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HELP! What to wear to posh 30th birthday at trendy Notting Hill bar??

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oldgreengrasshopper Mon 17-Oct-11 21:08:56

I am going to a 30th birthday party on Friday in London - it's a work friend of DH who I've never met, I just know that he and his fiance are very posh and the bar looks horribly trendy. I have absolutely no idea what to wear - it is over five years since I last went out in London, I am SAHM who lives in jeans and jumpers. Please please help, just give me a few pointers on what might be acceptable? Is fine for DH as he'll be going straight from work with lots of others all in their suits I think. Thank you!

Angel786 Mon 17-Oct-11 22:11:05

Hi there,

I used to live nr not hill and the bars are all v varied, mind if i ask which one? If genuinely trendy i'd say do your best to not look like tried too hard. Skinny trousers and a nice top / pretty dress but edge with a leather jacket. If a posher type bar then a more polished look would work better. Somewhere like the westbury is q casual, notting hill arts club /blag v relaxed. Supper club - super fashionable.

In any event, good shoes are a must! Also as it's your DH's work type thing, I'd make sure I'm well groomed (nails etc). Sorry if that sounds old fashioned!

oldgreengrasshopper Mon 17-Oct-11 22:18:30

thanks angel - its the clarendon? hmmm don't have any of the clothing items you have suggested (esp good shoes... a good point, hadn't thought that far!) so think I am going to have to drag unwilling 2 yr old DS round shops sometime this week.

Angel786 Mon 17-Oct-11 22:29:35

I don't think I've been there OP but it looks like a 'i've tried hard to look like I'm not trying hard!' place. So, I'd guess some skinny jeans / trousers (if they suit you?) with a nice top but focus more on the accessories, necklace, earrings, cute clutch and shoes. If q plain trousers and top you could throw in some animal / leopard print heels? It doesn't have to be expensive, just selective.

If I see anything in the high st, I'll let you know. Hope you have a fab time!

oldgreengrasshopper Mon 17-Oct-11 22:37:41

thanks, that's really helpful, gives me a good starting point! have no idea if skinny trousers will suit me or not as haven't worn anything 'skinny' since I was a teenager....but perhaps with a longer top it might be ok!!

polyhymnia Mon 17-Oct-11 23:37:21

I'd add in manicure and possibly if you can a blow dry - but in a style that looks casual but groomed. Definitely nothing obv. try-hard. Venue looks good btw.

LolaLadybird Tue 18-Oct-11 09:38:49

I was in New Look at the weekend and they had lots of nice blouse-type tops in sheer fabrics that would work well with skinny jeans/trousers and heels. Might be worth a look if you don't want to spend a huge amount.

kittydreamer Tue 18-Oct-11 11:07:06

Hello mumsnetters has anyone tried any of Mistrals clothing? Was wondering how their sizing came up ? I need a long sleeve t shirt to go under something I am generally a 14 in Boden large in Gap and sometimes need a 16 to accomodate my tummy but sometimes this means its too big on boob area? Any advice on Mistaral sizing much appreciated. Thanks

AngryFeet Tue 18-Oct-11 11:14:30

Definitely skinny jeans/leggings with nice top/dress and either shoe boots or knee high boots.

I am thinking of getting this to wear with leggings and my brown boots to my birthday drinks on Saturday (out in Clapham).

AngryFeet Tue 18-Oct-11 11:15:20

Sorry not that one this one

Angel786 Tue 18-Oct-11 11:31:10

Love that dress angry with boots would look fab! I wouldn't do leggings too tho, maybe just dark tights.

AngryFeet Tue 18-Oct-11 11:33:24

Yeah I just have horrible knees so need to cover them up as much as poss ;)

AngryFeet Tue 18-Oct-11 15:52:33

I just bought the dress I linked to (the animal print one). It is SO flattering! Makes my waist look tiny and since I am a 16 that is quite a feat ;)

Angel786 Tue 18-Oct-11 15:58:14

Yay! grin hope your birthday drinks are amazing!

AngryFeet Tue 18-Oct-11 15:59:45

They shall be! About 16 of us going to a hawaiian style cocktail bar. They do about a million different cocktails so I will try a wide selection grin

gazzalw Tue 18-Oct-11 16:05:34

Is this the Clarendon that's twixt Nottinghill and Ladbroke Grove or another one? If it is it used to be a favoured haunt about 20 years ago!

gazzalw Tue 18-Oct-11 16:05:48

Is this the Clarendon that's twixt Nottinghill and Ladbroke Grove or another one? If it is it used to be a favoured haunt about 20 years ago!

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