What's Mama Gonna Wear? - Moderate Mum

The Ruby slippers


Today the tables have turned because I really need some advice on a styling situation. Let me preface this by saying I'm fully aware I should file this in the ring binder of my mind labelled 'Too Shallow to Care', but this really did keep me up last night. I have a one year old, I don't need anything else keeping me awake.

I'm going to this wedding in a couple of months and I'm trying to find something mum/fun appropriate to wear. The bride and groom have been gracious enough to make room for Roscoe at the wedding. And I am hugely grateful because in no way whatsoever was I hoping for a no kids invite, so that I could stash him with the nearest child care provider and run into the sunset cradling a bucket of free wine. 

I need to be able to dance with a kid on my hip and crawl under a table if necessary. I have this dress I love, it was a gift from a family member. It's a made to measure, fifties style tea dress, fitted at the top, with a full pleated skirt. It's in a gorgeous, pale yellow vintage fabric - think sexy Von Trapp. I'm thinking of de-carbing myself into that but then I need shoes. I have some burgundy, suede, wedge heels that might look ace but they're super high. I have some trusty tan, suede, wedge ankle boots* but I'm not sure if that's too much of a contrast with the dress and I'd need to buy a new bag and I hate bag shopping. 

If I go new shoes, which way do I go? Ballet flats are practical and cute, but are they too cute, like cutesy? Low courts will be used again but will it be too tryina be on Mad Men. Then there's the real question - should I just accept that my boob hoicking days are over and get something cute and roomy in a jumpsuit and wear something statementy round the neck?

If you've managed to get this far, I'd really appreciate any suggestions. My advice about weddings is usually 'no one's looking at you' (this doesn't work so well with the bride by the way) but at the moment I feel like most of the time I'm just Roscoe's mum. In the park, at the supermarket, in the bath - I'm just Roscoe's mum. For one day I want to be Roscoe's mum in a really nice frock.

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*I've just this second realised I have a suede wedge problem. 


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13 comments

  1. Oh thank you so much for the shout out!!! I think you should go ballet flats - a heel at a wedding with children simply isn't worth the hassle. I wore a pair recently and while my feet may have looked pretty my face was contorted in pain running constantly between the table and the bathroom with a toddler who just wouldn't put down the juice!!

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  2. No problem and you're right face over feet every time! :D

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  3. I'm not sure if my last comment worked. If yes, sorry for the repost.
    Go for comfort lovely. Ballet flats sound good to me. You can get some styles that aren't too cutesy. Sounds like they will go well with the outfit. And yes to the dress! Definitely the dress. It sounds amazing xxx

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    1. Thank you! The dress is calling me, great for spins :)

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  4. Ballet flats or a low kitten heel for me, just wear them beforehand so they are comfortable enough to dance in.

    #FashionFriday

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    1. Yes! I always dance test all my outfits!

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  5. Why don't you go Ballet Flats in your bag and wear the wedges until you need to change them? You might feel a bit more glam until you need to be practical, what is the dress like? I can only see all the dresses on the link, now I do love Melissa Flats, they are so comfy and they are cool and quirky, ideal.
    I was thinking Jumpsuit for a wedding but I am not sure at all...

    MamaMuse

    http://mummymuselovelyshoes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The dress was made to measure from vintage material so not on the site this is a bit similar http://digforvictoryclothing.com/products/254811--yellow-and-white-striped-bustier-dress.aspx
      Thanks for stopping but, as for two pairs - I like your style!

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  6. I say go for small heels! Like 4-5cm (137⁄64in - 131⁄32in according to my converter :) ) You will feel so much more dressed up and not like just a mum BUT you'll still be able to keep your balance and dance without any issues and without your feet getting tired. Ballet flats are cute yes, but for once, you'll have the opportunity to wear something unmumsy so you should take it!

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    1. Thank you, I think conclusion is I should go shopping! So I'll see what I find.

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  7. What a quandary! I've done the heels with ballet flats in my bag thing and it works well. I agree you need to go shopping. I completely understand you wanting to look nice rather than like somebody's mummy- I still feel the same way.

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    1. Awesome, I officially need to go shopping! Thanks Morna

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  8. Not a huge heel but something that makes you feel empowered, I do love a heel and a flattering LBD. Hope you have a fab time. Thanks for linking up to #fashionfriday, a new one is live if you fancy it. Happy Easter x

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