Well, I'll keep it short and sweet since you seem to have a lot of these "help me" requests lately. My deal - I'm not too fashion savvy, and I want to look hot at my reception dinner. We are having a week long camping/wedding bash and yes, I read previous posts on the subject, and yes, we are providing alternatives for those who appreciate a roof over their heads.
That said, the wedding will be in a group campground site, surrounded by redwoods, on the coast of California. To get to it one must walk maybe 1/4 of a mile down a lovely path, across a simple wooden bridge, and up through the redwood duff to get to the actual ceremony/reception area. We are very familiar with the site (we help run a summer camp that has a session there every summer) and recognize the logistical short-comings of the venue. For instance carrying all camping/food/booze/wedding supplies 1/4 mile in. That's cool though, I'm totally psyched about it and ready to get my hands dirty and work on my biceps that week.
What I do, sincerely, need help with is wtf to wear Friday night for dinner. I have a wedding dress, I'll find shoes, I'm sure. But it gets cold at night. And I'm a wuss in the cold. And I'll end up sitting around a campfire at some point. And probably wearing an apron and cooking at some point. But I still want to look hot. At least earlier in the evening before I throw a fleece on. Also, we are doing this wedding on $5000. My dress was $200. I can't see myself spending that for a non-wedding dress.
Could I wear this with black tights underneath and boots? Or maybe go this route? I'm 5'8", size 6, with big boobs. I lean towards earthy colors and no bling. I'm seriously at a loss. The event obviously isn't formal, but I still want to get prettied up a bit.
So, anyone out there have any ideas for a warm yet attractive alternative? Want to throw in an appropriate cape/jacket for my wedding dress as well? I know it's a lot to ask, and everyone has been working hard at helping all of us needy types a lot lately, but believe me, we NEED your help. Especially when you say "don't wear that. ever."
I'm pretty sure you need a shirtdress. Possibly one that is camp-themed.
You're gonna sweat while you're prepping for dinner (sweater dress = NO) and either of these will look adorbs if you add tights later + throw a big ol cardigan over top.