So, what does one wear to a ball please?

(292 Posts)


Help! smile

confusedmuch Fri 14-Jun-13 18:25:55

more info please, context required, what does one's invite specify?

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 18:26:10

You personally? SOmething simple yet stunning I suspect. Strictly speaking it should be full length but cocktail is more acceptable than it used to be.


5'2, hourglass, size 12, brunette, pale skin. Budget - if it's a Westwood sale up to £150 but anything else, substantially less! Real shops, not online only.

Cocktail length probably better than full length due to short arsedness.

I wear black or grey pretty much exclusively, but can cope with purple, red or pink providing it'snot shiny, or with deep blue maybe. I am scared of colour on the whole. smile

Oh and nothing that draws attention to norkage.

I have decent legs.

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 18:44:51

No man made fibers IIRC?

online only but free back and forth grey silk. Probably too fussy

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 18:49:06
MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 18:49:55

navy silk + orange too weddingy?
gold / olive silk again shame the pink is sold out in a 12

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 18:53:50

and silk again neither colour in stock in size online but maybe IRL

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:12:06
SoyYo Fri 14-Jun-13 19:13:49,default,pd.html
See above from House of Fraser, I recommend!
I never contribute to Mumsnet threads (but lurk sometimes), but today lots of answers from me. See above link, bought it last Xmas in the midnight blue for a ball, it is VERY flattering, VERY comfortable and has a great vintage look to it. Now I see it's in stock in purple and VERY tempted to get another colour...except I have no summer balls to attend.

daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:15:52
tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:16:47



Are the necks on those too high?

tumbletumble Fri 14-Jun-13 19:17:40

I love Coast dresses

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:18:38
daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:21:19
SoyYo Fri 14-Jun-13 19:24:09,default,pd.html
didnt link properly last time...looks good on but maybe too covered up for summer/your age (great for hourglass/big boobs shapes though).

daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:24:23

Grey silk = gorgeous, but that's the kind of thing I'd wear to work with a blazer stuck on top.

Helmut Lang = love it, but can't afford it and it might make me top heavy looking (Iwell, I am anyway, so more so!).

TK Maxx link not working for me, nor are the FC ones.

I think the metallic Westwood is too high necked tbh and a bit scary, colour wise!

Eliza one not for me - I'd look frightful in it.

Max M grey one too worky.

Purple link not working.

Second metallic one = terrifying.

Thanks gals - keep em coming please. smile Am bloody awkward, sorry.

But maybe too norky?

Allice Fri 14-Jun-13 19:45:58

I'm going to one next week, am dreading it but that's a whole other story!

I'm considerably bigger than a size 12, have ok legs compared to the rest of me! I tried on lots of full length which were ok but not great, tried this on and best friend and shop assistant liked it much better (was £100 less than the full length ones so don't think the assistant was telling lies!),mon_1.2/3235180108?pageSize=&showAll=true&sort=score

Am wearing it with black tights if its cold and patent platform high heeled shoes. Still bloody dreading it!

daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:48:50

I like the 'too shiny' dress (and the 'boring' one but think not dressy enough).

Shame about the links, (worked for me when I checked). If you google the site they have loads (very reasonably priced) occasion dresses.

That's nice, Allice - you'll look great! smile

Will look on TK Maxx, but would prefer to avoid the hell that it is tbh.

Have looked on Ted Baker, Coast, Reiss, Whistles, Warehouse, French Connection. Where am I forgetting?

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 14-Jun-13 19:52:09

What is occasion?
Do you know anyone else going??
And venue (hotel/marquee/golf club)?
Birthday party
Work function for you?/DP?

These will also help perhaps work out what other guests might be wearing

IME wearing long when everyone is wearing short (or vice versa) is awful

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:52:34

Do not like the coast one- not too norky, just dull.

But classic shape is a goer. Will look.

And yes, on second look the metallic dresses would make anyone look like an Xmas turkey grin

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:53:55
daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:55:21

Sorry missed that you didn't want to do online. I agree re. the shop grin.

I think it will be mixed, mostly short dresses but a couple of maxis (floaty rather than full on Oscar night maxis).

Pied a T one nice, but I like my boring one better! wink

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:58:09
landofsoapandglory Fri 14-Jun-13 19:59:08

I really like the boring one.

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 19:59:09

I don't think any of these are really dressy enough for a ball.

I'd try Frasers - huge choice online and instore. Don't risk Coast, serious risk that you will have the same dress as someone elseshock. They seem to dominate the evening wear market along with Monsoon.

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:59:31
landofsoapandglory Fri 14-Jun-13 20:00:39

I agree with Marion about the risk of bumping in to someone else in a Coast, Monsoon, Phase 8 dress.

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 20:03:23

Coast? ReallY?

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 20:05:45

The purple and grey lace one is beautiful, but too high in the neck for such a pale colour and norks.

LKB black one is gorgeous - but tbh I could wear my VW in that case, as it's not that different.

Reiss too long and too work shaped - I'd look super-frumpy in it.

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 20:07:30
AWimbaWay Fri 14-Jun-13 20:09:24

I made a pinterest board as I had the same issue, my ball is tomorrow night. Sadly I decided I couldn't afford a new dress so am wearing something I already have, but I tried on a couple and they were lovely, in particular the cutwork and bead dress from Karen Millen was gorgeous on.

Lovely, Tethers - but too worky I think.

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 20:12:28

Or this?

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 20:15:18
Dilidali Fri 14-Jun-13 20:19:31
Try it with an organza silvery shawl/thingy.
It's not expensive in the sale, but you'd wear it millions of times

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 20:24:00

Or this?

Some nice one shoulder ones too, but not sure how you'd feel about that?

Don't like the short lacy one and deffo can't do strapless.

FWM one not doing much for me, sorry.

Agh! smile

confusedmuch Fri 14-Jun-13 20:26:18

you'd need to bling it loads but

good colourful accessories and have it taken up a little


but i think, unless the rules have completely changed (and yes it's been a while), a full length gown is expected at a ball and a shift dress is for dinner?

Ooh I actually like that FC maxi, but would need to shorten it by about three feet!

confusedmuch Fri 14-Jun-13 20:29:32
confusedmuch Fri 14-Jun-13 20:32:52

a good dressmaker will take a dress up for around £20, make sure you take the shoes you want to wear though so they can get the length right

another shortie here wink

Ouch my eyes It looks as if it is made of bacon and maple syrup. confused

confusedmuch Fri 14-Jun-13 20:35:35

yah that's an odd colour for that many sequins

confusedmuch Fri 14-Jun-13 20:37:03

I'd need to be three feet taller and flat chested for that!

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 20:41:58
TSSDNCOP Fri 14-Jun-13 20:43:01

I love the Haylee dress, it's stunning in RL especially on large norkage.

Also this which doesn't look anywhere near as good on the website as it does in real life.

confusedmuch Fri 14-Jun-13 20:43:51

then exaggerate the curves and go for something like the halston heritage with heels, an invitation to a ball is an opportunity to red carpet grin

Don't like the red HH one - would like a little round tomato in it. smile

EugenesAxe Fri 14-Jun-13 20:45:53

This is utterly divine; it slightly took my breath away when I saw it in the shop. I couldn't wear it for so many reasons, but for someone short with good legs it would be beautiful.

Hobbs Rococo Dress.

Hobbs this season have a lot of nice things. Twice your budget isn't that bad... honest.

Or this from Jigsaw Flapper Dress.

Or my final offering that does actually meet your criteria... Jigsaw Lace dress

The flapper one is beyond beautiful - and would look beyond awful on me. Can't do pale colours - I look like I've just crawled out of the crypt.

EugenesAxe Fri 14-Jun-13 20:52:10

Hmmm. I thought not drawing attention to norks meant covering up chest, not having massive ones that wouldn't work with high necks. So two of mine might be straight out...

EugenesAxe Fri 14-Jun-13 20:52:48

Flapper also available in grey...

Is it also available in cheap? smile

EugenesAxe Fri 14-Jun-13 21:07:58
EugenesAxe Fri 14-Jun-13 21:10:24

Haha! Not yet, damn them. To be fair even I probably wouldn't fork out that much, and I've always been a bit crap for spending too much on clothes.

Your first two are pretty, Accident, but would be far too self conscious of norkage in them. Don't like Bravissimmo.

Don't like the KM ones or the P8 one, sorry.

For those large of norkage you should really go for something plain on top, with a v neck, otherwise you will just see a 'sea' of chest and fabric. You need to break the outline visually by a v or sweetheart neckline, and (obviously) it needs to be something that a bra can be worn underneath.

Also not too short. The dress needs to be below the knee to balance the proportions of the figuregrin

This would probably suit me - but it looks pretty cheap for nearly £200!

The last phase 8 dress is lovely, but I don't think it's the right shape for rlbg.

Does a 1950s shape suit you?

Might get away with 50s if not too 'big' on the bottom or tight or high on top. Eg this would probably be perfect on me.

Nope, I'd look v frumpy in that. Sorry.

ClaraOswald Fri 14-Jun-13 21:31:58

Is this any good?

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 22:00:16

I need real shops, Mrs L. Too bloomin' fussy and too in between sizes to faff about online. Can be anything from an 8 to a 14 depending on shop and cut.

Don't like either of those, Accident. Sorry.

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 22:05:09

Ah ha. here. Is photographed with a daft belt and, more importantly, a slim petticoat under it but it'll fall like the pinterest link IRL.

Clara - yours is sweet, but not screaming out to me iykwim. Just found a gorgeous Roland M one, if anybody has about £600 they don't want!

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 22:06:19

x post.

Oh yes, you did say, sorry!

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 22:08:06

Oh, I love the foxy red and black ones, Mrs L- I want an occasion now!

Talking of M&S this would probably suit me, but I'm not excited by it!

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 22:11:50

Yes, good back up dress.

still love this but probably too pale

cerealqueen Fri 14-Jun-13 22:11:55

Could you do vintage?


cerealqueen Fri 14-Jun-13 22:13:22

ouch, just looked at prices but some of the ideas are nice!

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 22:13:39

the reiss is nice but, yeah, meh, somehow. I like the component parts the but the whole doesn't quite make it. Well not foe that price compared to that m&s job

M&S one probably beyond vile irl though - probably made of plastic melted down from the food trays or something.

Mango one would be cute on somebody tall and willowy, and woeful on me.

Vintage no good, Cereal but thank you. Need real shops to walk into and come out with a dress in a bag!

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 22:16:57

well over budget likely to be very flattering but you may well hate ti.

cerealqueen Fri 14-Jun-13 22:19:11

Hobbs one likely to be a good shape on me but theirs are too long - and it's too loud! You know me too well. smile

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 22:21:16

grey (finally) you could certainly make this one work

cerealqueen Fri 14-Jun-13 22:21:43

Sorry, forgot that!!

I actually like both of those, Accident. Is the first one too big for the model?

Love the red one.

Grey one is v me - I'd wear it for work though.

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 22:27:58

There's a short version of the first damsel dress too IIRC

cerealqueen Fri 14-Jun-13 22:29:05
MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 22:30:28
cerealqueen Fri 14-Jun-13 22:31:46

I like the 2nd Ghost one but think it would make me look huge on top. Long one nice but wouldn't be nice on me, because of the shape of the top.

Long AND coloured is deffo too scary! smile

The 2 Ghost ones are nice, but how would you wear a supportive bra under it?

Indeed! Full scaffolding will be essential.

ClaraOswald Fri 14-Jun-13 22:42:16

Cute, Clara - maybe a bit too cute for me if I'm honest.

Right - dp is nagging for the laptop (to be fair, I have been on here a long time!) so I'd better hand it over for a while.

Thanks ever so much for all of the ideas so far. I'll go and have a mooch around Selfridges and HoF in the morning and see if anything jumps out at me. Will report back!

Next one is a bit too 'busy' I think.

The monsoon one is lovely. You'd have to wear a racer back bra with itgrin

ClaraOswald Fri 14-Jun-13 22:59:28
cerealqueen Fri 14-Jun-13 23:08:15

BHS!! Who knew! Love the second one - but I'm not going to the ball sad

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 23:27:13

Three from phase eight:

grey maxi



tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 13:59:22

LOVE the Helmut Lang, but again, it's the sort of thing I'd wear to work (though much cheaper versions!) with a blazer.

I've had a mooch around town today - the Coast 'boring' one was dull, too shiny and too long. I didn't see anything else I liked apart from a bright pink VW but it was cotton and v easy-crease, so didn't look great.

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 15:15:17

Saw this which is a bit of a love-or-hate one.

Too shiny?

Sorry, Tethers. That is terrifying.

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 15:25:27


You are, and always will be, my nemesis grin


Sorry, Accident. Don't like either of those.

I like - no fuss, nothing tarty, no blinginess, no shininess, natural fabrics if possible but that is becoming increasingly impossible.

Something plain at the front with a nice back detail could work. I have quite a nice back! But obs will need a bra, so not too low.

I think you are looking for the impossible!


All I want is a bloomin' frock - it shouldn't be so difficult!

I like this but I think it's too short, too plain, too shapeless and too clubby.

daftdame Sat 15-Jun-13 16:55:22

I honestly don't think that would flatter you at all. It would just hang off your norks and make the rest of you look huge.

I think you need something fitted on top, with either a v or sweetheart neckline, and then something flowing, but not too gathered on the bottom half, which needs to be below the knee.

Couldn't you get something made?

No, I know it wouldn't! The rest of me is quite small tbh though. I'm very short waisted, so sometimes too overly fitted doesn't work either though.

No to getting something made.

Sorry, Daftdame but that vintage thing would be horrifying in every way on me. Don't like it at all, sorry.

Doh - just noticed the grin. smile

FC one mentioned earlier and it's lovely. I forgot to look in FC today but will do so.

And I like thisbut too expensive.

MarathonMama Sat 15-Jun-13 17:33:39

Loving this thread! I too am going to a ball in a few weeks

Have you seen this:

My friend has it and it looks amazing on her! Such a bargain too

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 17:43:43

Have one v similar to that BHS one already.

I like the 'For work' one, Tethers. Would a blazer work over it?

Love the first one too, but not right for this event.

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 17:48:22

Yes, blazer over it would work well.

I think this is really plain, you might like it grin

I love the shape of it, but the colour is pretty scary for an old Goth like me! Is J Crew in real shops in Britain now?

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 17:57:59

It was the black one I was linking to.

No idea- I know theyre supposed to be coming over here, but I try and interact with the real world as little as possible.

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 17:58:49

I like that but I don't think it would like me.
I like this though
No comments on the, 'have I gone mad' one? Was it so awful?

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 18:06:45

Multi coloured one is nice, but no to pale bluey colour a) near my pale face and b) on my norks!

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 18:08:05

Have I gone mad one was ok actually.

smile Might go and have a peek irl.

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 18:14:15
nohalfmeasures Sat 15-Jun-13 18:16:44

Debenhams have loads.

Lovely but too shapeless I think. What did you think of my second Jigsaw one? Too boring?

NoHalf - the only one I quite liked on the whole of the Debenhams site was the, 'have I gone mad?' one, below.

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 18:24:40

I think there are a lot of nicer maxis for the price of the jigsaw one... It's a bit shapeless.

Yes, you are right.

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 18:30:33

Nope, don't like that at all - sorry.

Jigsaw grey - too shapeless. You'd look like a sack of spuds in itgrin

Jigsaw with butterfly sleeves might be ok. Other 2 too plain, too high a neckline.

MarathonMama Sat 15-Jun-13 18:47:25

Zara one gorgeous but too low - need a bra.

Which was the butterfly one? What did you think of the Have I Gone Mad one?

MarianForrester Sat 15-Jun-13 19:24:55

I like the have-I-gone mad one,and it does look appropriate for a ball and not for work smile


Couldn't wear a bra with that though.

MrsLettuce Sat 15-Jun-13 20:17:11

Strapless bra - nay bother

Strapless bra and 32E = not v comfortable though. smile

MarianForrester Sat 15-Jun-13 20:28:08

Comfort has no place in style and beauty grin

Get thee a fleece and some hotter shoes and give up on ball dresses!

A fleece? Good gods, what do you take me for?

No idea what Hotter shoes are.

MarianForrester Sat 15-Jun-13 20:33:38

They are purportedly Very Comfortablegrin

And they come in fun colours......

They sound terrifying.

MarianForrester Sat 15-Jun-13 20:40:24

Oh, yesgrin

MarianForrester Sat 15-Jun-13 20:44:26

This is what happens when you start thinking of

Dear god........

So rlbg

Have you seen anything on this thread that fits your criteria and is in stock?

confusedmuch Sat 15-Jun-13 23:31:53

I too am interested to see what op comes up with, methinks the following tools are perhaps missing from her current wardrobe;

fully fitted basque / slip, marilyn munro are great for curvy support and you need the right scaffolding to cease fearing strapless

Tit tape, to cement the lot to ya

A great seamstress because most clothes will not fit properly off the peg and you would be truly amazed at how many more styles will be available to you with just a little tailoring - a good stitchbitch will suggest alterations you may not have thought of so go with an open mind!

accessories to help tailor to your shape, belts and safety pins are your friend, be proud of norkage

I took ages to suss that clothes aren't made my shape and wish someone had told me about all of this sooner!

hoping your fairy godmother shows up soon...

Ye gads - those shoes look like giant marshmallows. Yikes.

I haven't got a basque, but the ones I've tried on before make my tits look huge - and that is precisely not what I want.

Re dresses - have seen maybe three that I will try on so far. I am super-fussy, I know - but it always turns out right in the end! I am just a natural (or unnatural) ditherer.

I do like the have I gone mad one, and perhaps a couple of the Coast ones. And if all else fails I have got a proper black silk ball gown (if it fits) or my Westwood. Or I'll wear a tux! smile

Can't do belts with a dress - too short waisted and they look monstrous.

confusedmuch Sun 16-Jun-13 00:32:34

You put the belt or a ribbon under your boobies with a full skirt to lengthen your waist and a fitted slip will give you all over smooth lines and appropriate scaffolding at the same time - also is quite comortable much more so than bra n spanx!

Honestly, it doesn't lengthen my waist - it just makes my norks look huge.

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 18:08:32

right i am here

I will read

what is a def no? ANd are we going long?

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 18:14:28
EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 18:16:48

god i quite like this, its rather Mad men
frciking nora - would depend if you can do lace.

* goes off to shoot self at liking CC *

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 18:29:15

FC one goes to main page - its the Vienna one

FC one lovely but prob a bit too high necked.
CC one too pale - I need either black, grey or something deep coloured I think.
I don't mind going long but it doesn't need to be - and remember that I am a shrimp.

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 18:44:30

so if its long it is petite then?

agree re paleness

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 18:45:58

A bit too bodycon, I think.

PiratePanda Sun 16-Jun-13 18:52:55

Seriously people. And maybe it's just because I have yo do this for work, but every woman of a professional age and stage should have in their wardrobe at least one full-length ballgown in a proper luxe fabric and flattering colour/shape, just like all men should own a dinner jacket and their own morning suit. If you buy carefully and look after properly, one beautiful ballgiwn should last most people many years.

So invest.

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 18:53:47

i disagree - dresses date - nothing is classic

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 18:54:04

PLus i would never wear full length

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 18:56:14

long grey lace? (looks blue to me)

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 19:04:12


EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 19:05:25
EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 19:06:03
EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 19:06:53

I don't know who Jane McDonald is. Both Debenhams ones look nice enough but too polyestery. Don't like that pale blue/grey thing. Do like the one shouldered but prob a bit too nightclubby.

I've got a proper black ballgown but don't want to wear it - I look like an Old Goth in it now and as if I should be wearing DMs with it. Not great. And totally disagree with investing in one ballgown thing anyway - they date horribly imho.

I do like the Coast one but it would be about three feet too long for me and cba with getting altered.

I like the shape of the Planet one and the colour would suit me, but don't like the combo of lace AND shiny AND purple.

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 19:29:58

You want a stretch pencil dress. IMO. Then diamonds.

EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 19:30:18

Google Jane mcd. You'll laugh

tethersend Sun 16-Jun-13 19:37:34
MarianForrester Sun 16-Jun-13 19:42:00

I think with the money that a lot of these cost, and your very particular requirements, you might be better to have a dress made. If it really suits you and is good fit would be money well spent.

Thank you, Tethers. I like that. smile

God no to getting one made. I hate going to the hairdresser even, so I'm not going to cope with somebody fiddling around measuring me etc.

I just want a nice, plainish dress that fits and won't make my tits look pneumatic. Surely that shouldn't be so difficult? smile

Non the wiser re Jane M.

I like this Is it too, too plain and boring?

It did, Accident. It's lovely, but I want to be able to wear a real bra, not strapless!

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 19:56:52

I've lost all track of links so maybe it's been done, but this comes in loads of colours. full length after all. Too shiny?

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 19:58:42

x post

If I'd seen that ghost dress on my travels I'd have expected you to write it off as a work drss. It looks very casual.

Too shiny, Mrs L. Yes, the Ghost one is too ordinary, isn't it?

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:01:32

this (without the petticoat)? I think their only RL shop is london - obviously no idea where you are.

I think that the one mrs l posted is the right shape for you rlbg. Does this style suit you?

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 16-Jun-13 20:02:27 I have this - tis gorgeous and super flattering.

Will be ones in local boutiques wink to try on surely.

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:03:04

grr. Meant this what with the black being all shiny and all...

Nice bottom, Mrs L (ooo er) but don't like the top.

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:04:01

That last one is lovely Remus - why would it look hideous on you exactly? Are you sure?

Mrs CB - lovely on you but wouldn't suit me due to short waist and norks - I'd just look matronly.

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:05:49

Am pretty sure you wont like the other option for the top - here. But, hell who knows wink The belt is just random, crappy acessorisation.

Because it would draw all the attention to my top half, which I don't like. If it was the other way around with a fancy bottom and a plain top, it would be perfect.

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:10:13

Am also short waisted and norky - don't underestimate the nork reducing and waist defining power of a petticoat. They aren't all mahossive and make the waist look tiny. Something like this would give definition and movement without ooph-age.

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:10:56

x again

Yup. would be sht on me for the same reason. Just checking grin

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:11:46

FFS - missing link to very slim petticoat here, click on the black swatch.

TSSDNCOP Sun 16-Jun-13 20:11:51

What are your pins like? Could you pull this off with some OTT heels?

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:13:14

Yes. and horrid if I may be so bold. TBH it'd probably be wise to put a two day moratorium on looking at dresses and then come back to it.

TSSDNCOP Sun 16-Jun-13 20:13:16

Legs are good and the first Mango one would suit me, but too nightclubby for what I'm after now, I think.

The MV one is totally me, btw! smile

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:15:55

Has this been linked?

Anthro one has been linked and is lovely - but a bit 'too much' in the sense that you'd see me coming a mile away, and I don't like that.

MrsLettuce Sun 16-Jun-13 20:19:19

this one you surely know but might have overlooked - navy?

It's nice, but too 'sexy' for me, I think. I find norks make it so easy to look tarty, even if not intended.

TSSDNCOP Sun 16-Jun-13 20:28:14

Another by Coast but not yet linked.

I like that one, thank you. The belt would have to go but the shape is v good for me.

barleysugar Sun 16-Jun-13 20:33:44

The Lipsy VIP ones are lovely for balls.

If I had nice shoulders, I'd love to wear this


tethersend Sun 16-Jun-13 20:38:01


TBH, if you had a whip-round, we'd all chip in for the VW dress just to find something you like grin

tethersend Sun 16-Jun-13 20:39:08

Like that last coast one...

Don't like the Lipsy one, sorry.

Lol Tethers. There are now at least four which I am willing to go and try on - that's progress!

I like the purple one's shape (but am still a bit scared of the colour).

tethersend Sun 16-Jun-13 20:52:35

Is this too high necked?

No, that would prob be fine, Tethers. But since I have a perfectly decent VW jersey, there doesn't seem much point in buying something so similar.

I like the last coast one too.

When is this 'big event'

babybarrister Sun 16-Jun-13 21:02:04

Try Joseph outlet shop on Kings road,Chelsea - good stuff in

This is also a great place ....
nice Issa dress - very good for norks

tethersend Sun 16-Jun-13 21:13:39
EliotNess Sun 16-Jun-13 21:29:45

borrow the Vivienne dress i sold to noddy

I like the MV one a lot - will try that.

Have got a VW v similar (iirc) to your one, Eliot. Looking for something a bit different, I think.

EliotNess Mon 17-Jun-13 08:16:47

Oi Remus. On phase right. The minueta in dark green ? Prob too long. Cut some off. ?

EliotNess Mon 17-Jun-13 08:17:26
EliotNess Mon 17-Jun-13 08:19:02

Or the grey ilse ? A bit ruchey maybe.

I've seen a blue plain jersey one on there I might get for my work do

Don't like them, sorry. Too shiny.

EliotNess Mon 17-Jun-13 20:08:45

I know. I know.

Sorry. smile

Love this but the pale top would be awful on me.

tethersend Mon 17-Jun-13 21:00:53
tethersend Mon 17-Jun-13 21:04:30
tethersend Mon 17-Jun-13 21:09:06

Did someone else do this?!

American sites and Ebay no good. Sorry Tethers.

KM one is okay but I don't like the neck/shoulder line.

No opinions on that frill back one?

The reiss dress is lovely. However I don't think it would flatter your shape and curvesgrin

MrsLettuce Tue 18-Jun-13 18:36:01

The frill back one was good, liked that a lot. Would need fabulous shoes and hair.

I can do fab shoes but have crap hair.

I think I'll try it on - it could work and it could be a disaster as, although I'm curvy I'm quite slim of hip and v small across the back. Maybe I've made myself sound more 'va va boom' than I actually am!

libertychick Tue 18-Jun-13 21:43:02

over budget but might be reduced in sale

[[ amazing price worth breaking your no online shop rule for???]

libertychick Tue 18-Jun-13 21:43:49
libertychick Tue 18-Jun-13 21:56:26

DBM one lovely but I have a similar shaped one already. Don't like the other one - too blingy for me. Thank you though.

Just found this. Would depend v much on the fabric, which is probably awful, but I like the shape. Is it too nightclubby?

EliotNess Tue 18-Jun-13 22:09:31

omg love

tethersend Tue 18-Jun-13 22:22:19

That's nice!

That's lovely - but it's polyester!

I know. I can live with polyester (at a push) if it's cheap - I seriously object to paying Reiss/Whistles prices for it though.

Will try it on and report back - is it too nightclubby/slaggy though?

tethersend Wed 19-Jun-13 21:16:05

You can live with polyester shock

<faints dead away>


Recovered yet?

Fans Tethers and waves smelling salts around.

tethersend Wed 19-Jun-13 21:24:18

I... I just... I can't even...

<faints again>

Throws cold water over her.

Is it too 'young' though?

tethersend Wed 19-Jun-13 21:44:09


No, no... It's really nice actually. It's similar to the VW but different enough not to be a copy.

What would you wear it with? A thinking gold and bare legs (with tan). Shoes?

I don't think I can do bare legs. Am pale as death and fake tan just makes me look dirty! Could do nude tights and big heels, maybe?

I've got this

Or this

But happy to buy something IF the dress looks any good! I like dirty gold coloured stuff. Shoes - I've got a couple of pairs of high black ones - stiletto, platform or wedge, or could get more (except I am even worse at buying shoes than I am at buying dresses!).

Nadalsballs Tue 25-Jun-13 12:17:56

So, what did you wear???

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