Wedding season is here – the church bells in my village are ringing Saturday and the well wishers are continually blocking our drive (parking in rural Oxfordshire is practically non-existent).
Weddings have become a huge business and have began to diversify from the standard church and country club format with tepees, derelict warehouses, and beach shack venues all becoming fantastic backdrops for nuptials and one hell of an after party. The diversification means that choosing something to wear for the occasion is less clean cut – gone are the days of a simple pastel/floral shift dress and a huge hat (although, who doesn’t love a huge hat?)
One of my favourite themes of wedding (I had one myself) is the Country Fete inspired wedding. It’s likely held in a field or a village hall, there will be a ceilidh or a folk band, there will be flowers every where, a make-shift photo booth, and a hog roast at 8. There’s will likely be a giant jenga or croquet on the lawn outside (I had all of these at mine).
Country fetes are a whimsical affair, very British in character, and maybe a little bit vintage – shabby chic suitcase as a card box? Why not. As such, they require a whimsical dress – and what better way to get whimsical than a vintage-inspired spotty dress matched with an amazing floral hair accessory?
The ‘Darcy’ Blue Polka Dot Party dress is kind of glorious. The v-cut neckline is elongating and the fifties full skirt swings and sways beautifully.
The stretch cotton fabric is fairly light weight making it a good option for warmer days but it has enough rigidity to hold the full shape of the skirt without the need for a petticoat (although a contrasting coloured petticoat would look just swell).
The bright navy colour looks great on most skin tones and the oversized polka dots are very playful!
I’m wearing a size 18 and the dress fits perfectly – suggesting it to come up a little bit small (18s normally gape at the waist but this does not!). There is enough stretch in the fabric for it to fit my chest but if you are between sizes, or larger in the chest, you may want to consider sizing up.
Unfortunately, the 18 is now out of stock but they have the dress in many other sizes and have a wonderful array of other designs.
Now, to keep with the whimsical feel of the Country Fete inspired wedding, I paired the dress with these bright orange court shoes from ASOS and a complimentary coloured clutch bag. I could resist a colour clash with a big purple hair comb from Sophisticated Flowers, an Etsy seller that sells beautiful floral accessories that just cream ‘wear me to the wedding!!!!!!!’
I think this outfit is perfect for a ceilidh or a folk jig (although I would kick off the heels and need my husband to hold onto as spinning with a crutch is not easy). It’s also great for a photo booth as the pictures below will attest:
I really love this dress, and can see myself wearing it all summer (regardless of a lack of wedding invites this year). I have a Queen’s birthday street party in June that will be a great occasion for wearing this dress again.
The great thing about Lindy Bop is that their dresses are perfectly affordable – this beauty is a mere £30 which is such a bargain for a beautifully made and stylish dress. I have my eyes on a few others for the summer so keep an eye out for more Lindy Bop in the coming months!