Monday, November 26, 2012

Okay, Smartypantses: What does one wear over THIS dress?



Hi ESB,

I'm struggling to find something to keep me warm with my dress. I'm getting married in LA (Santa Monica's Annenberg Community Beach House to be exact) early February 2013. I'm planning to wear this Nicole Miller dress. As you can see, half the fun is showing off the back.




That said, it's possible the weather could be finicky in early February. Though we'll be indoors for the most part, it would be great to find something I could throw on if it gets cold. Any ideas for great cardigans? I'm open to non-white (pink, gold...splash of color!) if it goes well with the dress. I'd love to stay under $300 too. Is this an impossible request?

If you have any great finds, I'd love to hear it! I'm a bit stumped.

Thanks!
- Should I Just Wear A Cardigan-Friendly Dress?

39 comments:

  1. This dress is too rad to cover up. Maybe just suck it up and be cold?

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    1. have to agree.
      its one day. its not in the outer hebridies. you'll survive.

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    2. word. rock the dress. if you get cold, drink a hot toddy.

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  2. Motorcycle jacket. This dress is too badass for some fluffy cardigan.

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  3. I would say a simple shawl in a geometric lace pattern. Like so? Or, y'know, we could try bringing long gloves back.

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  4. What will it be, 50 degrees? Slap on some pasties and call it a day.

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  5. Here are a few things I like that wouldn't obscure that amazing dress:
    http://www.bhldn.com/shop-the-bride-cover-ups/cherished-heirloom-scarf/productoptionids/fbcaeb8b-b90b-4e9a-9313-32da085940dd
    http://www.bhldn.com/shop-the-bride-cover-ups/trickling-capelet/productoptionids/b8df1319-232a-4c6f-a05d-cdf74da57ed1
    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-wraps/25837188.jsp
    I wish Anthropologie had the stole in my wedding colors. I would be wearing that!

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  6. That's clearly a leather jacket dress. Maybe in the style of the drapey one that A Safe Mooring linked to in the sequin post?

    (this one)

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  7. What about a stole? I think it's short enough that you would see some hot back...

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  8. Nothing, you put on your beer coat and suck it up.
    (champagne coat? martini coat?)

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  9. Have an extra drink!

    Actually, you probably will be fine. I'm normally one of those annoying people who is cold all the time and I was perfectly fine at my wedding. There's so much going on, and so much hugging. Unless you're going to be sitting still at a long dinner held outside, you'll probably be good to go.

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    1. I wore a light dress outdoors when my guests were wearing parkas. You are right - she'll be totally fine.

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  10. what's up with the uber-girly stuff? i say go with the leather options. if you must do anthro, why not http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-sweaters/26873547.jsp, http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-jackets-outervest/25941337.jsp, maybe http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/26077156.jsp?color=011. can't tell if http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/26090274.jsp?color=001 would be fun or disgusting in person. two cents.

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  11. How about going a little over budget for this veil-like hooded sheer scarf!


    HAIDER ACKERMANN 100%silk craziness for $496.57

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  12. OK this link is only helpful in terms of inspiration, because the item is sold out. But what about some sort of faux-fur mini cape?

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    1. Also, i beg you to just say no to the cardigan. Your dress is way too awesome for that!

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  13. This seems like one of those bride to be obsessions that will never actually matter on the day of your wedding (I'm thinking of my own clutch purse and jacket that got zero use on my wedding day). However, I love the vibe of cara's leather jacket. That seems like something you'd definitely use after the fact. I remember seeing something very similar at BCBG. They've got a pretty nice selection online. I personally like this and this if you're after some color, but I still think you won't end up wearing it.

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    1. I like these best so far. Let's remember that the whole exercise is just buying a cover-up (that you know deep down you won't wear) so you feel prepared. Buy something you love and would wear again.

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  14. That dress is awesome.
    Wear it with this:
    http://www.bhldn.com/shop-the-bride-cover-ups/northern-lands-vest/productoptionids/fbcaeb8b-b90b-4e9a-9313-32da085940dd

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  15. all heat leaves through one's head so you must wear this hat

    it will also help your face shape.

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    1. Ah, broken link!

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    2. Not true that all heat leaves through the head.

      Head heat myth debunked

      Might have been a nice hat though!

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  16. My two cents... knit cardigans and fur stoles aren't modern enough for this gown. This might be the perfect time for a bride to rock this bolero.

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    1. that is awesome. you are a really good shopper.

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  17. i got married at the annenberg in april! it was awesome. it was also really cold that day but i just sucked it up b/c the back of my dress was interesting. it was totally worth it. good luck!

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  18. This dress is amazing - I say leather jacket and depending on your personal preference either in a nice camel color or rock black.

    I think it would be awesome and more functional after the wedding!

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  19. Yeah, I'm leaning leather...or maybe glam fur stole? It's really just for in-between moments if I use it at all. (But I am such a wimp with cold weather!) That said, I'm willing to stay warm with a few extra glasses of wine :)

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  20. you're gonna be so drunk and happy you won't be cold.

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  21. Take your *new* husband's suit jacket and throw it over your shoulders. Isn't that what dates are for on formal occasions ;) ?

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  22. A blanket. How else to deal with that flowy stuff over the shoulder?

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  23. Slap one of these on under your Spanx.
    (I work on tv and film sets and use the bigger back ones all the time during the winter, but these ones look small enough to not show under your dress.)
    http://www.amazon.com/Thermacare-Wraps-Menstrual-Cramp-Relief/dp/B002L24BDM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1354740427&sr=8-5&keywords=therma+care

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