"Like something a drag queen would wear"?

(43 Posts)
LunaLoveg00d Sun 26-Jun-16 15:51:09

Don't often get invited to fancy functions but am going to a large corporate ball in the autumn where the dress code is black tie. After having speaking to friends who have been before, the code for women is "long and sparkly".

I saw this dress in TK maxx today - tried it, fits beautifully (i'm 5'4", size 14-16, short dumpy legs and long boy) was very pleased with myself until got home and husband's verdict was firstly it's too old for you (i'm 44) and "it looks like something a drag queen would wear." The dress is a stretch jersey fabric which is very comfortable, is a good length on me and the cape bit is chiffony and floaty.

Verdict??

www1.macys.com/shop/product/r-m-richards-plus-size-sequined-cape-gown?ID=2772535&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-2-_-11-_-MP211&LinkshareID=p.E2XVDQFnI-rDOddiKGJsx33He0fP6bcA

LunaLoveg00d Sun 26-Jun-16 15:51:46

Oh and I wouldn't intend walking around all night with my leg sticking out.

WhooooAmI24601 Sun 26-Jun-16 15:52:23

I love it. Strangle the DH and wear it with a flourish.

WhooooAmI24601 Sun 26-Jun-16 15:52:51

I'm joking about the strangling. A little bit.

OlennasWimple Sun 26-Jun-16 15:57:13

I can't get the link to open, but it sounds good other than your DH's reaction. Does he have a good fashion antennae (so you should listen to him) or not (so you should ignore him)?

LunaLoveg00d Sun 26-Jun-16 16:00:22

I'm not sure of his fashion antennae. He preferred the dress I had last year for the same do which was sleeveless and was OK, but I don't like the tops of my arms and spent the whole time with a wrap on. My 10 year old approves very much as it's "nice and sparkly" but I'm not sure she's the best fashion consultant.

Also a bit offended that the description says "plus size"!!!

neverknowinglywrong Sun 26-Jun-16 16:03:40

It's very see through 😳

neverknowinglywrong Sun 26-Jun-16 16:04:14

I think it's lovely apart from the fact it's see through!

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sun 26-Jun-16 16:07:07

Do you have to take your husband with you? He sounds awful.
Some drag queens look amazing anyway. smile In some of the clubs in Ibiza, the drag queens are breathtakingly glamorous.

whattheseithakasmean Sun 26-Jun-16 16:11:18

Drag queens may look amazing, but I don't think it is the look I would go for at a corporate ball. I have reservations about the dress - it looks a bit odd and frumpy to me. Also, if you don't like the tops of your arms, it shows your arms and you can't wear any sort of cover up over that odd cape.

I would take it back, but then, I haven't seen you in it - you may totally rock it.

Lweji Sun 26-Jun-16 16:11:39

Not at all drag queen, but I can't see it favouring you much. Although it could look different on you.

60sname Sun 26-Jun-16 16:27:58

The lines are very square which might not be the most flattering. Is the cape perhaps detachable?

Not sure about drag queen, but I don't like it. Sorry. It doesn't look as if it would be terribly flattering either.

This maybe?

Tiggeryoubastard Sun 26-Jun-16 16:34:14

It makes the model look short and dumpy. It doesn't seem well designed or cut. It looks like its just been cut down. I honestly wouldn't unless you're 6ft and built like a twig.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sun 26-Jun-16 16:43:49

it is a bit old for you...very glamorous great aunt imo, I would not look twice at that and I am 50.

whattheseithakasmean Sun 26-Jun-16 16:45:52

I've come back to this thread, because I've realised what the dress puts me in mind of - not drag queen, but cruise ship attire. I don't think it is stylish or flattering, sorry.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sun 26-Jun-16 16:50:35

No, that's just not nice. It's see through, and very square, and it does look designed to hide larger figures, in a not at all flattering style.

It might be slightly improved by removing the cape but not really.

EhBeeSeeDee Sun 26-Jun-16 16:53:17

Sorry but it looks like something someone who owns the Queen Vic would wear in Eastenders.

You're only 44. Get something else!

LadyAntonella Sun 26-Jun-16 16:54:30

I think it's horrid (sorry) but not necessarily "something a drag queen would wear" unless she was a very unstylish, frumpy drag queen.

Agree with pp; I've seen drag queens I would 100% aspire to look like, but anyway, this dress is just not nice at all (I don't think) and I don't think it would flatter anyone you, unless it's one of those dresses which really transforms when you see it in person.

OlennasWimple Sun 26-Jun-16 16:56:01

Thanks for the picture - I agree you can do better!

What's your budget, and what colour do you like to wear?

specialsubject Sun 26-Jun-16 16:59:33

It looks like the cruise ship itself.....

Happy hunting!

JinkxMonsoon Sun 26-Jun-16 16:59:42

I must say, it looks very unflattering on the model - the shape is so boxy she looks like a rectangle. I agree it looks like it's designed to hide a larger figure, hence the "plus size" in the description. If you're only a 14-16 you can do much better than that.

If you have a decent waistline, you'd be much better off with a dress that cinches in at the waist a bit.

Freshprincess Sun 26-Jun-16 17:04:20

Not all drag queeny though agree it's a bit old.

But If you like and you're comfortable then wear it.

XiCi Sun 26-Jun-16 17:04:55

Really don't like that sorry. I think your DH is right that it is too old for you. It's also very square and I can't imagine anyone that it would be flattering on. Like the one Remus linked to earlier.

LadyAntonella Sun 26-Jun-16 17:08:02

Remus's suggestion is really nice.

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