Last weekend, I attended a garden brunch wedding in Philadelphia. It was the perfect occasion to buy a new dress from my favorite online shopping destination Bravissimo. I tried on four dresses and one jumpsuit, and even better the red dresses were all on sale.

In the past I have worn stretch jersey dresses to weddings. Below are pictures of me in the past five years dressed to attend weddings. The red dress is from The Limited (which went out of business a couple of years ago but seems to have been reincarnated as an online store) and a purple dress from Lauren by Ralph Lauren (their wrap dress seems to be re-released every year in different colors and prints).

The Celine Dress in red was definitely not a good look on me – it was way too tight on the stomach. It also comes in black.

I liked the Panelled Ottoman Dress which sadly is now only available in navy and black. I felt good in it and it was one of my final contenders.

The Jessica Dress was ok but I wasn’t really excited about the color and the fabric was on the thin side.

I loved the Jessica Jumpsuit. This outfit made me feel like Liza Minnelli in the film Cabaret. And for a few days this was the clear winner. The jumpsuit has no zippers or buttons and you step into it like a bathing suit and pull it up. I finally concluded that this jumpsuit was not really my style and most likely I would only wear it four or five times in the next year before growing tired of it.

I chose the Phoenix Dress because it’s a dress style that coming from a non-bust-friendly store would never fit properly on me. It’s made of woven fabric and has a princess seam bodice with pleats at the waist. I received many compliments on this dress and I look forward to wearing it many more times.

Are any of you attending a special event soon?