Truth be told, I was a bit frenzied when I was informed to wear a maroon ensemble for Shah's cousin's wedding in Penang. The thing about "maroon" is it's that shade of red that everyone cannot seem to agree on; even Googling "maroon" would show you multiple different shades.

See: My kaftan dress for the solemnization.


I have an idea of what the colour maroon is in my head and while red is my most favourite colour, maroon is not my favourite shade of red. I always want to respect a dress code though, so, three things:
1) Obviously I don't own anything maroon, so I knew I had to buy something for the wedding.
2) The challenge: buying something that, most importantly, I would and could re-wear.
3) Which means not buying anything maroon and go for something that's close enough, because I am not wearing maroon, guys.

PS: The men are asked to wear a suit (lucky Shah, he just needed a maroon-ish tie!).

So what's the shade between maroon and red?
I figured since colour shades can be subjective, it's up to my personal interpretation. I would personally answer "oxblood" to my question above, which in my head is a beautiful deep red shade that's close enough to maroon but is not maroon, regardless of what others might say.

I ended up with these two affordable separate pieces that are maroon-ish/oxblood-ish/definitely red and I genuinely love them! I can definitely see myself wearing the babydoll top again with pants, and I would love to pair something basic like a white shirt with the skirt one day.




For those who are interested, here's a little info on our local wedding culture:
It's common for Malay weddings in Malaysia to have a colour theme, in which close family members (and sometimes, the besties) would come to the wedding wearing an ensemble in that colour while the bride and groom would usually (but sometimes not) be adorned in wedding outfits of a different colour — so that they'd stand out, of course.

Take my weddings (yes, weddings, plural, I'll explain soon) as an example: the wedding theme on my family's side was silver grey, with Shah and I clad in white. On our wedding done by his family's side, everyone — including us — wore golden yellow.
It's common for Malays in Malaysia to have two weddings, thrown by both bride's side and then the groom's (must be in that particular order), although nowadays more youths are combining their resources to have a single bigger wedding, especially when the families of the couple live near enough to each other.

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Are you guys also constantly confused about names of colours, like I am? I'm always Googling colour names, especially for this blog!
Also: would you call any of the red shades I'm wearing in this outfit "maroon" or "oxblood"?

Wearing: Tafa Clothing babydoll batwing top & striped skirt  |  Mango strappy flats  |  Michael Kors clutch  |  Lovisa multi-hoop earrings

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