OK, so let me preface this email by admitting it's got absolutely nothing to do with bridal fashion.
Except wedding dresses are basically formal wear, right? And there is no occasion more formal than the Oscars red carpet (see where I'm going here?) In fact now I come to think of it, slebs seem oddly sold on quasi-bridal red carpet style. Which is not always a good thing. (See: Exhibits A + B)
Sorry, I got a bit distracted there. My point is that I am in need of a dress to wear to the Oscars. Sadly not the kind of wonder-gown that comes from Elie Saab or Marchesa. Alas, I am not a famous person. Or the other half of a famous person. Or even a hot shot producer. I'm a lowly reporter.
And I have no idea where to start - fancy, full-length frocks aren't really part of my day-to-day fashion repertoire. So if you or your gang of mean hipster mates felt like giving me some pointers, I'd be one grateful hack.
I'm on a distinctly non-designer budget ($250 max), I'm, um, curvy (read busty. Going without a bra is not an option here), a size 8-10, and I'm a pale redhead, so pastel colours tend to make me look like a bloated corpse. I'll be wearing the dress for most of the day and night, and running around from place to place, so it needs to be something that I can stand, sit and walk in comfortably. And although technically, I guess all I need to do is blend in, rather than sticking out like a sore thumb among the rake-thin famous people, I'd really like to look like the most awesome version of myself possible.
BEST SHOPPING CHALLENGE EVAR.
how bout you guys put your suggestions in the comments and i'll throw the best ones up for a vote on monday? (no copping out this time i swear.)
maybe i'll even add an anonymous submission of my own.
**Update: I finally posted a little html how-to in the sidebar. No more shitty links, you guys.**
Photo: Camille Rowe by François Rotger for Marie Claire Italia via Fashion Gone Rogue via Claire Cottrell