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Saturday night in London - overweight and middle aged, what to wear?

(29 Posts)
thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 19:23:28

I'm going out in London this Saturday with some friends. I don't go out much in London, and when i do I'm usually in work clothes, so I've no idea what to wear. I'm size 16/18 and 37, definitely apple shaped. I'm getting my hair done in the afternoon, so hopefully that should look fab. What do people wear these days? My normal style is Boden/ Fat Face, but want to look smarter than that. I guess budget could do up to £150. I was wondering about jeans, nice top and heels. I have jeans, what nice top? Or if dress, what dress? It will be need to be available in a good sized town that has a John Lewis and Debenhams, but no House of Fraser, and I can get it at lunchtime tomorrow

I feel so old asking this question!

MrsLettuce Thu 16-May-13 19:27:31

Day and/or night? What will you be doing? Dinner and a bar? Pubbing and clubbing? Theater?

thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 19:29:36

Sorry, day into night, getting my haircut and coloured at 3 and then meeting friends after that. Dinner somewhere, not booked anything, doubt we will, so not too smart, then nice bars. Won't be clubbing as need to get the train home at some point

thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 19:30:06

PS can't believe I'm asking this, I used to be cool and live in Clapham, those were the days ........

thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 19:30:37

Was wondering about this dress

MrsLettuce Thu 16-May-13 19:49:12

NO to that dress, IMHandrespectfulO.

I forgot to ask about your coloring and what colours you like to wear. Duh. Do you think you'd feel more you in jeans or in a dress? SHall have a gander.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 16-May-13 20:02:15

This with jeans? It's out of stock online but might still be around in store.

MrsLettuce Thu 16-May-13 20:03:31

BAsed on the evans one, how about

this. not in stock in size on the site but maybe in store
over budget. Maybe too pale?

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 16-May-13 20:04:30

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo to that James Lakeland one: it is monstrous. smile

thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 20:05:38

Feel free to tell me no and not to go near things. I'm really rubbish. Hair is blonde, getting the roots done on Saturday afternoon, complexion is English pasty

Iseeall Thu 16-May-13 20:07:18

Comfortable shoes if you are on your feet all day sightseeing/shopping etc.
I was going to suggest boden but see its your everyday style, just add a nice bag, scarf and sunglasses.

thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 20:07:38

I love all those dresses, the last two are the kind of think I would buy and wear for work, I wasn't sure if they were too office-y for a night out

MrsLettuce Thu 16-May-13 20:09:10

James Lakeland was actually supposed to be this one.

grin at remus

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 16-May-13 20:11:33

Mmmm a bit better.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 16-May-13 20:12:17

With jeans and a blazer?

fedupofnamechanging Thu 16-May-13 20:13:23

I love that phase eight navy striped one and that black top you linked to.

thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 20:13:52


tunic with leggings and heels?


another tunic

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 16-May-13 20:17:23

No, no to leggings - jeans much better.


ubik Thu 16-May-13 20:19:43

jeans and a blazer is a good way to go - don't try to look too 'dressed up',

thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 20:20:33

I like the James Lakeland second one, but worry about lumps and bumps

MrsLettuce Thu 16-May-13 20:25:04

Hows about one of his tops then? With black rather than white though.

thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 20:30:58

Like the whistles top. I think I'm convinced by Jeans, top, possibly blazer and heels, should be able to find that tomorrow lunch time

For shoes


clarks for comfort

if they fit round the ankle

thegraduand Thu 16-May-13 20:31:37

Oo, like the dotty top, think I need a trying on session in John Lewis to see what fits

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 16-May-13 21:45:50

I'd avoid wearing new shoes if you're going to be walking around a lot tbh. Could you wear some comfortable flats and take heels to change into? Also, judging by how much rain we've had, sandals might not be ideal! I'm being old and sensible here btw. smile

MrsLettuce Thu 16-May-13 21:50:58

Oh hell yes, avoid new shoes if you can. Might be best to get some folding flats as back if you do go with new heels.

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