When one is a novice approaching a fancy black tie dinner, there are any number of things to consider. Future posts will consider issues around ‘spray tan vs milk bottle white’, and ‘nails- is naked a no no?’ Today, we’re discussing what may happen when one needs a long, ballgown, sophisticated sort of dress…
Spend hours on the website of a department store, looking at evening/ occasion wear.
Decide on purple dress, black faux fur stole, non descript medium heel evening shoes. Place £200 worth of sparkly items in your vitual shoppong basket.
Consider own jewellery and opt for big black bangle, sparkly black butterfly and any twinkly rings one may have inherited.
Revisit website. Realise that the purple dress is described both as a ‘ball gown’ and a ‘bridesmaid dress’. Bridesmaid. Oh. Consider that one is too old to be flouncing about in a shiny bridesmaid dress. The Horror.
Realise that, left to one’s own devices the result may be very matronly, or mutton dressed as lamb. The worry will always be there. Review shopping basket. Panic.
Time to call in an expert.
There is a wonder woman, fantastic frock lady. Rumour has it that anxious women of all shapes, sizes and ages are turned into goddesses by her experienced eye and wonderful array of garments. It is possible to hire a complete ensemble for £50. A bargain at twice the price, for the confidence alone.
I’m seeing her on Friday.