Earlier this summer, we headed to the beautiful slice of East Coast paradise known as Prout’s Neck Maine for a wedding. It was my first time going to Prout’s and I loved it. It’s right on the ocean and has beautiful beaches but also a woodsy feel, and the little community there is amazing. Best of all, it was a chance for us to catch up with a bunch of friends during a fun wedding weekend filled with activities, and introduce many of them to James. Dressing for the wedding was tricky — there were a few days of events, everything was on grass or beach, so we were warned about footwear, and while the days were warm and sunny, the nights were cool, especially with events taking place on the water and that cool ocean breeze. I debated what to wear, and honestly, kicked myself for waiting until I had an event to shop for a dress, because I hated everything I saw, which I feel like is always the case. Meanwhile, when I have nothing to go to, I always find a million dresses I love. I also ordered a bunch of stuff that turned out to be not cute at all. Long story short, the only thing I really loved was this Saloni dress I had been lusting after for awhile, that happened to be on sale, though was still expensive. I just wasn’t sure it fit the whole nautical, preppy backdrop. And it was a little scandalous being that I realized it was sheer. So I brought a backup that I wasn’t thrilled about that happened to be sleeveless, and once I realized how cool it got at night, I decided to go with the fashion-y choice that came with sleeves and a longer hemline (i.e, leg coverage) and just wore a black slip underneath. And it just goes to show that you should just wear what you want and fuck what everyone else thinks or is “appropriate” because that was the dress I got all the compliments on. Actually to be honest, I wore it to the rehearsal dinner. To the wedding, I wore a navy one shoulder dress that was cute but nothing special and didn’t really elicit any special recognition so even though I just said not to dress for other people, who doesn’t like to be complimented, right? Anywho, despite a warning to avoid heels due to events being on the grass, I wore my fave old silver Manolos because how could I not wear heels with this dress, and honestly, a platform just didn’t look right with this silhouette. Honestly, I loved the pattern of this dress, and though I was worried the black backdrop wouldn’t feel summery enough, it worked. Most of all though, the silhouette just made me feel elegant and long (if that makes sense), and as I’m still harboring a few post-baby pounds even though at this point, I have no excuse (James is going to be one in a month and a half, after all), it made me feel pretty and I am a fan of any dress that makes me feel that way these days.
More Saloni dresses that are Perfect for a wedding, including mine: