Q. I came across your site and thought it was just great. I am going to my brother-in-law’s child’s christening. They are having a get-together at a restaurant after the church at about 3pm. I was planning on wearing a simple v-neck, short-sleeved wrap dress (black) from Express, size 1/2. It fits real nice and is knee length. Should I just wear a simple black pump (I have a black leather pair with an ankle strap or do I avoid the ankle strap). Or should I wear an open toe, but I wanted to avoid the pedicure, this week my schedule is real hectic. And I am not crazy about open-toe shoes with pantyhose, and I wanted to wear pantyhose because I don’t have a tan right now. If you could suggest an actual shoe or website, would be great. Or should I just go with the simple slacks and dressy top? I thought a dress was more appropriate, because I have two young girls 3 & 5 and I am dressing them in fancy dresses that I bought them for Easter. Should my husband wear a suit? We are from New York but the christening takes place in Baltimore.
-Toes not ready to peep
A. Go for the dress and wear something that gives more of a hint to the nicer weather like an open toe sandal or peep toe, and if you can’t get a pedicure just put on some nail polish and deal, since nobody’s going to be really eyeing your toes. If you can’t bear to expose your toes, then choose a sling back and skip the hose. I’m not a big fan of hosiery unless it’s tights or sheer black in the winter. And don’t fret about not having a tan, it’s only April and unless you live in Florida we are all still looking a bit pasty so everyone will look the same. Why not buy the Jergens moisturizer that gradually tans your skin without messy stains? You can find it at your local drugstore and by the time the christening date arrives you should have a nice glow.
As for your husband, I don’t think a suit is necessary. A shirt, nice slacks and a sport jacket will be spiffy enough.