The wedding guest diaries with Laura Ashley

“There is something emotional about falling in love with a dress that should be relished”

Isabel Spearman

Last week I was invited to my first wedding in five years, that I could attend minus a pregnancy bump or baby on my hip.  This was finally my opportunity to be a little frivolous with my outfit choice whilst enjoying a little glass of champagne or two.


I knew I wanted something timeless to ensure longevity out of my outfit and I also knew it had to be a dress.   It was during a lookbook creation for my Perfect Outfit Finder Experience that I literally stumbled on a new clothing collaboration with Laura Ashley for Urban Outfitters.


The quintessentially British brand, known for its Little House on the Prairie frocks, had created a nine-piece collection for the festival loving retailer.  Within the collection was the most beautiful puff shouldered dress in the Laura Ashley iconic wallpaper scenic print.  The statement sleeves and square neck design gave the once nostalgic brand a modern twist to their vintage styles.


Vintage lovers have been sussing out the brand’s iconic dresses for some time, due to their recognisable design heritage.  Therefore the dresses, in particular, retain wearability and value. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have time to trawl eBay in the hope of stumbling upon an original dress in my size in time for our friend’s upcoming nuptials.


It also helps that Prairie dresses and English garden florals are having a moment right now, so the dress looked very much of the moment.  Being 3 months postpartum I also needed a dress to disguise my mummy tummy and the Aline shape did just that.


On the day of the wedding, I teamed my dress with simple gold sandals and my signature updo.   I instantly felt like Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice after flying through a time machine to a modern-day wedding. Thankfully my Mr Darcy scrubbed up pretty well too.


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