Keeping it Real: the spring wedding outfit

Nikki ParkinsonEveryday Style, Fashion 50 Comments

I love a spring wedding. Don’t you?

So much love in the WARM air, so many champagnes to be consumed … and, of course, the prerequisite spring wedding outfit planning.

This wedding technically occurred on the last day of winter but spring had well and truly sprung and the day was positively balmy, with a strong northerly breeze that did its best to wreak havoc on my salon ‘do.

Apart from the wind factor, the balminess suited my planned outfit perfectly.

I always like a frock for a wedding – adds to the sense of occasion, I think.

One Saturday night on the couch I was trawling some online stores for inspiration when I came across this Trelise Cooper dress on sale for half it’s original price (it’s still on sale and available so hop on it if you’re keen).

Now, this dress was said to be knee-length. Yes, knee-length on the model but definitely not on me. When it arrived, I contemplated sending it back but, before doing so, got some advice from my alterations person. And I’m glad I did because she was able to take the hem up to just the top of my knees, making it the perfect length for me.

Fit wise, I’d ordered a size 16 but could have gone the 14. The styling of Trelise Cooper tends to intentionally fall on the relaxed side so the 16 still works for me. It’s actually two pieces – and the slip underneath the main dress. This combination is always great for helping to show your shape in an otherwise flowing garment.

Keeping it Real The spring wedding outfit

Cooper by Trelise Cooper dress | Sophie Kyron earrings | Zoe Kratzmann clutch (from last year) | Samantha Wills cuff (from Zambezee Boutique) | Michael Kors watch | Tiffany & Co bracelet | Nicholas heels

The spring wedding outfit | Trelise Cooper dress; Zoe Kratzmann clutch; Samantha Wills cuff; Michael Kors watch; Tiffany & Co bracelet

Beauty note

The late afternoon sun is being particularly kind in these photos but I cannot attribute my glow to the wonder of nature. No, the Season of the Spray Tan has begun. And thank goodness I’ve finally found a salon spray tan that works for my skin. No oompa loompa carryings on at all. Plus it just fades away after about seven-10 days, not a patch in sight. I go to Lime Health and Beauty in Cotton Tree and one of the spray tans they offer is the Aviva City Collection. I get the Miami and wash off after 90 minutes for just the right amount of colour. Love the fact that I don’t need to keep the product on all night and by the next day’s shower the fake tan smell has all but gone.

I get a light spray tan on my face too, to keep things matching up a bit and then make sure I use bronzer and a slightly darker foundation so they all work and play together nicely for an even skin tone. For a day/night such as this I always call on a long-lasting lippy to see me through. I’m wearing L’Oreal Paris Infallible 2-step Longwear Lipstick on Coral Constant.

The wedding outfit makeup and blow dry

My hair stylist, Maria at Suite Three Buderim, knows just how to wrangle my hair so that a blow dry stays put, even in somewhat adverse weather conditions. The prep work for this ‘do started with a fabulous new Kerastase blow-dry gel called Forme Fatale. Whereas previously Maria would use a mousse, this gel proved superior for adding volume and keeping the style in place. She then blow dried with an outward flick before finishing with ghd eclipse stylers and a spray of new Kerastase Laque Couture.

Have you got any weddings or special occasions coming up? Need help in planning what you’re going to wear?

Comments 50

  1. okay so you have me hooked! there is only a 10 left in this dress … but I am normally a 12 – do you think it would fit?

  2. Stunning as usual and always so relevant – it’s like you’re reading my mind when you post!
    I have a day-time wedding coming up at the end of the month and as I live in Melbourne it could be either warm or freezing. I have the dress – a gorgeous, emerald green, sleveless, knee length frock, the bling and the nude shoes. But am at an absolute loss over what to pop over the top if the weather is cold – a blazer would be too structured, I’m a bit of a doof when it comes to wraps/pashmina’s etc – they never look quite right, a cardi mmmm, maybe too casusal. Any ideas would be sooooo appreciated.
    Love, love, love your blog x

      1. Thanks Nikki – love this jacket, not too sure about the colour for this occassion (but it would be great for work), but now I know exactly what to look for.

  3. Have a fab wedding of fashionable types in Melbourne in November.

    Formal part of the wedding is on a rooftop bar in st Kildare, then an ‘after party’ nearby. Which equals standing on feet and walking. I’m thinking this dress and wedges:

    But… I’m a size 14 without much of a waist (imagine a toffee apple) and generous arms.


    You most devoted style stealer

    1. The dress is GORGEOUS. I think if you go a maxi you could get away with dressy flats too if you wanted to … or wanted to change into them at some point. The thing to watch with Melbourne in November is that it can also be cold (think Melbourne Cup – it either swings one way or the other; hot or freezing) so I’d try and have some sort of back up plan if it does turn out to be cold instead.

  4. You look great Nikki! Love the pencil case clutch. I have 2 weddings in November, one week apart. A girlfriends on Stradbroke Island and my brother’s wedding here in Brisbane. Haven’t made any purchases yet, though I have my eye on a few (4) dresses. Just need to pick 2!

  5. Nikki, I have a black tie ball to go to in November…..have NOTHING tower….and not sure I want to spend a fortune on a frock I will get little wear out of…I vaguely recall you talking about hiring frocks …..I’m in Sydney….would love your advice…..cheers Sam

  6. Nikki, you look stunning! I love your blog, and often purchase clothes that are out of my comfort zone, after seeing them on you! In saying that I have just purchased the same little red number!! 🙂

  7. Nikki, I love your make-up. Did you do it yourself, or call in a professional?

    My wonderful brother-in-law is marrying his lovely partner at the end of November. They’re doing the ceremony in a park and reception at the bowling club, so we’ll be called on to help out with a few things and she’s very creative and eco-conscious having dyed and re-styled her mother’s wedding dress for the day, made invitations and decorations (from paper that she even made herself!), and generally very clever.

    I want to look special but I worry about being over the top in what will be a pretty casual setting.

  8. The dress is really flattering and that colour is lovely on you. Your hairdresser did an awesome job. Off to hunt down some of that blow-dry gel

  9. LOVE that outfit Nikki. Nice work.
    I’ve been meaning to say: I really love the blog, and I love the effort you go to, to break down the entire outfit for us, accessories included. It must be exhausting for your sometimes, but I for one appreciate your efforts.
    I also appreciate your photographer(s)!

    1. Oh thanks Ali … not sure exhausting is appropriate for this kind of fluffy stuff … and I do appreciate my photographers. Have also now got a tripod and remote should I not have any willing volunteers around to help me!

  10. You look stunning Nikki – love your new dress and Trelise tips are spot on. Your summer glow looks fab. One late summer wedding on my horizon. I need clutch buying tips please xx

    1. For clutch buying, I like a clutch with some size for fold-up flats and a camera, then it’s a matter of either going neutral or colour popping if the outfit is neutral. Am a huge fan of large envelope clutches for holding everything.

      1. Thanks Nikki – I do need to be able to fit in at least my camera so I’ll look for an envelope one that’s the right size for fitting under my armpit when my hands are busy holding bubbly etc 😉

  11. Gorgeous Nikki. And thanks for the hair how-to. I was discretely admiring the stay-ability (new word?!?) of your hair during our night at the Sydney Fashion Festival. I find blonde hair can be so fly-away; even after I think I’ve styled it all into place, an hour later, the little frizzy bits start to emerge and the lazy curl falls flat. Meanwhile, it’s a cold, miserable ponytail day here in Sydney today . . . . x

  12. Hi Nikki, how did you find a reputable person to do alterations? I’m beginning to think that subtle tailoring makes all the difference. Thanks, Judith

    1. I would start by asking in boutiques in your area. They generally have skilled alteration people they call on to help when clothes need repairing. Maybe post here where you live (city/town/suburb) and someone may be able to help with one in your area?

  13. Nude shoes lengthen the leg … ok got it!! I love your “glow” – it looks like you have been holidaying in the sunshine for the winter. Except without the sun damage to your skin. Total win!!

  14. You look stunning Nikki I am glad that you could take up the dress to suit your style,that is one thing that I am good at taking up dresses and it becomes very handy when most dresses are too long:) I love the nude shoes you have paired with the red dress and that dress is a lovely style.
    The spray tan looks completely natural which is always a good thing.
    No weddings to go to,my children have a few though!

  15. You look beautiful. Love the cuff! Having serious Monday morning cuff cravings. No weddings here sadly, has been a long time, perhaps I best start prompting friends, kidding. Have a great week Nikki. Jo

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