Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Teri's Request

My friend Teri sent me this e-mail today:
Oh wise one!  I need help!  :)  My sister-in-law is getting married in May and has asked me to be a bridesmaid.  We're buying our own dresses and I need some help!  The dress needs to be black with some white (more black than white) and modest.  Since it's an outdoor wedding, I'd like it to be made from a lightweight material, knee length and have a short sleeve.  Please guide me!  Ideally, I don't want to spend a whole lot on the dress and shoes (think 250 or less for the dress, shoes and accessories).  I'm mostly worried about being too hot as it will most likely be an all day thing outside and I'll be doing a lot of the work. I think a happy medium between formal and casual would be ideal.  Thanks!

Here's what I came up with:

1.  Swirling Villages Dress, on sale $49.95, Anthropologie {link}
2.  Stretch Rose Buckle Belt, $8.99, Charlotte Russe {link}
3.  Helium Petals Necklace, on sale $39.95, Anthropologie {link}
4.  Rosette Purse, $48, Harmony Lane {link}
5.  BDG Suede Pumps, $48, Urban Outfitters {link}

total:  $194.89

I love this black and white dress from Anthropologie; it's modest, cute, practical for a summer wedding, and effortlessly re-wearable.  I exchanged the removable multicolored belt it comes with for a black one, and paired it with neutrals so Teri will fit right in with the rest of the bridal party.  Mixed metallics in the necklace and a gray shoe keep the outfit light, fun, and summery.  The different flower motifs give it a sense of whimsy.  I also threw in a bright clutch to add a pop of color to her outfit without ruining the bride's color scheme.

What do you think?  Do you think I struck the right note?  Do you love that dress as much as I do?  Leave a comment!

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Madeline P said...

That dress is fantastic!

I also really like the clutch and belt. Fun picks.

Teri said...

I love what you've done! Thanks so much Mary!! :)

Catherine said...

Great dress, Mary. And you know I'm in love with the necklace. That might hafta be a peice in my collection! Sadly I do not love all the flowers. I LOVE the pop of pink with the bag, but not the big flower on it. I think that's too much. Either way, Teri will be a hot mama!

Angela said...

I love the bag. I love it for the color and the big flower on it. Great find.

chris said...

another beautiful outfit, mar. did teri say she didn't want to be too hot? did she mean she didn't want to be hotter than the bride?

Elaine said...

What a great dress! And definitely a great price for it!

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