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You wise buddahs sorted me out for a summer wedding earlier in the year and now I have a winter wedding conundrum. The wedding is being held mid December in an unheated church and then in a barn. We have been told to wrap up. A friend has loaned me a floor length black coat with black (fake) fur trim at the collar and cuffs (which I need to get a belt for to cinch it in as it's too big for me). I have zero clue about what to wear underneath it. Would anyone have any ideas please? I am size 10 and need to have my decolletage area covered as it's scrawny - photos attached so you can see what we're working with. To complicate matters further I am on a budget: £50 tops. Thank you.
If both barn and church are unheated you probably won't be taking your coat off anyway. I would just accessorise it with some nice gloves and a scarf. I once went to a wedding at the end of November in an unheated venue and I was so miserable with the cold that we left before the cake was cut.
Sorry. I misread that. The church us unheated. Presumably there is some sort of heat in the barn. Have a look on hotsquash.com. They also sell through debenhams and house of fraser. They do dressy dresses in a thermal fabric. I can't comment on the quality because I've only seen them online.
Thanks everyone. Hermione you made me laugh. They're lovely and not bonkers. Their family church is unheated but the barn afterwards is heated. If it was all unheated I'd be more able to fathom it out, but half and half is mind boggling.
I like the wiggle dress with split katespade, and I guess it'd just come down to how it fitted.
Burnished hotsquash looks awesome but I'm in the post motherhood starting a new business skint phase. Bum.
Dinosaurs I quite like that John Lewis dress...the shape would help give me some more curves I think.
So a tulle skirt and cashmere jumper sounds sweet! I don't have a cashmere jumper but live in a well-heeled village so could possibly borrow one. What colour tulle skirt? they seem to be beige or black.....can you wear black tights with beige skirt? Are black opaque tights ok then? I have the heebie jeebies about opaques after an oaf cousin made derogatory comments about them. Anyone got any examples of something for me to work with? I'll get goggling then.
Normal dress that you'd wear to a wedding, cardigan and coat. If in there church you're warm enough you have the cardigan, but can keep the coat on if needed. I managed to walk down the aisle in a strapless dress in January. Guests had their coats on in church/outside for photos, then took off for reception in hotel where normal wedding attire for heated hotel
I wouldn't worry too much whether what you are wearing underneath matches the coat, iyswim. You won't take the coat off in the church, and if it's floor length you won't see what's underneath it either.
Once in the heated reception, you can take the coat off.