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Wedding anniversary party at posh restaurant - what do people wear?

(24 Posts)
RidiculousDiversion Fri 20-Oct-17 20:59:35

Will standard workwear (nice dress, potentially plus jacket) hack it? If not, I have nothing in my wardrobe that isn't jeans and t-shirts, so the 'smart trousers and a nice top' thing isn't going to work.

Can anyone suggest either the sort of 'nice top' that's appropriate or the type of dress I should be looking for? I'm assuming cocktail (ie short), but beyond that I'm a bit stumped.

I'm a norky size 10, also quite short, so needs to be fitted rather than flowing.

RidiculousDiversion Sat 21-Oct-17 19:13:51

Um, anyone bored and up for helping me? I've been browsing Boden, Asos and Phase 8 and am currently finding very little that looks non-mumsy, not too young and which has bra coverage and won't be below the knee on me (or at least be easy to get taken up, I look awful in just below the knee dresses).

Best hope so far is this which is a long way from my usual style but at least is neither lacy nor floral.

Whereisthesunshine Sat 21-Oct-17 19:18:04

Can you glam up one of your work dresses with jewellery - necklace, bracelet etc. and an evening bag? If it’s a single colour work dress I think it would be fine.

LoniceraJaponica Sat 21-Oct-17 19:18:41

Smart trousers and a nice top will be fine. If you are in a restaurant no-one is going to see what you are wearing on your bottom half anyway.

AllPowerfulLizardPerson Sat 21-Oct-17 19:24:14

Lunch party or dinner?

RidiculousDiversion Sat 21-Oct-17 19:29:30

Oh, thank you so much, responses! Made my evening grin

Where You're rather assuming I own jewellery... It's not my thing. Same with evening bags, I've got a little black evening bag that I bought in Claire's Accessories twenty years ago which is clearly cheap and old, but which I've used for weddings for years. I've got a gold chain, gold stud earrings and some pink coral necklaces left over from being a little girl... I do have a dark green fit and flare work dress which I think is the nearest thing to an evening dress, so maybe I should just accessorise that somehow. It's long-sleeved and high-necked, though.

Lonerica I dont' have a nice top, but would be happy to buy one. Just need to work out what that looks like / means. I do have black work trousers I could wear.

All Dinner - Saturday night so I think fairly formal.

Any thoughts on the dress I linked to?

Jaimx86 Sat 21-Oct-17 19:33:44

What's your budget? What colours do you like to wear? What colour heels are you likely to wear?

Jaimx86 Sat 21-Oct-17 19:34:58

Also, what kind of neckline do you prefer?

RidiculousDiversion Sat 21-Oct-17 19:35:50

Black patent block mid heels (don't have any others). Budget up to £150 but would rather spend under £100. I like navy, dark green, burgundy - nothing with yellow tones. Must be able to wear scaffolding a bra.

Jaimx86 Sat 21-Oct-17 19:36:02

Also, I LOVE the dress you've linked! I might buy it to wear Christmas Day.

Sparkletastic Sat 21-Oct-17 19:59:15

That dress you’ve linked to is epic! Would you feel too busty in it though?

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 21-Oct-17 20:02:20

LOVE the dress.

RidiculousDiversion Sat 21-Oct-17 20:05:58

Ooh, you like it!? It's a bit (but not too far) out of my comfort zone. I'm 30G, so I think it shouldn't be ridiculous on me bust-wise? With black tights (probably need to buy some that aren't 80 denier) and black block heels?

LoniceraJaponica Sat 21-Oct-17 20:30:19

I love the dress as well, but I am too hippy and not busty enough to wear it sad

IDoLikeARainbow Sat 21-Oct-17 21:15:13

Ooh I love that dress! Go for it!

thenightsky Sat 21-Oct-17 21:17:38

Love the phase 8 dress you linked. Very tempted by it myself.

MyLittleDragon Sun 22-Oct-17 00:53:24

Phase eight dress is fab, if it’s not too low cut for you (I am busty myself). If so a balconette bra which lifts and separates is a good bet (as opposed to a plunge or push up).

OlennasWimple Sun 22-Oct-17 01:06:39

That dress is fabulous and you would get lots of wear out of it afterwards, I'm sure. Or you could sell it on eBay to recoup some costs if you need

WhatAPunch Sun 22-Oct-17 01:24:53

That dress is gorgeous OP. I think it'd be fine bust-wise.

Growingboys Sun 22-Oct-17 08:20:44

Sexy dress from Diva Catwalk

They go in the machine and make you look a million times better than you normally do - I've got two and swear by them!

IDoLikeARainbow Sun 22-Oct-17 11:56:25

@RidiculousDiversion 20% off at Phase Eight with code: TWENTYOCADO

RidiculousDiversion Sun 22-Oct-17 13:26:55

GrowingBoys Ooh, I bought the other dress, but I must bookmark that site as it looks like just my thing, thanks!

IDLAR Thank you so much, but a couple of hours too late! It would be wrong to buy another with the code and return the original one...

Gah81 Sun 22-Oct-17 13:35:39

The house of foxy Mansfield dress would be perfect. Get a bunch of compliments every time I wear it!

IDoLikeARainbow Sun 22-Oct-17 14:08:29

Don’t see anything wrong with ordering a second one, free returns and £20 could go towards some new shoes/bag...

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