What to wear to a family party is always a dilemma. The last weekend of August for a big family gathering in Chester has been in our diary for over eight months so there was no excuse for not planning my packing well in advance. The weekend consisted of two nights at the Carden Park Hotel. There would be two dinners one on Friday night (slightly less formal and then a larger one in a private dining room to celebrate my brother’s birthday on Saturday. We were forty-two in total (we are a large family).
For the first evening, I wore a skirt from Jaeger shown above (I bought it in the sale – now sadly sold out). Having done some research I found a similar one at MarksandSpencer (US link) My cream silk top is also by Jaeger. MeandEm has some excellent ones. My burgundy cross body bag is by Jaeger still available at John Lewis (reduced in sale)
I love the feel of the skirt, the way it swooshes around my legs. It is a good style for my pear shape figure as it shows off my waist and then follows the line of my wider hips without clinging.
I found a good selection of similar styles at LKBennett (US link) I fell in love with this one (only size 12 left) but decided my blue one would be more practical. Ted Baker also offers a very pretty one as do The Outnet.
I have slung a wool/cashmere shawl over my shoulders. I bought mine on a trip to India about twelve years ago. Etsy has an excellent selection.
My Jaeger bag is perfect for day or evening. It is a great trans seasonal piece. The colour will go well with my autumn 2017 wardrobe, which I am in the process of planning now and will be sharing with you in the near future.
Photos by Mr.P
This is the outfit I wore for the first evening. I will be sharing what I wore for the second night next week.