Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Perfect Dress For Spring Summer Weddings, A Day At The Races and Special Occasions.

Perfect strapless dress for a spring summer wedding by Alie Street, over 40 fashion

Wedding season is upon us as is races season. In fact, much like the Christmas and New Year period, it's a time of year when invitations to events and special occasions begin to increase in frequency. During my twenties and early thirties, I went to countless weddings of university friends, cousins, (I have a lot), peers and work colleagues, so I was justified in buying two or three formal outfits each season, which I'd wear to several, knowing they wouldn't be seen by the same group of people. Hats were still very much in vogue and fascinators were just beginning their wedding ubiquity; everything was really rather formal. 
Now I'm in my forties, most of my friends and family members are already married and those that aren't, are choosing to tie the knot in a much more relaxed way, meaning my need for occasionwear is greatly reduced. That being said, I went to the evening reception of a cousin last weekend and although I have got numerous beautiful dresses, I wanted something a little more special. What I didn't want though was something that I'd only wear once- it needed to be more versatile than that, (you know by now I expect things to work hard for me). I decided to look at smaller brands and returned to Alie Street, from where I got the gorgeous chilli red fifties-inspired ponte dress I wore for my daughter's 16th birthday party.  Because it's a small brand, it minimises the chance of turning up wearing the same dress as someone else and I love it because the clothes are designed and made in Britain.

Perfect strapless dress for a spring summer wedding by Alie Street, over 40 fashion, with leopard print shoes

It was the colours in ombred shades of turqouise that drew me to this dress. I haven't worn strapless for a long time, yet it's a style I love. I also favour the (almost) midi length rather than knee-length. The dress is lined in satin and has pockets which, and I honestly don't know why, are a feature and benefit favoured by every woman I know.

Isn't the falling, swirling cherry blossom simply the most divine natural confetti?

Perfect strapless dress for a spring summer wedding by Alie Street, over 40 fashion, half length

Perfect strapless printed dress for a spring summer wedding by Alie Street, over 40 fashion

Perfect strapless dress for a spring summer wedding by Alie Street, over 40 fashion, red lipstick

I teamed it with my leopard print strappy high heels firstly because I adore them and secondly because there are similar shades within the print of the dress and other than my rose-gold watch and a small pair of earrings, I felt it needed no further accessorising on this occasion.

Perfect strapless dress for a spring summer wedding by Alie Street, over 40 fashion, leopard print high-heeled strappy shoes

Perfect strapless dress for a spring summer wedding by Alie Street, over 40 fashion, rose gold Timex watch

I'll take this dress away on holiday when I return to Nerja in summer and will wear it with a pair of espadrilles, a stack of casual, lightweight, summery bracelets and a straw clutch and I see no reason why it couldn't be worn with a denim jacket and a pair of Converse for a summer barbecue and with a fascinator and wrap for a church wedding or a day at the races. 

Perfect strapless dress for a spring summer wedding by Alie Street, over 40 style

Love Lizzy x

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I'm wearing:
*Alissa midi gown, aquatic ombre, £299, Alie Street
*"The Fairfield" rose gold coloured watch with cream face, £84.99, Timex
*Leopard print strappy shoes, Marks and Spencer, past season.

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*These items were gifted. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves.

Photographs: 
My (very patient and lovely) boyfriend Ian



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11 comments

  1. Great dress indeed and lovely shoes ... in a word ... nice outfit ;)

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  2. You are so utterly stunning and what a beautiful dress, the setting looks magical too x

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    1. Vicki, thank you so much my lovely xxxxx

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  3. A really wonderful dress. I love the print and the lovely neckline design.

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    1. Thank you Josep-Maria. The print is beautiful yes xxx

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  4. WOW that dress is simply divine! And yes you're right, it would look fabulous with a pair of converse and a denim jacket too. Beautiful!
    Suzy xx
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    1. Thank you so much Suzy. I think it'd be perfect for sashaying along in the Algarve, no ?? xxxx

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    2. Oooh yes Lizzy, it certainly would!! lol ;)
      xx

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  5. So beautiful, Liz! The dress is so feminine and I love the colours. Perfect for you!

    xx
    Annette | Lady of Style

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    1. Thank you very much Annette. The colours are beautiful aren't they. I felt very feminine and princess-like in it! xxx

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