I'm 38, size 12, 30FF and curvy. I'm probably more pear shaped than hourglass but with a defined waist. If I can be bothered to lose half a stone before August I'll have a decent stomach and look ok in fitted dresses as long as they are in a structured fabric, not stretchy jersey or thin and silky.
I suit strong darker colours, nothing pastelly and definitely no peach, yellow or orange.
Thanks northumberlandlass. I hadn't considered a vintage style. I'm only 5ft3 so might be swamped in the long dresses, though I do like them. I don't know if a wiggle dress like the green would be eveningy enough.
Sorry Tickled I think that looks like the kind of thing The Eccleston Girls would wear. Cost a lot but looks like it should have cost £5, . Do you think the black tie actually means evening wear for women? At the one or two Ive been two the mean wear black tie but the women tend to wear what they would wear anyway. I'm Irish so that usually means a dress, heels etc.LK bennett is always popular, what about this. With heels/jewellery etc could be dressy.
I have been to black tie weddings before but not for a few years. They are quite popular for Jewish weddings and people do dress up quite a lot. I'd definitely go for something like the LK Bennett dress for a normal summer wedding but I'm hung up on it not being eveningy. The ceremony is at 3pm followed by reception, dinner and dancing so evening/cocktail dress seems right to me.