This weekend was spent celebrating my parents' diamond (60th) wedding anniversary,so of course a party dress was absolutely the order of the day. After my little run of wearing black for several outfits around Christmas I've worn my favourite colour - orange - for the third time in a row.
I bought this orange pleated midi dress quite a few months ago and unfortunately I don't think there are many sizes left, but below I've featured a selection of alternatives you may love (especially this reddish-orange broderie one) - or the same dress is available in a pretty khaki colour if you're more of a neutrals fan.
IT WAS THE PERFECT OCCASION TO BREAK OUT THE AS-YET-UNWORN ORANGE DRESS AND TEAM IT WITH A CHUNKY BLACK NECKLACE, MY LOW BLACK HEELS AND THE BACK-ON-TREND FISHNET TIGHTS.
As for the party, my parents hired a huge holiday house down at the coast looking out to sea to accommodate the (roughly) 45 friends and family that came, and as always with the girls in our family (with Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries) we usually put on a party dress. It was the perfect occasion to break out the as-yet-unworn orange dress and team it with a chunky black necklace (similar), my low black heels (good for being on my feet all day) and the back-on-trend fishnet tights.
(Don't miss the photo I've included from their super stylish 1957 wedding below...!)
SHOP THE LOOK:
As you can see I managed to abduct the helium balloons from the party for a cliché blogger photo - it's not as easy as it looks as any wind makes it hard to control them...! But it gave the people out walking their dogs along the path something to look (laugh?) at.
And in case you're wondering, yes we did suck in the helium later and we even
We all had a wonderful weekend but we did have one (somewhat major) mishap... Unfortunately my 87-year-old father had a nasty fall on the steps outside and not only cut his head but also hurt his hip and cut his arm - paramedics came and we did have to take him to hospital. He came out the next day and isn't too bad considering (he's pretty fit and healthy for a man his age), but he sure gave us all a fright and of course we're now joking about him being a drama queen and stealing the limelight at his own party.
So a two day party turned into a four day one with the extra help we had to give my parents, but it was all worth it in the end and we carried on partying despite his trip to the local A&E...!
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ASOS dress (I adore this red/orange embroidery midi dress) | ASOS necklace (love this black crystal statement necklace) | ASOS shoes | Fishnets tights
OTHER ORANGE OR RED DRESSES TO TRY:
A chic 1950s wedding
Above: My parent's wedding, 1957. Far from being embarrassing, I don't think either of them could look more chic or stylish. My mum designed and made her own dress out of white velvet (it being January), and even when I was a kid I admired its simplicity...!
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