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size 14 bottom, 12 top. what dress for a do? not posh posh. i am short and have horrid knees.

(15 Posts)
aPirateInaPearTree Sat 17-Nov-12 18:51:23

help help. i haven't bought a dress for a do, ok xmas meal thingy for about 12 yrs!!

I have a tiny waist and 32e bust. hourglass, but short legs. what length suits me. on knee? my knees are chub. below knee? pencil type skirt?

I can imagine me in a skirt but also don't want to cut myself in half with the top. If i wear a black top with a black skirt could that work?

I was thinking a black dress. i like things that show off my curves, like the body con shape. But i do need something that also shows my neck and chest area, so many dresses i saw today have round necks. my arms are ok, but not great at the top, so need covering. I have a short brown bob, and am fairly quirky.

43 yrs young.

any pointers ladies? not even sure what sites or shops to look at.i like the lace covering the nude stuff that's about too. i think?

I have no girly shoes either. i live in boots and adidas trainers lol.

BieneMaja Sat 17-Nov-12 19:26:00

Your measurements sound a lot like mine. On the whole the style that seems to suit me are the "skater dress" type ones. You don't say how tall you are, but they tend to fall just above the knee as I'm only 5'3" (dresses that look short on giraffe models not short on me!).

I'm not a fan of my legs so opaques do wonders... I stick to fairly plain shoes too, patent black etc, to attempt to draw the eye up to my decent parts.

BieneMaja Sat 17-Nov-12 19:28:55


Too long for me but I do like the shape

BieneMaja Sat 17-Nov-12 19:30:06

Disclaimer: Don't think I'd do opaques with that one though but it's long enough... Nude patent heels maybe?

aPirateInaPearTree Sat 17-Nov-12 19:39:05

hiya. i am 5 ft3.

i like that neckline, i like the arms. a skater dress you say. ok, this is a start. i think that one is a little too girly for me, but the pattern is lovely. I could get away with a cap sleeve i think. i like prints too.

MrsMelon Sat 17-Nov-12 19:46:23

I have this dress and it is super flattering and can be dressed up or down. White company have some lovely dresses.

Chrestomanci Sat 17-Nov-12 19:47:02

How about this with tights, (black or coloured) to hide the knees - thoughg sure they are not horrid! Or same dress but longer

or this (also comes in a maxi)

not black but v nice

again not black but good for curves?

like this

Ankle boots with a dress is very now if you have some like this maybe, but perhaps not if you have a 'thing' about your legs.

Any good?

aPirateInaPearTree Sat 17-Nov-12 19:59:01

the pintuck dress would be too matronly on me, as i havent the height. i like the colour. quite in to greys atm.

i like the mary portas ones. the lace one is lovely, the longer on would be better on me, i have nice calves and little ankles. i do love the little ankle boot thing, but on me i think i would look like i was hooved lol.

looking at black now, i am thinking, god how boring. it's a safe colopur ,but i think i would like a bit of sparkle. sequins? but again not too posh.

separate skirt and top? to emphasise waist and bust maybe. deffo need to work on the hourglass (pear ish) proportions.

opaques sound good. x

MrsMelon Sat 17-Nov-12 20:03:50

Have a look at some of the dresses on this post. They are lovely.

aPirateInaPearTree Sat 17-Nov-12 20:09:36

i like desigual, good idea thanks.

aPirateInaPearTree Sat 17-Nov-12 20:35:09

i like this.

wiggle dress apparently lol

Paribus Sat 17-Nov-12 22:58:08

Lots of very nice printed dresses in wallis now- ,

Murraylover Sun 18-Nov-12 02:23:10

I'm 5'1" & saw this today, orchid dress flattering/wearable,mon_1.2/2531610810

aPirateInaPearTree Sun 18-Nov-12 09:52:28

thankyou! Wallis is a good idea, this is what i mean i don' even know where to look! some lovely ones there

The monsoon one is very flattering shape for me too. good length for me. x

aPirateInaPearTree Sun 18-Nov-12 09:57:09

oohhhhh i like this Wallis one. do you. anyone?

nice length sleeves, they offset the neckline in a cool/cute way.


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