Help me Design my Engagement Dress! (And apologies for life story!)
Right. So I'm not officially engaged... in fact, I'm temporarily living in a small village on the other side of the world to other half. However, he mentioned something about our house party planned for my holiday back home in Feb being an engagement party (which he deinied when I picked up on it). Also, he keeps saying "well, we would be married by now if you hadn't gone off to live on the other side of the world". He also said he was thinking of getting me a ring in September, when I had my last holiday. I decided to test him the other night when he was talking about a friend's engagement ring over Skype (to mock me, I think, as he knows I want to get married... grrrr...). I grabbed the opportunity to say "well, when the time comes, you know what I like... platinum or white gold with a square solitaire". Then he went silent for a second before delivering a witty comeback. Now, I always say I like silver. And he always buys me gold... either because he forgets or because he prefers it (or both). I don't feel I can complain as he has very nice taste in jewellery (although I really don't like gold) and I always thank him profusely for the nice gifts.... but I just knew that if he already had a ring, it would be in gold, despite the catalogues I tried to leave hanging around the house before I left (subtle, moi? Well look, it has been 7 years, so I'm not a total bunny boiler). So I think that slight silence was an "err.... whoops" moment from him.
With that in mind, I have continued my obsessive looking online for wedding dresses, which started when he used the word "engagement" to describe our party. But then a thought occurred. If I get engaged next month, I will need a dress for my engagement shoot. I cannot buy the dress in Feb, or during my next holiday in July, as I will have no time. I will also be super busy when I return for good this autumn. However, if I already had the dress within a few days of my return, then I could have time to do a shoot with the two families, and maybe a trash the dress style shoot in the country near my house (to be used as 'teaser' pics for wedding invites etc... I have a few friends in mind who are really good photographers, and it would be so much fun!). Then the shoot wouldn't be a hassle. Also, after spending the past year in muddy linen trousers and shapeless tops, I would love to be able to wear something nice. I've never owned anything nice or expensive looking that wasn't second-hand. Plus, if I don't get engaged, I can either save it or dye it another colour, right? It would also give me the chance to test DressilyMe and see what the quality is like in case I want to get a wedding dress from there. But I would need to order very soon. So with that in mind...
I would like this top. But which skirt to go with it? Bear in mind that this will be a short dress... around knee length or just below. Should I go for:
1. Classic, clean lines. This will look good, but... I only get to do this once, right? So what about something more fancy. It's still a favourite though. Plus I could wear it again... many times.
2. This sort of rugged look will be great for the trash the dress style shoot... but would it look a little strange if it were only knee length (image has been cropped to show you what it would look like)? I like this one, too.
3. Another safe option. But would it look a bit strange with that top? Plus, if I was going to play it safe I might prefer option 1.
4.The actual skirt which goes with that top. Nice enough, but meh.
5.Something totally crazy, like this, but altered a bit to be less mental? Would that even work? How would you do it? I think this is far too "bridal". Just putting the idea out there though.
6.Something else crazy, but maybe too fussy? Not sure. Once more, this is a crazy idea... I just thought I'd put it out there for kicks. But if anyone thinks it would be OK, with some changes, say so!
I just want to have some fun with it, really. It's like playing dress-up with dolls when you were a kid... only better! Any ideas? It's probably going to be 1 or 2...