An immense church, a country estate house, a chandelier, a three (or 5 course meal) and a lounge band to accompany the canapés and champagne served by black tie clad waiters – the Grand Country Wedding is becoming oh-so-popular with many old estate houses fronting a 2 year waiting list for spring/summer wedding.
They Grand Affair wedding calls for old school elegance – full skirts that sweep the floor paired with your Grandmothers pearls. It needs to stand up to the photo-worthy backdrop of rose arches, formal gardens, weeping willows and vibrant acers.
This beautiful Elvi clothing gold jacquard skirt is perfect for the occasion and looks stunningly beautiful against any backdrop.
Now, I had planned to photograph this beauty against the wonderful backdrop and formal gardens of Blenheim Palace (it’s just down the road from me and I love nothing more than a weekend spent wandering around their grounds) but an obnoxious wisdom tooth followed by a stinking cold meant that I wasn’t able to get to Blenheim. The moment I do, however, expect to see this skirt in all the glorious surroundings that it’s meant for! Instead, I’ve used the beautiful summer backdrop of my village (a not so grand country estate that is a little more rustic than the splendour of Blenheim).
And back to the skirt … which is surely what you really care about.
I’m wearing 16 and it is quite generous at the waist, I actually think I could get away with a 14 but maybe that wouldn’t be so comfortable after those 5 course meals. I’m regularly a 16 in high waisted full skirts as they’re fairly free at the hips which allows me to drop down from usual size (my waist is by far my narrowest point), but the fact I feel I could have got away with a 14 (you can see the skirt has dropped below my waist) which makes me think this does come up a little large.
I’ve kept the styling quite simply because 1, you don’t want to outshine the bride or her bridesmaids, and 2, the skirt can do all the talking. I channeled what I like to call my fat, brunette Grace Kelly and went with a simple, long sleeved wrap body, gold points, and matching handbag. The white and gold tones are perfect for a wedding and, with the simple jersey wrap top, no-one will ever mistake you for the bride!
The skirt, in true sophisticated glamour, drapes lower at the back, skimming my heels and creating a real elegance. It is made from a light weight jacquard material that catches beautiful in a breeze and shimmers and sways as you walk.
Elvi have really got it right with this skirt – it is made beautifully and really has that sophisticated edge that is so rare in the plus size market.
I do, however, have one tiny criticism and that is that the skirt isn’t lined. Now, most of my skirts aren’t lined and I don’t normally mind but the crinkled fabric is just a tiny bit scratchy against my skin. Now, I do have the most ridiculously sensitive skin (my eczema is a nightmare right now) but I would have preferred just a hint of lining to protect against the fabric.
The skirt retails at £99 so isn’t the cheapest on the market. However, is it cheaper than straight sized contemporaries that stock similar skirts (Monsoon & Coast both seem to pushing the full skirt with a dipped hem this season and both will set you back an additional £50 to Elvi’s pricing).
The skirt is also a timeless investment piece – it’s never going to go out of fashion and it feels like it’s well made enough to last the distance.
I love the skirt – I’m genuinely potty about it and feel like and utter princess. I highly recommend and truly believe this will be the perfect Grand Affair attire – whether it be for a wedding or a polo match or the races … for years to come!
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Don’t forget to read the rest of my What to Wear to a Wedding series:
My good friend Hayley of Curves and Curl is also doing her own series of wedding guest outfits – you can read them via the links below: