I am only 32C on the top with big shoulders though so my strapless dress with a fullish Aline skirt fit on the top and hid the bottom! In tops with arms I need a 12 to fit my shoulders in IYSWIM.
When I wear a skirt it has to be size 12 A line to the knee otherwise I look hideous. I find dresses the hardest to wear given the pear shape and tendency for my hips to look elephantine in anything else
I am an ebay shopper really. The Phase Eight was a spur of the moment John Lewis clearance purchase that popped up on the adverts on the side of MN. It just happened to be perfect. I might chance my luck on an ebay Phase Eight to see what happens........... Laura Ashley gives me a horrendous memory of a bridesmaid dress I had in 1992