Help me figure out what to wear!

(23 Posts)
Tee2072 Fri 23-Nov-12 07:29:19

Next Friday, so I have a week, my husband, who is a Teaching Fellow, is receiving an award for some work he did last year.

Great. So proud.

Only I'm 3/4 SAHM and 1/4 freelance graphic artist so my wardrobe is less than professional these days. I live in jeans and leggings and tunic tops. I have nothing for going to a ceremony where the VC will be there and my husband will be wearing a tie.

So...dress? Suit??

Anyone?

I can spend probably about £40 - £60 if it's something I can wear to client meetings as well.

What do I wear to client meetings now? Leggings and tunic tops, which is fine for the types of people I have for clients.

But this is Academia!!!

bishboschone Fri 23-Nov-12 08:01:04

What size etc are you?

dancinginthemoonlight Fri 23-Nov-12 08:04:02

[[ http://m.clothingattesco.com/tesco/catalog.do?cid=2167732]] any of these with tights/leggings

Tee2072 Fri 23-Nov-12 08:04:38

16 - 18, depending on style.

Tee2072 Fri 23-Nov-12 08:05:19

Sorry, should have said, it's over lunch.

dancinginthemoonlight Fri 23-Nov-12 08:06:25
Tee2072 Fri 23-Nov-12 08:11:12

I think those are too formal for day time, dancing. But thanks for trying.

cathyandclaire Fri 23-Nov-12 08:34:16

I think a dress would look great (and it's only one thing to find then smile )...do you like colour? What sort of shape are you? Hourglass, apple, pear?

Tee2072 Fri 23-Nov-12 08:46:27

Short and squat. grin

I'm not really an 'standard' shape, in all seriousness. I'm petite, only 5'2" but very broad across the shoulders but almost no hips. Sort of shaped like a man, actually. hmm

bishboschone Fri 23-Nov-12 08:55:48

http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/uk/en/zara-neu-W2012/269185/1011015/FITTED%20CHECKED%20DRESS

bishboschone Fri 23-Nov-12 08:56:04

How about something like this .. It's lovely in real life .

Tee2072 Fri 23-Nov-12 09:12:03

Yeah, I like that style, but not the fabric.

cathyandclaire Fri 23-Nov-12 09:17:50

To start things off...patterned
Owl print
this season's colour, good if you're an hourglass
classic black also classic black but Matalan and looks good to me
They're all fairly conservative (was on the academic route)...as a graphic designer are you more arty and colourful?

cathyandclaire Fri 23-Nov-12 09:19:32

Sorry was already posting and missed your answer ...anyway a few ideas above!

cathyandclaire Fri 23-Nov-12 09:21:36
bishboschone Fri 23-Nov-12 09:36:45

Oh I love the fabric .. Tweed chic is very in.. Does it need to be more formal so you think?

slug Fri 23-Nov-12 09:36:58

Lady V London for flattering 50's shapes and quite cheap. You will need a cardigan/coat though.

Tee2072 Fri 23-Nov-12 09:46:43

I think it needs to be less formal, actually. It's lunchtime, not evening, so more of a day dress or suit, I was thinking.

I do have a green velvet trouser suit thing in the back of my closet. I wonder if it still fits...

bishboschone Fri 23-Nov-12 10:01:41

There is a nice dress in next called crepe dress in burgundy . Looks nice smile I can't link on my phone from next app.

Chandon Fri 23-Nov-12 10:06:20

Academics are not dressy at all, I think you would be overdressed in something syructured and black.

Maybe a daydress would be nice.

Tee2072 Fri 23-Nov-12 10:42:24

An whomever asked, I'm not very colourful, I tend to do neutral colours with accent jewellery over wild patterns or colours.

Actually, I just tend to throw on jeans and go about my day!!!

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Fri 23-Nov-12 18:09:30

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'm going to ask my MIL, who has been a faculty wife for more years than she'd like to admit, what she recommends!

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Sat 24-Nov-12 12:41:59

Just spoke to MIL, suit would be appropriate, or dress with jacket.

So I was thinking the right thing. Now to find the right thing!

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