If your formal is being held in winter this year you might be faced with a problem – how to keep warm in a formal gown? At this time of year you’d probably prefer to be at home in your trackies or hoodie, but unfortunately that’s not something you can wear to a formal.
The good news is that a formal isn’t typically held outside; hopefully the committee has factored in the weather for your big night so you won’t be in the cold for too long. The bad news is that the formal is all about photo opportunities, and those photos are usually taken outside, which means you’ll need something to keep you warm.
So how do you do that in a formal frock?
One great idea is to get a wrap or a pashmina. These are shawls you can wear over your formal dress, they come in such a wide range of colours and styles that matching your dress shouldn’t be a problem. They’re also so lightweight that when you don’t need them you can just drape them behind your back ready for when you step out into the cold air again.
Another idea is to bust out the cardi or cropped jacket. These days there are heaps of evening jackets to choose from that you can pair with your outfit to keep you warm whilst also ensuring you look stylish. A silk or sateen evening jacket with beaded accents and embroidery will accentuate your dress, as would a nice Bolero jacket or cropped jacket with three quarter sleeves. And an added bonus of cropped jackets is that they accentuate the waist, as will fabrics with vertical patterns that help to elongate the bodyJ
A big and bold idea to keep you warm is to go faux, joining the likes of Kourtney Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson who have recently taken to wearing fake animal prints in public. Faux fur and animal prints have bounced back, going from trashy to trendy in the past couple of years thanks to celeb’s like Kourtney, Paris and Jess strutting around town in faux leopard print jackets and animal prints. They look great and will keep you toasty warm, all you need to do is find a safe place to store them or a strong arm to hold them.
A final option is to wear black silk stockings over pantyhose. Now this isn’t an option for everyone, but it definitely works. Think about it this way; if you’d rather not be dragging a jacket around with you all night, or if you’d prefer to spend your formal budget on your dress, hair and shoes, rather than on a new jacket, then this may be the best option for you.
Whichever way you decide to go, subtle, bold or practical, it pays to spend some time thinking about what to wear with your dress before your big night. Why? Because you don’t want to spend a lifetime looking at photos of the biggest night of your life remembering how close you were to freezing to death.
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