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My DH's grandfather died, there is going to be a memorial service. My inlaws are not my biggest fans. I am from London, they all hate London and definitely view it as the big racy city. None of them ever wear heels despite no one topping 5 foot (other than DH but he doesn't wear heels ). They will all be dressed very conventionally, yawn, no imagination. Of course I don't want to dress in appropriately but I want to look good. (so many issues with the inlaws, wouldn't want to bore you with details but I need to feel uber confident). I am thinking black pencil skirt with these which are the only shoes I have other than bright colours, I don't have any black shoes and would rather buy a top than shoes.
What should I wear on top? Can I get away with the shoes? I have a very lightweight long black cardi that is quite smart, I certainly don't want to wear a suit jacket (don't have one anyway!)
I don't want to stick one to the inlaws. Sorry if it came across like that. Its just that they make me feel like shit so I want to feel that I look nice and I will feel more confident to get through the whole day. I suppose I am a little worried that they will raise an eyebrow at high heels and pencil skirt although I don't really care if they do so long as I look nice. If the whole of mumsnet screams WRONG WRONG WRONG then I will have to have a re think. I like the idea of a silky pussy bow blouse, had already searched for a black one but it was a bit too see-thru (and I know that would be inappropriate . )
Oh I'll be totally blanked as I always am. I just want to look good in the process! And my sisters in law (all three) won't miss a trick. Its a not the funeral its the big social memorial service, I'm not going to the funeral, DH is going without me.
I attended a memorial service last summer, wore a black fitted jesire wool shift dress with matching jacket, bare legs, pearls and aubergine courts.
People wore all sorts, I prefer more formal dress though.
I would say pencil skirt/heels/blouse very appropriate dress. A cardi and muted colour shoe absolutely fine, personally i would keep jewellery/accessories minimal as one lady had loads of bracelets on that jangled, it was quite distracting when we were trying to listen to readings.