What to Wear to a Wedding?

X-scape Beaded Ruched Dress from NordstromHi Glam Gal,
I am 69, petite, currently wearing a size 2.  My grandchild is getting married this Summer.The wedding will be in a church with a reception later in the day. I just purchased this eggplant ruched dress and I would appreciate your honesty about whether it works.

Thanks Mary

Dear Mary,

Yes, I love the X-scape beaded ruched dress from Nordstrom and think it will look beautiful on you since you’re Petite. ( left click on dress to see enlarged version)

Normally I would not recommend a dress with a lot of  rushing because it can make anyone over a size 4 appear heavier than they really are in photos. I suggest you take a photo of yourself in the dress and see if you like the way you appear. This is key because things don’t always look the same in a photo as they look in person.
Mother of the Bride ebook - Fabulous After 40Below are some other dresses I found that I like for any of you other ladies out there who might be going to a wedding and are not sure what to wear.


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Lovely in Lace!  Who says they don’t make dresses with sleeves anymore? We found a beauty. It’s an Adrianna Papell Lace overlay dress with fringed eyelash trim and scalloped edge. The boat neck is great for pear body types with narrow shoulders. This neckline will balance you out.  Adrianna Papell Lace Overlay Dress
Twinkle!  Dainty and delightful this Kathy Hilton cream sheath softly sparkles without stealing the show.  Kathy Hilton Cream Sheath
Breezy and Easy!  You’ll feel feminine in this Adriana Papell Iridescent Chiffon Petal Gown with chiffon overlay, not to mention the empire waist on this dress is a good way to hide a bit of a tummy.  Adriana Papell Iridescent Chiffon Petal Gown
Fabulously Fuchsia!  This bright Metallic Ruffle Jacket with Sash by Adrianna Papell is an elegant choice when you want to be more covered up. Metallic Ruffle Jacket with Sash by Adrianna Papell
Fashion Forward! The one shoulder look is the hot cocktail dress of the year. You’ll look stunning in this X-scape ruched satin number. Don’t you just love the rust color? It’s so warm and rich. This would be great for an early fall wedding so if you are going to one, scoop this up now. X-scape Ruched Satin
Shine On! This classy black JS Boutique chiffon dress with its embellished jewel waistband and cape like sleeves make a dramatic statement. Black is always the perfect choice for an evening wedding. (Nordstrom)  Classy Black JS Boutique Chiffon Dress
It’s a wrap!  This soft and sensational Maggie London Stretch Satin dress is a lovely choice for a wedding. It’s feminine and dreamy in this dusty shade of mauve.Have you bought a dress to wear to a wedding recently? Send me a photo of you in it and I’ll post it, Glam Gal! Maggie London Stretch Satin Dress

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  1. Kirstin Davidson says:

    What suggestions do you have for a “pear-apple” shaped body for a wedding. I am a guest to a “beachy” style wedding at the end of August, when it can still be quite hot. I have fair brunette hair and Scottish skin (pink and freckled!) and prefer creams and greys. I do not have fabulous arms.


  2. I always thought a little bit of ruching helped people who are a bit overweight, to hide the extra “rolls” we may have. Am I wrong?

  3. My friend who was a Miss America contestant way back told me that the best fashion advice she received for women over 40 was given to her dance teacher. It was, “Always wear sleeves if you’re over 40.” If you have fabulous arms, go for it. I agree, take a picture of yourself in the dress first. The camera doesn’t lie. This is a beautiful selection of dresses!

  4. Love the ruched dress & on such a tiny lady I’m sure you will look beautiful. My only worry would be how your arms appear in the sleeveless dress. I think the ladies advice of taking a picture of yourself in the dress should satisfy any worries you may have. Good luck with the wedding, have a great day.

  5. The ruched dress is beautiful! My daughter in law told me about your fabulous site!!

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