|Blue Aqua maxi dress, Monsoon shrug|
Last week I experienced probably one of the most fun, most bizarre and most interesting days of my lives. I was in Turkey for my cousin’s wedding, who married a Kurdish guy from out there. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect when me, various cousins, uncles and aunties piled into a minibus and headed for an hour’s drive to this small town/village.
We were instantly thrown straight into the first tradition – the bride and the groom were already in a car, followed by a procession of other cars driving around the town, beeping horns, to signal a celebration. The village kids came running after the cars, jumping on them, with some even sliding down the front bonnet. One of the men from the village jumped out and straight up kicked this young boy, and threw rocks at others! It seems it doesn’t matter whose child it is, there were no rules around smacking someone else’s child, let alone your own. A little shocking, but the kids stayed smiling so I don’t think anyone was too hurt.
Then other traditions included breaking a clay pot, hours of Kurdish dancing and pinning money onto the bride and groom. Oh and the kids loved us! They loved being centre of attention and wouldn’t let me stop snapping pictures of them posing! But they were all so cute. And amazingly, it was the kids who were doing all of the work, from serving food to cleaning up (sweeping, moving chairs, wiping down surfaces... no half-hearted job!!). I've uploaded a few cute pics at the end of the blog.
OK, moving on to the reason why you’re reading this!! The styling part. I didn't wear Asian clothes as it was a Turkish wedding, where most people tend to wear 'English'-style outfits. So I wore this beautiful blue Aqua maxi dress – I absolutely am in love with this. Everything about it is so simple yet so elegant. From the way the fabric drapes, to the contrasting jersey part at the top, to how it is longer at the back so when you walk the dress flows to nicely behind. You can buy it on Asos still here, it’s on sale for £33 (bargain!!), however there are only limited sizes left. If you want to find a similar dress, look for bold colours like this one – looks amazing and look for light fabric which isn’t jersey material. Jersey will cling to you much more, whereas this one flows over and is much more modest.
I covered up with a Monsoon silver shrug and matching silver bling bling shoes. I added a Zara belt in exactly the same colour as the dress, as without it I tended to look a little pregnant!! If I was wearing hijab with this, I would wear a grey/silver to blend in with the shrug.
|The same dress styled in a different way|
I’ve also uploaded pics of me wearing the dress in a different style. This is over a black long-sleeved top and matching hijab. Just some ideas how you can create quite a different look. The black probably wouldn’t have been as suitable for a wedding, but for another event it would be perfect.
That’s all from me for now! But after the wedding I went to Istanbul for a short visit, so I’ll be following this blog up with another about my Istanbul trip!! Look out for it soon.