OOTD: Garden Party
What do you wear to a garden party in Buckingham Palace?
That was a question I was asking myself a lot last month….
The Royal Palace says on their website that for gentleman it’s a lounge suit and for women it’s a day dress. What do you count as a day dress? How posh do you go? What style do you go?
Having been to St James’s Palace, I know that etiquette of what you wear when there is important. For me its obvious you wear nothing low cut and make sure its at a suitable length. My Auntie Ann, always said you don’t want to show next week’s washing. It made it hard of what to wear.
I had the option of wearing a navy blue fit and flare swing dress or a flower pencil dress both styled with a pink jacket. For me nearer the time they didn’t fit or look right. (I’m pleased I changed my mind at the end.)
I decided to look around, believe me this was a hard task as there wasn’t much choice. I looked in New Look, Next, Matalan and finally found one in Dorothy Perkins. The dress I chose is a navy floral fit and flare dress. It has a flattering with a wide waistband and wide flower pattern with bright red flowers. I ordered the dress in a smaller size in a tall fit. I was so pleased I could do that, as length is always a problem for me, having a long torso. I ordered other patterns and style of dresses from there too. I chose this one due to the pattern as I preferred it overall to everything I tried.
On the day it felt comfortable, went well with my grey jacket and felt smart being in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. If you do end up going there, I would fully recommend something comfortable and flat shoes as I saw so many women sinking into the grass.
I felt so honored being there and been part of the staff team, but I would honestly go for something similar if given the opportunity to go again.