In truth I am taking my mum to see Swan Lake. Going to a traditional ballet in all her finery, was on her Bucket List, so for her 70th I decided to go all out and shell out the big bucks to see The Australian Ballet's production. We are also staying at the beautiful and historic Hotel Windsor, yet another item on her bucket list (and mine) so it's a wee bit of a glam weekend. I have no idea how I'm going to make it through a night out in the city, but hey, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now I'm concentrating on the fact that we're going to have a bit of a posh weekend that neither of us are ever likely to ever do again, and simply enjoy the moment.
Now my big problem is, what does one wear to the ballet? I really have no idea. I have a budget of $0 so am forced to shop my wardrobe. I have scoured its darkest recesses and it seems my "let's get gussied up" wardrobe, is a bit lacking. Not much call for ball gowns and pearls over the last few years, I haven't purchased a ballet/black tie worthy gown in the last 10 years. In fact, the red number below could be classed as retro given it's over 20-yrs-old. Only the blue option is new. I was lucky enough to win that from another fabulous Australian fashion blogger and stylist, the all round lovely Cecylia last month. I am also faced with one more fashion obstacle, that being my still dodgy left ankle which has relegated me to one pair of black wedge heels I can wear, and even they give me a sexy limp. I do have accessories, not that I am at the point of deciding on those yet, or my hair, or makeup, or how I'm going to put on compression stockings with ankle that feels like an open graze when touched (gotta love neuropathic pain). Instead I'm going with baby steps and starting with the dress.
So I'm asking for your help dear readers. Which of the following are a "Yay", which simply make you giggle at the crazy woman, and perhaps most importantly, which are a big fat "Hell No!' for the ballet?
No 1. A nifty red number from way way way back in the day.
No 2. Yet another old Chinese inspired dress. I never throw anything out.
Are we done yet?
No 3. Miracle of miracles this one is under 10 years, just!
Yep, still can't put much pressure on that left ankle. Bloody hurts!
No 5. About my only longer line black dress. Another oldie from back in the 90's. Actually wore it for a friends wedding way back in the day.
No 6. My only new dress thanks to Cecylia. A nice fresh Spring colour.
Help me Interwebz! As the photos show I really have no idea what to wear. PJs don't class as black tie do they?
Early 90's supermodels and George Michael seemed an appropriate musical accompaniment given half my wardrobe is from that time period.