Casual garden party invitation, simple right?? erm... not really.
Party invitations can be tricky to decipher....
It is very bad manners to under-dress. It seems like you are not giving the occasion enough respect... I went to a christening a few years ago and some of the party were in jeans! Not cool.
However, it can be equally embarrassing to over-dress, especially as a more mature woman. We can be thought of as 'trying too hard', frumpy (too mother-of-the bride-ish and matchy matchy) or Mutton dressed as lamb.
So, what DO you wear to a garden party, over 40?
The invitation says "Casual" but I don't want to look like I'm popping out to the shops.... and, although it is summer, it can be unpredictable weather-wise...Tricky.
I decided on this vintage-inspired tea dress with a quirky bird print (I know bird prints are just about over, but I like this one).
I threw on a striped blazer as a smart-ish layer and belted it...partially to make it more casual and partially to make it fit ;-)
My shoe choice was easiest of all.
I needed comfort (standing around for hours) and no heel (I don't want to sink into the lawn). So I picked these old friends. The red stripe was a good contrast with the blue and the whimsical bow gives them a girly touch... see my twitter feed for a close-up.
Finally, this bright blue clutch was perfect. A great colour and the perfect size, it holds a surprising amount....I am going to pop a compact umbrella into it before we go.....and maybe a scarf??
Dress: Fever London
Shoes: George at Asda
Perspex Cuff: Boden
Bangles: People Tree