collection here:



The winner will be able to choose anything of their choice up to the value of £250... for some inspiration here's a few picks I've made myself:



There are lots of ways you can enter (but only via the widget below)

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Leave a comment below stating which piece you would choose.

So what are you waiting for - get entering!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone - and do come back tomorrow for the first wedding guest outfit post...!
Catherine x
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Terms & Conditions

Entries for the giveaway can only be made via the widget above.
It is open internationally.
The giveaway ends on 3rd June - the winner will be chosen at random, contacted by email and announced via Twitter and my Facebook page.
The winner will need to tell me what they would like and in what size(s) - they will be sent out directly from Damsel in a Dress.

Prices shown on the thumbnail links are only a guide and may be different to those on the Damsel in a Dress website. Only prices shown on the Damsel in a Dress website at the time when the prize is chosen are valid.



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Friday, 24 May 2013

Layering Mixed Patterns: A Boyfriend Shirt & Palazzo Pants

Mixed patterns
Mixed patterns
Mixed patterns
Hydra Jewellery necklaceBrown aviator sunglasses
Some days I find myself wanting to slob out in a smart way for work, if such a thing is possible - so layering a massive patterned boyfriend shirt and my trusty blue palazzo pants seemed like the way to go this week. I think it's perfectly okay not to bow to the pressure of having to wear figure-flattering clothes every day; who says we can only do that on days off at home in our sweats? I guess my waist is still there, with a bit of décolletage too - that's good enough, isn't it?!

Adorning my aforementioned décolletage is the prettiest birdcage necklace that was a gift from my sister - it was made by local jewellery designer Hydra Jewellery who make necklaces, rings and bracelets using delicate nature-inspired images behind drops of glass.


Just to let you all know I have another special week of posts coming up - it was Vintage Week last week, and next week will be Wedding Week on the blog (ideas for dressing as a guest, not a bride)! It kicks off on Sunday with a massive giveaway: £250 to spend at Damsel in a Dress which would be PERFECT for a wedding outfit. Don't miss it, my lovelies...!

Catherine x
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Shirt: Vero Moda, Pants: Oasis, T-shirt: Unknown, Heels: Nine West (can't believe these are still available somewhere, and so cheap!!), Sunnies: New Look, Belt: Steve Madden, Hair cuff: Accessorize






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