Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What to Wear to a Wedding When the Temperature Tumbles

Dear She She,

A good friend of mine is getting married at this gorgeous old historic house. The entire wedding and reception is outside. I just found out from the lovely weatherman that it is going to be around 50 degrees. I am perplexed as to what to wear. It's an evening wedding and I had an adorable cocktail dress. I don't want to do pants (or, heaven forbid, a suit), but I don't know how to be my fashionable self without freezing to death. There are sacrifices that I'm willing to make for fashion but I don't want to have an awful evening. Any help would be much appreciated!!

Dearest Perplexed Fashionista,
Mother Nature can sure wreak havoc on one's style sense can't she? And I can imagine that the bride is none too happy with the weatherman's predictions either, right? However, anyone who plans an outdoor wedding and reception in mid-October has most assuredly taken inclement weather into account. I am sure there will be a lovely tent filled with lovely patio heaters to help keep all of the guests toasty warm and happy. But just in case this little detail has escaped someone's notice, let's make sure you are properly and stylishly attired so there is no worry of freezing your adorable little keister off!

Since you don't want to consider trousers (even though a pair of dressy palazzo pants paired with a gorgeous cashmere sweater would look très chic and be toasty as well) I would opt for a dress in a just-below-knee length, that can be worn with warm tights and a pair of very stylish boots. Add a gorgeous cashmere or silk jacquard evening wrap, a great statement necklace and earrings, and finish with a unique evening bag.

Also, one of this season's über-chic sweater dresses (especially if you can find a great long sleeve turtleneck!) would be ideal, as long as it is on the dressy side (stay away from cable knits, argyle patterns or anything that looks too casual). For warmth, again I would go with
tights and stylish boots, or perhaps a closed-toe dressy pump or wedge. Add an elegant wrap and don't forget a little bling and a great evening bag.

Another great wedding look is to go totally glam with a taffeta skirt, dressy blouse and gorgeous pumps. Very Mad Men. Go with opaque hose, which will add warmth as well as glamour, and finish with great jewelry.

Happy shopping dearest girl!

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