Help - masquerade ball. Any ideas where I can get a nice *cheap* dress?

(18 Posts)
LetMeHaveABloodyName Wed 02-Nov-16 19:40:01

Hi, I have a Christmas do in December and it's masquerade ball themed. So I need a dress & mask! The most formal thing I own is a shirt dress - I don't really have any dresses but I want to make an effort.

I'm a size 16 and would like to cover my arms/stomach if poss. Any ideas? I like the idea of a long 'ballgown' type dress but can't really find any with sleeves! I detest my upper arms.
Thanks star

TheTroutofNoCraic Wed 02-Nov-16 20:53:19

Have you tried Ebay?

TheTroutofNoCraic Wed 02-Nov-16 20:54:39

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Elegant-Long-Evening-Party-Dress-3-4-Sleeve-Black-Lace-Empire-Style-by-MontyQ-/172380281774?var=&hash=item2822aa5bae:m:mgF0xGyEa2kt_fUnKNQxThg

TheTroutofNoCraic Wed 02-Nov-16 20:55:17

I'd look for something empire line if you want to hide your tum.

BikeRunSki Wed 02-Nov-16 21:00:40

Anything here?

GreatPointIAgreeWithYouTotally Wed 02-Nov-16 21:02:08

Oxfam online? You can search by brand and size.

But don't tell everyone wink

LetMeHaveABloodyName Wed 02-Nov-16 21:12:57

I was a bit worried about eBay as you hear the horror stories of dresses from china arriving nothing like the pic! Will check out all your links now - thanks.
I didn't even know there was an oxfam online! I definitely don't care if its second hand but can't be bothered trawling round charity shops.

LetMeHaveABloodyName Wed 02-Nov-16 21:35:02

Bike i love that website but can't really find anything size 16 that fits the brief then again what the hell do you even wear to this kind of thing

Nothing took my fancy on oxfam. Wondering if to take the plunge & try eBay but worried about returns if it doesn't fit/looks shit. Would prefer to actually try things on in store as I'm a weird size! Some 16s fit but some are tight depending on brand blush

JeanetteSquires1 Thu 03-Nov-16 12:21:57

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AuntieStella Thu 03-Nov-16 12:28:58

It's always worth looking in TKMaxx. I was eyeing some stuff up in there the other day as I might need something new for NYE.

VeraVioletVinn Thu 03-Nov-16 12:37:53

Do you have a TKMaxx nearby? They generally have lots of evening dresses at this time of year and are great for getting a bargain, but you really need to go instore I think as only a small selection online.

smEGGtoplasm Thu 03-Nov-16 13:00:45

Anything on here?

www.chichiclothing.com/maxi-dresses/

iklboo Thu 03-Nov-16 13:07:57

I get a lot of nice evening / cocktail dresses from Amazon - all £40 or less.

iklboo Thu 03-Nov-16 13:09:05

You can always wear a shrug / shawl for your upper arms - it's what I do. I hate my upper arms too.

LetMeHaveABloodyName Thu 03-Nov-16 19:37:23

A deleted message - what's that about?? shock

I think I need to go to an actual shop. Will try tk maxx thanks I haven't been in there for years but there is one near. I usually buy all my clothes from supermarkets blush

A shawl is a good idea too thanks!

iklboo Fri 04-Nov-16 22:16:58

I got this one from Amazon today - £20. Lovely fit & material.

herecomesthsun Sat 05-Nov-16 06:33:44

asos blue

ebay purple

eliza j black

jacques vert teal

jacques vert black

LetMeHaveABloodyName Sun 06-Nov-16 07:45:11

Wow thanks everyone will have a look and order something this week!

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