Monday, 24 May 2010

Wedding Stress: Dresses for Guests

Aaaaargh. Wedding season is officially upon us and, as an unprepared guest, I haven't got a stitch to wear. It's not too bad if you know the crowd who'll be there on the day but when all you have to go on is the look of the wedding invitation, knowing what will be 'appropriate' can be tricky. My trusty Helene Berman silk leopard print shift is showing severe signs of wedding fatigue after last year so I'm having to buy something new which means ruling out entire shops before you even start for fear of social death by the dreaded outfit jinxsies, eg. what if the other guests are all super trendy? *crosses off Net-A-Porter, Selfridges, Liberty, Zara and Dover St Market *, or what if they're a more 'mumsy' or young mum type of crowd? *also removes Coast, Debenhams, M&S, Principles, French Connection, Top Shop and ASOS from list*. Hmmm. All I want is a pretty dress that no-one else at the wedding will be wearing; something I can wear again, that won't break the bank, but can be dressed up or down and will be suitable for the occasion. And if it goes with my gorrrrrgeous electric blue suede ankle strap wedges so that I don't then have to buy more shoes too, then so much the better. IS THAT REALLY TOO MUCH TO ASK???? "Not at all.." says Fitzrovia's finest crowd pleasing boutique, Almost Famous, "...and would you like 20% off too?". This eclectic little label has a fine eye for detail and stocks dresses (and tops, jackets etc) in every shape, style, colour and a wide range of sizes too. True, the label is favoured by WAGs and X Factor types but don't let that put you off, they really do have something for everyone. Even better, they almost always have some kind of special offer or sale on if you sign up for their mailing list in store or via the website For those who can't get to their flagship store at 3-4 Percy Street, London W1, it would be handy to have back views of the clothes shown on the website but they have a decent enough returns policy whereby you can get a refund or an exchange (check the website T&Cs for full details) if you're not happy. To get 20% off Almost Famous online between 24th-31st May 2010, enter the code: summertime10 at the checkout. You can also follow them on Twitter at @almostfamousldn. Now, which one to choose....??

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