46 responses

  1. Ally Bean
    August 2, 2011

    Delightful! Now how do I go about getting myself invited to a farm wedding?

  2. Jan
    August 2, 2011

    “…but our motto for the early 80s was. ‘In Volume We Trust.’” Oh, the prairie skirts with their lacy petticoats peeking out from beneath the hem, and the hair, teased and sprayed to an extent it wouldn’t wobble in a windstorm. I cringe a little when I think about it.

    Sturdy can, indeed, be cute too. And that ensemble is.

  3. Emmaleigh504
    August 2, 2011

    I love them all, but once again Artsy Cousin’s outfit is my favorite. I wish I weren’t so typical :)

  4. Zan
    August 2, 2011

    This is amazing! I will link to this from the Farm website now that we’re trying to turn it into a legit wedding venue.

    As always you are both helpful and hilarious. Love it!

  5. valentine
    August 2, 2011

    What an interesting situation! I suppose older ladies would dress in Grand Dame style, only black pants, perhaps, and sturdy shoes…the same as for funerals in the country.

  6. metscan
    August 2, 2011

    Suddenly I find liking all your suggestions. These are all great for young women, sigh.
    I believe that the ” really ” elderly folk would dress for the occasion, be it anywhere.
    So, we ” certain aged ” would have to choose something -in between. But then again, this latter was off topic.

  7. Charlotte Holmes
    August 2, 2011

    Hm. I think the final incarnation is my favorite. I’d love to see how this could be adapted for, as Mette says, “certain aged” women. The floral shoes are less charming with kankles.

  8. Jen
    August 2, 2011

    All great options for a farm wedding – Queen of the Farm suits me just fine!

  9. Louise
    August 2, 2011

    In the 80s we wore many vests, and yours sounds lovely.

    Vests are coming back, but I fear we can’t wear them this go ’round.

  10. Flo
    August 2, 2011

    Jussst when I’m sure I’ve ascended to Artsy Grande, you go and blow me right back to Cousin with one deft [brilliant] stroke: “The Artsy Cousin..loves that gray OIlily on the right, finds it’s sold out and takes that as the universe giving permission to mix purple stripes with a feather pattern.” It’s like you’ve got a laser beam aimed cross country directly into my brain. Welcome!

  11. J.W.
    August 2, 2011

    I like number one best, though without wedges. IMO Charlotte is correct about floral shoes and kankles (a term I haven’t heard for a long time). That said, if the weather is bad, one might consider any of the fun Wellies available :)

  12. Patsy
    August 2, 2011

    A farm wedding sounds dreamy.

  13. Miss cavendish
    August 2, 2011

    I attended an evening wedding reception on a farm this past fall, and was thrilled to doff my suede Te Casan art deco heels and accessorize my silk dress with knee-high pink/brown argyle socks and a pair of trusty green Le Chameau wellies.

  14. Melanie Dulos
    August 2, 2011

    My BFF got married on a farm. I’m a true city girl at heart and she had to remind 10+ times not to wear heels!!

    I wore flats *cringe* and suffered through it!

    I will say it was one of the most stunning weddings I have ever attended in New England in the early summer.

  15. Marcela
    August 2, 2011

    I always thought that for a wedding in the country side I would like to look like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, when they go to see the Polo match…except of course that I do not look the very least like Julia Roberts ;)

  16. DocP
    August 2, 2011

    Funny, I can’t remember the shoes, either. I do remember wearing an yellow knife pleated skirt and embroidered blouse from Hungary. It was 1980. I’m sure I wore pantyhose.

  17. Amanda
    August 2, 2011

    Oh I loved this. Though I wonder if one of those 50’s style dress would be allowed ? Flowery, or maybe red?

    1:44 pm
    beautifuldreamer1066 said...

    Oh absolutely! Cream ground fabric with red mini daisies sprinkled all over or an off-white ground fabric with poppies floating across the hem borders, go for it! In fuller and longer skirts of the 50’s vintage ilk, these feel very girly and are perfect for an outdoor venue. I’d wear some ballet flats or maybe low-heeled ankle wrapped espadrilles or even a St. Tropez sandal if the venue is more park-like than Green Acres.

  18. Darla
    August 2, 2011

    Once again I find myself between styles, I’d wear the Grande Dame’s dress and hat and is that a pretty printed shawl in the background? I love the Arty Cousin’s purple shoes. They grey dress is a definate yes but the print isn’t a good substitute for me and I just look silly in a headband.


  19. mary jo
    August 2, 2011

    I’m liking the top choice best, although Sturdy Gal is a close second (those floral oxfords got to me). Now to find someone getting married on a farm.

    xo Mary Jo

  20. beautifuldreamer1066
    August 2, 2011

    What perfect timing! An invitation for just this very sort of event appeared in my mail a week ago and until now, I had not given any thought about what I would be wearing. I am surprised that I am so drawn to Queen of the Farm’s look, especially the frock and hat! I never thought of myself as a Grande Dame type (more the Sturdy Gal type, I was sure) and I certainly don’t see myself as “elderly” in any way! Thanks for the suggestions; I now have a list in hand and I’m ready to go shopping!

  21. Ida
    August 2, 2011

    Oh what fun have never been to a farm wedding..wonder why I thought square dancing !!! Ida

  22. LilyAlcott
    August 2, 2011

    Laura Ashley always believed in volume. And white stockings. Eeek

  23. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    August 2, 2011

    I think a farm wedding would be so much fun! I like all of these but I especially like the Grande Dame!

  24. classiq
    August 2, 2011

    The Grande Dame dress is my favourite. Wedges or flats are definitely a must for a farm wedding. It would be so fun attending one. :)
    ps: thank you for stopping by my blog

  25. Tabitha
    August 3, 2011

    “In Volume We Trust”

    Oh that’s so funny, I’ve never quite shaken that off, I need to translate it into Latin .

  26. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl
    August 3, 2011

    A pair of wedge shoes can be a life saver for a girl who wears high heels most of the time but needs to give rest to her feet or requires a more comfortable outfit!

  27. MM
    August 3, 2011

    Thank you so much for your sweet visit!

    All those looks are absolutely gorgeous! I have never been invited to farm wedding but I would love to and probably I would wear something like “Grand Dame”.

    Have a lovely day!! Hugs

  28. Glitterista
    August 3, 2011

    I always dreamed of having my wedding on my aunt’s Virginia farm. There is nothing more romantic to me than a low-key celebration of love. I adore the Artsy Cousin earrings. ;)

  29. Couture Carrie
    August 3, 2011

    Absolutely gorgeous looks you put together!
    Loving that lavender dress!


  30. Alexis of North On Harper
    August 3, 2011

    Your description of your experience in the 80s is too funny. I can only imagine the nerves involved in attending the event and the worrying spent over finding the perfect outfit. Glad it all worked out in the end!

    Meanwhile, your first suggestion for a contemporary far wedding is great! Love the dress…

  31. The Preppy Princess
    August 3, 2011

    Ahhh, polished cotton, bliss. The description of your ensemble for the wedding is stellar, I can almost see you in all of your lovely, anxious prettiness. Every one of the style boards is great Miss Privilege, I think I like the Grande Dame the best.

    Sending you a smile,

  32. Legallyblondemel
    August 3, 2011

    “High WASP training strengthens sartorial understanding as much as it saps the necessary courage for love.” Yes, as usual.

  33. Terri
    August 3, 2011

    You mention Kansas…I’m beginning to wish our wedding WAS on a farm. I like the sturdy gal shoes you selected.

  34. Caron
    August 4, 2011

    That Nina Ricci dress takes my breath away. Gorgeous! I would wear it to the farm wedding or to dinner. I’d find an excuse to wear it anywhere.
    In Lovely We Trust.

  35. Linda in Chile
    August 4, 2011

    Dear Lisa, Aren’t weddings such happy occasions? Cotton Jacquard is such a great fabric for a summer wedding as it would wear well during the day and not be entirely marred by wrinkles by the time one sat down to dinner. All of your dress choices are lovely. I also love the black wedges – height but comfort. You made me laugh with your comment “In Volume We Trust” as it was so true. I recall the bridesmaid dress I wore to my sister’s wedding – it was puffy and yet at the time unremarkable. I wonder what photos of us from this era that we shall cringe at when flicking through the photo albums in twenty years time. love Lindaxxx

  36. Lisa
    August 4, 2011

    Ally – :).

    Jan – Eeeeek! Prairie skirts. Oh lordie.

    Emmaleigh – Oh don’t call it typical. We say, “Consistent.” ;)

    Zan – I had no idea this was a business venture. I wish you all good fortune.

    Valentine – Interesting. I think a tunic and pants, with sturdier shoes, would be the norm in my family.

    Mette – I’m very flattered you like my suggestions!

  37. Lisa
    August 4, 2011

    Charlotte – OK. A round for the ‘certain age,’ coming up.

    Jen – The title, my dear, is yours:).

    Louise – Vests were fine in my days of of a 25-inch waist:). I fear now I would become too much of a rectangle.

    Flo – I’m honored. I am learning in the way that bats navigate – sonar:).

    J.W. – Wellies! They would look perfect.

    Patsy – Yes, albeit scratchy. Hay, splinters, etc.

  38. Lisa
    August 4, 2011

    Miss Cavendish – Did the argyles peek out the top? I hope so.

    Melanie – Ha! True city girl indeed. The wedding sounds beautiful.

    Marcela – That’s right! What did she wear? I will have to go look. Thanks.

    DocP – Wait. Were you there? Knife pleats. Knife pleats indeed.

    Amanda – Thank you. Yes, the Artsy Cousin loves 50s dress. Do you read Fashion for Nerds? Audi posted this week on a vintage 50s dress she wore to a wedding:).

    Darla – Yes, it’s an Hermes shawl. I liked that grey dress too and was interested to see that Oilily was doing some nice stuff for adults.

    1:09 pm
    Marcela said...

    She wore a brown polka dot dress and a straw hat: http://www.indulgedecorblog.com/.a/6a01157204a024970b012876113721970c-320wi

  39. Lisa
    August 4, 2011

    Mary Jo – It’s quite au courant, the farm-ish wedding these days. I bet someone will surprise you. xox.

    Beautiful Dreamer – This pleases me to no end! Note that the Grande Dame is not necessarily elderly. It’s just an attitude. One can take it up at any age:). Have fun getting fancy.

    LilyAlcott – Oh gosh. White stockings. Never again. I’m done:).

    Alicia – Thank you very much!

    Classiq – You’re very welcome.

    Tabitha – OK go! I took Latin Pass/Fail and I remember NOTHING! :).

  40. Lisa
    August 4, 2011

    Julia – I completely agree.

    MM – My pleasure! Grande Dame it is:).

    Glitterista – I hope your wedding happens just like that. And yes. The earrings!

    Couture Carrie – Why thank you ma’am!

    Alexis – Thank you. I’ve been admiring that dress for a couple of months:).

    TPP – Thank you Princess. Polished cotton is bliss. Why is it not ubiquitous then?

  41. Lisa
    August 4, 2011

    Legallyblonde – You would love the discussions between me and my siblings:).

    Terri – I can certainly see you in the Sturdy Gal shoes. Weddings on farms are great – the surroundings do the decor for you.

    Caron – Well, as a Queen, I salute you.

    Linda – Yes weddings are lovely. They really are. You are so right about the unremarkableness of those sorts of dresses. How did we use so much fabric towards so small an end?:)

  42. Audi
    August 6, 2011

    The farm animal accessories clearly make the outfits. I’m going to a steampunk-themed wedding at the Bohemian Grove in October and my mind is reeling with the outfit possibilities. Steampunk is one thing, but the Bohemian adds a whole other layer to it.

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