Apparently, I've reached 'that age' when weekends are spent celebrating friends' weddings, 30th birthdays and, in the not too distant future, pregnancies.
Which is all lovely, of course. But the days of a few balloons in the pub are long gone. Last week, Cara Delevingne celebrated her 25th birthday with a trip to Mexico for a few close mates - and by a few close mates, I mean Georgia May Jagger, Suki Waterhouse, Alice Dellal, Adowa Aboah, Jaime Winstone, Mary Charteris, and big sisters Poppy and Chloe Delevingne. There was a yacht, a plane, a villa. And, of course, there were matching outfits.
These bashes come with a dress code, you see. You'll need the team t-shirt, the colour-coordinated party dress, the itsy-bitsy bikini for yacht selfies.
But if you think the birthdays are bad, then you obviously haven't been to one of the new breed of destination weddings. With brides choosing as many as 8 different wedding dresses - changing for the ceremony, breakfast, cake cutting and dancing - you certainly can't make do with just one nice frock.
In December, bridesmaid duty will take me to Phuket, Thailand for a week. Usually, being a bridesmaid means not worrying about what to wear (bar heated Whatsapp exchanges with the other bridesmaids regarding the one dress you can all agree, or disagree, on) - but not at a destination wedding. Sure, the wedding day outfit is sorted - but what about the rehearsal dinner the day before? Or the barbeque the day after? The pool party, the joint stag and hen, the welcoming drinks.
The colour-coordinated wedding party at model Ana Beatriz Barros' wedding
I'll admit, I hadn't given this too much thought - it's four months away, after all. But last week the bride and groom, who live abroad, held a drinks mixer in London for wedding guests - and I realised that not just the bride, but also the groom's sister, and all other 8 bridesmaids, have been busily sourcing outfits for the myriad occasions that flank the ceremony itself.
Well, I'm not going down without a fight. Here's what I'll be packing:
Sandals, £115, Uterque
If you're heading to a hot climate, and especially a beach wedding, then heels might not seem appropriate for the itinerary. My solution (verging on obsession) is this season's cocktail sandals, in brightly coloured satin, topped with jewels and feathers. Zara and Uterque have the best pairs for small budget, but if your pockets are deeper than mine, make haste to Roger Vivier
A slip dress
From, who else, Ghost. Slinky but not clingy, thanks to the heaviness of the silk. Good for any last minute panics.
A glam one-piece swimsuit
Araks Swimsuit, £260, My Theresa
Please note that I don't hold with swimwear you can't actually swim in - so no cutouts and no gold chains, thank you. A great black one piece with an interesting detail - like Araks' bow-tied one shoulder suit is perfect: you won't feel too exposed, and can pop a sarong over the top and look dressed.
A smart beach-friendly dress
Earrings, £12.99, Mango
Have you been into Mango recently? It's like the match.com of earrings - whatever you're looking for, they'll have a pair for you. Any misjudged, slightly too casual outfits can be saved with bobby-dazzler earrings.
Potentially for sleeping in, potentially for wearing with a pair of heels and said earrings, if they're as fancy as Yolke's.