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MacMadame
04-28-2012, 06:36 AM
When it says formal, I buy a cocktail dress. That black dress is gorgeous.

PRlady
04-28-2012, 01:49 PM
I vote for nude patent. Thanks, will check out DVF.

I kind of like this one: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446486137&R=886115236202&P_name=Diane+von+Furstenberg&N=4294912394+306418059&bmUID=jrSn0jr

That would look AMAZING on you. Try it on!

I ordered the coppery sequiny Trina Turk short dress -- I'm a true autumn and it's hard to find great dresses in that color range. Will report.

Another good tip: there's a lot of lace out there now and it's a very forgiving fabric. (Unlike satin or jersey, it just rides over the bumps rather than accentuating them.) I bought this dress: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-dress-fitflare/24242232.jsp at Anthropologie for work and really love it.

cruisin
04-28-2012, 01:50 PM
I vote for nude patent. Thanks, will check out DVF.

I kind of like this one: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446486137&R=886115236202&P_name=Diane+von+Furstenberg&N=4294912394+306418059&bmUID=jrSn0jr

LOVE IT! I actually picked that for you myself - truly! And, you could make it more casual with a denim jacket and a pair of espadrilles. So, it would work for more than a wedding. I have this dress, in black. Same sort of dress, you can wear it dressy, or dress it more funky. http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446419791&R=886115132450&P_name=Diane+von+Furstenberg&N=4294912394+306418059&bmUID=jrVvURR


Oh my gosh, I love this dress (http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 422146&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446445855&R=459148682942&P_name=Roberto+Cavalli&N=306422146&bmUID=jrSlEXa), why oh why is it just in yellow?!

This dress (http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 422146&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446451505&R=713642988154&P_name=Phoebe+Couture+by+Kay+Unger&N=306422146&bmUID=jrSnRlp) looks fun to wear and this dress (http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 422146&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446485004&R=744330947597&P_name=Carmen+Marc+Valvo&N=306422146&bmUID=jrSobQp) is just stunning.

As for hair, I'm thinking old fashioned bouffant with some glitzy headband. BTW, since Ice Alisa asked about my coloring, c'est moi (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariemay/6973879424/) taken this morning. I just dyed my hair black. If I decide to dye it back to brown before I go to this wedding, this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariemay/6973879500/) is how I look.

First, you're gorgeous! Second, you could wear that yellow - fabulous on you! Yellow is very big this spring/summer. Also love the last dress.


Good grief -- the disclosure: Model shown is 5'11" wearing a size 4. :eek:

(but pretty dress as long as the slit behaves when you're sitting.)

:lol: I did sit in it. It's fine. Just an FYI, that dress runs a bit larger. I'm 5' 10" and needed a 2. The black dress I linked (in this post), I needed a 6. Usually, I'm a 4 in DVF. Bloomingdales and Saks are really good about "disclosing" the height and size on the model. At 5' 10, it really helps me to know if something will be long enough for me. Often, web sites have different merchandise than the physical stores. So, you can't try on. While most brands run pretty true to their own sizing, they all have slight variations. Some cuts lend themselves to a fuller fit, some a smaller fit. So, knowing that helps when ordering. With jeans, I have ordered two sizes, tried them on and returned the pair that does't fit. The good thing about living where I do, I can return anything to the store - they're all within 15 minutes!

barbk
04-28-2012, 03:53 PM
Which is why I always check SF weather by neighborhood. It could be 58F and foggy near the ocean and 71F sunny downtown. You never know.

And even if you did know, it would change. I went to a June conference at the University of San Francisco one summer, and nearly froze. Except when it was too warm. Layers, layers, layers.

IceAlisa
04-28-2012, 03:57 PM
Yup, it can change in under 20 minutes. It's one of the things that I dislike about living here, I'd say the biggest one. I am a creature of the sun and feel so much more energized when it's warm and sunny, which it hardly ever is around here. :drama:

myhoneyhoney, you are a lovely woman, love the black hair. I'd say, definitely blue and my reason is, it would create more contrast with your skin and hair. A blonde would look great in purple. Not that brunettes can't wear purple, they should and do but I feel that this particular blue, if a true color, would flatter you more.

Also, the nude sparkly dress would look beautiful as well. The model has almost black hair too. Decisions, decisions.

:lol: cruisin, that's funny. I have to say I am wary of strapless dresses unless there's a built in corset. I am always paranoid about having to mind the dress and make sure it stays put.

cruisin
04-28-2012, 04:18 PM
:lol: cruisin, that's funny. I have to say I am wary of strapless dresses unless there's a built in corset. I am always paranoid about having to mind the dress and make sure it stays put.

Pretty sure it's not corseted. It's more of a bandage fit - AKA very tight. My daughter has this dress in dark grey, it's stunning on: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446463344&R=886115232211&P_name=Diane+von+Furstenberg&N=4294912394+306418059&bmUID=jrVVuwR

This one might be great for a beach wedding. I tried it on, it's really beautiful, but I went with the turquoise one: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446475367&R=886115274365&P_name=Diane+von+Furstenberg&N=4294912394+306418059&bmUID=jrVWLuZ

Love this one, but it's pre-order, don't know when you'd need it: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446486863&R=886115283381&P_name=Diane+von+Furstenberg&N=4294912394+306418059&bmUID=jrVX99L

This is gorgeous on: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446469050&R=886115242746&P_name=Diane+von+Furstenberg&N=4294912394+306418059&bmUID=jrVXsHp

myhoneyhoney
04-28-2012, 07:28 PM
I vote for nude patent. Thanks, will check out DVF.

I kind of like this one: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306 418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446486137&R=886115236202&P_name=Diane+von+Furstenberg&N=4294912394+306418059&bmUID=jrSn0jr

oooooo, so pretty!!!

And thank you very much cruisin and IceAlisa. I have the glamourpuss beauties here to thank for all the skincare/makeup tips, lol

barbk
04-28-2012, 07:49 PM
:lol: cruisin, that's funny. I have to say I am wary of strapless dresses unless there's a built in corset. I am always paranoid about having to mind the dress and make sure it stays put.

I am amazed at the number of college girls I see around here yanking up their strapless dresses or tube tops while out in public. Repeatedly. And a number of those with more "endowments" don't seem to grasp the concept that an unstructured strapless dress/top tight enough to stay (mostly) up is also tight enough to squish them into some less than attractive positions.

(And as long as we're on the fashion spree -- I went to the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at the Denver Art Museum a few weeks ago -- fabulous -- and went to a lecture this week by the associate director on the behind-the-scenes stories of putting in on. Aside from the startling fact that the crates for the show filled seven tractor trailers :eek: -- the funniest story was that the YSL/Pierre Berge Foundation required that they use specific mannequins called Schlappis. Which arrived in pieces, with a surfeit of left arms and a shortage of right ones. The Where's Waldo of the exhibit is to find the mannequins with two left arms. I think I'll go back for a little detecting. :)
http://www.denverartmuseum.org/article/staff-blogs/yves-saint-laurent-unpacking-installing-200-haute-couture-ensembles )

cruisin
04-28-2012, 07:56 PM
I am amazed at the number of college girls I see around here yanking up their strapless dresses or tube tops while out in public. Repeatedly. And a number of those with more "endowments" don't seem to grasp the concept that an unstructured strapless dress/top tight enough to stay (mostly) up is also tight enough to squish them into some less than attractive positions.

Yes, I don't get that. Strapless is for smaller, perky busts. I could never wear strapless. After nursing two babies (they got enormous!) the boobs are like deflated balloons :lol:. I don't wear anything that would mean - No bra! And forget about strapless bras, they fall down! Then I look like I have 4 boobs! :rofl:

The YSL exhibit sounds fantastic! I went to the Channel exhibit at the Met, a few years ago, it was wonderful.

PDilemma
04-28-2012, 08:03 PM
I am amazed at the number of college girls I see around here yanking up their strapless dresses or tube tops while out in public. Repeatedly.

This is why I am tired of strapless wedding gowns. Every bride I've seen wearing one does the same thing all day. The worst I have witnessed was a well-endowed bride at a Catholic wedding. The couple got up to go to the front of the altar to receive communion. As soon as they stood up, the bride took hold of the top of the dress with both hands and yanked it up as hard as she could. Not pretty or dignified in the least.

IceAlisa
04-28-2012, 08:14 PM
That's what I am talking about. I don't want to be thinking about the dress when I should really be enjoying myself and mingling.

That's hilarious about the exhibit, barbk.

PRlady
04-28-2012, 08:41 PM
Sigh. Just got back from beach-wedding shopping for my daughter. She's a large girl and gained weight these past few months for the second-best reason of all -- quit smoking. (Best reason of course is pregnancy, but not yet please god.)

Nothing worked. Especially at a lower price point. Turns out she has a far nicer dress in her own closet, there's a bit too much boobage and I'm trying to persuade her to buy a minimizer bra, but it will do.

cruisin
04-28-2012, 11:30 PM
myhoneyhoney, is all of that knitting yours? WOW!

Wyliefan
04-29-2012, 03:13 AM
Turns out she has a far nicer dress in her own closet, there's a bit too much boobage and I'm trying to persuade her to buy a minimizer bra, but it will do.

That turned out well, though it's too bad you had spend so much frustrating time in the stores first. What's the dress like?

danceronice
04-29-2012, 04:10 AM
This is why I am tired of strapless wedding gowns. Every bride I've seen wearing one does the same thing all day. The worst I have witnessed was a well-endowed bride at a Catholic wedding. The couple got up to go to the front of the altar to receive communion. As soon as they stood up, the bride took hold of the top of the dress with both hands and yanked it up as hard as she could. Not pretty or dignified in the least.

And strapless is really not as flattering on as many body types as the people selling the dresses would have you believe....Shopping for a formal drove me up a wall.