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Help - my first blacktie event since having the dds (I am not younger or thinner than I was)

(16 Posts)
MrsFogi Wed 08-Jun-11 00:11:53

I have been invited to a black tie dinner at Claridges. I haven't been to a black tie do for ages and the last time I attended one I was young enough to wear above the knee dresses and thin enough to carry most things off. Post-dds I have certainly not regained my figure, I would no longer wear anything above the knee and I certainly haven't got any younger! So - what does a 37 year old with a not bad but not perfect figure wear to a black tie do these days? And, any pointers to nice dresses online very welcome as I am not great at clothes shopping at the best of time. I have high hopes for this post as last time I posted in this section a wonderful mner linked to a jacket in a sale that was not only a bargain but fitted the bill perfectly grin. In case it is of relevance I am about 5ft3 and a size 8-10 on the top and 10-12 on the bottom (and a very untoned tummy in the middle). And, fwiw I generally like pretty classic looks.

bellabelly Wed 08-Jun-11 00:17:41

nice one from Hobbs, vastly reduced?

bellabelly Wed 08-Jun-11 00:18:35

Damn, link didn't work but the "Garbo" dress at thebottom of the page?

PharoahNuff Wed 08-Jun-11 07:24:57

oh god easy

so not tight on tummy
can show arms?

do you like frill or plain/
have you looked at coast and phase eight ?( first ports of call)
also reiss?

avoid monsonn

PharoahNuff Wed 08-Jun-11 07:25:56

blue reisss

PharoahNuff Wed 08-Jun-11 07:27:19

more trad kookai frilyl thing

PharoahNuff Wed 08-Jun-11 07:28:04

bit funereal imo but maybe more useful long run lacey thing

PharoahNuff Wed 08-Jun-11 07:29:10

nice if you have the right colouring, lots of peopel sa is very nice on

PharoahNuff Wed 08-Jun-11 07:29:26

red one shouldered i LOVE

PharoahNuff Wed 08-Jun-11 07:30:36

think if you are tiny on top you can do the armless thing and that will make up for having legs hidden ( never too much out all at once)

PharoahNuff Wed 08-Jun-11 07:32:10

sits back

this is like dressing a DOLl i tell you

PharoahNuff Wed 08-Jun-11 15:33:10

er hello?

MrsFogi Wed 08-Jun-11 21:48:56

Back online now - I'm not a doll unfortunately (that would probably be more fun than working all day!). Thank you for all your posts PharoahNuff I'll look through them as soon as I've had my dinner.

MrsChatalot Wed 08-Jun-11 21:56:46

If you're a mere 37 you can certainly flash your legs if you feel comfortable about it! As a 40 year old with 2 kids I avoid strappy on top but would wear just above or on the knee with high heels (agree with PharoahNuff - never too much out all at once). I think my legs are pretty much the same as they always were but I wouldn't say that about the rest of my body! Hope you have a great night out.

WhatsWrongWithYou Wed 08-Jun-11 22:55:48

Loads of lovely ones at Karen Millen.
I like this LK Bennett one as well.

worldgonecrazy Thu 09-Jun-11 08:41:22

Invest in some really good foundation wear. If it's mostly jelly belly it will squeeze in very nicely.

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