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My wonderful experience of 'how to look expensive"

(26 Posts)
Gatekeeper Tue 19-Jan-16 16:25:20

I am normally a bit of a slob and I don't like to see what I have evolved into...

Today was my dad's funeral- my beloved dad who was so dapper and smart and always wore a fab, well cut shirt and silk tie. His favourite aftershave was Terre d'Hermes

Despite the fact it was my dad's funeral- do you know what? Part of me felt bloody great. I had a on a fab fit and flare coat I bought from House of Fraser (Kaliko) which fits me and looks great. Slim fitting black trousers, black knee length boots and a fitted shirt. I also wore one of me dad's silk ties grin

I felt so tall and proud and confident and I know my dear dad would approve- he loved fashion

love you dad xxx; I'm DEF going to make an effort now

PacificDogwod Tue 19-Jan-16 16:27:03

Oh, Gatekeeper, I am sorry to read about your DF's death - my condolences thanks

I am sure you are right and he would have been proud to see your looking smart and feeling good about yourself. Long may that feeling continue!

Here's to your dad brew[hugs]

paulapantsdown Tue 19-Jan-16 16:27:13

Ah well done! I bet the hard day you had to endure was a tiny bit easier because you felt confident. I bet your dad would have thought you looked smashing.

Lweji Tue 19-Jan-16 16:33:31

I bet he was proud of you.

But... you don't have to ditch your usual style. I'm sure he's just as proud of your usual style as you of his.

Gatekeeper Tue 19-Jan-16 16:42:07

usual style has become sloth monster; ok for an attack of typhoid fever but other than that NO !!!!!! smile

AdoraBell Tue 19-Jan-16 16:47:59

I'm glad you felt confident and good about yourself.

Sorry for your loss thanks

abbieanders Tue 19-Jan-16 16:52:23

Sorry for your loss it sounds like you've found a way to keep your Dad's spirit alive in a very personal way.

herecomesthsun Tue 19-Jan-16 17:00:34

I wore a Philip Treacy hat from Harvey Nicks (sale) for my mum's funeral. I was an only child of whom she was mega proud and she liked to see me nicely turned out. It was almost like sharing a little joke with her.

God Bless you and be with you over the days, months and years to come - it is so very hard losing a parent flowers

Blingygolightly Tue 19-Jan-16 17:12:45

So sorry for your loss Gatekeeper, take care of yourself these next few weeks and months.thanks

Your outfit sounds wonderful. {{hugs}}

cressetmama Tue 19-Jan-16 19:40:39

For sure, he would have approved........ just keep his flame alight. And flowers.

DurhamDurham Tue 19-Jan-16 19:42:34

You sound like you would have made your dad proud , looking as dapper and smart as he liked to be.
Pleased it helped you get through the day too thanks

PunkrockerGirl Tue 19-Jan-16 19:45:34

Sorry about your Dad flowers
Your outfit sounds wonderful!

PacificDogwod Tue 19-Jan-16 19:49:29

You could just 'tweak' your usual style to incorporate a bit of your dad's style? I love that you wore one of his silk ties smile

LordOfMisrule Tue 19-Jan-16 19:49:30

When my DGF died - a keen runner - I ran a cross country race faster than I ever had before, when usually I would have coasted. Its funny what death can do to inspire you to better yourself flowers

Tisgrand Wed 20-Jan-16 00:23:59

What a lovely way to honour your dad Gatekeeper. Sorry for your loss.

Dontlaugh Wed 20-Jan-16 00:28:38

Gatekeeper that sounds like an amazing outfit, and one he would have appreciated. I am sorry for your loss. I hope and trust you carry his legacy on, as much as you can.
My own dad is critically ill in ICU and I have picked out my funeral outfit - but nothing as fabulous as yours! I am in awe and wish you well.

Dontlaugh Wed 20-Jan-16 00:29:59

PS One of my very best friends wears that aftershave, your dad have excellent taste.

Dontlaugh Wed 20-Jan-16 00:30:41


BringMeTea Wed 20-Jan-16 03:23:09

flowers So sorry for your loss OP. I rarely dress smartly and wore a fitted, aubergine Autograph dress for my dear dad's funeral, with, heaven forfend, heels! I know he would have been very pleased to see me like that. Wearing his tie was such a nice touch.

Be kind to yourself.

echt Wed 20-Jan-16 04:54:17

thanks and sorry for your loss, Gatekeeper. So glad that the glamming-up pleased you and reflected an important aspect of your dad's life, too.

A couple of years ago, an MNer whose DH had died spoke of her wish to look the bees' knees at the funeral. I recommended fancy underwear (not as the main garment, and not in case she got lucky) grin shock

madmomma Wed 20-Jan-16 07:15:22

Ah how lovely that you honoured your Dad like that. Just before he died, my Dad remarked that one of my dresses was pretty. I wore it to his funeral and I love to wear it now and remember him. So sorry for your loss xxx

Buttercup443 Wed 20-Jan-16 08:18:17

Sorry to hear about your Dad, Gatekeeper flowers

Wonderful to hear that you've found a way to let your Dad's spirit shine through in you!

Go girl!! X

Postchildrenpregranny Thu 28-Jan-16 22:57:34

Oh gatekeeper how lovely. I'd have dabbed his aftershave on dad always smelled of Old Spice The merest whiff makes me tearful (he's been dead 22 years)

robindeer Thu 28-Jan-16 23:12:12

I completely understand. At my beloved DF's funeral I wanted to dress well enough that his friends could look at me and think 'that's *****'s daughter. He must have been proud'. It seemed so silly at the time so I'm grateful to hear a similar story. flowers for you gatekeeper

robindeer Thu 28-Jan-16 23:17:01

Ah you've brought tears to my eyes you lot!

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