Fun fact: I HATE the mall. I know, for someone who loves to shop, you’d think I’d love the mall. Not the case. That said, when I saw the invite for Black Tie Baltimore and Volunteering Untapped’s “Fake Wedding” on February 24th, I knew a trip to the mall was probably in order. The dress code is “Black Tie Optional” which in my mind means “excuse to get a new dress.” And…well…the mall and dresses kinda go hand in hand. So, I headed off to Towson Town Center (700 Fairmount Ave, 21286).
I parked at Nordstrom with full intentions of going straight to Zara. Well, of course, I got sidetracked by this red dress by Topshop. It’s called an “asymmetrical ruffle midi dress” and it’s pretty much amazing. (Topshop Dress $98, Photo courtesy nordstrom.com)
Once I got out of Nordstrom, I bee-lined it to Zara and that’s where I spotted this floral number. Now, at real weddings, it’s important not to upstage the bride and to always wear something that will look timeless in the couple’s photos. However, at a fake wedding, who cares about that stuff! I love a jumpsuit as an alternative to a dress AND this pattern is super on-trend. The best part? At $69.90, you’re not breaking the bank on something you probably won’t want to be photographed in twice. (Photo courtesy zara.com)
When I saw these gold sandals, I knew they were perfect for either the dress or the jumpsuit. You can’t really go wrong with them. Think about it… No one has ever said “I can’t believe she wore those simple gold sandals last night.” (Sandals $49.90, photo courtesy zara.com)
I made my way to the checkout and I spotted these earrings. I’m all about the gold/silver contrast. Not to mention, they are big enough to make a statement, but not so big that they make your ears hurt. (Earrings $17.90, photo courtesy zara.com)
Per usual, I saw a second pair of earrings that I loved. Now, these are so big that they probably will hurt your ears. So, it’s really a matter of how much you’re willing to suffer to look smashing. (Earrings $19.90, photo courtesy zara.com)
On my back to the car, I decided to stop into Nordstrom Rack. After all, I had already made the trip to the burbs, I might as well save some money while I was there. I got this gold maxi dress by Lulus on super clearance for $49.95. I actually got it for a 70’s-themed party, but you could totally wear it to the Fake Wedding. Especially, if you’re feeling more “black tie” than “black tie optional.” (Photo courtesy Google Images)
The best part of all of these items (well… with the exception of the floral jumpsuit…) you can wear them again to a real wedding. xx