Impossible dress challenge.....

(40 Posts)
MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 11:53:48

I need to find a dress for a wedding I am going to in Spain in... wait for it... August! Thrilled as I am at the thought of enjoying guaranteed sunshine for one lovely long weekend this year, I am having a complete nightmare finding a suitable dress as everything, literally EVERYTHING, seems to be made of sweat-tastic polyester. I need something in either 100% silk or possibly cotton (or some other cool fabric) but I also need - and this is the tricky bit - for it to be within my budget which is under £100. It needs to be pretty glam too.

I know I am asking a lot, but has anyone spotted anything in their travels that might fit the bill....? TIA

Oh, nearly forgot, I am size 10, 5ft 6in, very fair skinned, my legs are not great (knobbly knees) so no short dresses - midi would be fine, though.

EyelinerQueen Thu 01-May-14 11:56:44
MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 12:21:31

Thank you Eyeliner. I would be overwhelmed for choice if it was a UK wedding, but a lot of those dresses are made from manmade fibres and are also quite fitted so not sure I would cope in the heat. Will keep that website in my favourites, though, as there are some gorgeous dresses there....

EyelinerQueen Thu 01-May-14 12:25:09

Yeah some of them are lovely. Makes me wish I 1. had a wedding to go to this Summer and 2. wasn't 7 months pregnant!

What kind of styles and colours are you after? Something to wear with heels or flats?

KnockMeDown Thu 01-May-14 12:58:45

I spotted this one on that website - it is cotton, and a fuller skirt, so perhaps cooler?

KnockMeDown Thu 01-May-14 13:00:35

or this one? Even nicer!!

Rosa Thu 01-May-14 13:04:09

Have you tried Monsoon often they have natural fabrics?

MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 13:06:12

So - style-wise, anything really - prom dress, tulip, long skater etc but no wiggle dresses as I have strange-shaped hips. Nothing short, either.

I will be wearing a heel - probably a heeled sandal because of the scorchio-ness of the temperature.

Colour-wise I suit (and love) pastels, mainly pinks or greens or peachy/neutral type colours.... Would rather avoid patterns unless subtle.

These dresses give you an idea of the sort of shape I am looking for..... just cannot buy them as they are polyester.

love the shape


love colour and style but not sure about the back

Nocomet Thu 01-May-14 13:09:35

I love this Fever

Glam would have to come from just the right, hat, jewellery, gold sandals and perhaps adding a silk sash with a bow and tails. Teal silk (satin) shouldn't be hard to get.

MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 13:11:49

Thank you Knockmedown, I missed that one. Another beauty.... Sadly, it is over-budget.

JohnCusacksWife Thu 01-May-14 13:18:47

Do you like maxi dresses. Colour doesn't do much for me but if you like pastels it might suit you...

MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 13:21:50

Nocomet - thank you! Sadly, it is not my colour. However, I have found about three other items on the website I would like to buy.....

...really need to pull myself together and concentrate on the Wedding Outfit Quest.

ZeroSomeGameThingy Thu 01-May-14 13:23:06

Aren't you being a little over cautious? The sales will happen long before August.

Why not simply identify some brands you think have the right sort of thing - and then stalk a few dresses? You'll get far more for your money come the end of June.

MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 13:31:48

Zero, you are completely right! I am panicking because literally everyone else who is going has got their dresses/suits already, and they keep harassing me asking if I have got anything yet.

So, with that in mind, if anyone sees anything 100% silk which is OVER budget, I am definitely up for a bit of stalking.

MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 13:34:51

BTW, thank you for all the responses and ideas. You have made this quest about a million times more fun thanks

ZeroSomeGameThingy Thu 01-May-14 13:45:16

...Also if you manage to save up a little by mid-summer you may even be able to get something from the new collections and put all your speedy friends to shame....

MarianForrester Thu 01-May-14 13:45:31

I searched for silk dress on Frasers site, worth a look. Some are out with your budget, but may be good to

There's this one that is in budget mint velvet

Warehouse also have a pretty silk sleeveless top warehouse

I'd go for a bit of a pattern whatever you choose: any unfortunate sweaty marks won't show up as much..

carrie74 Thu 01-May-14 13:49:01
LadyMud Thu 01-May-14 13:49:29

I don't think you'd go for blue, Bernard, but I noticed this lovely cotton dress in the BHS window yesterday. Quite a bargain at £45. (It might be the same dress mentioned on another thread a few days ago)

carrie74 Thu 01-May-14 13:50:06

Oops, think they may both be poly. Sorry.

carrie74 Thu 01-May-14 13:53:28
MarianForrester Thu 01-May-14 13:54:41

Ooh, I love that flamingo dress!

Nocomet Thu 01-May-14 14:03:03

It's a very bad website, I love the peacock dress and a couple of other blue ones and I have absolutely no events requiring a new £75 summer dress in my diary.

cowsarescary Thu 01-May-14 18:52:20
cowsarescary Thu 01-May-14 18:53:06

I'm an arse - they're too short ...

MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 18:57:24

Good point, Marian about the pattern. Unfortunately, due to my very pale complexion most prints tend to totally overwhelm me, but I am sure I could find one to suit.

I like the BHS dress Ladymud I have not shopped in BHS for years, I did not realise they had such nice pieces. In fact I had a quick look at the dresses section and found some really quite lovely dresses, such as:

this for example is just rather perfect. It is poly but has cotton lining, so could be do-able. But, alas, not in my size.

this reminds me of the dress Julia Roberts wears to races in Pretty Woman. Poly though, so a no-no. But this is really opening my eyes to some shops I had never, ever considered. Thank you.

MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 19:03:01

Cowsarescary - thank you. Banana Republic is one of my favourite places to shop so you are totally on the right track, it's just a shame about my horrible knees. Sigh... the lemon one would have looked gorgeous on a hot Spanish summer's day.

PearlyGrey Thu 01-May-14 19:08:11

Anything from People Tree? Maybe something like this, this or this (if the print isn't too busy?).

PearlyGrey Thu 01-May-14 19:09:42

Here's there general dress page -
and the ones in the sale (think there are some pure silk ones)

BikeRunSki Thu 01-May-14 19:31:10
getyourselfchecked Thu 01-May-14 19:33:16

Be careful with dark silk…. Bobby Dazzlers

tethersend Thu 01-May-14 19:47:37
Cremolafoam Thu 01-May-14 21:29:14
Cremolafoam Thu 01-May-14 21:38:28
MyRealNamesBernard Fri 02-May-14 10:00:05

Tethersend, that 50s dress is just stunning, but I am not sure it's my colour. Do you know what the website is like for returns etc? I got completely distracted by the rest of the website, though, and those 1930s sailor pants are now seducing me into thinking I need to go to this wedding dressed like Katharine Hepburn.

Thank you, also, Pearly for the People Tree dresses. The second one, the Iris Pink Jaquard Dress, is pretty much perfect... but my size is sold out! Oh the frustration!!

cowsarescary Mon 05-May-14 12:21:08
justaweeone Mon 05-May-14 15:14:46

East one £ 79

Oasis have a gorgeous silk one. Hang on....

Here It looks ally short there, but that is probably because the model is a giraffe.

Oooh and this one is beautiful too.

dingalong Mon 05-May-14 19:50:04

I got this dress last year in the outnet sale. It's 100% silk (dvf). I think it was about 100 stg. She has some lovely silk dresses. My wedding is now in ireland instead of Spain so on the hunt for a jacket smile

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