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Over-dressing for dinner

Zara lace pencil dress

This was one of those, “If I don’t wear it now, I probably won’t get another opportunity this year, so even although I know I’m going to feel over-dressed, I’m totally going to wear it anyway” kind of situations. 

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

(Er, please tell me we’ve all been there, and it’s not just me who gets totally over-dressed for dinner sometime? Actually, on second thoughts, maybe just let me continue with my delusion: I’m happier that way…)

As it turned out, though, I didn’t just feel over-dressed when we were taking these: I felt totally stupid, too, because just as I got into position, ready to strike a pose for the camera, an entire class/club of schoolchildren all appeared and filed right past where I was standing. Seriously, there were at least 20 of them, all walking two-by-two, and with a teacher/other adult at the back, shepherding them along, and yelling “STAY WITH YOUR PARTNERS, CHILDREN! AND MIND THE FASHION BLOGGER!”

OK, she didn’t actually say that. In fact, I’m hoping she didn’t even see me, because, the fact is, school age children still scare the bejesus out of me, so as soon as I saw them coming, I ran and hid in the car, leaving Terry standing there pretending to adjust the settings on the camera. Do you ever get over that, I wonder? The “being afraid of gangs of children, even more so if they’re teenagers?” Because I never have – and while I understand why I was afraid of gangs of kids/teens when I WAS one, you’d think the fact that I can’t even remember the last time a child/teenager (other than the ones I actually know, obviously) even acknowledged my existence, would have allowed me to dial down the terror level somewhat, huh?

Apparently not, though, because I hid in the car until they’d gone, but by that point, so had my fashion-blogger mojo, so we ended up with just one vaguely usable photo with which to commemorate the wearing of That Zara Dress.

Still: at least I’ll always have the memories, huh? And so will class 3B, from the local primary school. GOD.

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Zara dress (love this one)

Christian Louboutin shoes

Michael Kors handbag* via Shopbop

Gucci suglasses*

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  • Ellen Driscoll
    August 17, 2016

    Definitely not alone in being over dressed as an excuse to wear something!

  • Charlotte Lane
    August 17, 2016

    This dress is beautiful and looks amazing on you! I’m also a little weary of large groups of teenagers (even though I’m only just out of that age bracket myself..) – I don’t why they seem so intimidating but they just are haha! I always feel really awkward when posing for a fashion blog post, which is why I don’t do them often!xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • What Lou Wore 365
    August 17, 2016

    I’m wary of groups of teens when I’m out running on my own. There are loads of them around at the moment with it being the school holidays. Most of the time I try to speed up a bit and get past as there have been occassions when one or two decided to join me thinking it’s really funny…. One is not amused!

  • Emma
    August 17, 2016

    I walked to the shop at around 9pm recently and encountered a group of teenagers on my way home. The one at the front, for some unknown reason, decided to start walking like a T-Rex and scream in my face, while his female friends giggled as if this were hilariously witty. So eh… that was nice. And I think shows we’re all justified in our fear of groups of children!

    • Amber
      August 17, 2016

      That’s exactly the kind of thing that happens to me: I’m convinced they can smell fear or something!

  • Anna nuttall
    August 17, 2016

    I get fearful of teenagers on trains and buses, which I keep telling myself it stupid as I’m old enough to be their mum (what a horrible thought!) and I’m sure these teens don’t even notice me. However we get a big gangs of these hanging outside my local Tesco express and I’m sure they DO watch you go in and out – especially late at night!
    Anyway that is a beautiful dress, nothing wrong with being over dressed. xx

  • CiCi Marie
    August 17, 2016

    Yep, also still terrified of groups of schoolchildren! Children can be SO mean, I think it’s perfectly justified. This dress is so pretty, I would never have thought it’s a Zara one. Mind you, I really don’t look at Zara’s stuff that often, so that’s not very fair of me 😀

  • dubliner in deutschland
    August 17, 2016

    I love that dress, it really suits your colouring! I also sometimes get overdressed for some event if I have some outfit I just want to get use out of, so you’re not alone. And large groups of kids, particularly teenagers make me nervous

  • Emily H.
    August 17, 2016

    Ha ha, I was in Primary 3B (once!). As for over-dressing, no such thing in my book, although I was the best dressed person at my granny’s wake (or should I say its 40-year commemoration). Good thing my dad had the sense to wear a green tie that matched the colour of my Coast Jocasta frock! At other times I’ve been known to wear red dresses to rock gigs as I wanted to stand out against a sea of jeans and black t-shirts. Oh, and when I lived in Japan I once wore a yukata (a summer kimono) to my own exhibition. Being a westerner I stood out when I popped out to meet friends at the station, but I got some lovely compliments (and the Japanese teenagers were particularly complimentary!).

  • Myra
    August 19, 2016

    I love the dress, you look fabulous in it. I love kids and teenagers and often speak to them, but then I talk to everyone lol. My daughter and grandson are puzzled why they find me chatting to complete strangers when I am waiting for them.

  • Fashion and Frappes
    August 24, 2016

    Definitely yes. On the over dressing part. But this happens more with shoes for me. Turning up at a casual lunch in red suede strappy heels. Those are the times I am super glad to be living in London – you know there is someone even more overdressed! Also, that dress is gorgeous! I don’t know when my love-hate relationship with Zara will end.

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