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Need a dress for a 1940's ball, help!

(24 Posts)
smugtandemfeeder Mon 06-May-13 14:11:11

Im going to a 1940's ball and really have no idea what to wear. Dress code is black tie or vintage. Im a tall size 10, classic pear shaped fat hips and thighs and wobbly mum tum but a good well shaped dress will sort all that out.

Now where to start?

Freddiemisagreatshag Mon 06-May-13 14:13:29

I recommend them all the time on here I don't work for them honest

tethersend Mon 06-May-13 14:22:56

I wouldn't get a 50s dress for a 40s ball...

If you are going to buy new as opposed to vintage (which could get very pricy for ball attire), I'd go for something like this with a fur stole and hair set in waves/rolls.

tethersend Mon 06-May-13 14:24:40

Original 40s dress

Freddiemisagreatshag Mon 06-May-13 14:25:59

There are 40's style wiggle dresses on the site though if you look <defensive> wink

smugtandemfeeder Mon 06-May-13 14:26:00

Ooooh thats amazing. Am overwhelmed by the amazingness of all of them. Thank you. How to narrow it down?

smugtandemfeeder Mon 06-May-13 14:27:22

Ooooh tethers, yes thats lovely but is indeed pricey. Budget up to about £100.

smugtandemfeeder Mon 06-May-13 14:28:53

Its a VE themed ball some of the dresses which say 1950s look quite suitable?!

Shinigami Mon 06-May-13 14:29:01

Have a look on Vivienne of holloway.

Freddiemisagreatshag Mon 06-May-13 14:29:12

what abut something from oxfam online

tethersend Mon 06-May-13 14:31:20

Just avoid anything with a wide or circle skirt, as these came in in the 1950s- not enough coupons to make one for VE Day wink

smugtandemfeeder Mon 06-May-13 14:36:21

This sort of thing would suit me well but its not very dressed up is it?

Freddiemisagreatshag Mon 06-May-13 14:38:39

would you get away with something like this do you think

tethersend Mon 06-May-13 14:54:16

I'd go for longer length, tbh.

If you prefer shorter, how about this?

piprabbit Mon 06-May-13 15:06:25

This could work, it's the right length, good sleeves and nicely fitted. And a bargianous price if you are a possible size 12.

CajaDeLaMemoria Mon 06-May-13 15:11:06

Ooooh I love that Alice Temperley dress, Piprabbit

piprabbit Mon 06-May-13 15:11:11

Or this if you would prefer something shorter.

smugtandemfeeder Mon 06-May-13 15:16:52

Love the pink one but DH wont authorise the expenditure.

The Alice Temperley one looks v glamorous but makes me feel nervous for some reason. Not sure why.

tethersend Mon 06-May-13 15:19:47

What's the budget?

piprabbit Mon 06-May-13 15:26:06

Or you channel Marlene Dietrich and wear a tux.

smugtandemfeeder Mon 06-May-13 15:26:34

Well I did say £100 but DH is frowning so lets say £80.

tethersend Mon 06-May-13 15:31:11


Black again


black again

gold again

All of the above with a fur stole, sparkly earrings and/or brooch, red lippy and set hair would look amazing.

smugtandemfeeder Mon 06-May-13 15:36:42

ooooooooh tethers. LOVE all. ooooooh I do like those.

MrsLettuce Mon 06-May-13 17:56:05

this is about perfect. Between budgets.

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