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    That's such a hard one when they specify colour! Maybe send them a text to clarify if it means all white? Otherwise you could go some nice dark colours with a white jacket or something similar.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    What about wearing something black with a prominent white clutch, white feather boa etc. That way you'll feel good about yourself but also have some white on you?
    This is exactly what I'd do. Wear black & accessorize with white.

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    If I couldn't get an outfit I wouldn't go. I would feel uncomfortable standing out in a different colour..

    It's a bit arrogant to expect people to buy a special formal outfit they're likely to only wear once for a 40th birthday party!

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    Could you go to an OP shop and find something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    If I couldn't get an outfit I wouldn't go. I would feel uncomfortable standing out in a different colour..

    It's a bit arrogant to expect people to buy a special formal outfit they're likely to only wear once for a 40th birthday party!
    Agree. Think of all the men having to source 'formal' white pants! Pretty sure it's not a wardrobe staple unless you're P.Diddy.

    If it was me, I'd give myself a couple of days to try and find something, and if I couldn't find a suitable option I'd decline the invite (you don't have to say why).

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    What about something like this? City chic has pretty good resale value so you could flog it on eBay or a but swap sell page after the party

    http://www.citychic.com.au/EMBROIDER...r=vwgj__092018

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    I'd check with the person whose birthday it is or whoever is planning the party to be honest, my dad planned my 21st for me and asked everyone to wear black or white, because he knew I was wearing a pink dress and he wanted me to stand out from everyone else (meanwhile I was mortified when I turned up lol)

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    Most of the parties I've been to that restrict guests clothing to one or two colours is because the guest of honour will be standing out in a completely different colour.
    Eg my friend had a black and white theme for her 30th, and then wore gold herself (although her gold was so dark it was almost black and so a pointless exercise anyway!)

    I would just talk to the friend and enquire if she would be happy if you wore something different?! Find out her plans and then make a compromise around that?

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    There is a reason why she chose that, and to completely ignore it (and that is what would seem to be the case) is very rude.
    I would contact her and say you do not own anything suitable and cannot find anything within your budget. Then ask if it would be ok if you wore something in a different colour, but with white 'accessories'- hat, clutch, boa, shoes, etc.

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    I had formal wear on my 30th invitations, but my 30th was also a surprise wedding.

    Maybe she also has a surprise planned as well, hence the white attire?

    Perhaps sending her a quick sms voicing your concerns will help, you might both be able to brainstorm and come up with a solution where you both will be comfortable.


 

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