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If you go for such a plain dress, make sure you wear accessories that bring it (and you) to life. The empire line is good to disguise a rounded tum, but bring focus to it by wearing a belt or a brooch pinned there. It'll draw the eye away from your tummy and to the smallest part of your torso.
It's easy to shorten a dress that's too long, or you can always give it to a seamstress to do. £49 is an awful lot of money for this particular dress, though.
At 5'3" you may be on the borderline of mid-calf length dresses making you look shorter than you are. Usually dresses that just touch the knee will make you look taller. Floor length dresses can look fine, too, but if they end just at the ankle they'll once again shorten you.
Tried the Kew one on yesterday and you were right - too simple and a bit too long. Instead I got this which admittedly doesn't look great on internet, far more elegant in the flesh. Need to try it on again in cold light of day though !
Don't think anyone's linked to a full taffeta number - how old are you? And what size are you? Age restrictions don't signify if your legs are decent - plenty of time to wear cruisewear when you're in your seventies sixties imo. Sorry don't intend to be mean, but if you're petite anyway none of the above dresses will be actually short on you.