Let the party outfit flailing commence!
|This is one option.|
You'd think this would mean just for once I wouldn't get stressed about what to wear, but NO. The dress code is basically 'smart casual, like you'd wear for a Friday night out', which is no help to me because my Friday nights are spent in a pub, and I'm not sure what anyone expects a 45-year-old chubby woman to wear on a Friday night out.
I'd actually bookmarked stuff on Etsy and Ebay in case I got to go, but wasn't going to buy anything till I knew I was definitely going. Monday was too late for me to be certain of getting a delivery, and also too late for me to whip round the charity shops of Trowbridge or run something up on my sewing machine. ARGH. (In case you're wondering I have been round Bath's chazzas but they don't seem to have many size 18 party options. Either my fellow curvanistas don't wear party dresses, or when they finally find one they like they hang onto it for dear life.)
This all means I'm stuck with what's in my wardrobe. I fell off the weight loss wagon a bit after my holiday, and though I'm back on it, there's no way I'll fit into my preferred options (though I'll try them on with my Esbelt cincher just to check). I could wear the same black dress I wore last year, 'cos it's only had two outings. Tempted just to wear the sort of thing I wear for work and some decent jewellery and be done with it, to be honest – I haven't worn my floral jacquard shift dress (second photo) much this year, and it's fairly smart. I've also got a teal tweed shift that I wear loads, but I really like. With a couple of glasses of wine in me I'd probably stop caring that all my workmates have seen it before.
The blue 60s dress at the top of the page is a serious option, as I'm pretty sure it fits nicely – I'll try it on again to make sure. The 60s psychedelic crimplene is a more off-the-wall choice for a work event, and I suspect that would need to work with the cincher to be viable. (If I'd stuck to my calorie counting it or a few others I have stashed would probably be more possible.)
Argh, partywear! I'll fill you in on what I went with at the weekend...