What are you supposed to wear on top of 'going-out' dresses?

(31 Posts)
TeddyMercury Thu 23-May-13 20:30:30

I wear dresses a lot. I live in England. Therefore the dresses on their own tend to be chilly.

For work dresses, I wear a blazer or jacket. For weekend dresses, maybe a cardi. For the life of me I cannot work out what you're supposed to do with a cocktail dress.

I suspect a cardi is wrong? In the nineties I used to be wedded to the pashmina, but that's wrong too now, isn't it? The answer cannot simply be 'just get cold' can it?

Wiggy29 Fri 24-May-13 17:42:12

Was looking at the vogue style file recommended on another post and think this is a nice look too:

www.vogue.co.uk/spy/celebrity-photos/2011/05/03/style-file-alexa-chung/gallery/556906

Casual yet sexy (imo)

Wiggy29 Fri 24-May-13 17:30:29

Or even grin

Wiggy29 Fri 24-May-13 17:29:50

Had to hunt around my blog but eventually found this post:

sandersonsmithstory.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/ice-cream-and-30-seconds-in-night-club.html

The last photo shows what I mean in my earlier post about a soft denim shirt over a dress, I used a belt to try to make it a bit smarter. I'm 31 now so trying to bridge the gap between too young/ too frumpy! Not sure I always get it right but hey ho! [big grin]

Trill Fri 24-May-13 16:38:44

My plan for weddings in chilly churches is to wear a long dress and leggings underneath...

I think a bolero is basically "a short cardigan that doesn't do up", so it comes only part way down your back.

Pandsbear Fri 24-May-13 16:29:24

Oooh well! I have a couple of small velvet shrug things, or a vintage lace shrug thing, a couple of fake fur jackets, a couple of sequin shrug things, a very neat fitted midnight blue velvet blazer. Plus some thermal vests if I can get away with them under whatever I am wearing.
I have to add these have been collected over a few years and they go with various styles of dresses and I get chilly!

higgle Fri 24-May-13 13:24:40

A vintage cashmere beaded cardi?

freddiefrog Fri 24-May-13 12:19:44

Your DH's dinner jacket, artfully draped across your shoulders grin

I've got a thermal camisole which I wear underneath if it doesn't show, or I try and go for something with sleeves, or I've got a little blush coloured sequinned jacket from Zara

slightlysoupstained Fri 24-May-13 09:01:36

What about something like this?
http://m.johnlewis.com/mt/www.johnlewis.com/chesca-beaded-trim-shrug/p461186?colour=Navy&un_jtt_v_pdp=yes

Or this: http://m.johnlewis.com/mt/www.johnlewis.com/alexon-jacquard-bolero-neutral/p439066?un_jtt_v_pdp=yes

VioletGoesVintage Fri 24-May-13 09:01:14

I have a frock coat, made of a heavy satin material with brocade embroidery. It can be worn done up or, if it coordinates with the dress underneath, open. On phone so can't link but there are a few examples on eBay. Karen quite often do them.

A nice fur (fake of course)

Lioninthesun Thu 23-May-13 23:05:37

I think they would be warm but also look special. Only for a special night though!

soaccidentprone Thu 23-May-13 23:03:49

It's a 'posh' ccards

TeddyMercury Thu 23-May-13 23:03:03

Ummmm....that lilac boreo thing. Is that not just...a cardi?

I thought cardis weren't allowed?! <head explodes>

TeddyMercury Thu 23-May-13 23:01:13

Ok, those fur things linked to.... are they really what people wear? They look....weird. Like costumes for extras in an ITV period drama.

Will people not laugh at me?

soaccidentprone Thu 23-May-13 23:00:51
Fuckwittery Thu 23-May-13 22:56:29

On, re read OP, pashminas are 90s, yes I suppose I have been wearing them since uni days blush

Fuckwittery Thu 23-May-13 22:55:25

I have slightly posh cardies for this, you know, a bit of kace, nice buttons
And a lot of pashminas - whats wrong with a pashmina with a pock frock?

Lioninthesun Thu 23-May-13 22:53:30
Lioninthesun Thu 23-May-13 22:52:39

Fur shrug?

TeddyMercury Thu 23-May-13 22:49:55

Oh God I'm so uncool. I wasn't even talking about^coats^. I mean, I'd obviously wear a coat on the way there - my winter one or my summer one depending on weather.

I sort of meant, you know, for when you're sitting by the door at a bar or somewhere. Or if you're at a wedding in the chilly church. You don't keep your coat on, so what do you do if no pashminas or cardis allowed?

Fucking hell. I already know that answer is going to be 'wear nipple guards and try and sit near a radiator'.

It's just as well I only go out about twice a decade, I'd die of freaking hypothermia. I am a very cold sort of person (that's what my exMIL told me, anyway. Though perhaps she wasn't referring to my body temperature).

I have a white wrap, very soft, open weave.
And a very naice wool cape.

I would LOVE a Brocade/ Jaquard print satin fabric coat (might buy one some day)

Wiggy29 Thu 23-May-13 22:44:30

A really soft fitted denim shirt, a waterfall cardi (in thin fabric) or an over sized blazer.

MrsWolowitz Thu 23-May-13 22:07:52

A blazer can be a nice contrast to a feminine posh dress.

trixymalixy Thu 23-May-13 21:53:23

I wear a faux fur jacket.

myalias Thu 23-May-13 20:53:05

I wear a black leather or a cream faux fur jacket

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