It's another wedding one - sorry! Have been invited to a wedding at the end of July, with DH and Tiny Clanger. It is being held at a hotel (ceremony and reception) and has a black tie dress code. The bride has unfortunately turned bridezilla and has now banned women from wearing black. Although I do quite like fashion, I am not versed in this sort of thing. My current "wedding outfit" has black trousers and is not really black tie, I don't think. My quandary is twofold: 1) What do I wear? I'm 35, 5'2" with v. short blonde hair and have recently lost a fair bit of weight, so size 10. I normally prefer tailored, shift-type dresses (a la Jackie Onassis, in my head) or trousers for posh events. I cannot wear heels. A fair few of the dresses on the "statement dress" thread caught my eye, so that sort of thing is what I'm after. Does that count as black tie? Also, do I need a hat? I do not like to wear anything strapless, boned or prom style. Budget is about £100.
2) What can Tiny Clanger wear? She is 11, 5' tall, slim with long legs, and blonde. AAlthough she needs teen-sized clothes for the length, she does still look her age and I want to buy something age-appropriate, so nothing too grown up but equally nothing too babyish. She prefers tops and skirts and her favourite colour is purple. Under no circumstances must she match me! TIA - all help gratefully received.