Sisterly Smock

A lot of you expressed appreciation for my post about all of the dress research I had done for my mom. Since that seemed to be helpful, I decided that I would share another round of research that I’d done, this time for my sister.

Hive, my family, like many families, is complicated. I’ve mentioned previously that my dad is on his fifth marriage. What this means in terms of siblings is that I have several, of varying levels of relation. I have an older half-brother (GM Taco) who I grew up with. I have two step-siblings from my dad’s current wife (one older, one two months younger). And I have a younger half-sister (Lil Sis Chicken Nugget). I was 12.5 years old when Nugget was born and Taco was 18.5. I can only imagine how hard it must have been (and has been, and will be) for Nugget considering all of her siblings are adults as she’s going through her teenage years.

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Nugget is 14 now—older than I was when she was born. She and I may look startlingly alike for half-siblings (especially considering each of us looks like our moms and our moms do not look alike at all), but our personalities are totally different. I was the nerdy kid—the one who missed out on the pre-teen lessons of how to style your own hair or do your own make-up. I did theater, played soccer, and got straight A’s. Nugget is Miss Popular. She won’t leave the house unless she is sure she looks good (seriously, Nugget, teach me how to do make-up), cares more about boys than sports or grades, and just generally cracks me up with her antics.

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Nugget and me at my graduation

One thing Nugget and I share in common is a love of shopping. I can’t wait to take her with me to find the perfect dress for the wedding—one that is stylish enough to satisfy her tastes but tasteful enough to not make either of us cringe in five to ten years.

For Nugget, I seemed to be drawn the most toward high-low styles. Maybe it’s because she’s cute enough to wear them or I’m just jealous I can’t, but most of the inspiration I found was in this style. It could be the balance between her penchant for shorter styles and my parent—like protectiveness insistence on something “just a little bit longer.”

ECI New York Sleeveless Printed Dress via Belk

This style is fun, respectable, but still wedding appropriate. The pattern may be a little busy, but I like that it’s in line with our wedding colors (and Nugget did express a desire to match the colors, at least a little bit.).

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JS Boutique Hi-Lo via Nordstrom

This one might be both a little too high and a little too low for my tastes and I think Nugget would worry about the strapless neckline. The colors are really pretty, though!

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Floral High-Low via Forever 21

I really like this one and it totally reminds me of Nugget’s style. Pretty, hip, but not overly girly. This totally seems like something she’s wear again.

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Print High/Low Chiffon Dress via Nordstrom

This was one of the first dresses I found and I really like it. It’s totally wedding appropriate as far as I’m concerned (not too low cut, not too short”¦) and I think it’s really fun. The downside is that it’s not in the blue family, as far as colors go, and I know Nugget wants to wear blue.

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Lauren Ralph Lauren via Nordstrom

This dress is definitely blue and I really like the lace inset. (I am wondering, however, what is up with the model’s expression). This dress definitely calls for a really cute belt and fun shoes—things I believe Nugget would love to add.

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Lace-Up High-Low Maxi via Nordstrom

The best part of this dress (which you can’t see in this picture) is the back, which laces up. It adds a fun/classy touch to an otherwise simple dress. I do worry about the length on this one—Nugget isn’t yet her full height (we think) and so there is a chance that the back would drag on the floor.

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Pleated Front V-Neck via Nordstrom

I own a dress very similar to this and it is VERY comfortable (one of the outfits in our engagement photos). I could see Nugget being very happy with a dress like this one. It’s versatile and would allow for fun jewelry and great shoes.

I haven’t run these options by Nugget yet, but we’re planning to go shopping next week to find her something. I know my top contenders (the dress from Forever 21 and the pleated v-neck from Nordstrom), so it will be really interesting to see what we end up with.

Any teenagers that you’re looking to outfit for your wedding? Any advice on navigating complicated families?


Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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  1. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:23 am

    My vote is for the lace-up high-low maxi from Nordie’s – I loooove that color! Your sister is so pretty too, she looks just like you 🙂

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    ykyegbride 681 posts, Busy bee @ 6:26 am

    My FI also has a complicated family with remarriages; the trickiest part was including his 6 siblings, who range in age from 2 – 21 in our wedding party. But we think we managed to do it!

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    jcam13 3007 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:45 am

    Nordstrom h/l!!

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    Karen, Guest @ 7:45 am

    I just bought that first dress for my niece to wear to a banquet. She also plans to wear it next month as a guest to an outdoor, afternoon wedding. It’s cute and Summery for that… but I’m not sure it’s dressy enough for an evening wedding or for someone whose role in a wedding is anything more than a guest. Something to consider. 😉

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    JujuBear 47 posts, Newbee @ 8:13 am

    I like the Forever 21 dress. I think the Nordstorm dress is a little bit too serious for a 14 years old girl.
    BTW, she is just as beautiful as you!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:59 am

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I love that color, too! And thanks! 🙂
    @ykyegbride: Good for you!
    @jpalm13: It’s so fun!
    @Karen: Good to know, thanks!
    @JujuBear: I think that one is my favorite for her, too!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:36 am

    You look so alike and she’s adorable! My fave is the forever 21 one for sure, so cute and age appropriate! I had such a hard time shopping for Lil Waterfall, who just turned 12. She’s in that really weird in-between phase where she’s too big for kid’s fashion but doesn’t quite fill out adult dresses! On top of it, she’s soo not girly that getting her in a dress AT ALL took so much work. I know girly, I can deal with girly. Not girly confuses and terrifies me, lol.

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:00 pm

    @Mrs. Waterfall: I think she’s pretty cute, too! It’ll be interesting to see what she ends up with – she’s super opinionated!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:04 pm

    What beautiful sisters 🙂 I like the last two the best, but I’m also far from fourteen.

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