Post # 1
Hi Bees, have been umming and ahhhing over how to accessorise a dress I wanted to wear to a wedding as a guest just before Christmas, so thought I would turn to you guys for some advice. The wedding is an afternoon/dinner event at a nice venue (but certainly not black tie) in New Zealand and I am 29, if that makes a difference.
I bought this dress a few months ago and love it, but have put on a bit of weight while sitting around writing my PhD thesis (which my body was adamant required a constant supply of carbs…). I’m not super confident about my arms, so would prefer to wear something over it that I wouldn’t have to take off unless I wanted to.
I was thinking about a cropped blazer type of thing but have two concerns. First, if I went for a white one (to match the polka dots) do you think I’d get massive side-eye? I know it’s not like I’m wearing a white dress and could be mistaken for the bride, but I definitely don’t want to wear anything anyone would consider questionable. Second, do you think it would look silly to have a blazer shorter than the peplum on the dress?
Would I be better going for something longer? Should I try and find something softer, like a knit? Would a pale pink/blush top work better if I tried to match it to some nude shoes or something? If all else fails, I’ll just try and find a different dress that will go with a cover-up more easily.
Here’s the dress:
And here are the blazers I was wondering about.
Post # 2
Miss_Mae: I love the dress, but I’m not sure any blazer is going to look right with that peplum. Have you thought about wearing something under the dress? Like, a longsleeved lightweight turtleneck or ballet neck top? Or what about a scarf or wrap? Do people still wear shrugs? Or maybe the blazer would look ok – Google Image “peplum dress with blazer” and see what you think.
Post # 3
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Miss_Mae: I would get a softer shorter cardigan. I feel like it will fall flat against the dress versus the structured blazer. I also think light pink would look great.
Post # 4
Ok I voted white blazer but, I looked a bit beofre i voted and, here are somepeople rocking the blazers both cropped and not cropped and maybe consider going with the shape and geting a peplum blazer …
Post # 5
Hi ladies, thank you all for your responses – super helpful!
Daisy_Mae: Great idea about the google search. It looks like some girls definitely pull it off, but they seem to be a lot slimmer and straighter than I am! I’m having a hard time imagining the right blazer too.
missamysmiles: I think you’re right about the cardigan – I have a shorter black one that I tried with the dress and it seemed to work reasonably well, but I wasn’t so keen on a white one. Thanks for recommending a pink one – gives me more confidence!
LadyPeacockk: Argh, you see this is totally what I picture in my head when I think about matching it with a blazer, but getting the right cut in real life is so much harder. That’s a really good idea about looking for one with a flared or peplum bottom to match – thank you!
So I just tried the dress on again and had a reminder that when I put on weight, 80% of it goes to my boobs. The dress still fits, but I have some serious cleavage in that V neck, even though it’s not that deep… I will go shopping for cardys and blazers but will also keep any eye out for a shift dress or something simple that will pair more easily with a jacket. We have four weddings coming up over the next couple of months so maybe if I get my butt back into gear now that I’ve handed in, I can wear the peplum dress to one of the later ones by itself.