We have been invited to a Royal Garden Party in a few months time and I have no idea what to wear. Has anyone else been to one and if so what sort of outfit is required? I am excited at the excuse for a new outfit but do not have loads of money to throw at this. I guess it is going to be a hat occasion? Coat? I can hardly rock up in a cardi can I? All help gratefully received
Definitely a hat, and a proper one not a 'fascinator'. Nice if your OH can hire a morning suit, plenty of people don't but it makes you feel the part. I got an outfit in the Jaques Vert sale , complete with shoes bag and hat, yes I know not exactly on the MN approved list but was just the job for the occasion and has done duty at nephew's wedding since.
When we went, all our friends assumed it was DH who was the invitee, (bigger job) I kept insisting ' No it's ME whom the Queen wants there, I'm just taking him along'
You will have a lovely time. Top tip - to beat the massive entry queues use the entrance at the back of the gardens, far fewer people. You won't get the nice sensation of strolling across BP forecourt, but you can go out the front way and savour it then.
Thank you for the steer, so wedding like it is Also great tip about the entrance winkle I will tell DP! Right, now to start thinking in more detail. Dress and jacket? I am worried I will end up too matchy matchy or is that what I should aim for?
Oh good grief yes, wedges! I hadn't even thought about the grass and heels issue. Thanks for those links Northern, it is very wedding like...and very crowded too! I want to know how the Duchess isn't sinking into the grass in her heels in both photos? I think I'd like a dress but hate my upper arms (bumpy pimples) so maybe sleeves to mid upper arm? Also need a jacket as we are off to dinner afterwards with another couple that we are attending with; might as well milk the occasion and get more use out of my nice new dress. Although I might need to lose the hat for the evening!
I have just had a browse at Coast, Phase Eight, Jigsaw and Jacques Vert as recommended up thread. My mind is now blank, where sells these posh garden party type outfits? I am mildly panicking and it months away. All suggestions very welcome. I am size 12, pretty balanced top and bottom, defined waist, reasonable boobs, definitely have hips! Help!
Re the bumps... the proper name is keratosis pilaris I think. Mine are much worse in winter when I wear thicker warmer clothes. Central heating dries me out too, so seems to exacerbate them. I use a loofah mitt thing and scrub, plus a general body scrub. Then lots of body lotion. If I am rubbish and get lazy, they are vile within a week or 2, but 2-3 weeks of being Very Very Good and doing it daily, I have arm skin that is actually nice.
I was a bit more casual - Panama hat with big cream coloured silk rose pinned to the band, cream and black wrap crepe dress, linen jacket - wedding ish but I also had to go to work that morning in the same outfit and would have felt silly going over the top. I fitted in fine. The food is good so the right shoes are essential if you don't want to topple over in the race for the sandwiches. And the herbaceous borders are beautiful (feel like my mum saying that). Don't recall seeing anyone in a morning suit, so don't inflict that on a male guest!
Matsi there were loads of morning suits when we were there, DH would have been mortified if he had been in a tiny minority wearing one. Mind you, if Amethyst and her DH are going on to dinner afterwards, maybe not such a good idea. Yes, the herbaceous borders are spectacular.