YSL bag, M.Gemi heels
Happy first week of Spring! I can tell wedding season is near, based on the number of requests I’ve been getting for posts on wedding guest attire! I always recommend first looking up the venue setting (ie. beach, estate, garden) and then checking the invite or couple’s wedding website for any notes on attire. For “black tie” or “formal” I usually suggest a long dress or jumpsuit, and for “festive” or “casual” a shorter dress (above-the-knee, knee, or midi length) is a safe bet. Aside from length, fabric choice can play an important role in scaling the piece from casual to dressy – for example, a shorter dress in silk, brocade or with embellishments can pass as formal, while a maxi dress in lightweight cotton or chiffon could work in a more casual setting.
For this post I’m partnering with Modcloth’s and their new wedding page – they have so many romantic, vintage-inspired dresses and accessories for wedding guests, brides, as well as bridal party members. I love browsing the party dresses for guests, and chose this darling navy fit & flare number with pockets and an ivory colorblock. I can see it with wedges and a cropped cardigan (like this one which I have and love) for a casual beach or backyard event, or with high heels, clutch and a shoulder wrap for dressier settings.
I’m wearing a UK size 4, which feels like a US 00 and fit snugly on me with no alterations. The material is a stretchy poly blend, and the dress is unlined with two side pockets. I did have my tailor change out the gold metal zipper for an invisible-style one. This is an alteration you don’t hear about often, but is one of my favorite tips for tweaking certain pieces to your personal tastes. For a dress like this, I felt like I could get more mileage out of it personally (including wearing to more conservative occasions) if the zipper were more discreet. For a dress like my bell sleeve lace one on the other hand, I liked the exposed gold zipper against the lace fabric.
Measurements of this dress in a UK size 4: 14.5″ across the armpits, 12″ across the waist, 33″ total length. Fabric has stretch to it.
I tried on a few other Modcloth dresses and wanted to share my favorites from the bunch which are also petite-friendly! This dusty blue lace one is a simple but flattering knit dress – a size S stretched to fit well on me. The knit material, scoopneck, and swingy silhouette makes it more on the casual side. In comparison, this teal flared number has more structure and construction to it, reminiscent of some favorite floral dresses in my closet. It bodes a striking and vibrant print on sturdily-woven fabric with a little sheen (almost like brocade), and is fully lined with a slightly longer length in the back than in the front. This one ran very small with no stretch in the fabric, so I wanted to provide some measurements: size 2 measures about 12″ across the waist and 15″ across the armpits, fitting snugly on me throughout.