I was leaning towards tights,tbh, the bare ankle thing is right. Breaks up the line. I'm not brave enough to wear bare legs/nude tights - would look a bit too fleshy i think. Its going to be mixed age company, young and old - y'know? Dont want to frighten the horses as they say!
The dress IS lovely, its 'slippery' fabric, stretchy and comes in black with silver or gold dots. From a shop online called 'blue bannana'. I've bought lots from there. Everything comes wrapped beautifully with ribbons and a lolly pop! Any one know it? There are two shops with that name online when you google it. One has lovely tops and dresses - realy wearable, and the other shop is a bit goth and wird IMO, so get the right one! Well worth a look.