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TondelayoSchwarzkopf Fri 19-Apr-13 04:29:25

I have never posted a thread here before but I am in awe of your style knowledge and know you are up for a challenge! Here's mine

I have a black tie do soon - work related. I must have something that is:
- glamorous and relatively on trend (no Coast!)
- with sleeves at least to elbow
- NOT black
- I need to wear a bra with it and not on display
- knee length or above

I like this but it is ever so slightly on the casual side and also the bra may present an issue!

I am tall, blonde ish, blue eyed, pale with good legs and waist and a size 12. I suit mid tones and can wear cool reds/pinks and lots of blue shades. I am really in a gold moment though but can't go too pale.

Apart from that I am totally not fussy! Ha ha.

Sorry to be a mare but it is so despondent to shop for something non black and with sleeves when 90% of evening dresses seem to fall into that criteria!

UterusUterusGhali Tue 23-Apr-13 22:30:55

Have you tried baukjen?

The John Lewis website let's you select sleeve length.

SacreBlue Tue 23-Apr-13 22:14:15

Thought you would smile The US site has more variety but dearer and of course longer to get here (possibly also import tax? I know the Hong Kong shippers attracted extra payments)

Do let us know what you pick in the end so I can nosy at brand grin

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 23-Apr-13 21:39:14

I did do a Mad Men look before Mad Men SacreBlue :-) - I quite suit it though the really great dresses there are sleeveless.

Those are gorgeous dresses Hetaera - I feel Juliette Binoche, Helen B-C and other women of infinite mystery and madness would carry them off better than me.

Hetaera Mon 22-Apr-13 23:44:12

... and this Pied a Terre one. sighs

Hetaera Mon 22-Apr-13 23:42:13

Apologies if this Eliza J dress has already been posted. Just gives me an excuse to look at it and drool really.

SacreBlue Mon 22-Apr-13 19:38:33

Ah well tall & busty ;) if you want to go mad men have a look at stop staring dresses.

I haven't been able to afford my wish list from the American home site but am saving :D

Bearcrumble Sun 21-Apr-13 21:17:45 purple?

Bearcrumble Sun 21-Apr-13 21:09:34 Gold, lacy. Gold sequins (maybe sleeves too short)

Bearcrumble Sun 21-Apr-13 21:02:56

What's your budget? There are some nice evening dresses with sleeves on the outnet.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 21-Apr-13 12:35:27

cheeseandpineapple thanks for those - the Gloria dress from Whistles is now on the shortlist. smile You can also where comfy pants with it which is a bonus. I'm too old to spend all nights in a thong or spanx.

SacreBleu yes, I am tall and kind of busty (though not as much as before BF!) so I have always been challenged by vintage sizing. I don't have a day to myself before the event sadly so evening browsing of sites is the best I can muster.

dazzling Ghost Taya is lovely but this is an annual event which I have been to many times and though people glam up, no-one ever wears a full length gown. I feel I would be a bit try-hard. Love that dress though.

Double-spot is lovely Leo though a bit too wedding - I am putting it on the shortlist for a wedding I've got later in the month.

I really appreciate this thread by the way. Its got me a lot more ideas for dresses broadly - not just for this event.

cheeseandpineapple Sun 21-Apr-13 09:25:42

Leo, I've got that whistles dress in a different print, it's a really flattering style. I'm not mad on the zip at the back but overall it's great and sometimes you can find the dress on sale for nearly half price in different prints, look on the website, pretty sure there's a version of it for £80 but limited sizes.

LeoandBoosmum Sun 21-Apr-13 01:59:12

This is very flattering on (I've tried it but it's out of my budget right now... £155)

LeoandBoosmum Sun 21-Apr-13 01:56:03

Disregard my post...just saw you want knee-length

LeoandBoosmum Sun 21-Apr-13 01:53:42

Whistles - £350 and sleeves not that long but a sort of antique gold/ bronze. If you want to look it up on it's called the Delphine Sequin dress
Out of your size online but if you ring CS they are pretty good at helping source your size in store (if available) and sending out to you

LentilAsAnything Sat 20-Apr-13 20:35:23

dazzlingdeborahrose Sat 20-Apr-13 18:26:10

Okay. Couple of lovely ghost dresses in John lewis. Taya and Michelle. Both with sleeves but long. Would be lovely for a black tie. There's also a phase eight dress shoe sparkly with sleeves. I think it's called Melissa also on John Lewis site.

SacreBlue Sat 20-Apr-13 10:26:43

Personally have collection of evening/occasion wear from my sis' shop closing (& use a lot for work) but it would be major coinkydink if I had the one your looking for lol

I am tall & busty so vintage isn't great for me sizing wise, I would have more luck at 'pre-loved' occasion wear shops (there are two I know of near me), oxfams specialist occasion/bridal wear shops or my local market - my fav dress atm was a bargain 'pre-loved' gold dress, sleeves, from Monsoon originally bought from clothes stall.

Takes time but then so does looking thru all the dresses online and if you can get one solid day at it to yourself or with good friend and nice wine lunch break in between, it can bring results.

cheeseandpineapple Sat 20-Apr-13 10:10:50

cheeseandpineapple Sat 20-Apr-13 10:09:27

Great thread, I prefer sleeved dresses too.

Bought a lovely one from whistles last year, very good, flattering fit. Wore it the other week and everyone thought I had lost weight (hadn't). They've got a diverse range at the moment.

I also got a couple from LK Bennett last year, one was half price in the sale and also very flattering.

Couldn't see this on their main website but I think it's a standard style, in different prints, figure enhancing, with a slight ruched middle, giving v flat stomach but not skintight.

No issue with wearing bras with the ones I bought and in fact, wearing a decent bra is what literally "lifts" the outfit.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sat 20-Apr-13 09:53:46

Love the Nordstrom dress mrslettuce - that may be a winner depending on the bra set up wink

cremeeggs I've taken a look at those Karen Millen ones and they are so pretty. Favourite is "colourful" (strange name).

My arms are actually quite slim and toned dazzlingdeborah but they are covered with hideous moles which I hate and always feel uncomfortable and ugly with them exposed. Not aesthetically pleasing moles either - witch like ones! One arm is worse so I could always go asymmetric if the sleeve's on the right! Lyanna is my favourite of the monsoons.

dazzlingdeborahrose Sat 20-Apr-13 08:39:41

Oh, the Lyanna sequinned tunic too!!

dazzlingdeborahrose Sat 20-Apr-13 07:55:03

okay so on the monsoon site. These dresses

Marie Tunic
Edie embellished dress.

The next two are short and beautiful but sleevless - you will be able to wear a bra though

Even embellished dress
Paxie Shift dress

The following is also beautiful but sleeveless and long (I just can't stick to a brief can i ?). You'll be able to wear a bra

Zorka Maxi dress

dazzlingdeborahrose Sat 20-Apr-13 07:46:29

Hello OP. Sleeves hard to find sometimes for evening wear. If you're going short you'l have to be sure that the dress is very clearly for the evening. A lot of short dresses here are gorgeous but probably more suitable for weddings etc that black tie evening do's. The sparkly Nordstrom dress is beautiful and could work very well. Do you mind if I ask why sleeves? Only because I too dislike my arms and have expansive boobage. I have to go to quite a few black tie dos and finally bit the bullet and abandoned wraps etc and it wasn't so bad actually. I've looked on Monsoon and they have a few quite nice dresses with sleeves in their occasion/prom wear section on-line. Don't know how to do links but I'll pop back on the site and get the names of the ones that looked nice and post back.

cremeeggsrock Fri 19-Apr-13 21:31:23

What about these?

same as first but again black, I know you said no black but this is stunning !!!!!

MrsLettuce Fri 19-Apr-13 21:31:14

this anything like?

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