Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Story Of A Special Occasion Dress


I remember last summer, the week after my eldest got engaged and announced her plans for a June 2014 wedding, I fell in love with an outfit I had seen on Brix Smith Start at Ascot. I love pink anyway so the gorgeous hat really appealed and I instantly had plans of wearing a dress that contained fuschia pink flowers so that I could wear that hat!  A couple of tweets later and Brix revealed the dress was by Zara (so it wouldn't fit, they rarely have anything decent in XL) and the hat was Philip Treacey (so that put paid to that) but for the rest of the summer I kept my eyes peeled and then before I knew it, winter stock was in the shops.

Maison Martin Margiela 


Come January and February of this year, I eagerly awaited the arrival of summer stock in hope that I would find my perfect dress. It didn't happen.  New dresses were arriving online constantly over the next few months. Still nothing.  I was getting desperate. I was happy to search high end websites like NAP and Matches as I knew for such a special occasion I was prepared to blow the budget for the right outfit.

Maison Martin Margiela  outfit

March arrived and we had the friends and family sample sale at Net-A-Porter. Sadly most of the clothes were sample sized or damaged but when I spotted the Valentino shoes with a massive diamante type brooch thing on the front, they so lent themselves to being wedding shoes, I had to get them. I knew their purchase would send outfit plans into a tailspin but I just had to have them, they are beyond beautiful, so the search continued.

Maison Martin Margiela  back

I have to say at this point that it wasn't so much that there was nothing out there in patterns or prints that I loved and I really did want something floral if I'm honest. but I have to take my body shape into consideration and that means pretty much avoiding anything that may have a seam around the waist, so it had to be some kind of cocoon or shift shape.

Maison Martin Margiela  front

I had spotted a Maison Martin Marguila dress on Net-A-Porter and although I thought it was an awful lot of money for what it was, I imagined how I could make it work with the shoes but I wanted to be different and not do the matchy matchy thing, so in my head I wore everything in this shade of blue except the shoes.


Claudia passed her three month probation at NAP (although it was her second position there, she had to go through the same procedure again) and we waited patiently for her discount to be implemented. Finally she got the email and I ordered the dress convinced that it wouldn't fit as it only went up to size 14, so I thought it would at least put that one to bed and the search could continue. I ordered two dresses online that week also and then had an unplanned trip to Bluewater with middle daughter where I saw a Hobbs dress I had seen and dismissed earlier in the season and thought I actually quite liked it. A reader had also recommended it to me and I was surprised it didn't look as frumpy as I imagined when I got it on.  The good news was it was reduced from £199 to £79. I rang OH he said to get it so that I could compare with the others I had on order. So I did.

Trying on for the first time

Two days later I had all the dresses here and tried them on one by one, praying the MMM wouldn't fit or that I would hate it. The Hobbs dress looked really nice but I felt it was a bit to Mother of the Bride predictable for me.  For someone who can't stand drawing attention to myself or having my photo taken, it was the bright blue outfit all the way. It felt special, probably only because of the price tag but it felt more "me" than the others and couldn't have been further from what I was originally hoping to find although I do have a deep affection for anything with an asymmetrical detail or two!


So there you have it, the story of my dress and all the trials and tribulations that went with it. Oh and I couldn't walk in the damn shoes and had to hold on to my husband as I navigated the cobbles on the pathway to the church and put ballet pumps on to dance the night away - what a complete and utter lightweight!

Now I am completely gutted my dress has 60% off and is now only £214 here. Sooooo bloody annoying!


Fascinator - Accessorize £39.
Bracelet - Next £22 Doesn't seem to be online but similar here.
Clutch - Debenhams old but hadn't been used.

Have you ever had any serious wedding guest outfit dilemma's?

20 comments:

  1. The dilemma certainly paid off, and you found the most perfect dress. It had all the right credentials- elegant, timeless, and great style kudos too. xx

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  2. Sharron that dress is so you & you looked absolutely stunning for your daughter's special day plus it's timeless so I'm sure you will get quite a few more wears from it yet.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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  3. That dress is fab Sharron and you will definitely wear it again! Enjoy your weekend:)
    ~Anne xx

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  4. It may not have been what you initially envisioned Sharron but what a fabulous dress you ended up with!! The blue looks amazing on you and the style is something you can wear for years to come!! I have loved every minute of reading about your wedding shopping dilemmas.....you found the perfect outfit for you in the end xx

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  5. What an amazing dress you ended up with, fab colour and the style is so perfectly elegant and a world away from the traditional look. Super stylish mother of the bride award goes to you!! I have to say, I nearly fainted when I saw the price though... one day when I'm a bride I might spend that much on a wedding dress, but I have to admit that as a wedding guest it's always budget!! x

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    1. I know it seems like a lot of money but compared with mother of the bride outfits they have in wedding dress shops, it's an absolute steal, they are extortionate! I have to agree as a guest and you know me on here, I am always on the hunt for a bargain but I knew I wanted to feel I had something expensive on x

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  6. What a great read! Lovely, lovely dress and I thought you looked fab in the whole outfit, it's a real investment piece.
    Sue
    Bestfriendstyle

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  7. You look BEAUTIFUL, better than the model, who just looks like a clothes hanger in it. I was, reading about this shape dress on Does my bum look 40 and did think that it would be unforgiving on any one with a real body, but you look amazing, it has made me rethink this shape completely!

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    1. Off to read that post Alex thanks for letting me know x

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  8. Loved this post ... and it really is a tale with a happy ending. I've lost count of the times that I've had the 'perfect outfit' in my head, only to end up with something completely different. You looked absolutely fab, and complete kudos to you for having the style to stick to your guns on the blue accessories. It was the absolute right choice. And pah! to the sales price ... being the glamorous #MOTB is worth blowing the budget for xx

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    1. Thanks Helen, I did wobble over the accessories when everyone kept telling me not to do it! x

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  9. Such a stunning dress and your accessories are perfect with it. If I counted all the times I'd seen items I've bought full price then spotted in the sale... Just remember how fantastic you felt in it on the day and it's all worth it. Lynne x

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  10. This was so the perfect dress for you, when you posted a mood board a few months ago with this one being an option, I was truly hoping this NAP classic was the one you went for. You looked fabulous honey!!!! Xx

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  11. You looked gorgeous S and I know you felt great. Don't look at the sales...they are nasty:) PS I'm like you flats for dancing the night away!!!

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  12. The dress looks FAB on you! And brilliant shoes!!!

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  13. Ha, loved reading the story of your outfit purchase - we all have dilemmas like this! You look fab! It was definitely worth it!

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  14. You looked amazing Sharron - accessories, shoes, the lot! Think you just know when something feels right don't you - always best to go with the gut I say! xx

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  15. It was alright on the night Sharron! After all the stress & hassle your outfit worked perfectly & Claudia must of been so proud of her gorgeous & stylish Mama! xx

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  16. It's perfect! I'm so glad you went for such a beautiful bold colour and the cut is wonderful for your and the occasion. xx

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  17. You looked wonderful, perfect choice, love the asymmetry :-). X

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