When my daughter came home and told me she was engaged wow - what a thrill. We were all so excited for her and now the real work begins. When, where and what do I wear! A challenge that was welcomed, exhausting and fun. We all agreed on a lovely vineyard setting which is an ideal location. Not overly formal but not too casual either. Somewhere in the middle if that's possible! The appeal of the beautiful green vineyards, blue sky and mountain ranges in the distance would make a picturesque and welcoming venue for a intimate wedding of family and friends. What could be better? The reception room would be decorated with beautiful fresh flowers, crisp linens and small table settings for a cozy and special afternoon. The food and cake was being decided on as I'm writing this journal. So, I'll get back to you on this part later.
Now to the real important stuff...what should I wear? I began my search scouting the Nordstrom website and taking in what's new and trendy but still simple, timeless and classic. I was leaning towards a cocktail dress or maybe a jacket dress - I wasn't quite sure, I didn't want anything excessive or formal or too dressy. But not a casual work dress either. It had to fit perfectly, be comfortable and basically look beautiful in a stunning silhouette and shade. A dress that was both pretty and age appropriate. A dress that wasn't too expensive and that I could wear again to another social affair - maybe even a resort or cruise. In other words the perfect dress for a perfect and happy occasion.
Well naturally, I mulled over many designs and styles that would be fashionable such as sheaths, full skirts, a-line, sleeveless, sleeves, draping, shirring, collars and thensome! Yes, I finally narrowed down my selection to two choices and believe me that was hard enough. One was a Maggy London matte jersey pleated cocktail dress that looked fabulous and I loved it. The only drawback was the color - black. But, I really liked the texture and the cap sleeves. So I have to think about this a little bit more. The other dress was a pleated sleeveless dress with a chiffon jacket. Something a little bit different and exciting, found in several pale shades that were quite lovely and stylish. And it had a jacket, something I really thought was important. On the other hand, the black dress could always use a shawl. So either one would work. I loved the look and feel of these mother of the bride dresses offering quality construction, textures, shapes and lightweight fabrics that would be perfect for a romantic and happy setting. Now, if only I could make up my mind!
Maggy London Illusion Back Pleated Matte Jersey Dress
An illusion back and short sleeves lend allure to a square-neck sheath dress fashioned with horizontal pleats throughout the body for a modern tiered effect.
* Side zip closure.
* Approx. length from shoulder to hem: regular 38"; petite 36".
* Polyester/spandex; dry clean.
* By Maggy London; imported.
Komarov Pleated Charmeuse Dress & Chiffon Jacket
Diamond-pleated chiffon tops a lustrous sleeveless dress fashioned with sheer insets at the hemline. A beautifully jeweled snap secures the V-neck jacket, which features sheer three-quarter-length sleeves and a tiered, raw-edge hem.
* Dress slips on over head.
* Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 46 1/2".
* Dress is fully lined; jacket is unlined.
* Polyester; dry clean.
* By Komarov; made in the USA.
the mother of the bride dresses are found at nordstrom.com