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Please help me find a dress for a ball....

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Geordieminx Sat 02-Feb-13 14:19:36

Charity "ball" that good friends are organising in a naice but trendy hotel.

I'm guessing you don't actually wear ballgowns to balls anymore? hmm

So I'm 30, size 14, short. Good bits... Er.... Good cleavage I guess. Have long dark hair also.

Ideally sonething I could wear again (ha), that won't break the bank but makes me look fab. (Twice ha)

Any ideas would be most appreciated.. It's in less that 3 weeks so need to get shifting.

notMarlene Sat 02-Feb-13 14:32:17

No need for a ball gown, nope. But if it's a ball (black tie) then it does need to be long.

this with a different belt?

Startail Sat 02-Feb-13 14:36:04

House of Fraser, Cheltenham Cavendish house has all sorts of stuff in a room of the the side of ladies fashion.

Lot more variety than debenham's.

notMarlene Sat 02-Feb-13 14:36:51

Also well worth a visit to TKmaXX

Geordieminx Sat 02-Feb-13 14:45:19

Ooooh like the mango one...

I guess I'm just worried about turning up vastly over dressed or majorly underdressed. blush

Is this too... Er.. Much in a not enough kinda way next

Geordieminx Sat 02-Feb-13 15:39:25

Ideally want straps I think so I can wear decent bra for good cleavage rather than back fat and those side pokey bits. hmm

DeafLeopard Sat 02-Feb-13 15:46:16

My friend has got this and it looks way more expensive than it is.

tethersend Sat 02-Feb-13 16:25:04

I don't like the lipsy one. It's a bit teenage prom.

How about this?

What's your budget?

DeafLeopard Sat 02-Feb-13 19:18:14

OMG tethers that dress is beautiful

Geordieminx Sat 02-Feb-13 19:20:35

Yes I know what you mean about it being prom-esque and very samey..

I would love something quite fitted, v neck with an interesting cowl back.. Black/red/navy?

Budget.. Well I guess if I spent a bit more I could always sell it on eBay afterwards as long as I don't cover in wine grin

Geordieminx Sat 02-Feb-13 19:23:07

Love the style of Damsel dress although not sure on colour.. I tend to go for darker bolder colours.. Although it might be beautiful

landofsoapandglory Sat 02-Feb-13 19:24:31

I've used Sexy Her in the past for ball gowns. They don't break the bank and deliver very quickly. For the money the quality is surprisingly good too. I do find I usually have to size up though.

notMarlene Sat 02-Feb-13 19:27:49

no cowl back but stunning old hollywood glamor
Both should go to the black versions of the dress, all being well hmm

notMarlene Sat 02-Feb-13 19:29:00

You could hire if you fancied it. I've hear good things about Wish Want Wear and bad things about Girl Meets Dress.

landofsoapandglory Sat 02-Feb-13 19:30:04

I've got this one. I am a size 10 with 34E boobs. I bought a 12, it sort of has a built in bra so I didn't need to wear one with it.

I, also, have another one from there that is boned which is fine until you need to sit down or breathe!

Tweet2tweet Sat 02-Feb-13 19:31:23

What about this

notMarlene Sat 02-Feb-13 19:34:10


EuroShagmore Sat 02-Feb-13 19:45:54

I LOVE the first Ghost dress notMarlene posted. That would be perfect (although it might be a bit annoying to dance in as it is so long).

TheWoollybacksWife Sat 02-Feb-13 19:46:21

This is very glam from House of Fraser.

Or this Biba dress

tethersend Sat 02-Feb-13 19:50:05



Ghost in every colour

tethersend Sat 02-Feb-13 19:51:48

<note to self: don't take so long posting that you end up repeating all previous links grin>

tethersend Sat 02-Feb-13 19:52:08

The Ghost one is the best IMO.

notMarlene Sat 02-Feb-13 19:57:40

It surely is.

Geordieminx Sat 02-Feb-13 20:58:57

Love the ghost one. And the biba one.

babybarrister Sat 02-Feb-13 21:34:30

What about this

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