Oh wise eHellions, I need your advice. Tomorrow evening I will be attending a memorial service, and I want to make sure that I dress appropriately without going overboard. The deceased is a classmate, I knew him but we were not overly close. I could open my own consignment shop with my personal wardrobe, so I thought surely I would have plenty of options to choose from, but it turns out that the vast majority of my solid, dark colors are in the form of tees or business suits. At this point I have culled two outfits that I think could work, but I'm not entirely sold on either of them.
The first option, and probably most promising, is a knee-length black shift dress with a black silk cardigan. Unfortunately, the dress is somewhat ill-fitting in the bust (I do have a 12-pack of tp in the cupboard...), but if I button one of the upper buttons of the cardigan that is not noticeable. Would this be a bit TOO subdued for a memorial service? (Also, there was a spill on the skirt, and being as there isn't time to have the dress dry cleaned I've put it in the front-load washer on the delicate cycle and am going to hope for the best. So I need a Plan B even if this is the best possible outfit.)
The second option is a black and pale pink diagonal-pinstripe skirt, black blouse, and the black silk cardigan. The dress is knee length, with a slight flare. I am concerned about the pink pinstripes. Would they be acceptable?
The third option is a plain black skirt (knee length with a slight flare) and the black cardigan, with an as-yet-undetermined blouse. I really can't wear the black blouse with this skirt because the shades of black do not work together. Are there other colors that would be acceptable?
Or perhaps I need to look in an entirely different direction altogether? I just don't know!