We are going to Afternoon tea in the Langham Hotel over Christmas, eek (thats an excited eek)!
What on earth to wear? Dress code is smart casual which is no help at all.
I am 27, size 12, very short, good legs and boobs, massive pot belly. I am naturally quite a 'dressy' person ie wear a lot of dresses but these are usually jumper dresses or work dresses neither of which I think would work here?
Just to make matters more difficult I have a rather small budget- (says quietly) maybe about £40 for a dress? I know thats hardly anything but with Christmas being at the same time I can't really justify anyhting more than that unless i thought I would wear it every week...
I like your jumper dress. Very nice colour. Why not go for that with opaques?
Knitted dress definitely not too informal. This is the kind of thing DH and I do a fair bit. Yes, he probably would wear a suit but women can get away with something less "stiff" as long as they look stylish
Your DH should be able to get away with shirt and trousers (no jacket and tie ok if smart casual).
Love that jumper dress - might get one myself, what a bargain! You should be fine in that although I wouldn't got OTT with accessories.
That said, if you're keen to treat yourself to something new for such a special occasion what about a tea-dress? You could do nice court shoes to work the full lady look or chunky tights and boots if its really cold - the latter look will be good to get max. wear out of it too.
I went to afternoon tea at the berkeley hotel a couple of weeks ago and wore a long [quite posh] tunic top, leggings and long boots. However, there were all kinds of different outfits on display (from a table of really scruffy women (no make up, those shoes for hiking that you can swim in, muffin tops etc) to a table of young girls dressed up like they were the off spring of Russian oligarchs) and no one batted an eyelid. Wear something that makes you feel good and like you've made an effort - it is a treat after all - but dont stress about it at all. It will be lovely - have a great time.
Go for a dress to be on the safe side, then you will have any dress code covered. The Berkeley is the fashionistas tea spot, so doesn't really have a dress code (lots of variety on display when I was there), however some of the other London hotels do have a dress code . Avoid jeans/trainers and you should be fine though.