Over the long weekend my husband attended his regular “manlunch” gathering which coincided with the AFL grand final. Every six months or so (feels like every month!!) his group of friends get together for a long lunch and are often known to come home 6, 8 or 12 hours later! Imagine the luxury of chatting to your mates for 6 uninterrupted hours!! Well finally I can tell you that it is indeed a beautiful thing because over the last 10 days I’ve attended two long ladies lunches!
One of my friends who deals with her husband’s regular attendance at manlunch took the initiative and organised a womanlunch for the partners of these men. We dined and talked all afternoon then
stumbled glided home at about 6pm. It was heaven. Then five days later, I had another glorious ladies lunch with my mothers group friends. This was also quite profound as we normally do a monthly dinner which starts at the sensible time of 7.30pm so we’ve all had time to feed and bathe the offspring. This time our booking was 11.30am and we were sipping champagne before midday
So you get the picture. They were glorious times and also provided the fun opportunity to dress up during the daytime. A long lunch requires wardrobe endurance! Your outfit needs to be:
- Comfortable because you will be sitting for hours (but if you have some killer heels you want to get some wear out of, a seated lunchtime occasion is probably a good opportunity)
- Low-crush because you will incur creases at the mid level from all that sitting
- Weather appropriate because who wants to be too hot/cold for six hours!
- Black or brightly patterned if you are prone to spillages
If you find yourself with a daytime lunch soiree coming up and are looking for outfit ideas, here are some options to consider.
Lunch 1: Top and Skirt
The temperature got to 35 degrees that day so I definitely didn’t need to worry about a jacket or cardi! The stretchiness of the skirt made it comfortable and easy to maneouvre myself in and out of the bench seating at the restaurant and the lighter weight fabric was great for the heat.
Lunch 2: Shift dress
I bought this dress to wear to a function on Melbourne Cup Day so I thought I would give it a trial run on yet another warm day. The dress is fully lined and quite generous in sizing so it was nice and cool the entire day. The lace panel (which is also repeated on the back) provides a contrast to the plainness of the rest of the dress. The wedges continue to make me happy with their comfort and versatility and I know I’ll wear them a lot this summer.
So there you have it. There are no more long lunches in my diary but hopefully I’ll get to squeeze another one in before Christmas. The little lords were quite confused as to why mum’s lunches went all day
Have you been to a fabulous long lunch recently? It’s the perfect time to organise one before the Christmas crazies sets in….
*Items gifted to me for my editorial consideration.