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Wearing Black and White for a wedding reception.

Today, my new blog reached a significant milestone... 50 posts!
I know it is small fry compared to some of the fabulous blogs out there BUT we all have to start somewhere, don't we?
Even the Epic and Iconic Bloggers had 50 posts at one point.
To all you new bloggers out there, keep going and keep having fun!

Anyway, to the point of this post...
As I was scrolling through my old {ha!} posts, I realised that I had never actually shown you the other outfit I was intending to wear to the wedding we went to in August.
See the outfit I wore to dance all night HERE.
So here it is!

How to wear black and white for a wedding.

Vintage black kimono, black and white satin dress.

Spotty dress and spotty tights.

I know that some people disapprove of black at a wedding, but this was an evening reception and also a young couple, so I felt appropriately dressed for their celebration.

This dress is a real delight to wear, I feel so feminine and sexy in it. It also gives me some curves, which I love.
It is a satin fabric, really substantial and well made, with a slight stretch for ease and comfort.
It also has nice little details, such as built-in fixers for bra straps.
And {the best part} it cost me.....wait for it....£4.00. Perfect!

My vintage kimono is beautiful. I just wish I could hand it to you, so you could feel the texture of the fabric and weight of it.
It is a class act.
It was a bargain too, but a £50 bargain. Still quite expensive, but a snip for the quality.
It really makes me feel special (Read the story of the day I found it, and how I styled it for a date HERE). Of course, I simply HAD to wear this butter soft Obi belt with it, again.

Oh, and I know they are meant to be a little 'naff' but I love these spotty tights with this spotty dress...a veritable spot-fest! Fashion is supposed to be fun, and these certainly are.

My chunky necklace came out again (see it HERE) and this cute clutch made a satisfying pattern clash. I do love a little houndstooth.
Unfortunately, the bag is useless for carrying anything.
I could squeeze in my phone and a lipstick {just} BUT nothing else.
Even a tissue popped it open.
However, it does look very cute...and husbands make excellent 'handbags', don't they?!

This is a very comfortable outfit and the only reason it was 'binned'...no that's cruel, 'shelved' is a better word...is that I can not dance in these shoes.

Walk? Yes (slowly, for short distances). Stand? Yes (for a decent spell). Dance all night? Unfortunately, No!

I honestly feel that it is our duty, as a wedding guest, to get up on the dance floor and make the night go with a bang.
We owe it to the newlyweds.
There is nothing worse than a room full of miserable faces with no one dancing.
Guests sitting on the sidelines, self consciously fidgeting or making excuses not to dance (sore feet) is not an option.
So make sure you are comfortable, ladies!
Black and white for a wedding.

So, which outfit did you prefer?
The one I wore to the wedding itself (HERE) or this one?
I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

XXX
Samantha

DRESS: Maggy London
KIMONO: Genuine Vintage (similar {but not as fabulous!} HERE)
NECKLACE: Topshop
BAG: River Island, Charity shop find...similar HERE.
SHOES: Kurt Geiger (These are fab HERE)
TIGHTS: Primark (similar HERE)
EARRINGS: Newlook (similar HERE)
OBI BELT: Esprit (found at TkMaxx) similar HERE

28 comments

  1. I love this and I usually wear black to weddings. :)
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com
    I'd love for you to join the Fridays Fashions link up.

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    1. Thank you Jaymie, I think any colour can look great if worn with respect for the occasion....although I would still avoid white (I think......)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. Great outfit! And the answer to dancing in those shoes is throw them off and go have fun, right? I think that's a way better look than trying to dance in your shoes anyways!! Besides it makes people smile!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Hahaha Jodie! Well, yes of course...throw them off!
      I have to admit that if I love my shoes they are not leaving my feet for any reason (other than sleeping). I am glad the ones I wore were really comfortable and I managed to dance all night, like a crazy person ;-P
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. Well done for reaching 50 posts! I love how you're wearing a kimono over your stunning dress. You look great.

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    1. Thank you so much! It is a small, but significant, achievement :-)
      Blogging is even more fun than I thought it would be.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. Love your black and white , perfect for a wedding . The vintage kimono is simply beautiful Thank you for visiting.
    Jill
    Grownupglamourblogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Jill.
      I am a little bit in love with this Kimono...silly, but is just makes me grin from ear to ear when I put it on.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  5. Lovely outfit, it really suits you and will be really striking on the day! #allaboutyou

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  6. You are doing so well Samantha. I love your style. This is a perfect ensemble for any ocassion.
    You layer masterfully
    Besos
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Thank you, Sacramento, for your kind words....and encouragement!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. I am in love with this fabulous look! The polka dot dress is so pretty and I love that you went with dotted tights, too. I love doing double dot looks! Your kimono is simply Gorgeous and completes your look perfectly. It is too bad about the shoes not being comfortable enough to dance away the night in. However, I do love the look you actually did wear to the wedding. I couldn't possibly choose between the two.

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    1. Awww...thank you so much {bashful}
      It was a tough call, but my feet won! Happy feet=Great night.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  8. Both looks are great. I love the kimono over the dress, very stylish. And absolutely agree about dancing. I usually have to be dragged off the dance floor as was the case at my own wedding. My lovely m-i-l had to virtually chase me and catch me as she had to help me get out of my dress before we left for our hotel!!!
    Congrats at reaching 50. I've a few to go yet before that milestone!

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    1. Im glad you are a fellow dance-floor diva! Life it too short to be sitting out, worrying what people might think.....I thought that was tall-brown-foxes job (the dress!) ;-)
      As for the 50....you'll be there soon enough.
      Keep going, I really enjoy reading your posts!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  9. What a gorgeous way of highlighting patterns and sexiness. I love this Samantha, you look radiant!
    Thanks for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Bloggers Who Have Inspired me link up is now Live, hope you can join in
    Garay Treasures

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    1. Thank you so much, Rachel! This kimono really does make me walk a little taller and feel a little sassier :o)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  10. Great dress! I host a weekly fashion link up and it would be great if you could stop by and link this post :)

    http://www.sydneyfashionhunter.com/2015/09/the-wednesday-pants-52-link-up-party-in.html

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  11. Totally loving this outfit Samantha! What an ace sense of style you have. Also loving your haircut.....I have dilemma at the moment; whether to keep trying to grow mine, or to have it all chopped off again. Mine used to be very similar to yours and seeing it has made me want to cut mine again. Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your posts. Caro xx

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    1. Thank you Caro! I am getting to that chop it/grow it stage again...next Saturday is my appointment and I always make my decision whilst sitting in the chair. Short hair is just so easy...I might go pixie :-)
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. Both outfits are fabulous. In Hawaii, where I grew up no one dances! It's really does seem so sad to have a dance floor with good music and no one on the dance floor.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thank you Alice, That is so sad about the dancing ;o(
      Maybe one day you will visit Scotland and try your hand (or should that be foot?) at a Ceildh...now that is serious dance floor action!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  13. Very pretty. Love the tights and adore your pixie cut! Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday & we look forward to seeing you back this week!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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