In the past two months I’ve received 6 wedding invitations for weddings which are taking place in the next 4 months, I’ve declined one of the invitations already as it’s taking place abroad and flights alone for the 4 of us will cost more than we usually pay for a whole holiday so that leaves me with 5 weddings to attend. Usually I would wear the same outfit more than once but 4 of the weddings are going to be attended by the same people which means I really do need 4 different outfits and accessories.
Occasion wear shopping is something that I detest, my mother in law owns a nice little boutique that sells occasion wear but buying something from there would mean I run the risk of wearing the same outfit as another guest which would be devastating for me so I’ve been looking online for a store that sells everything I would need.
Dress First is an online retailer who stocks a huge range of outfits and I’m positive that no one else at my weddings will be wearing the same outfit.
I love black dresses but I’m always unsure as to whether it’s an acceptable colour for a wedding? I have worn a black and white striped dress with beading detail before but still felt a little under dressed when stood alongside people in cream, pink and blue.
I had no problem finding 5 beautiful dresses on the site that could also be worn for other occasions like christenings, christmas parties and nights out, I’m all about wearing an outfit more than once or recycling an outfit as the magazines like to call it.
I have a few things that I like to look for when buying a dress, it must not be too short, preferably knee length or just above the knee, it must be flattering around the tummy area or have some kind of decoration, it must not be too low cut and I must be able to wear a bra with it.
My first choice is this sheath v-neck knee length tulle cocktail dress with ruffle (£105.69), It comes in a range of colours but I happen to really like the blue, it’s a perfect length for me and I wouldn’t need to worry about finding a necklace to wear. The dress is made to measure and can be made according to your measurements.
My second choice is this A-line princess square neckline knee-length chiffon cocktail dress with ruffle (£80.49), again this comes in over 20 colours but I love the black which is a very flattering colour on me. I could team this up with really chunky jewellery, coloured shoes and a coloured wrap and this dress would be something that I could wear over and over again.
I adore this sheath one-shoulder knee-length chiffon cocktail dress with ruffle flower (£90.99) and I have no doubt that it would look ridiculous on my current shape as I’m covered in curves, lumps and bumps but it doesn’t stop the dress being incredibly beautiful and something I would love to have in my wardrobe.
I could be wrong but I have a feeling this dress could be very flattering for my shape, it could cover my arms and stomach as well as giving me a waist. The sheath scoop neck knee-length chiffon sequined cocktail dress is a bargain at £88.19 in my opinion and I would have expected to pay much more. Like the other dresses this is made to order and comes in tons of colours so there is something for everyone.
This sheath v-neck knee-length chiffon mother of the bride dress (£80.49) reminds me of something Jackie Onassis would wear, it has a real vintage feel to it and although it is marketed as a mother of the bride dress I’m sure I could pull it off. I happen to really love this colour and I think it would look amazing with skyscraper heels.
I could have easily spent hours browsing Dress First as they have some really beautiful dresses on their site, it may help you to know that as each dress is made from scratch according to your personal specifications they currently need 6-11 days for Wedding Party & Special Occasion Dresses and Celebrity Dresses and 11-13 days for Wedding Dresses. It takes about 3-15 working days for your package to travel from Dress First to your home so you really need to think about ordering at least 3 weeks before you need the dress.
* This post was written in collaboration with Dress First*