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Dress with leggings too casual for a Wedding?

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LynneOx Wed 29-Jun-11 21:16:27

Help going to first wedding since having children, gone are the days of big hats, sitting down shoes and gin and tonics. Now I need an outfit that is good for running after 2 pre schoolers. Style is usually fat face, jeans and T-shirts so wearing a dress is alien to me. Could I get away with leggings under a dress and flat shoes? Any tips?

FakePlasticTrees Wed 29-Jun-11 21:18:32

No, not posh enough. Sorry. Dress with flat shoes is ok.

Geordieminx Wed 29-Jun-11 21:18:39

Depends on the wedding.

We were at a wedding last weekend, you would have looked very underdressed in leggings and flats. Sorry.

There are probably lots of more casual weddings (ours for one) but you don't know until you get there.

EldonAve Wed 29-Jun-11 21:18:45

no leggings

LuckyMrsT Wed 29-Jun-11 21:19:56

Yes you can. I've worn this combo to a couple of weddings in the couple of months since DD. I wore black footless tights and heels though. I'd try the tights, they just look a bit sleeker than leggings under a dress but they'll cover your legs the same.

LuckyMrsT Wed 29-Jun-11 21:22:02

Oh and your flat shoes should be nice feminine ballerina types or pretty sandals - what are you thinking of?

LynneOx Wed 29-Jun-11 21:22:05

Thanks, for all the advice think I might have to go shopping and hope for some inspiration thats big on style but not on budget.

didldidi Wed 29-Jun-11 21:23:12

I don't think you can get away with it actually. Mind you I'd be interested to here what 'getting away with it' means. In my opinion if you get no positive comments about your outfit - it's not a good sign!

Carrotsandcelery Wed 29-Jun-11 21:23:35

Can you wear really nice trousers and a tunic top with some glam but flat sandals?

I see leggings as too casual.

I do see your difficulty though - high heels and small children don't mix.

threefeethighandrising Wed 29-Jun-11 21:23:58

It depends on the wedding. My mate got married in gold flip-flops (under a beautiful red dress, and she looked stunning).

How well do you know the couple? Can you ask them how formal they expect it will be?

Or you could just say bollocks to convention, why not?!

FakePlasticTrees Wed 29-Jun-11 21:25:04

what's your budget, size/shape etc. we'll have a look for you...

threefeethighandrising Wed 29-Jun-11 21:27:39

What size are you? Sorry to ask, but I'm a size 16 (up again from 14 <sigh>) and it's bloody hard to find cheap nice stuff that fits well. But if you're a 10 / 12 it'll be easier.

My wardrobe is about 90% jeans and tops (love fat face) and 10% very posh frocks! (used to work at black tie events).

Carrotsandcelery Wed 29-Jun-11 21:29:02

If you know your shape and size well then ebay may be your friend.

The sales are also beginning so that might help you find something lovely but not £££

openerofjars Wed 29-Jun-11 21:35:25

Maxi dress? If you get one that isn't too flouncy than you can still chase toddlers in it.

<voice of experience>

New Look have got masses in atm.

Ephiny Thu 30-Jun-11 10:22:54

I always wear flat shoes for weddings, so you can, though I'm usually pretty much the only woman not wearing heels of some kind! But then I'm also one of the few not complaining about how much my feet hurt by the end of the evening.

Don't think leggings would look right though (I think they're awful anyway tbh). Can you not wear tights with the dress?

startail Thu 30-Jun-11 10:34:42

I do posh cotton frock, pretty sandals and bare legs for weddings (no heels, I only do heels for Winter meals out when there's no standing and I've got tights to stop them rubbing)
If you are tall/ slim enough the right trousers and top can look stunning. Not leggings too casual ( just take spare tights if you want to wear them, you will end up kneeling to sort out toddlers)

Gillybobs Thu 30-Jun-11 10:43:32

Id wear a lovely jersey Maxi dress with pretty flat sandals. Just as comfy as leggings/dress combo but far more appropriate. I dont think its at all difficult to find something dressy/smart enough but still comfy. I have this Great PLains Maxi bargain at £25

Fuctifano Thu 30-Jun-11 11:37:10

I'm a similiar size to you, this is a real bargain and you could find flat sandals or pumps to tone in www.peacocks.co.uk/product/index.jsp?productId=4739901&prodFindSrc=paramNav , again opaque footless tights would give you the coverage you want but look a bit more sleek. Or you if you only spent £15 on a dress you could treat yourself to a spray tan. I love maxi dresses but find it a real struggle to not look pregnant sad.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Thu 30-Jun-11 12:31:42

That Great Plains dress is lovely.

Wrt leggings, I think they could look OK but it really would depend on everything else being sufficiently dressy. I imagine you could wear them with a mini dress like this one

tethersend Thu 30-Jun-11 13:19:25

NO to leggings

YES to that Peacocks dress

CHRIST YES to gin and tonics at a wedding with 2 preschoolers. It's the only way you'll get through the day grin

PaleHandsILoved Thu 30-Jun-11 13:25:28

I think leggings are too casual, but definitely second the suggestion of a jersey maxi dress with flat sandals.

BulletWithAName Thu 30-Jun-11 14:21:08

That peacocks dress will look amazing on, I reckon.

Carrotsandcelery Fri 01-Jul-11 12:14:07

The Peacock's dress looks a lovely shape - I think it would be very flattering.

I also think a heavy weight fabric Maxi dress and dressy flat sandals would look great too.

CoffeeMum Fri 01-Jul-11 13:24:50

I wore a nice dress with leggings and flats to a small wedding - in my defence, I was pregnant and knackered, and simply couldn't cope with finding anything else when i went shopping on the hottest day of the year. I looked acceptable I suppose, but I did feel underdressed, yes blush Luckily in the photos, you don't see my legs!!

LynneOx Fri 08-Jul-11 21:06:48

Thank everyone think I am sorted.
Have got some linen cropped trousers in the debenhams sale and a tunic top I already have but never have much of an excuse to wear. Found some wedge sandals in fat face that I fell in love which seem more comfy than normal heels and if not G&T's can dull the pain.

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