Oh dear, the office party is next week. Not my office, that would be a handful of sweet women who are my dear friends all playing Yahtzee and eating fondue. THAT would be fun.
No, this is a fancy deal, with valet parking, big ticket gifts and of course the invitation says "business casual"
Business casual means you have to squint and judge from a far what everyone else is going to wear and I know it's not going to be totally low key.
I am a big time drama queen, and don't mind dressing up more than most of the guests.....at an event where I'm already comfortable! But here, I'll be the only spouse who isn't a power lawyer or a physician or a something fancy. I'm happy with what I do (and hey, I can say "author" as long as I change the subject FAST!). But this time, I'd like to just be a part of the crowd.
I read Peacebang's BTFM, even though of course I'm not ordained clergy, it always has good advice.
I read the blurb about office parties on the Oprah website and iVillage. This is what I get: no cleavage, knee length for skirts, maybe a suit with a dressy shell and good earrings. Dress at a level they'll expect (impossible!!).
So, here's what I'm thinking.
The sweater I have is from the local consignment store, Ann Taylor Loft from last year, black sequins trim the v-neck which is much lower cut (and needs a silvery shell or something with a little something to it).
The slacks are pretty much these. Or I have black.
Add dressy dangly earrings, pearl choker, sparkly hair bling.
Or a dress....OK, mine's cut longer. I think. Maybe. Yes it is. It's just below the knee. But again, lower cut.
Any and all advice would be appreciated.
And back to some serious theological issues and great inspiration for creating dynamic family minstry soon, promise.