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I shall go to the me traceybath et al!!

(36 Posts)
JustBeachy Tue 16-Nov-10 13:57:00


I am 32, 5ft 8, size 12, 34DD with a decent waist but a bit of a mum tum and bum!

I need an evening dress for a charity black tie Christmas dinner/dance and I NEVER get to go to anything like this so I literally want to look like cinderella for the night!

Has anyone got any suggestions for dresses? I suppose my best features would be cleavage and waist so no high necks or sacklike shifts. If short skirted I would only go to just above the knee unless opaque tights were possible. I have to be able to wear a bra. I look washed out in nudes but like colour/sparkle/embellished things. Would prefer not to go with black unless it has something extra iyswim? I have an aversion to one shouldered things but am willing to try to overcome it if something is really lovely.

Budget up to £200 (must be resellable after though!!)

Help me!! I spend my life drooling over beautiful eveningwear but now I need to buy something I don't know what I want!!!

traceybath Tue 16-Nov-10 14:30:09

Have got to do school-run but some nice stuff on here

Silkstalkings Tue 16-Nov-10 18:42:06

I am similar size and shape to you and the first place I would visit is Phase8. Trying on irl is vital though, don't do it mail order (eg the gorgeous Twist Front Maxi Dress can't be worn with a bra so needs toupé tape to stick your boobs together).

Depending how much attention you like, you could go for one of these and spend the change on a petticoat and vintage hairdo/make up.

Then go to John Lewis or similar department store (not M&S) and get your boobs measured so you have a decent bra. Get a 2nd opinion if fitter is under 30, you want the lady who's been doing it for 20yrs.

Silkstalkings Tue 16-Nov-10 18:44:07

And you could wear a black dress with a really contrasting colour for accessories eg scarlet, bright green, electric blue for shoes, handbag, beads, fascinator etc.

JustBeachy Tue 16-Nov-10 19:37:21

Oh silk you reminded me of how I have always coveted a Vivian dress...I do just worry about not trying on first though...

I saw this which looks like a good shape for me but a bit black...maybe I could do OTT shoes/jewellery to glam it up?

notyummy Tue 16-Nov-10 19:48:20


geordieminx Tue 16-Nov-10 20:20:14

Have you thought about hiring designer from

tethersend Tue 16-Nov-10 20:38:43


tethersend Tue 16-Nov-10 20:48:17



twoboots Tue 16-Nov-10 21:12:00

vivienne of holloway rule.
The dresses can be taken in to fit quite cheaply, and the last time i wore one a fashionista was convinced it was vintage designer! Also great customer service. (no spanx needed)

I think tethersend and notyummy's blue suggestions are gorgeous. (spanx needed for the french connection) the monsoon is a bit bridemaidy in real life but still fab- this is because I have seen bridesmaids wearing it.

The black Oli is nice but it might cling in the wrong places. (Triple spanx needed)

I'm waiting for someone to brave styleshake so I can get feedback. (?possibility of in built spanx)

For an evening reception in Feb I plan to get this tehtersend recommedation with my vivien of holloway underskirt

Silkstalkings Tue 16-Nov-10 22:24:29

Love the black Oli one but I would worry about my tummy so yeah, Spanx needed. This has a drape in front that could reduce need for Spanx and would cover a bra nicely too.
This one you could wear with black or silver accessories and get a pal to stitch the straps of a black or silver bra under the sequinned straps to look like it's a feature.

tethersend Tue 16-Nov-10 23:05:44

this would be nice with your figure

JustBeachy Wed 17-Nov-10 06:38:47

That last one is nice tethers and thanks for all the suggestions...I think I am going to order a Vivian dress and see what it is like before looking further...but which print to choose???
I think I am dithering between black/pink dots, black/white dots or red/black dots on this one with a black net underskirt.

Any thoughts on which is nicest?

JustBeachy Wed 17-Nov-10 06:46:00

Or maybe black/pink dots with a pink net skirt??

And what shoes?

Silkstalkings Wed 17-Nov-10 16:18:57

I'd go for black/white so you can wear it again with different coloured accessories eg all red or pink. Don't forget the stretchy belt in whichever colour you choose. And a bolero jacket for future use eg church wedding. Shoes should be shiny patent and have a mid heel and anklestrap for dancing imo.

Silkstalkings Wed 17-Nov-10 16:25:29

Shoes men dream about grin

traceybath Wed 17-Nov-10 16:27:52

Agree with silk - black and white spots.

JustBeachy Wed 17-Nov-10 18:40:24

Oh hurrah - I have had the black/white one with black petticoat and white 2" belt in my basket since this morning - now you have backed up my choice I might have to press the "buy" button!!

silk the style of those shoes is nice but I would want a much higher heel than that grin

JustBeachy Wed 17-Nov-10 18:41:13

Would seamed stockings (nude/black seams) be appropriate??

Silkstalkings Wed 17-Nov-10 19:56:00

There you go then - available in red or baby pink too!

JustBeachy Thu 18-Nov-10 08:19:56

Oh silk now that's more like it!! Gorgeous!!

Thanks so much for all your help everyone - I ordered the dress and am beyond excited to see in irl!!


JaniceSoprano Thu 18-Nov-10 08:52:04

those red ankle strap shoes are GOPPING!

JaniceSoprano Thu 18-Nov-10 08:53:38

and the vivien of holloway ones make you llok like some Mini mouse pastiche
is this supposed to be style and beauty? or fancy dress?

notyummy Thu 18-Nov-10 08:59:32

Bit rude Janice!

I will admit I don't like the shoes - red killer stilettos MUCH sexier and would look great with that dress. Like the 40s/50s dresses though.

JaniceSoprano Thu 18-Nov-10 09:01:52

the shoes are humming
the dress will make her look ENORMOUS

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