Sunday, May 6, 2012


I have a wedding to attend in June. Hollen of Hollen Picked is getting married (finally) to her high school sweetheart Adam. Hollen is the youngest sister of my college roommate and BFF Meredith, and the wedding is going to be lovely; a semi-formal, outdoor affair in Connecticut.

So obviously the most important question is what to wear. I've done the lion's share of the work (you're welcome) and narrowed it down to two dresses and two pairs of shoes. But I am now stuck. Here is dress number one:

Diane Von Furstenberg
Lovely, right? But is it too sexiful? I don't want to look like a whore (you'd think that would go without saying, but no...) Lace is super in right now. And look at that raw lace trim on the neck, sleeves and hem! It's gorgeous, and the dress has some edge, which I like. I'm also a fan of the 3/4 sleeve. With those sleeves, no wrap necessary, only a small black clutch. I do love this dress. But alas, I also have feelings for dress number two:

Ann Taylor
I know what you're thinking: it looks like a bridesmaid's dress. And you're right, it does. I would trade the sash for a wide black satin one, add an extra crinoline underneath, and pair with a 3/4 sleeve black cashmere cardigan. I love this dress, too. Although it looks almost exactly like the dress I wore to my first formal event in high school so I may just be striving to regain my lost youth and innocence...

Anyway, while you ponder the dress dilemma, here are the shoes (both of which I already own, Ted, so don't have a fucking heart attack, OK?):

Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka
So what's the verdict? If you're wondering what Ted thinks about the dresses, I did, in fact, ask him which one he liked better and he responded with "Which one is less expensive?" so obviously he has forfeited his vote (and we are not speaking).

I am trusting you, my dear ones, to make sure I look like neither a whore nor a bridesmaid. Don't fail me. And don't tell me that black and navy don't go together, because they totally do.

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May 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

They are both so pretty. I say go with the first one, with the first pair of shoes. And I love blue and black together!

May 9, 2012 at 7:23 PM

am i too late? have you pulled the trigger?
ok -- i love the first dress, but i'm scared it will be short - like can't sit down without showing ViVi short.
I vote for dress #2. With the first shoes.

you'll look fabulous, darling, no matter which dress.

Donna Tap
May 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Dress two is much cooler than any bridesmaid's dress.

May 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

the Ann Taylor one is best for a summer affair but we've already talked about this and you know how I feel:)

May 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM

And def the first shoes!!!

May 22, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You guys are too kind. I have pulled no trigger (not on the dresses, at least) and things have changed. It's been pointed out to me that I need a wedge heel for the outdoor wedding, so everything is up in the air. Look for a new post with new dresses that go with gold wedge sandals...


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