make-believe: wedding guest.

September 13, 2012


i love being a wedding guest. heck, i think i might even like being a wedding guest more than i liked being a bride. in any case, james and i are gearing up for our first post-marriage wedding in late october. one my dearest friends from high school is getting married to another friend from high school and we’re pretty excited to catch up with old buddies. still, yours truly will be giving a reading (yet to be decided) and i have to admit, i’m a little nervous. the last time i spoke in front of half these people i was campaigning for class president. heh. if this entire outfit didn’t cost nearly the amount of a month’s rent in this tiny place, i would totally rock it. magic potions and amulet especially. sometimes a girl just wants to look good. and sometimes she needs a little magic on her side. you dig?*
1. dress 2. amulet necklace 3. moon flower essence 4. non-toxic polish 5. clutch 6. notebook 7. booties 8. ombré tights

*update: james says this outfit is not “weddingy” enough. poll? and where on earth does one find weddingy enough outfits that don’t make one feel like barbie princess?


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  • Reply Liz September 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    It's a lovely a beautiful outfit for a nice dinner out or a family celebration. However, I would agree it's not weddingy enough. I have had some luck with bcbg, french connection, and even banana republic.

  • Reply Lucy September 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I would look at They have a great selection of dresses at all different price ranges. The outfit you picked is super cute though!

  • Reply Kirstin September 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    hmm, I agree with James, it's a bit too casual. Maybe something more fitted, a bit more flashy, more bells and whistles.

  • Reply urbanrhetoric September 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    i agree with james too. this is an awesome fall outfit but not for a wedding.


  • Reply Erin September 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    you guys! james is going to be *so* gleeful.

  • Reply Anonymous September 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I say I love it. But I think adding a small brimmed hat with a flower or 2 tucked in the hat band would make it more festive.

  • Reply Jessie Ammons September 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I really love that amulet necklace. Mmm.

  • Reply Jenn September 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I agree, too casual–maybe the shape? The sleeves and smocking?

  • Reply Caitlin September 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I think it's OK because it's silk (with jewel tones) and you will have some bling.

    You will be fine with the reading, just go slowly and breathe 🙂 !

  • Reply September 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    While this ensemble is VERY cute, I agree with James that it is not very wedding-y. It is a bit too casual. I think that you could do something in this silhouette if it was all one color and had some flashy details at the neckline (silk, satin, sequins, etc) and paired it with a daintier shoe, heel or flat.

  • Reply Lori @ Studio Waterstone September 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Oh my. The clutch and the journal…and the tunic. Okay, everything.

  • Reply hannah margaret September 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I have a dress like that, and booties are just want I need! How chic and cute. xoxo

  • Reply Alexa September 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    i would wear this to dinner or even to work, but i must agree…the shape doesn't scream wedding 🙂 have you tried anthropologie? i am doing a reading at a wedding coming up and plan to look there, especially as their sale rack transitions into fall. i'm hoping to get lucky 🙂

  • Reply Gregory Brown September 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I suppose it depends on the wedding, but I disagree with James and some of the comments. I think it looks great. Especially with the necklace. Although the boots are awesome if I wanted to dress it up, I'd change them before the dress. But really I don't think you even need to do that.

    Great post to get discussion going. You're becoming quite the professional blogger!

  • Reply Kelsey September 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    this looks so autumnal and cozy. with red nails and some jewellery it can look perfect for an autumn (cold) wedding.x

  • Reply Amielle September 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I love it as an outfit, but I think I have to agree with some of the other commenters, and James, about wedding appropriate. Maybe if you even added some sort of belt to it. Or else something a little lighter in colour tone. Good luck!

  • Reply Stephanie Roberts September 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    i'm sorry, i think it's a great outfit. it's great for fall. plus, i agree with the other readers, it depends on the type of wedding. you know your friends and if they would like it 🙂 but i wouldn't discard it 🙂

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} September 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    James is definitely going to have a smile on his face reading these comments!

  • Reply Megan Riddle September 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    LOVE this- but for a wedding, brighter colors!!

  • Reply the gracious gaze September 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Pssh I totally disagree! This is terrific for a fall wedding (particularly a make believe one!) and long sleeved cocktail dresses are the best. Who want to worry about strapless bras and underarm shaving anyway??

  • Reply Joy September 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Such a cute dress and great for fall, but like Megan said before me it seems just a little too dark.

  • Reply Erin September 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Last year I went to a fall wedding wearing a belted maxi dress and dressy cardigan with boots. Adding in some sparkly jewelry and a clutch took it a bit fancier, and I was so comfy the whole night. A lot of guests (and even the bride) commented it was the perfect outfit for a fall wedding. You can wear less dressy things to a wedding, but the ensemble has to have a bit of luxe, and legnths have to be right. That dress, hemmed up to mid thigh and with long bare legs would look infinitely more fancy than it does now with dark tights. Another option would be opaque black tights and black heels- always a good look. Hope you have a good time!

  • Reply The Basualto September 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I love the outfit! It actually gives me ideas for an upcoming wedding in october as well!! Thank you!!

    Have fun at your friend's wedding.

  • Reply Anne Zimmerman September 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I'm in desperate need of an outfit to wear to a casual outdoor wedding in late October and think this is perfect! My #1 priority is not being cold followed by #2 looking/feeling festive. I think this fits the bill for both. Sure, I could wear something more frilly, but then I would be cold and cranky. And what fun is that?

  • Reply nishaantishu September 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I really like it for an autumn wedding, but I suppose it depends on the theme. If its indoorsy and glamorous then maybe it wouldnt be right. And also maybe a waist belt could smarten it up a little? And anyway, it would be better to buy an outfit that you would wear again than one you would only wear once, right?

  • Reply Anonymous September 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Erin, have you had a look at the dresses on

  • Reply IndiaMorgan September 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Well, the outfit depends on the style of wedding, doesn't it? I think this outfit would be totally appropriate for a fete that was casual, in a garden, at your friend's house. Plus, isn't the number one rule of wedding guest apparel to not outshine the bride or bridesmaids?

  • Reply sweet harvest moon September 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    It really depends what kind of wedding but I think this looks perfect for a Fall wedding!

  • Reply Rachel September 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Going to weddings post-marriage feels amazing. You appreciate what went into the day and you feel sooooo relieved that you're done. I love it.

  • Reply Susie September 14, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Love the outfit!….but if you want a recommendation, check out etsy shop modaspia. I have several pieces from her and all are fabulous, beautiful and made in the states.

  • Reply Abbie September 14, 2012 at 1:46 am

    If you wore nude nylons and heels vs. boots, it might be better? Otherwise, sadly yes, I would say not wedding-y enough. Love love love your blog, btw 🙂 Congrats on YOUR wedding!!

  • Reply Anonymous September 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

    As your first wedding post marriage, everyone will be wondering if you're procreating yet… A smock dress will just add duel to the (inevitable, presumptuous) fire!

  • Reply Kerry June September 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    i think this look would be perfectly fine for a wedding! maybe adding a little belt would make it a bit more dressy/give it some body? i love it though

  • Reply Rachel September 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I think the idea of this not being "wedding enough" is a little old-fashioned. It is seasonally appropriate, not too short or showy, and not white! so I think it's great if it looks great on you!

  • Reply Banquet Halls September 22, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Went there for an evening event. After arrival we were immediately greeted with appetizers and cocktails in the room with the fireplace and baby grand piano.

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