Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dressing for a Race Weekend Wedding

The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 is just one day away, and I'm looking forward to spending a day with good friends in the fourth turn of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where we've sat nearly every year for more than a decade.  Before the pageantry and the Pace Car, however, today I celebrated with family at a cousin's wedding.  

A wedding on the eve of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing was the perfect opportunity to wear a favorite vintage-inspired black and white damask print sundress and the strappy black sandals I customized to go with it.

When I purchased them, the shoes were solid black with a satin rosette (I also own an original version, shown here in a prior post).  I love the shoes in their original incarnation, and they are incredibly comfortable for a strappy heeled sandal.  But, when I happened across damask patterned buttons at JoAnn fabric that matched the print of the dress, I knew I had to kick things up a notch and customize the shoes.  I decided a touch of red would add drama and highlight the pattern on the buttons, so I also purchased some small red silk flowers.  I then carefully cut out the center of the black satin rosette on the shoes, and affixed the outer petals of the red silk flowers and the buttons using a hot glue gun.  The whole project took less than 20 minutes.  I was thrilled with the result and the coordinated look never fails to make me feel confident and pulled together.

Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

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