I set up my camera and took a few snaps of likely outfit choices, so you'll have to excuse the rather end-of-day hair and makeup in these. I'm also not totally sold on the accessories I've paired with each dress.... so have a look and let me know what you'd choose for cocktails and the wedding, and how you'd accessorize it!
Cocktails Option 1
The dressier cocktails option, this little 40s dress (see it again here) would be perfect and snazzy for drinks at a fancy hotel. I feel like I should make it a little more festive by adding some color or sparkle, but I also would love an excuse to carry this adorable little velvet-and-lucite box purse I picked up in my Wisconsin travels.
Cocktails Option 2
For a slightly less formal and significantly more tropical option, I could wear this snazzy 60s sheath dress (previously here, here, and here) for cocktails. As a bonus, I could probably travel in it too since it's pretty comfortable. I clearly can't decide whether to accessorize with plastic or sparkles... both doesn't quite look right.
I could probably get away with wearing this to either Wedding Weekend event, but I don't think it's my best choice. I may bring it along for my mom to wear in case she can't find something --don't worry mom and other readers... she's a bit smaller than me so it won't be quite as form-fitting on her! I do think I'll wear this to the other wedding I'm attending later in the month though, as it's in a slightly more casual setting and California is not known for cool autumn weather.
Wedding Option 1
The mother-of-the-groom has assured me that most of the wedding party will not be in floor-length dresses, so this dress comes to mind as my fanciest not-black option. It needs a petticoat, of course, which takes up some more room on me or in the suitcase when I fly, but that wouldn't be a huge issue. I've paired it with purple here and I've done red before... some bold color seems like it would stop me from looking too wedding-y myself.
Wedding Option 2
This dress is probably the only of my floor-length formals that would fit the bill for this wedding... I have been assured that there will be guests in full length gowns, but I might feel a bit overdressed. On the other hand, the dark sage color (which didn't photograph well at all!) would be perfect for an autumn event.
And so, dear readers, I value your feedback! What would you pick?