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What to wear to an evening reception London wedding?

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Silvertap Sun 06-Mar-16 07:11:31

So we're off to The big smoke for a wedding next weekend and I don't know what to wear. I'm a farmer so don't do dressing up at the best of times and for weddings my default is a very traditional pale coloured flowery phase eight/monsoon type thing. I think I'll feel wrong wearing that outfit - the do doesn't start til 9pm. I

Can I wear a little black dress? Black trousers? I'd need a top to go with them. I do have a silver/dark grey body con type dress but am struggling to accessorise it.

Would a cocktail dress strike the right note?

I'm mid thirties with mousy curly hair, 5ft 5, hourglass size 10. Chunky thighs though so too short doesn't work.

Budget is upper high street. Don't mind buying statement shoes & bag if I love them. Dress would have to go with shoes o already have.

Please help, I've been going round in circles with this!

eurochick Sun 06-Mar-16 07:13:32

It depends on the crowd. Of the last two London weddings I went to, one was black tie and the other was pretty casual.

Silvertap Sun 06-Mar-16 07:26:07

Hmmm. It's an old school friend who I don't see very often to know her crowd! There's not many of her school friends going ergo I'd imagine a fairly London based set. My instinct is to go rather smart for weddings hence why I was thinking cocktail type dress.

Silvertap Mon 07-Mar-16 21:34:50


Rathkelter Mon 07-Mar-16 22:57:04

I think you can't go wrong with your cocktail dress idea. You clearly anticipate feeling not quite right in a Phase 8 floral affair, so listen to your instinct and leave that one in the closet. I agree, pastel florals at night ain't the best look...

puglife15 Mon 07-Mar-16 23:03:35

I'd wear (and have worn to this sort of thing) a cocktail dress and heels with some fairly glam accessories and a good blow dry. I imagine lots of people would be in black too.

puglife15 Mon 07-Mar-16 23:07:27

Silvertap Tue 08-Mar-16 05:54:34

Ah ha. That blue dress is the sort of thing I had in mind. Thank you.

SinglePringle Tue 08-Mar-16 06:33:47

Where in London (which venue / area) are they holding the reception? London is tribal with its dress codes!

SinglePringle Tue 08-Mar-16 06:34:32

(Although that Areias dress is nice)

SinglePringle Tue 08-Mar-16 06:34:53

OFFS... Reiss

puglife15 Tue 08-Mar-16 08:25:27

How about a jumpsuit, alternatively? Some really beautiful silk tailored ones around.

Trills Tue 08-Mar-16 08:39:29

Can you tell us anything about the venue?

cissyfuss Tue 08-Mar-16 12:45:16

I like the jumpsuit idea... It'll be smart but edgy, might work well with the 'London set' wink.

Maybe navy teamed with silver shoes and a funky clutch. Want to add lots of pics, will have a go... Went to Asos for ideas...

cissyfuss Tue 08-Mar-16 12:48:22

Links this time...

Kennington Tue 08-Mar-16 12:53:07

I would keep it really simple and understated so you feel comfortable on the day.
A tuxedo would be great or a little back dress that was fitted, not all floaty and fussy.
All accessories kept to a minimum with one piece of garish bling.

Silvertap Tue 08-Mar-16 14:26:42

The venue is The Crypt at Ely Place. Will get on the laptop and have a look at some of the suggestions now that

plantsitter Tue 08-Mar-16 14:32:02

Ooh it's lovely there!

It's only London. I feel like people dress up less for stuff here (but then I can't remember the last time I left my immediate post code). I reckon the jumpsuit idea is best - BUT whatever makes you feel comfortable and relaxed is the best of all.

Silvertap Tue 08-Mar-16 14:38:21

I like the look of the jumpsuit. I might order and see what I look like with it on!

Silvertap Tue 08-Mar-16 14:54:49

So I have the beginnings of a basket at ASOS - any other suggestions before I checkout?!

Silvertap Tue 08-Mar-16 15:05:40

This is the dress option I already have. It's like a dark silver/grey. Struggling to know if it needs a jacket

Please excuse the mess in the background!

Bellejournee Tue 08-Mar-16 18:46:41

How about this?

Silvertap Tue 08-Mar-16 18:57:27

Thanks for looking belle. I'm not sure that'll do my legs any favours!

Elizabethreallyismissing Tue 08-Mar-16 19:06:40

I like the dress, you look fantastic in it! Might be a bit formal with that jacket though!

nooddsocksforme Tue 08-Mar-16 20:31:50

the dress you have looks great . you are about the same size as me, and the most of my weight is on my thighs . I have a wedding in summer and was looking at this with these shoes like in the picture with the black dress

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