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book launch party - help

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cafecita Fri 05-Dec-14 10:42:52

Argh I've gone up 2 dress sizes from most of my clothes. What on earth do I wear to a book launch/ party after? I think even my shoes don't fit. I recall Bridget Jones may have worn huge pants, but time is ticking and I own no huge pants. Jersey dress too scruffy? or are they casual ish? or quite party/semi smart things? erm. arh.
thanks in advance!

SuperFlyHigh Fri 05-Dec-14 11:04:49

I went to a book launch 2 weeks ago (educational, school) - i just wore:-

I can't find it here but a cream/white lace sleeved knit from Zara.

jersey dress sounds nice too

CheersMedea Fri 05-Dec-14 11:18:15

Usually book launches are fairly casual but it really depends on the book - and who is organising the party!

I've been to all kinds - I would be guided by the venue and the time (the more exclusive/expensive the smarter it is likely to be) - so a lunchtime book launch in a local book shop would be more casual than drinks at the Savoy.

The more high profile the book and the author, its more likely the publishers will pay for a more stylish affair as they'll be trying to get celebs in for the photo-ops.

Smart pair of high heeled boots, smart black jeans and a glamorous colourful top is my answer to feeling fat party wear!

cafecita Fri 05-Dec-14 11:23:05

thanks! Super, nice outfit!
ok, so middle of the road dressy-casual? It came as a party invite -it's at publishers, evening, boozy, media types - but not at savoy. perhaps it will be dark, and dark jersey dress may suffice, with appropriate footwear.. [have no appropriate footwear]
[searches for magic pants] hmm.

Greenstone Fri 05-Dec-14 11:26:21

Dark jersey dress sounds perfect ime. Just do nice nails or something to add polish. Enjoy! They're usually good fun.

Greenstone Fri 05-Dec-14 11:27:19

Have you nice ankle boots?

DealForTheKids Fri 05-Dec-14 11:27:50

Riffing on the joy theme, I bought this the other day:

two sizes up from what I should be pre-Xmas blush

I wore it to a party full of literary/meeja types with a bright red necklace, brogues and a cardi. May not be your style but I felt a bit 'Bloomsbury' rather than tightly dressed up and it was v flattering despite the number on the label being higher than I'd prefer wink

cafecita Fri 05-Dec-14 12:29:44

you're all splendid

I have nice ankle boots, but they are also too small (seriously, I think the extra weight makes my feet a size bigger through gravitational splaying effect..) sobs normally 8ish, crept to 12, but that's a vanity-sized 12, I'm probably a 14.. so no chance of fitting into my dresses etc. [eats biscuit pondering this]

it's probably not too big a deal, I just think lack any idea when every morning faced with 'gah nothing fits' - ehem.
ok - add polish somehow (looks at scraggly unpolished nails) dress/tights/some kind of shoes.

alternative = knitted sweater with flowery silk skirt (if it does up)

Greenstone Fri 05-Dec-14 12:38:59

When is it OP? Can you just do a quick asos or new look order if nothing fits?

cafecita Fri 05-Dec-14 14:54:04

erm, sadly out of time.. eeep

ok.. black pencil skirt plus silk top (either dark truffley coloured or light floral-y splodgey)

or navy/black or just black jersey dress

with spanx tights

footwear tbc

or a dress black/pale pink huge flowery silk thing which I think I once wore when pregnant blushwith black cardigan
unearthed lovely dress about a size 10 really gorgeous colours, black,green,indigo,dark red.. does not fit

Dear Author, please could you reschedule your event so that I may attend in something other than tracksuit.. regards

cafecita Fri 05-Dec-14 14:57:53

I haven't read the book yet either.. arrhh

anyway, thanks for your help! smile

CheersMedea Fri 05-Dec-14 15:33:52

If it's a book launch you're not expected to have read it, you are expected to buy it!

"Dahling, I can't wait to read it, would you sign it for me?"

cafecita Fri 05-Dec-14 16:25:49

phew. ok! I have kindle-bought it to speed read en route
I shall purchase with vigour a paper version
while hiding my nails

cafecita Fri 05-Dec-14 16:27:14

and my feet

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