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Black tie with an 11-year-old in tow

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TheSmallClanger Sun 24-May-09 22:07:07

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. shock
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! wink
TIA - all help gratefully received.

KristinaM Sun 24-May-09 22:32:05

soem of the karen millen dresses on that thread were lovely. satin and shift like. def black tie and fab on size 10 envy

no you don't need a hat, unless you want one. plenty hair accessories out there if you feel the need smile

can you wear small heels that are not thin( = hard to walk in)

11yo can wear any dressy top and skirt. that woudl be easier than dress for that age. i have a skinny 9yo DD and i feel your pain

KristinaM Sun 24-May-09 22:41:48

my DD woudl wear this next red roses but it might be too young for yours

pink roses

a bargain though!!

i dont think an 11yo should be expected to be very formal. and she will probably only wear it once

Joggler Sun 24-May-09 23:25:37

oh wear black fgs
she sont even notice

TheSmallClanger Wed 03-Jun-09 23:26:53

Bump - have realised that shopping opportunities with DD are quite limited now as she has stuff to do at weekends.
I think I know what I'm looking for now - thanks!

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