I'm flying to LA two weeks from today. I lived out there for 3 years in the early '80s and have not been back for 18 years. A dear friend is giving a luncheon in my honor the day after I get there. It will be for about 6-7 women at the Bel Air Hotel. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we can eat in the garden. I asked my friend what the attire was to be, and she said "ladies-who-lunch" and that she will be wearing a new black pantsuit. My friends are all attractive, sophisticated women who wear beautiful clothes and jewelry. I'm watching the temp like crazy. What I can wear if it's 65 is not necessarily the same think I can wear if it's 72. I tend to get hot - always have. Okay - my problem is that first of all, I can't afford Armani and second of all, he doesn't make plus-size clothes!!! Where I live in the Upper South, we really don't have much "spring" - we almost go straight from wool to linen. I don't mind buying something new, but I can't spend $1000 on an outfit and it must be something I can wear to church. When I lived in LA 24 years ago, "ladies-who-lunch" wore their Adolfo suits and heels. What do they wear today? I also would like to carry my cocoan Kelly bag if possible. Will it look too "wintry"? I have lost 25 pounds in the past 7 months and would like to lose 50 more, but would be thrilled to lose 20 more. That also makes me reluctant to spend too much - I'm spending a fortune taking in pants every few weeks! I seem to lose weight in my bottom and my thighs, but my waist is still not going down much, so sizes are a real problem right now. Today, I tried on pants in the regular size dept for the first time in about 14 years, and they fit fine except for the waist which is too tight. The XL tops were just a bit too snug for comfort so I'm still stuck with plus-sizes, but they are a bit roomy in the seat and legs. My style is understated and classic. It's what I've always worn and at age 64, it suits me best. I ordered a Marc Jacobs jacket from Nordstroms and when I tried it on today, I felt I looked ridiculous - just not me. I very much want to look "smart", NOT "trendy". Any advice on what one wears for a luncheon at the Bel Air Hotel would be greatly appreciated!