the merry old month of may has arrived. which means special occasion season is heating up. here in athens, home to the georgia bulldogs, graduation came and went, but that’s just the beginning of celebrations. here are just a few things that might be on your agenda besides a high school or college graduation. is anyone invited to a wedding this summer? well, bridal showers are always penciled in before the big day arrives so you might have one or two to plan for. and let’s not forget mother’s day. typically, after breakfast served in bed, the family heads out to a lovely relaxing brunch where mom doesn’t have to cook (or clean up). then there’s father’s day, or memorial day, or, let’s not even think about the fourth of july yet…
for the sake of simplicity, today’s post zeros in on three special occasions: mother’s day brunch | bridal shower, daytime wedding, and evening wedding. as with any special event, the price point for that extraordinary dress is all over the page. one style tip i will share is to take note of high-end designs then peruse lower-end stores to see if the ‘look’ can be recreated. or, and this is a favorite trick of mine, take a photo of your favorite dress and hire a local dressmaker to re-create the look. there are some very talented seamstresses out there. if in doubt google a local wedding dress seamstress and go from there. and don’t overlook a fab jumpsuit. they work for special occasions.
are you ready for some inspiration? let’s get going.
mother’s day brunch | bridal shower
labels: dress Ralph Lauren (old, similar here and here); shoes Ann Taylor (old, similar here and here)
labels: jumpsuit Loft (old, similar here and here); shoes Talbots (old, similar here); blazer Banana Republic (old, similar here and here); handbag Talbots (old, similar here and here)
labels: dress Misook; coat Misook; shoes J.Crew (old, similar here)
labels: dress Ralph Lauren; shoes Gucci; clutch Lei-Lei
labels: dress (old, similar here and here); scarf (old, similar here and here); pumps (old, similar here and here)
labels: dress Max Mara (similar here and here); clutch Serpui
labels: dress Carolina Herrera (old, similar here and here); shoes J.Crew (old, similar here and here)
and, i’ve included a youTube video for a few more options.
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She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
Beautiful! Do you ever wear pantyhose with your dresses and pumps on special occasions? If so, what color and brand??? At age 70 my legs don’t look as great as they once did! ????
i rarely wear pantyhose as i live in a climate where i can get by sans hose. but i have heard that the duchess of cambridge favors Wolford Naked 8.
All of those are such pretty selections. I love the black tiered dress–I remember you featured it in your blog in the past. And your tips are spot on.
I did purchase the Ralph Lauren pink dress with the ruffle overlay; not only a good sale, but I also really like the way it moves. I have a daytime wedding I’m heading to soon, and I can make this appropriate for it. (How fun is this: the wedding will be in a garden setting, and it’s also going to include a gorgeous treetop setting, like a giant treehouse, at Morris arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.) Should be lovely.
isn’t that ralph lauren the cutest darn dress?! so happy you bought that one, sue. i know you will be the belle of the ball, errrr, wedding. sounds like a beautiful setting for a wedding.
What a fabulous wardrobe you have, Beth! I’d be more than happy to shop your closet too. My favorite, I think, is the black polka dotted dress. All of your clothes are kept in impeccable condition and fit you perfectly. While I love the look of heels, my knees prevent me from wearing them but there are some great flats available.
you are so right, rebecca, about cute flats that are available these days! i count every day i can wear heels as a blessing. but even if i couldn’t there are more and more options available in a variety of heel heights.
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