If the dress code for an evening event says men should wear lounge suits, what would you wear?

(11 Posts)
nipersvest Thu 19-Jun-14 17:48:42

I need ideas, am going to a do with dh next week at the national portrait gallery and not sure how posh or smart casual I need to go!

VivaLeBeaver Thu 19-Jun-14 17:52:02

Cocktail dress

VivaLeBeaver Thu 19-Jun-14 17:52:47

Charming frock.
Depends on time of day.

Good link Viva!

Carpaccio Thu 19-Jun-14 17:55:35

I'd say a cocktail dress.
Personally, I'd go for something like this (I'm sure it's possible to find similar cheaper and in different colours - I really like the shape and the lace): www.selfridges.com/en/Womenswear/Categories/Shop-Clothing/Dresses/Cocktail/Zarita-long-lace-dress_151-3000459-D7586973E00BPL/?previewAttribute=Brazen+plumb
Along with heels, a bracelet, earrings and a clutch bag.

nipersvest Thu 19-Jun-14 18:00:33

It's an evening, sit down dinner thing, 7 till 9pm, need to use public transport to get there though as we're coming from the midlands on the train so need to also not stand out like a sore thumb while travelling

MissBattleaxe Thu 19-Jun-14 18:00:43

Formal, summery, but not full length. Cocktail dress, or possibly very smart trousers and a posh top if you really dress it up or if its very elegant. Think Kristen Scott Thomas.

nipersvest Wed 25-Jun-14 22:15:36

update - do was last night, it was the bp portrait award dinner. in the end i went in a brown mary portas dress, with a cream shawl and cream shoes. its a dress i already have, love it but don't often wear it. was a bit unsure of my choice when we left home but when we were there it was fine for the occasion.

oh, and i met nigel havers!

MrsMarigold Wed 25-Jun-14 22:19:08

Ha I always used to see Nigel Havers jogging - he's quite long in the tooth now. Glad your outfit was ok.

nipersvest Wed 25-Jun-14 22:29:24

this is the dress it's officially grape but its more brown really, quite plain but classic looking when on, plus its longer in length on me as i'm shorter than the model.

nigel wasn't as tall as i thought he was, very debonair though and still quite handsome!

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