Thursday, 16 June 2016

1950s Grace Kelly-Inspired Wedding Guest Outfit | Jaeger Floral Top and Skirt (A Dress Illusion)

Wedding guest outfit - Jaeger SS16 50s style peony print floral top and skirt dress | Not Dressed As Lamb
A couple of weekends ago I attended the wedding of an old work colleague - and what better excuse is there for getting dressed up than an invitation to a white wedding?

Rather than a dress, I chose to wear a matching floral peony top and 1950s style skirt co-ords that were gifted to me from Jaeger - to show that you can create the illusion of a dress but have the versatility of separates that you can wear and style differently afterwards. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Grace Kelly, and this is the closest I get to channelling that gorgeously elegant 50s style. Jaeger do properly long midi length skirts (none of this annoying knee-length passed off as midi nonsense) and the quality of their pieces is second-to-none.

TUCKING IN THE TOP AND ADDING A WIDE BELT CREATES THE ILLUSION OF A DRESS: THE PROPORTIONS WORK BEAUTIFULLY, DIVIDING THE BODY INTO THIRDS AND MAKING YOUR LEGS APPEAR ENDLESS.

Tucking in a top and adding a wide belt creates the illusion of a dress: Because the skirt is so long it means the proportions work beautifully and are so flattering, dividing the body into thirds (rather than half) and making your legs appear endless. Which mine are not... perfect for long-waisted people like me!

Wedding guest outfit - Jaeger SS16 50s style peony print floral top and skirt dress | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Jaeger quality is so good, in fact, it meant the jacquard fabric plus the lining made the top very thick so I actually had to get a skirt one size up from my usual size. I wanted to be comfortable throughout the day and also knew that a three course meal would mean more than a little stress on the skirt's waistline (I was right...!)

I must just mention the navy roses fascinator: I may have been the only person wearing any sort of hat at the wedding, but to me the outfit just didn't work without it. As I always say, what would Grace wear...? ;)

(Finally - I've thrown in a rarely-seen photo of the husband and I right at the end - he looked too smart not to include him.)

DO YOU INSIST ON WEARING HATS TO WEDDINGS LIKE ME? AND WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WEARING CO-ORDS TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF A DRESS? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

Wedding guest outfit - Jaeger SS16 50s style peony print floral top and skirt dress | Not Dressed As Lamb
Wedding guest outfit - Jaeger SS16 50s style peony print floral top and skirt dress | Not Dressed As Lamb
Wedding guest outfit - Jaeger SS16 50s style peony print floral top and skirt dress | Not Dressed As Lamb
Wedding guest outfit - Jaeger SS16 50s style peony print floral top and skirt dress | Not Dressed As Lamb
Wedding guest outfit - Jaeger SS16 50s style peony print floral top and skirt dress | Not Dressed As Lamb
Wedding guest outfit - Jaeger SS16 50s style peony print floral top and skirt dress | Not Dressed As Lamb
Jaeger peony top c/o | Jaeger peony skirt c/o | ASOS heels (I LOVE this pair of LAMB coral heels) | Debenhams clutch (alternatives: White box clutch with silver trim and one with a gold trim) | Johnny Loves Rosie fascinator via ASOS | Belt - old, unknown (I like this leather whipstitched belt) | Lizzy O Boutique leopard wrap bracelet c/o | Loved by Sarah Lavoine 501 nail polish (Butter London 'Chat Up' looks the same)


Catherine


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Disclosure: I was gifted these pieces from Jaeger but was not compensated for writing this post (click here for my full disclosure). All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.
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36 comments

  1. I think this dress was made for you Catherine! This bold floral print is so perfect on you and pink and navy are easily one of my favorite color combinations. Just stunning.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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    1. Thank you so much Heidi, I love the pink and navy combination as well xx

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  2. It is hard to believe these are separates.

    You both look wonderful!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. It's amazing how just the addition of the belt makes it look just like a dress isn't it, Suzanne?!

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  3. You look absolutely gorgeous Catherine, love it 😍

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  4. Your 2/3 rule is really working here, you look tall and gorgeous and graceful and amazing! This dress was meant for you. I adore the last photo of you and Mr NotLamb. Also? I agree that it would be criminal not to wear a navy floral fascinator with that dress! xx

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    1. Aww Lisa thank you so much – I agree about the fascinator, I really felt underdressed without it…! xxxx

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  5. Wow wow wow you look absolutely stunning Catherine. Such a beautiful outfit!
    Sophie
    x
    A Story of a Girl

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    1. Sophie thank you!! I think it may go down as one of my favourites ever!

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  6. I absolutely love this,, dress,, :-)! I love the length of the skirt, and I would love to wear this outfit on an ordinary day too! I wore a two piece that looked like a dress last week, read m my red outfit post! :-)
    Fancy Friday link up is tomorrow, I would be honored if you could join me :-)
    www.nancysfashionstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Nancy, I love this length skirt, a true midi has always been my favourite! x

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  7. This is what I really like about you Catherine---you tell it like it is!! A midi is long...not just below the knees.
    You look positively Grace-like! I actually have a collection of old hats (some that were my grandmothers) but I've only worn them to high tea and on Easter Sunday! I never thought about wearing them to a wedding---I think I'll start this tradition!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Oh wow, Jodie – normally people only ever wear hats to weddings, so the fact that you wear them to high tea is absolutely wonderful! I think it's a shame people don't wear hats to a wedding any more, if you can't wear one to a wedding, when CAN you wear one…? Thank you for the lovely compliment by the way xx

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  8. Hi Catherine
    Wow, love these separates! With the belt one would think, a,dress. The print is simply gorgeous and I'm inive with the hat! Glamour personified! Love the pic of you and hubby
    Xxjess
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  9. Aw look at you too gorgeous people, adore the dress. The print is so vibrant and I love the accessories. Grace Kelly would be proud x

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    1. Oh wow now that's a compliment, Vicki – thank you so so much!!

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  10. Absolutely love this look on you! It's classic with a little rock twist (love those nails). Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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  11. This entire outfit is absolutely perfect! You look lovely...and the fascinator certainly completes the look!!

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  12. I think this is my favourite ever outfit on you. Even more than the fairy princess. You look stunning and so serene and elegant. I love Grace Kelly too, in fact she's my style icon. Beautiful photos as always and thank you for waking your Lizzy O bracelet so beautifully. I think my fave accessory though is Keith! Lovely to see him. He looks as dapper as ever. Have a lovely weekend lovely lady xxxxxxxx

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    1. Liz you absolute sweetheart, bless you! Keith isn't a bad accessory, is he…?! ;) Thank you so much sweetie, and thank you also for the lovely bracelet – I love the contrast of the leopard with the florals xxxxx

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous. You both look perfect. I would instantly copy your look if I could still show my arms like you can. And copy would be the highest form of flattery... But I won't haha.
    Greetje

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  14. Right down to your blue nails, you look stunning in this outfit. The 50's look is beautiful on you...love the way dress moves! And so lovely to see a gorgeous photo of you with your husband. Thanks heaps.

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth – and yes I have to admit the skirt does move beautifully, it was made for twirling!

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  15. WOW! You look stunning! And what a good looking couple! Thanks SO much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  16. You may very well be the best looking couple...ever! How did I miss this post?! You are so stunning in this Grace Kelly inspired look. I'm certain you would have given her a run for her money if there were a best dressed competition! Perfection, Catherine, absolute perfection!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Awww Shelbee you absolute sweetheart, thank you so much!!! xx

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  17. Fabulous outfit and so clever to wear a belt to make it look like a beautiful dress. You and hubby look utterly adorable together. Such a treat to get to see bloggers other halves x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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  18. Ive commented before, but will reiterate, the whole ensemble is so lovely! I am in love with your bright blue hat! So elegant!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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