What is it about an Irish wedding that fills even the most fashion-confident among us with something approaching dread? Now, let’s not mistake it; I love a wedding. They’re so full of love and joy and happiness and celebration! It’s getting dressed for a wedding – an Irish wedding, specifically – that makes me totally panic and, usually, ends with me wearing something I don’t really like (and will never wear again), but that I deem “wedding-appropriate”.
I know I’m not alone in this; when I used to do a fashion agony aunt column for The Irish Times, the most frequently asked questions related to weddings. What can I wear that’s cool, but not too “out- there”? Is it okay to wear red? How mini is too mini? Of course, a lot of these questions come from the fact that, like it or not, there are a lot of unwritten rules about what one can wear to an Irish wedding. White is out; ditto ivory. For some extreme traditionalists, black and red are no-nos.
A lot of the time, I end up going for the typical wedding garb – a nice, girly dress with a nice pair of girly shoes, neither of which will ever see the light of day, but make for an ensemble that’s totally acceptable and, y’know, “nice.” Not so this wedding.
I was doing my usual: I wanted something a little different, that I could potentially wear again, that worked with my new style (so, no florals / frou-frou / overly girly silhouettes) – when I saw this Lavish Alice jumpsuit in Folkster (only available in a UK 6; I’m wearing a UK 14), I thought, well, that might work. I’ll admit, I wasn’t 100% sure – it is a jumpsuit, after all, and aside from the fact that peeing is difficult, jumpsuits are very FUPA-accentuating and very rarely (in my experience) flattering.
But lo and behold, it fit and it looked cool – not to mention the fact that I felt very comfortable in it, like it was a bit more “me” than a full satin skirt and strappy metallic sandals.
Of course, in the week between buying the jumpsuit and wearing the jumpsuit, I got myself into an absolute frenzy about it. If you’re following me on Snapchat, you will have seen this meltdown first hand! I decided it was too mad; I looked a bit like a voluptuous villain in a bizarre episode of Batman; everyone would think I was mental. I was reassured by my loving followers (I like to think they’re loving – chances are, they’re hate-following me just the same way I hate-follow the Jenners but I choose not to accept the truth) that the jumpsuit was a good choice and would look good, but I just wasn’t sure. So I bought a dress in Oasis (which I actually also love and wore on yesterday’s Xposé) as a backup.
Then, I had this realisation when I woke up on the morning of the wedding and – wait for it – it was profound: this wedding was not about me. Moreover, no one was really going to care what I was wearing, once we got past the initial niceties / Batman-related jokes. And I was so right – on a lot of counts. No one cared (after the Batman jokes). The jumpsuit was very comfortable. Peeing was a pain. My FUPA was a concern. Otherwise, it was all fun, games and love – and marriage!
The deets: jumpsuit, Lavish Alice at Folkster (buy it on Opsh in a 6,8 or 10; on Asos in a 6 or an 8; direct from Lavish Alice in a 6, 8 or a 10; and Topshop has a black mini-dress version in a size 10, while Revolve has that same dress, in white, in a 6, 8, 10 or 12); necklace, Love Rocks on Asos; and shoes from Asos (but not recommended because the strap snapped before I’d even got to the wedding – if you look closely, you’ll see where I jauntily tied it around my foot to keep my shoe on!).
And in case you care about my make-up, I tried the L’Oréal Paris True Match foundation – and loved it! I’m wearing it here over the Stila One Step Correct primer, with Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Light-Medium for contour; MAC’s warm neutrals palette* on the eyes (I use this palette every single time I wear eyeshadow, and will be repurchasing until I die); L’Oréal Paris’s Infallible 24H Lip Colour in Flawless Fuschia; blush is Nars Orgasm from the special edition NARS Glossybox*; I used my SoSu Contour Palette* to conceal under the eyes; and lashes are by Christoph Eye Couture**.
* Press samples.
**Christoph looks after my nails and lashes for me, in exchange for social media coverage and the odd favour. Think of it like a barter system! For example, this Thursday, April 14th, I’ll be hosting a customer evening alongside Christoph in his the Powerscourt Centre in Dublin, from 6-9pm. Come drink bubbly and eat nibbles with us! To RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on my attitude to freebies, payments and more, check out my disclaimer!