Looking for my forever lace dress

(58 Posts)
QueenBeebread Fri 05-Oct-12 23:47:55

I want to find, ahead of this year's Christmas party season, an elegant lace dress which makes everyone think 'wow' and my husband's eyes pop out on stalks.

I'd like the lace itself to be delicate and beautiful. I like the idea of lacy shoulders/sleeves - it's not necessary for the whole dress to be covered in lace.

I'm looking for an investment piece which I can wear for years to come - so it can't be too trendy, young, short, etc.

I'm 5ft1 with big boobs, am currently dieting away the post-baby flab but aiming to be a size 10. I have a terrible post C-section tummy that ain't never going to go away, so would rather have something well cut and structural rather than just jersey. Due to my height/boobs I'm also not great in anything too floaty.

I'm prepared to pay up to £300 for the right dress but am going to be dreadfully fussy and spend ages and ages faffing around...

Has anyone seen anything to fit the brief?

QueenBeebread Sat 06-Oct-12 00:02:03

I think the sleeves on this LK Bennett Lara dress are very pretty but the dress itself is a bit 'meh' and lots of people in my professional circle wear LKB all the time so I might bump into others wearing it.

QueenBeebread Sat 06-Oct-12 00:10:56

Whistles Victoria dress - cute, but the lace is a bit clunky and there are a lot of ruffles.

QueenBeebread Sat 06-Oct-12 00:14:53

Whistles Clara - cute but not sufficiently classic?

QueenBeebread Sat 06-Oct-12 00:17:06

Closer, I think - Jaeger.

QueenBeebread Sat 06-Oct-12 00:18:26

More Jaeger - cute, not as old?

I'm quite enjoying making this look like a really popular thread all by myself!

DilysPrice Sat 06-Oct-12 00:22:24

There is no such thing as a forever lace dress - even if fashions don't change radically your shape and tastes might. Get something cheaper on the high street and wear it at every possible opportunity for a year - this is not a case for "investment dressing",

But there's lots of cheaper ones out there so you should be fine.

QueenBeebread Sat 06-Oct-12 00:25:49

Red Valentino is a bit sexier?

QueenBeebread Sat 06-Oct-12 00:34:36

Aw, Dilys, just when I was having fun!

Thing is, that if I buy something with only this season in mind, I will only have a couple of opportunities to wear it so it won't work out as better value.

I do have a couple of going out dresses that I have loved for a couple of years, so I'm hopeful that it is possible, but it will need to be the right one.

Stevie77 Sat 06-Oct-12 00:35:36

I like the second Jaeger dress if it's any help, but I think it's less "wow".

VBisme Sat 06-Oct-12 01:40:23

I think the LK Bennett is lovely

deleted203 Sat 06-Oct-12 01:49:49

I like the LK Bennet, the Victoria and the 1st Jaeger dress best.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 02:00:53

I like the LK Bennett one best

DilysPrice Sat 06-Oct-12 07:04:35

Oh alright then, the LK Bennett one is smashing (though of course it's all about the personal fit) and Grazia had a 25% off code for Whistles which might still be active if you hurry (the code was on a thread it a couple of week's ago).

blondassassin Sat 06-Oct-12 07:42:37

I like the Whistles Avril dress. The colour makes an unusual change from black, yet it's still a classic shape.

blondassassin Sat 06-Oct-12 07:59:00

Oh and I do really like the LKB one too. Have a bottle green one with one lace sleeve that shape from last year and it's super flattering.

FellatioNelson Sat 06-Oct-12 08:00:26

I sort of agree with Dilys that there is no such thing as a forever lace dress - lace is so big at the moment that you are going to need to pick very carefully if you want it to be a wardrobe staple for years and years. I love the first Jaegerone. I think the second one is a bit too prmmy and fifties, which will date, and is also a bit too blousy if you are short and big boobed. The other has much, much more mileage in it, even if it is more staid.

FellatioNelson Sat 06-Oct-12 08:03:38

Having said that, I do have a silk and lace dress which is 13 years old and still completely wearable and timeless. If only I could fit into it!

susiefen Sat 06-Oct-12 08:05:49

The first Jaeger one is stunning and I think it would stand the test of time really well

ancienthistrionics Sat 06-Oct-12 08:09:12

this is nice. I'm looking for a lace dress too. I want kind of lace bodycon with lots of stretch to get married in. Not having much luck though.

Do you like this QueenBee?

BigFatLegsInWoolyTIghts Sat 06-Oct-12 09:03:31

That Whistles one is gorgeous!

Or this, very elegant.

Notyouraveragenanny Sat 06-Oct-12 09:09:11

I just bought this in Whistles:


I'm 5'2" and also a size 10 so should fit you just right as well.

MarshaBrady Sat 06-Oct-12 09:14:36

The first Jaeger one is great. Everyone will do that wow thing in that.

Although can't see all the links on phone.

belsize77 Sat 06-Oct-12 10:00:53

The first Jaeger one is beautiful. It seems more classic as well as very va va voom if you are a short hourglass.

Turquoiseblue Sat 06-Oct-12 10:12:27

No one does pretty, sexy, lacy feminine like collette dinnignan.... Don't know what her current season is like but a quick google should tell you. Her pieces are beautiful and I promise you will adore them. (I have 3 dresses that I have worn on countless occasions - I might just love them as much as my children .... And sometimes a little more than my dh grin

MarshaBrady Sat 06-Oct-12 10:15:08

Haha Turquoise

middleagedspread Sat 06-Oct-12 20:40:34
Gimblinginthewabe Sat 06-Oct-12 20:46:46

Not forever dressy, but I like these



The first Jaeger one is the best by miles.

lurkingaround Sat 06-Oct-12 22:21:00

Had a look at Collette Dinnigan.
You are right, Turquoise they are gorgeous.

Charliefox Sat 06-Oct-12 22:29:26
QueenBeebread Sat 06-Oct-12 22:51:41

Oooh ello!

I'm on a weekend away and just logged in to see masses of messages. Thanks for all the votes and suggestions which I'll look at in more detail when I'm home.

Am still liking the Jaeger one - I plan to hunt it down next time I'm up town. Will report back...

ancienthistrionics Sun 07-Oct-12 17:23:01

DH eyes on stalks? = job done

RSVPentathlon Sun 07-Oct-12 18:02:31
Clure Sun 07-Oct-12 19:27:34
Bluestocking Mon 08-Oct-12 11:08:49

What do you think of this one from Hobbs?

QueenBeebread Mon 08-Oct-12 14:27:37

Right, <glares at lurkers>..

Which of you has been buying the Jaeger scalloped lace dress in a 10?!?! It's sold out now and the 12 is going fast.... Sob! It's going to have to be Ancienthistrionic's little number if I can't track the Jaeger one down...

It is still my favourite, but thanks for the other links. Collette Dinnigan is lovely but the Jaeger is the best shape for my body by I mile I reckon.

lurkingaround Mon 08-Oct-12 15:02:25

Size 12 is flipping sold out. After dithering for the weekend I finally decided to get it for my VERY IMPORTANT REUNION and it's flipping gone.

VERY IMPORTANT REUNION folks! I would have been gorgeous.

<joins QueenBee in glaring>

Great thread btw.

Mosman Mon 08-Oct-12 15:11:08

Try John Lewis

chickydoo Mon 08-Oct-12 15:13:42

The Reiss Marjorie is stunning!
Can't link as am out & about.
I have it in the deep purple.

noviceoftheday Mon 08-Oct-12 15:38:17

damn! I was going to get that Jaegar dress! I was dithering over whether I should return the Phase 8 one that I had just got as it's not very forgiving. <outs self as lurker>

QueenBeebread Mon 08-Oct-12 16:05:25

Never telling you lot anything again.



lurkingaround Mon 08-Oct-12 16:14:01

Yes, I'm also rightly pissed off with you all. <not one to hold a grudge>

But because I'm a nice person, I will tell you size 12 back in stock 1st November. (Not sure about other sizes but I presume they're back in stock then too).

Not that that's much good to me. Event is sooner.

CaroleService Mon 08-Oct-12 16:15:52

I've bagged mine - full price - no code - I never do that - BUT THE RISK IS TOO GREAT!!

<<outs self as neither a 10 nor a 12>>

QueenBeebread Mon 08-Oct-12 18:10:22

Lurking --> sad for you.

Those of you who have snaffled my bought the dress, please report back about what it's like when it arrives...?

Jaeger, if you are watching, I'll accept some nice vouchers by way of commission!

This is lovely. I think you should opt for a figure hugging one since pencil skirt shapes are timeless. The first Jaeger one you posted is gorgeous too.

Temperley does some lovely lace too. Have you considered a full length one? This exclusively at John Lewis is gorgeous in the flesh. I drooled!

lurkingaround Mon 08-Oct-12 21:08:51

Thanks, QueenB.
Jaeger should give you vouchers. Or make you one of those dresses. They could surely root around and find one "in the back" for you. There must be one knocking about somewhere.

Beautiful Temperley dress.

ancienthistrionics Mon 08-Oct-12 21:09:52

If you're not enough of a tartypants to go for the AA one (and let's face it, that dress is for a limited window of one's life), then is a beautiful modern take on lace

QueenBeebread Tue 09-Oct-12 11:39:15

That's lovely ancienthistrionics but perhaps not quite timeless enough for me.

For taller lace dress hunters, without jelly bellies and boobs in their waistband, this Malene Birger dress is just beautiful.

CaroleService Tue 09-Oct-12 12:23:54

The back of that is stunn ing, QueenB. But no possibility of wearing a bra! <<hoicks matronly bosoms>>

CaroleService Tue 09-Oct-12 18:35:24
CaroleService Wed 10-Oct-12 14:07:03

Well, the Jaeger dress arrived and has gone straight back - it is quite frumpy on. The sleeves are puffy at the shoulder so made me look like a line-backer, and the skirt is well above the knee though I'm not tall by any means.

Back to the drawing board ...

eurowitch Wed 10-Oct-12 14:12:21

I love the first Jaeger one. The LK Bennet one is pretty nice but I am not mad about the neckline.

QueenBeebread Wed 10-Oct-12 15:01:18

Ah, that's interesting Carole.

Given how fast it's sold out, I've been thinking anyway that there's a risk that it'll be ubiquitous at Christmas parties etc. It's all well and good having an MN scarf but an MN party frock is taking it too far!

ancienthistrionics Wed 10-Oct-12 18:42:52

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