Finding Wedding Guest Dress Solutions in The Summer Sales


A friend of mine is going to a wedding in Italy next weekend (lucky girl!).  Not only does it involve taking wedding-appropriate attire on a flight, the wedding is being held in a forest near Lake Como.


I mean, it sounds utterly divine.  The type of wedding we all dream of being invited to, or have ourselves, but it does throw up a challenge.  It’s going to be hot, hot, hot, but she will still want to keep her cool and definitely look like she is.


So ‘a friend in need’ and all that with just 14 days till flight, I thought I’d help a girl out!


Luckily the sales are on, so that’s where I’ve been looking this afternoon.  Who wants to spend any more money than they need to and as the weather hasn’t been great in recent weeks retailers have plenty of bargains to choose from.


The IG dm ‘briefing’ said that she would love a dress, below the knee (could be maxi), light-weight (cotton would be ideal) with sleeves.


All prices show full and sale price where relevant and please note pieces from And Other Stories are lower on their own website than they are in the links below. I don’t know, the software was having a moment!


Here’s what I found.  I’ve added accessories too so you get the full picture.


Before anyone says it’s not cotton, I know, but it’s a gorgeous colour dress, in a fantastic style and it meets the brief in length and arm cover!  Also, it would look super cute on my stunning friend who would rock this, showing off her fab curves!  I’ve added more colour, because why not and I really like the sandals I found in the sale.


Cotton is a good fabric to pick when temperatures rise.  Marks and Spencer is having a great season and their sales are closely followed by devoted fans, so be quick.  I like the idea of this maxi shirt dress because it ticks the box of having sleeves that my friend is looking for, but also it’s a nice length and I think you’ll get more than wedding wear out of it.  Yes, it’s slightly more casual and could easily be worn with trainers, but add a fascinator and some heels and you can take it up a notch.  I’ve paired it here with a green summer bag, but you could swap this for a satin clutch if you need a more formal touch.



I absolutely adore this next outfit.  A black and white kaftan, below the knee in cotton, so perfect for wearing in hot weather.  I love the idea of topping it off with simple, glamorous accessories – dark sunglasses and a headband – pop coloured sandals on your feet (my friend wants block heels), grab a swing bag and you’re good to go.



My last suggestion with another sale dress features a gorgeous tile print, matched with the latest beaded accessories trend.  For contrast I’ve gone with white, which is an easier option than trying to find colours that match or looking for pieces in Magenta which is the main colour in the dress.  It’s also easier on the eye and I couldn’t find a suitable hat or fascinator in the sales so opted for a pair of beaded hair clips (my friend has beautiful long, dark hair) and these will look magic as the day-time formalities move into evening celebration.


That’s it from me this gloriously sunny Friday.  I really need to hit the garden.  Hope you like the ideas.  Let me know if you  have any questions and if you’re going to a wedding and have some tips pop them in the comment space below.

Have a fab weekend.

Much love

Gail xx

Be My Valentine

Hi All


This week’s post has been prompted by Post40bloggers, an online group that supports 40+ bloggers who I follow on Instagram and Twitter.  The group posted a picture last week asking for followers to share their favourite wedding/couple pics in celebration of Valentine’s Day, so I’ve been digging around for pictures from my wedding to share.


Getting married (for the first time) two months shy of turning the big 40 wasn’t really in my original life plan.  Like most young women I thought I would meet Mr Right at the ‘appropriate time’ in my youth and be settled down with children by the time I was forty.  That didn’t happen for me.  Newly bruised from a bad relationship that ended as my thirties began, I started this decade of my life with a heavy heart and pretty much alone.


Life goes on of course and I sought out new ways to have a fulfilling life, and as time continued to roll by, I gradually gave up on the idea that I would ever get married.  Fast forward some years and I’m living in London with a great group of friends and a fun, if not demanding, career that is going pretty well, when I go home for Christmas and bump into an old flame in Asda (yes, it’s a pretty epic love story!) of all places.


The relationship quickly took off and before I knew it I had moved back to Bristol, changed jobs, and we were living together.  We were married the following year at the Little Chapel of Flowers in Las Vegas.  Again, not a long held dream wedding destination, but it fitted our needs perfectly and turned out to be such a wonderful, romantic day.  With only us in attendance it kind of felt like we were eloping and if I had a dollar for every time a stranger congratulated us we’d have a bank full of good wishes to see us through the rest of our lives.


I didn’t get emotional on the day itself, I was too excited and couldn’t stop smiling, but the following afternoon we went back to the chapel to view our photos, all 200 of them!  As soon as I opened the album it started – big, loud, body-heaving sobs (much like Emma Thompon’s Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility) and a bucket-load of tears.  I think I cried for the same reason she did, I could finally exhale.  I was truly happy and content with the person sat next to me. I could give up the search, call off the dogs, cancel the online dating membership.


When I was single a friend of mine would say ‘there’s a lid for every pot’.   At times it would drive me mad, because you can feel like you’re the last lidless pot on the shelf, but the glint in her eyes gave me reason to hope.  It’s not everyone’s ideal life, to be married, but it has certainly brought a lot of joy to mine.


Have a happy Valentine’s Day!


Gail x


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