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Dress with sleeves suitable for a ball.....does such a thing exist?

(14 Posts)
ceebeegeebies Wed 17-Aug-11 21:03:19

Am going to a ball in a few weeks and need a dress - apart from not really being sure what you wear for a ball (having never been to one blush) all I can seem to find are strapless/sleeveless dresses and I need sleeves! I do weights a lot at the gym and may be considered a little butch toned by some so best covered up for occasions when you need to look feminine and delicate wink

Can anyone find me a dress with sleeves that would be appropriate for a ball?? I am 5ft 8, size 14, fairly hourglass but have slight tummy which I would want to 'disguise', want knee-length (ish), budget is upto £50-£60 but would go a little bit higher for the right dress smile

KristinaM Wed 17-Aug-11 21:20:11

really??? your arms are too toned??? envy

are you sure that delicate is your best look???

surely a knee length dress with sleeves is just a day dress? im not sure if that woudl be suitabable for a ball. but like you, im not a ball expert grin

ceebeegeebies Wed 17-Aug-11 21:25:00

I am worried that it will just be a day dress....a strapless dress (which seems to be the only ones I can find) really would look awful on me.

I do have quite a feminine shape but on a large frame so wide shoulders, small waist, wide hips and long legs....I have actually deliberately built my arms/shoulders up as I used to be quite pear-shaped but I look much more balanced but the downside is my arm muscles are quite big now!! (Guess you can't have it all eh??)

tethersend Wed 17-Aug-11 21:25:42



Lace again

KristinaM Wed 17-Aug-11 21:34:53

tethersend, that black jersey one from P8 is lovely, if it came in another colour apart from black i woudl buy that, like all the draping. but not for a ball

OP, i am also top heavy but on a smaller frame. i never try to do delicate and feminine, its just not me. i do weights too but obviously not as heavy as you as im still not toned enough. hence the envy

i am still struggling to see why being a tall hourglass with long legs is a problem

Ephiny Wed 17-Aug-11 21:38:06

It's rare that you see an evening dress with sleeves, now that I think about it. Can you wear a shrug or bolero or something over a strapless/sleeveless dress, if you feel self-conscious about your arms?

You'd probably look fine just in the dress though, it sounds like you have a nice figure!

ceebeegeebies Wed 17-Aug-11 21:39:04

Kristina when you put it like that, maybe I am worrying over nothing wink My shape is great....just at least 1 size too big!!

Tethers don't think lace is me to be honest - sorry! Do like the black one but as Kristina said, is it really appropriate for a ball?

ceebeegeebies Wed 17-Aug-11 21:41:01

Ephiny I have thought about that but am guessing that it will just get in the way when I am dancing - but then again, by the time the dancing comes along, I will have probably consumed enough wine that I won't be remotely bothered about how big my arms look grin

KristinaM Wed 17-Aug-11 21:45:24

i woudl have thought that you coudl carry off a dramatic or elegant look, rather than delicate and feminine? but there is no point in me talking you into soemthing that you will feel uncomfortabel with

a dress and shrug sounds good to me, they are just small, its not like a cardigan so not sure if it would spoil the dancing. depends how wild you are

you might have to up your budget a bit though, to get a dress and shrug

ceebeegeebies Wed 17-Aug-11 21:46:20

Have been looking at something like this but think the top part might look a bit tacky or this

Do you think that kind of shape would suit me?

KristinaM Wed 17-Aug-11 21:59:00

these links wont open for me but it might be my pc as its acting up tonght

you coudl show off your small waist in black dress

ceebeegeebies Wed 17-Aug-11 22:07:23

Kristina wow, there are some stunning dresses on that website shock and the choice of colours are AMAZING!!

I quite like this one - I know it doesn't have sleeves but I do like it!

WhatsWrongWithYou Wed 17-Aug-11 22:20:28

< jugs in >

That's lovely - as are the ones you linked earlier. I'm guessing you like a romantic, feminine look? Would you consider maybe hiring something like this?

Disclaimer: have never hired an evening dress myself - too stingy, prefer to have something I can hang in the wardrobe and never wear again.

worldgonecrazy Thu 18-Aug-11 09:00:50

I would go with a bolero/shrug over a gorgeous dress.

Or, if you can find a dressmaker, find a fairly plain dress you like that has sleeves and is fitted, then get a matching fabric and add the extra length in a gathered layer from the knees. It's a bit 80s/retro but might be an option.

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