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I can't find a dress. Anyone up for a challenge?

(17 Posts)
craftynclothy Thu 06-Oct-11 14:01:46

I want a dress to wear to dh's work Xmas party. The women at the party are mainly in two "types" and I'm not in either. There's the late 30's+ (most of whom have children) and then there's the early/mid 20's (who don't have children). I'm 30 with 2 children. So I'm looking for something that isn't going to make me look older but also isn't going to make me look like I'm trying to relive my teens hmmgrin

I'm only 5 foot, my bottom half is a 16 and my top half is a 14 and I'm a 34FF so I have problems getting anything that fits me.

Oh and your max budget is £50

TapselteerieO Thu 06-Oct-11 16:27:10

Have you looked anywhere, is there a particular style or colour you like? Are you happy to go sleeveless?

I would start by looking at Dorothy Perkins, they have a petite section, would you consider getting a dress shortened?

tethersend Thu 06-Oct-11 16:50:38





One shoulder

craftynclothy Thu 06-Oct-11 17:15:21

I've looked at ASOS (that's where I tried two dresses from but they don't fit my shape - one was too big on the bust and one too small and both were size 14).

I tend to go for black or at least quite dark colours (navy, dark purple) but would consider others. Have my hair dyed in a dark red brown colour but have v pale skin so some colours make me look really washed out.

Style wise I tend to go for something that shows a bit of cleavage blush. Not too bothered about whether it's fitted or loose skirt iykwim.

Would definitely prefer sleeveless.

Happy to go for something that needs shortened depending on fabric and how easy it would be as I go to sewing classes so would have plenty of help to shorten it.

craftynclothy Thu 06-Oct-11 17:18:00

This is the dress I liked best from ASOS but it really didn't fit (not enough room in the bust bit and cut wrong in that area so not just a case of needing the next size)

craftynclothy Thu 06-Oct-11 17:20:39

I like this one from Dorothy Perkins but it's a bit like the one I wore to his company weekend thing last month.

keepingupwiththejoneses Thu 06-Oct-11 17:43:52

Saw this range advertised on tv this morning, would be great for you, not a huge range yet but should fit well

TapselteerieO Thu 06-Oct-11 19:48:59

Purple version of the DP one you like - it was the first one that caught my eye.

craftynclothy Thu 06-Oct-11 20:46:57

Love that TapselteerieO but they only have a size 4. I'd have to chop my body in half grin

ThatsNotMyBabyBelly Thu 06-Oct-11 21:11:18

a bit over budget




Gillybobs Thu 06-Oct-11 21:11:51

Damsel in a dress have a 70% off sale on at the moment, I just got the Paige dress and its incredible quality and cut and under £40. Have a look

LikeABlackFlameCandleBNQ Thu 06-Oct-11 21:16:28


LikeABlackFlameCandleBNQ Thu 06-Oct-11 21:22:51

little bit over, but a bargain!

craftynclothy Thu 06-Oct-11 21:42:01

Absolutely LOVE the Phase Eight one but not in stock.

LikeABlackFlameCandleBNQ Fri 07-Oct-11 06:41:39

They have it in grey on the website too, but its £77

craftynclothy Fri 07-Oct-11 13:14:30

Well I popped to Debenhams this morning to see if the Phase Eight there might have one of those dresses but they didn't. However I managed to get an absolute bargain in Coast. It's this dress but it was reduced from £125 to £25 shock and I had a £5 Debenhams voucher so it meant I was only paying out £20.

I think the straps might need shortened a little but will take it to sewing group and beg someone to do it get help with it.

LikeABlackFlameCandleBNQ Fri 07-Oct-11 18:28:10

Oooh, that is lovely! You set us the challenge and then whooped our arses.

Have a great night at the party grin

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