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OK. Jeans out. That is good. Would have felt a bit dodgy/casual going with that option.
Is LBD possibly too much though?
I could get myself sorted with some black trousers with glittery/sequinned top and black jacket. Would that hit the mark?
Last time I saw these people (DH's uni friends - normally is just him and the boys) was 7 years ago for a different 40th. Then I had a party dress on which DD did a poonami all over. No way could wear it so had to do a quick change in the loos. Ended up with me wearing DH's jeans and T-shirt (long story) under a blazer - with a very, very clinched in belt - spent the entire party feeling like an absolute misfit, baggy bottomed, uncomfortable and wanting to crawl into a hole. Everyone was lovely but I just wanted to cry and left as soon as possible.
Kind of just want to "blend" nicely this time round.
If it's a posh invitation to a fancy venue for drinks and dancing then definitely wear a nice dress. I would say nude tights not black, black tights are more work/casual. The fact that they are obv spending plenty of money on this do suggests more formal dressing than trousers/sparkly top to me.
I have an elegant, simple lbd which makes me feel great. Knee length, cap sleeved, understated but low back so has an element of something to take it from the boring. Think am going with that. Dress is too fine/drapey to go with opaques I think so will do the nudes.
I was hoping not to have to buy anything new dress wise unless utterly necessary (realised that possibly something in between lbd and jeans may have been an easier choice) but rather not have something sitting in my wardrobe worn once. Definitely need to get out more!
everyone. You have talked me into feeling comfortable with wardrobe/packing choice - so can look forward to the party.