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What do you wear with dresses to stay warm?

(22 Posts)
Whenisitmysleepytime Wed 05-Oct-11 16:29:13

I've got a couple of tea dresses and was planning on wearing one to a christening in November.
What do I wear with it to stay warm?
If either of the above what shape?

Dress is navy with pink and yellow/ orange small flowers if that helps.

Tia! smile

meltedchocolate Wed 05-Oct-11 16:34:55


aquavit Wed 05-Oct-11 16:35:36

Thick tights. Boots. Socks too if necessary. Vest under dress.

Then if you still need something on top (the idea is that you might not, depending on temperature of environment - ideally you want to be able to wear the dress as the top layer, at least when you are in warmer rooms) a neatly fitting cardi, not too long, for my money. (And coat scarf etc for outdoors.)

Whenisitmysleepytime Wed 05-Oct-11 16:37:18

It's the bare arms that I struggle with. I never get my legs out so tights, boots etc sorted! grin

Moulesfrites Wed 05-Oct-11 16:44:03

Depending on dress you could wear a thin long sleeved top underneath it?

MrsS01 Wed 05-Oct-11 17:15:45

what about a shrug?

Whenisitmysleepytime Wed 05-Oct-11 18:55:32

It's sort of a 50s style I guess. Fitted to half with full ish skirt. Don't think shrug would work.
May look for long sleeve t to go underneath but think that would make the dress a lot more casual. Maybe too casual for a christening?

Are blazers/ jackets out?

Holymoly321 Wed 05-Oct-11 19:08:44

Well fitted shortish blazer type jacket would look lovely. Think kirsty allsop ish

NhameCage Wed 05-Oct-11 19:13:39

Long sleeved dress is the answer for winter but try finding a long sleeved dress that isn't a knit dress or a t-shirt dress, it is like gold dust. But if you can find the perfect one then you don't have to do the cardigan/shrug thing and can just throw your coat on top. Anyone seen any?

NhameCage Wed 05-Oct-11 19:15:13

BTW, I've not answered the op's question, sorry. Was going to suggest a jersey turtle neck underneath - can look really good depending on the dress.

NinkyNonker Wed 05-Oct-11 19:45:30

I agree, sometimes a turtleneck is perfect.

Whenisitmysleepytime Thu 06-Oct-11 09:19:12

Can anyone find me a jacket/ blazer? To go with navy tea dress?
I think a long sleeve underneath will look too casual for a christening.

Pleeeease! smile

wellwisher Thu 06-Oct-11 10:01:13

Thin thermal underwear - Uniqlo Heat Tech is amazing - and a smart, fine-knit cardigan over the top. Possibly also a pashmina but if your core is warm enough a cardi will be enough.

If you're wearing tights, a full slip would be better under the dress to stop it clinging. You could still wear a heat tech vest under the slip for maximum warmth!

voscar Thu 06-Oct-11 10:04:10

New look have some really nice light weight blazer style jackets just now. In lots of different colours. They have black lapels so they look kinda teddy boy like. Would be perfect for a 50s outfit

Whenisitmysleepytime Thu 06-Oct-11 12:32:27

Voscar- I can't find them online. But they sound promising.

Trouble is I have v broad shoulders so often have to size up but then the rest of me is swamped.

Any other ideas?

alfiemama Thu 06-Oct-11 13:48:11

Not sure if this would work.

Not sure if I like or not.

alfiemama Thu 06-Oct-11 13:49:56

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Whenisitmysleepytime Thu 06-Oct-11 14:53:29

Oh no alfiesmum! Not keen on that!

My arms have never been so toned thanks to daily work out of lifting dd and hefty ds! smile

NhameCage Thu 06-Oct-11 19:03:00

What's your budget?

Whenisitmysleepytime Thu 06-Oct-11 20:16:00

Budget is minimal- think Dorothy Perkins rather than French connection.

omydarlin Thu 06-Oct-11 20:39:27

peacocks have some jersey blazers in one is a cobalt and another rust. Have a look online as i can't link sorry

NhameCage Fri 07-Oct-11 12:22:41

Anything here?

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