Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wedding Wear

I wore this dress to a wedding last weekend; I wish I would've gotten a photo of Mark's outfit as well, but we got ready at each of our respective apartments and then when we were at the wedding I just forgot. I did manage to get a headshot of him wearing the bowler I made, though. He's so dapper! We definitely got a lot of attention because of the hats; I can't tell you how many people commented on them. It still amazes me that wearing a hat is such a novelty.

This dress was custom made for me a couple of years ago by Revamp Vintage, who create gorgeous vintage reproductions. I actually had it made specifically to wear to the San Francisco Film Noir Festival, which I attend every year with Laura. It's really more of a day dress though, so it worked really well for an afternoon outdoor wedding.

The wedding was a welcome opportunity to wear this sorely underutilized dress. Quite honestly, it's not cut out for wearing to work because it's made of silk and has ZERO stretch, so after long hours of sitting and possibly a big lunch, it has the potential to get mighty uncomfortable. Thus, this one is reserved for a few hours' wear at special occasions, which is fine because its classic styling means that I can wear it for many years to come. Paired with these retro-styled mary janes, my grandmother's pearls, and a hat based on the ones Judi Dench wore in Mrs. Henderson Presents, this look is spot on 1940's -- if you can overlook the tattoos, Monroe piercing, and magenta hair, that is.

Hats: Audra Jean
Pearls: vintage
Dress: ReVamp Vintage
Shoes: Sofft

16 comments:

Sheila said...

What a gorgeous look on you, Audi! I agree that far too few women (and men!) wear hats these days. I have been itching for a wedding or some fabulous occasion to pull out some of my hats.

My L has a bowler too - love it.

I adore this dress. Wow, it just is amazing. You look beautiful.

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

It is interesting you talk about hats - there was a programme with Joan Collins on the other night and she asked three women to wear hats for a day. It made a huge difference for two of them.
What a swell couple you make!

Jess said...

my coworker said you look very french, there, my dear. i say it's adorable! xoxo

Sarah said...

That *is* a gorgeous dress, I'm glad you had a chance to wear it!

Sarah said...

And as an aside that I hope does not come across as scary internet stalking; was this Sam and Liz's wedding? I mean, I'm sure there were many SF weddings this weekend, so it may well be a coincidence, but the outfit would have been so perfect for their event. :)

Stephanie N. said...

Oh, what a gorgeous, gorgeous dress! And such fine millinery.

Sal said...

SWOOOOON! That dress is beyond amazing, and I'm equally enamored of the hat.

Eyeliah said...

Both hts are so fab, I've been working on a hat post for my etsy wishes. :)

gina said...

Love this outfit! The dress and the hat are fabulous!

Audi said...

Sarah: Haha, no, it was a different wedding. They picked a perfect day for it.

The Thrifty Stylist said...

your hats are just stunning! i've never worn one-- it certainly has fallen out of fashion, but i think you will be partially responsible for a comeback ;)

face lift said...

This style ain't for nerds. Honestly, you look good on this dress and I love your hat.

ambika said...

Oh, adore this 1940s look. You look fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Love the hats, you are a talented hat maker and wear them well.
What is a Monroe piercing?
I love you retro dress too. It's perfect for a day wedding.
I check your blog everyday. I adore your creative style.

Audi said...

Anonymous: A monroe piercing is one that's off-center and above the upper lip, i.e., where Marilyn Monroe's beauty mark was.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_piercing

wardrobeexperience said...

wow, this outfit is so amazing! the dress is brilliant!

xx