What does one wear to a "ladies who lunch" charity Christmas lunch.? Have been invited to one in 3 weeks time and am clueless.....Dress?, skirt? . Im 43, 5'4" size 12 have a wobbly belly which can be disguised with re-enforced undergarments. Budget is £100 but would go higher if it was something I could wear again and again. Any pointers/ ideas please?
A dress - shift? to cover the areas you don't like, and a long line cardigan/ coat the same length(ish) as the dress? The cardi/ coat would need to be the same length or longer to work. I have a lovely one from Jaeger with a shawl collar and no buttons and it drapes really well and goes with lots of things - Boden also have a nice one. You can pick a dress in a sort of festive colour - green or red if you want to, with a more neutral cardi/ coat such as charcoal or a dark brown, depending on what colours suit you.
Think ladies who lunch 'uniform' and comfort. Print/patterned jersey/crepe dress with a bit of drape ( Boden/ Sunday Best (on line)/ Ted Baker if you're feeling adventurous as they have fab prints or that place Nigella gets her frocks) to disguise any wobbles, neutral jacket to tone with dress- easily shed if it gets warm(not cardigan - too casual) falling nearer to mid thigh rather than waist, shoes or bag as your possible standout accessory if you feel the need- neither have to be 'designer' just choose something you love and inject & some colour/ pattern/texture according to how adventurous you are. Be practical with your bag & go for a clutch/wrist strap one that you can tuck under your arm or a neat shoulder strap. Go for heels they don't have to be skyscrapers. Get a good blow dry and your nails done. You'll feel 'dressed'. Nothing worse than struggling with hair/nails and feeling like you've rushed out without time to get properly ready. Enjoy and relax.
I've been recommending this left right and centre.
Playsuit designed to look like a dress, skims across a wobbly belly while also showing your silhouette, really comfortable, looks good bare legs or tights, heels or flats. I've worn it to a wedding, christening and various nights out.
I wore it with this and pointed patent black flats.
Would look great with some sort of statement jacket or blazer like:
Sorry only back on-line now. So a dress is the way to go (hate my legs) but Im liking the looks of these dresses from Asos. The red ones are lovely and seasonal Peach, going to take a look through Boden now Kit, Jamie Vardy like the black dress/playsuit but might lean towards red. Would a fake fur coat and red dress be a little Liz McDonald? I have a black fur thats years old.