These pictures reminded me of my first day of school. You dress up in your uniform, the first of many uniformed days of the rest of your life, and have your photograph taken before you leave. These felt almost the same, but this time I was just about to go to my first ever wedding.
Mad Men meets An Education feel in terms of its marriage of youthful colours and flippy skirt to a stauncher and more serious shift bodice.
The shape, cut and material quality are surprising considering its lowly Swedish mass market origins. There are flaws of course (it was much too cheap to have been cut perfectly), particularly at the back, where it gapes a little at the top. Otherwise, the material is weighty and the pattern almost reminiscent of Erdem. The line from the bust to the waist looks as though it might have been tied back with a waist tie when in fact it is just perfectly constructed. The flare is just about right, and the addition of lipstick- and iphone-carrying pockets and a inside lining both makes it feel much more expensive than it really was and means that you don't have to worry about a bag.
Nowadays I often feel strange wearing an exclusively 'new' outfit, so I tried to rescue this one with a pair of sparkly green inherited earrings, which were probably originally purchased in the 60s, to give the outfit at least a little bit of authenticity. They are very little, and seemingly invisible in these photographs, but I'm sure they made all the difference.
The wedding itself was in a field, at the top of a beautiful hill reached by a windy track with grass growing up the middle. There was even a little ceilidh – a Scottish dance that in Scotland they train you for almost from that often-photographed first day of school – full of spinning and waltzing and perfect fun for flared dresses.