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#1 Bob-the-skull

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:42 PM

Ok i think i know the first answer looking at the photos myself but a 2nd, and maybe 3rd came up...

so i brought a dress and shoes for MIL's wedding... but i feel i should wear the shrug with it, mainly because i hate my arms and no sleeves makes me feel very concious of them.

without shrug


with shrug


2nd - should i be wearing stockings with it?

and 3rd - make up.... umm i don't own any and haven't worn any since my graduation in 2000... should i be wearing some?

(disclaimer hair is obviously not styled, but there will be many of ringlets...)

Edited by -*meh*-, 24 December 2012 - 02:29 PM.


#2 snuffles

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

I am no fashionista and I don't own any makeup either!

But I like it without shrug best.  Makeup, I don't think is necessary, you are very pretty without it.  original.gif


#3 Tealdash

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:49 PM

Nice dress, and yep I agree, go with the shrug, it looks great! Shoes look great, hair will look great, makeup I wouldnt go too crazy, maybe a bit of mascara and lippy or gloss?

Have fun!!! biggrin.gif

#4 Bob-the-skull

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:49 PM

QUOTE (snuffles @ 21/12/2012, 08:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am no fashionista and I don't own any makeup either!

But I like it without shrug best.  Makeup, I don't think is necessary, you are very pretty without it.  original.gif


naww shucks...  i am just very very pleased that my face has stopped peeling biggrin.gif

#5 PureBliss

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

Cute dress!

You look more comfortable in the shrug, however I think your arms are fine! Could always try a wrap if the shrug isn't working for you. I personally love the dress.

A good bra and posture (shoulders back!) makes a difference, and I find that shapewear always makes my dresses fit better.

Make up - go very natural, just a bit of foundation, mascara and nude lipstick if you don't wear it all the time.  The Body Shop do great make up application, and if you buy $40 worth of product they don't charge you for it. Need to book though.

No stockings with open toed shoes. If you are worried about your legs or if it is cold, wear stockings with closed toe heels.

No necklaces but, maybe a nice chunky black bangle? Or a cute little purse will accessorise it perfectly.

Have fun!!!

#6 Lyra

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

Definitely shrug. I don't wear makeup either so no idea on that. I would avoid tights with open toed shoes. Not sure why, I just think it looks weird



#7 VioletRose

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

The dress is really pretty. If you wear the shrug do you have a bra that fits better than the one you are wearing in pic?
Also will you be too hot with the long sleeves? They'd drive me crazy and I'd end up pushing them up to 2/3 sleeves before the happy couple said I DO.

#8 little lion

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:57 PM

Nice dress. I think go with whichever option with which you are most comfortable. I second the suggestion of light make up and accessories. Curls will be very cute with that style of dress too.

#9 Bob-the-skull

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

QUOTE (PureBliss @ 21/12/2012, 08:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cute dress!

You look more comfortable in the shrug, however I think your arms are fine! Could always try a wrap if the shrug isn't working for you. I personally love the dress.

A good bra and posture (shoulders back!) makes a difference, and I find that shapewear always makes my dresses fit better.

Make up - go very natural, just a bit of foundation, mascara and nude lipstick if you don't wear it all the time.  The Body Shop do great make up application, and if you buy $40 worth of product they don't charge you for it. Need to book though.

No stockings with open toed shoes. If you are worried about your legs or if it is cold, wear stockings with closed toe heels.

No necklaces but, maybe a nice chunky black bangle? Or a cute little purse will accessorise it perfectly.

Have fun!!!


thanks for your reply!

i am more comfortable in the shrug but that may change when it gets to 39deg on the day... it isn't going to be cold at all!

the necklaces in the photo are the only jewellery i own (they are my everyday wear and are rarely taken off), but i have a black purse/clutch bag to go with it as i didn't think my plus gir (from invader zim) bag would work Tounge1.gif

hmmm the application thing could be an option... however getting on the 23rd of dec might be unlikely!

#10 KT1978

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

Does the dress need altering?

It kind of looks like the shoulder straps need to be pulled up a bit, and the black band under the bust could sit flatter (it looks loose).  Sometimes with an empire line emphasizing the bust and the smallest part of your ribs is most flattering. Yours looks like it could be a little big for you.

If you want to cover arms, I would go a wrap rather than the cardigan. Without stockings looks nice.

#11 melaine

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

I think it looks fine without the top - especially given the weather.

Shoes are fine. If you prefer stockings then closed toe pumps or sling backs would be better than open toe.

I think the dress could be lifted slightly - do you have another bra that migh provide a bit more lift? Slightly shortening the straps on the dress might help as well.

It's a gorgeous dress - have fun at the wedding. original.gif

#12 Bob-the-skull

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

QUOTE (VioletRose @ 21/12/2012, 08:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The dress is really pretty. If you wear the shrug do you have a bra that fits better than the one you are wearing in pic?
Also will you be too hot with the long sleeves? They'd drive me crazy and I'd end up pushing them up to 2/3 sleeves before the happy couple said I DO.

i have lost weight in the one place i was happy with it... that being my boobs... in saying that i didn't really fiddle with the dress/bra to much tonight so it can sit better... it is the only one i have with a neck strap.

heat might be a problem but it is an inside wedding. DP is wearing long sleeves and a vest so at least we might suffer together?

QUOTE (little lion @ 21/12/2012, 08:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice dress. I think go with whichever option with which you are most comfortable. I second the suggestion of light make up and accessories. Curls will be very cute with that style of dress too.


my hair is naturally very curly so its just a matter of styling it to stay that way... i might have a look around at the shops tomorrow for a cheap accessory and maybe even stop past one of those make up stands in myers/dj's and get some complexion ideas.

#13 CherrySunday

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:05 PM

I like it without the shrug too, but I know how you feel, arms are my 'thing', and I have them covered no matter what (most of the time!)

I think you could go without stockings too, and makeup - you look great without it!
Also, gorgeous dress!

#14 Wise Old Owl

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

If it is going to be hot and you would still like to cover up your arms then I would look out for a light weight short sleeved cropped cardigan to wear with the dress.



#15 Dionysus

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:10 PM

Love the dress! You and I look about the same size/shape - can I borrow it!

LOL

As for the shrug, I would take it and wear it at the start, then have a few drinks and whip it off not caring what anyone thought!

I think the shrug makes you (and me) look frumpy, but I do have the same issues with my arms! So I know what you mean

As I get older I am caring less about my arms though

#16 tkenhrb

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:12 PM



You can get stocking that can be worn with open toed shoes - I got them in Big W they were with the normal stockings if you want to wear them.

#17 Stollen Ivysocks

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

As others have already mentioned, the bodice needs lifting.  I know you have just bought the shoes, but to enlongate your leg line, I would not go for shoes that have an ankle strap.

The colour and print are lovely and I would go without the shrug as well.  The shrug breaks the line of the dress.  Go without it if you feel comfortable enough to do so.


#18 Bob-the-skull

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

QUOTE (Foogle @ 21/12/2012, 08:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As others have already mentioned, the bodice needs lifting.  I know you have just bought the shoes, but to enlongate your leg line, I would not go for shoes that have an ankle strap.

The colour and print are lovely and I would go without the shrug as well.  The shrug breaks the line of the dress.  Go without it if you feel comfortable enough to do so.


the ankle strap is to prevent me breaking my neck... i havent worn anything with height in it since 2000.... can't look good with my dress around my head as i go a*se up!

will try and get the confidence to go without the shrug... i wasn't sure if it was just my bias on not liking my arms

will fiddle with the bodice a bit... i am wearing shaping thing under this so i need to readjust the neck strap etc with some of the fat jiggled around....

Edited by -*meh*-, 21 December 2012 - 08:20 PM.


#19 a letter to Elise.

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:22 PM

I like it with or without the shrug - whatever makes you more comfortable. No stockings. I agree the halter strap needs to be shortened a little for a better fit.

You have lovely skin, so if you wanted to wear makeup, I'd suggest very light foundation (or none) a little blush, mascara, and if you're game, some red lipstick would look great with the dress. Otherwise a gloss if lipstick isn't your thing.

#20 coffy11

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:23 PM

The dress is very pretty- it suits you. I think the shrug looks best but if its going to be hot then dont wear it, you look great without it too. I don't wear stockings with opened toed shoes. Maybe you could adjust the straps on the dress?? It may look like it fits better.

For makeup maybe some red lipstick, mascara, and foundation would look good.

Have fun!! biggrin.gif


#21 magicalmum

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

I like the shrug, agree with Mel on this...
  
QUOTE (**Mel** @ 21/12/2012, 08:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As for the shrug, I would take it and wear it at the start, then have a few drinks and whip it off not caring what anyone thought!

Stockings - wouldn't bother. Too hot, and uncomfortable. Also not with those shoes, although like someone has posted, you can get toeless stockings if you feel more comfortable in stockings.
As for makeup, looks like you have lovely skin so no need for much foundation - a light cover can often make you feel a little more done up for the day though, even just a touch of powder foundation. I'd go with mascara and a tinted lip gloss. If you have time, body shop, napoleon, and mac will all do your makeup for you, even if its just to get an idea of what to buy and how to apply on the day. Take your picture with you. Don't let them tell you to wear green eye shadow!
For accessories, I don't think you need any necklace with that neckline. Maybe a chunky silver bangle and simple silver clutch to contrast the dark of the black and green?

Have fun!



#22 Dust Bunny

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:41 PM

I think without shrug & stockings - especially in that heat.
If you don't normally wear make-up you don't have to and you certainly don't need to, your skin is clear. If you want to I'd just go mascara and lip gloss. Again you don't want heavy make-up in that heat. Curls will look great too.
Most importantly the dress is gorgeous and you look fab, so don't worry about your arms - have fun and enjoy wearing your awesome dress.


#23 Bob-the-skull

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:43 PM

squee i love eb...

my usual "fashion" is jeans and a random top from jayjays (usually with supermario stuff on it).... i don't do girly!

Thanks for all your tips biggrin.gif

will go without the stockings, wasn't sure if i should be wearing them and usually do to avoid chaffing but i got a pair of shaping shorts thingy which will fix that problem biggrin.gif

i might have a look at a shawl/wrap thingy tomorrow when i am at the shops along with some cheap accessory or two, otherwise i will take my shrug for at least the travel as the tops of my arms burn quite badly so it will protect me in the car Tounge1.gif

will look in to some type of lipstick/gloss, and maybe other ideas from those makeup ppl biggrin.gif

Will fiddle with the dress and bra tomorrow, i have a friend coming over so i will get her to help me try and adjust it, it also needs an iron to get the creases out the skirt biggrin.gif

#24 loubee

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:43 PM

I like the shrug. If you are more comfortable with it on you will stand taller as you won't be worrying about how your arms look. Gorgeous dress, rock the party! No stockings.

#25 lynneyours

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:54 PM

Lovely dress.  If your budget allows - I think a bolero jacket like these would look nicer than the cardi, but without anything the dress makes more of an impact.  

I'd take the necklaces off and get a chunky bangle in black or silver.

Definitely no stockings in 39C heat, but you can actually get them for open toe shoes - my sister wore some at Melbourne Cup, they just hook round your toe like a thong from memory.

I'm not a make-up wearer.  I'd go for mascara and lippy only - 39C will make it all melt off anyhow.

Have fun!




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