|One possibility - my 1960s Evans 'Tweensize set|
For the past few Christmasses work have given us all a bit of money towards team Christmas meals, so I haven't whinged on the blog about partywear since 2010. Now, however, we've got a party looming, and in the very swanky Pump Room at that.
I'm actually less angsty about partywear than I was four years ago, possibly because my measurements are pretty much the same, so I've had plenty of time to get used to my weight, and I'm over 40 now and the pressure to BE HOT OR BE NOTHING has kind of dropped off because it's assumed no-one over 40 can be hot anyway. (NB unless you were super-hot to begin with, in which case HOW DARE YOU AGE?) So I'm more at peace with my shape and society's expectations are lower.
Even so, I'm honestly not sure what I'll wear. I didn't go to the last work party, if I remember, probably due to the aforementioned partywear angst - the last one I can remember going to, I wore a corseted pinstripe dress with PVC detailing. That went to Age UK earlier this year; not only could I no longer get into it, even if I could it would've looked ridiculous on me as I don't have the right personality for it nowadays. I do still own the very first outfit I wore to a work party: a long black satin bias-cut skirt and matching sleeveless tunic. M&S, 1997. I loved that set. I also used to wear it goth clubbing in the late 90s, channelling Louise Brooks with a jet-back bob and long string of fake pearls. That's a size 8, and I'll never wear it again!
|Boden pencil dress...|
What sort of outfit do you favour for work parties? Sleek and smart, or big and glam?