Please find me a UK based version of this(

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The theme for my works do this year is vintage glamour & I love the above dress. But would prefer not to have to order from America if possible.

Can anyone find me something in a similar 30s movie star style?

duckyfuzz Mon 23-Sep-13 19:02:38
BellaOfTheBalls Mon 23-Sep-13 19:04:14

A friend of mine has just bought the one duckyfuzz suggested. It is absolutely stunning on.

MortifiedAdams Mon 23-Sep-13 19:06:25
duckyfuzz Mon 23-Sep-13 19:08:48

I want to buy it for a wedding but think its too evening. Might get it anyway, just for fun!

MortifiedAdams Mon 23-Sep-13 19:10:09
BellaOfTheBalls Mon 23-Sep-13 19:12:29

Friend has bought it for a ball duckyfuzz I think you could get away with it for a wedding if teemed with very low key accessories (hair down, low heels, jacket for daytime etc)

Great ideas so far but I love the back of the dress I linked so fancy backs are good.

Also, bearing in mind that I'm shorter and a little wider than average, am I kidding myself that I could get away with anything like this anyway?

I can take it, I have a back up plan in case this style is the worst idea ever!

MortifiedAdams Mon 23-Sep-13 20:51:37

What height and size are you? Im 5'2 and a size 12/14 and wouldnt feel comfortable in that dress style.

MortifiedAdams Mon 23-Sep-13 20:57:38
MortifiedAdams Mon 23-Sep-13 20:59:17

I'm 5ft and 12/14 but hoping to be 10/12 by then.

MortifiedAdams Mon 23-Sep-13 21:33:54

What about a shorter length, tea dress style?

tethersend Mon 23-Sep-13 21:36:57

Would a 30s movie star wear rhinestones? wink

Something like this in red accessorised with diamond esque jewellery would be fabulous.

Well I daresay they'd be real diamonds but I can't stretch to that!
That Ghost dress is fab but not sure my budget can stretch that far hmm

Not too keen on my legs so would prefer a full length, plus I just think they are more glamorous.

tethersend Mon 23-Sep-13 22:12:59

What's your budget?

Ujjayi Mon 23-Sep-13 22:22:18

TBH, at 5ft I would say avoid a dress with such a long corset section/drop waist. You need a dress which comes in at your waist. You could still have the top of the skirt skimming your curves - which bias cut does.

Take a look at Ghost, Etsy & eBay. Agree that you should avoid rhinestones wink. Look for silk charmeuse, satin or crepe. The 1930s style was sleek and embellishment was generally achieved with jewellery.

Having said all that, a late 20s mid- calf flapper dress would be more flattering to your height. Think Great Gatsby. Or 1940s with a faux fur stole?

tethersend Mon 23-Sep-13 22:24:20

Aargh link didn't work, item number on eBay is 141070282596

Ujjayi Mon 23-Sep-13 22:24:35

OP the black dress you linked to on eBay is much better for you.

TK Maxx often have Ghost eveningwear.

tethersend Mon 23-Sep-13 22:27:14

The black dress is better than the one in your OP. it's lovely, but not 1930s. Depends how 30s ish you want to be, really...

That eBay one also comes in red. Trouble is, my original dress had the vintage look to it. I love flapper dresses but they don't look right on me hmm, plus I have a feeling the world & his wife will be wearing them after Gatsby.

Back to the drawing board I guess.

MortifiedAdams Mon 23-Sep-13 22:42:22
MortifiedAdams Mon 23-Sep-13 22:43:22
tethersend Mon 23-Sep-13 22:45:54

I really don't think that first dress has a vintage look to it, sorry- I know it's on a vintage site, but I wouldn't think 'vintage' if I saw someone wearing it. It looks like a prom dress to me.

tethersend Mon 23-Sep-13 22:46:18

Much prefer your second one.

Really? To me it screams Ginger Rogers!

My second idea is to go for a 50s swing/rockabilly dress or a wiggle dress but not sure if that will be glamorous enough, I've lost weight recently and want to look a million dollars.

I want something that does look authentic but don't really want to spend more than £ I have a hope in hell?

tethersend Tue 24-Sep-13 11:59:53

Actually, that phase eight one is on This Morning at the moment and it's really lovely... Much more vintage looking than the picture suggests...

does this one work any better

Or am I still hopelessly wide of the mark?

Shameless bump...

Ujjayi Fri 27-Sep-13 08:00:43

There is too much ruching around the hips - particularly at the back. That will accentuate width and make you look shorter. I also think the back looks like it has been cut by someone who doesnt know anything about pattern cutting - like the fabric has been forced to fit the shape.

I will pop back with some links later smile

Thank you, I've lost weight recently & want to look fabulous but don't have a clue. With a 3yo and a 1yo I don't have much opportunity to glam up!

Ujjayi Fri 27-Sep-13 09:51:55

I completely understand OP smile

This navy gown would look stunning with a diamante necklace and a cocktail ring (I wouldn't wear bracelets with this fabric....from bitter experience they are likely to snag if they have "claw" settings on them). You could further glam up with a faux fur stole or capelet. A beaded evening jacket/capelet would work just as well too and fits with the era.

This is also gorgeous but more covered up . Again, a statement necklace and killer heels would finish the outfit perfectly. That dress is also available in other colours too.

eBay bargain brings you in at the waist which is great for both your height and figure.

This one is stunning almost bought this myself for a 1930s event I attended earlier this year. Ghost's indigo shade is a really beautiful hue - not remotely a dull navy.

Also gorgeous and the colour is stunning IRL.

aubergine shade

Novella dress again in pink this is a very authentic colour for the period.

FauxFox Fri 27-Sep-13 11:26:31

I'm totally in love with most of these dresses! Am going to watch most of them on eBay (hoping for a Ghost bargain I think!)

Very tempted by the Clarissa dress, should I go for silver, sea green or navy though? (Not convinced the pink will suit me!)

FauxFox Fri 27-Sep-13 12:51:31

Have you seen a Ghost dress irl mrshels if not do try to because the fabric is very thin and they are unlined. I tried one on and it was not flattering on the bum or tum at all (am size 12 5ft8 curvy) it was also a bit long on me so I think you'll need to get it taken up a bit.

If you do get a Clarissa i'd go for navy as a potentially more flattering non see thru option.

Hope i'm wrong and it wasn't Clarissa I tried so I don't know for sure but I thought i'd mention so you can try and see one for real before spending.

Thanks for the warning. I think I might order from the ghost store so I can return it if it's not what I'm looking for (if I decide to go with a ghost dress that is!) Am resigned to having to take it up miles, that's the story of my life. Will also be spanxed up to my eyebrows!

Ujjayi Fri 27-Sep-13 13:38:05

I agree that some of the Ghost dresses can be a little see-through. Depends whether they are crepe or satin. IMO the satin versions are far more flattering. I wore anti-VPL pants (can't remember which brand but from John Lewis) and they worked brilliantly. I'm not a fan of Spanx type underwear - can't bear the squeezing & increased temperature!

Personally I would opt for the navy Clarissa. It's got a lovely dramatic vintage feel to it - just what you wanted smile

slug Fri 27-Sep-13 16:05:06

Wow thanks Slug. I've ordered it so wish me luck. You know if it suits me I'll be on here again for help accessorising!

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