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Help - need dress for summer ball - an impossible task

(23 Posts)
OneHandFlapping Sat 11-May-13 11:43:04

I'm in my fifties, 5ft 3, (so has be able to be taken up easily), athletic size 12 build, but brawney shoulders and arms (which I'd like to cover), pale skinned but yellowy (so all shades of oyster and taupe are out).

I sound delightful, don't I?

And budget - around £150.

MrsLettuce Sat 11-May-13 15:13:55

What sort of style do you usually wear? Which colours do you like?

Oh, and 'athletic size 12 build' I think you mean broad shoulder, slim hips, little definition on the waist. Is that right?

OneHandFlapping Sat 11-May-13 15:20:43

Your description of my figure is spot on MrsLettuce!

I like blues and greys. Black might be a bit over the top for the summer.

I foundthis which I quite like, and think I could carry off, if it is indeed a pinkish tone.

Obviously it can't be something girlish, or expose too much flesh.

tethersend Sat 11-May-13 16:35:59




massively over budget but very gorgeous



blue -also in grey

Murraylover Sat 11-May-13 16:46:09


OneHandFlapping Sat 11-May-13 17:07:57

I fell instantly in love with the Adrianna Pappell one - of course it's not in my size.

the damsel in a dress Kayleigh is lovely too, but out of stock

I don't thnk I can do white - I'm too grubby a person.

Am toying with the TART iunfinity one at the moment...

KristinaM Sat 11-May-13 17:13:00

I just got a beautiful bridesmaid dress for my DD from light in the box. I was nervous about buying online but the dress is perfect.

They have evening wear and do some styles made to measure ,some with sleeves

If you are pale and sallow skinned you should wear cool colours, like blues and purples, cool reds and pinks.not black

OneHandFlapping Sat 11-May-13 17:41:47

Kristina, I'm just looking at Light In The Box.

WHat was the quality like?

And how long did it take to arrive?

Was the fit OK?

tethersend Sat 11-May-13 17:43:48

Yy, am also curious- have recommended them before with no idea of the quality.

MrsLettuce Sat 11-May-13 17:57:30

I've head a lot of good things about light in the box too. Never tried them though.

The TART one is beautiful.

MrsLettuce Sat 11-May-13 17:57:57

Oh, I see it's an infinity dress. hmm.

OneHandFlapping Sat 11-May-13 18:07:24

TBH, you can see the flaws in the pictures - seams not lying flat, zips badly set.

I guess you get what you pay for. Maybe when you're young and gorgeous it doesn't matter.

MrsLettuce Sat 11-May-13 18:11:59

nordstrom have the Adrianna Pappell to preorder for end of may
too glitzy?
too bright? a halter neck is very good on our body shape

OneHandFlapping Sat 11-May-13 18:12:28

Why hmm Mrs Lettuce? have I missed something?

MrsLettuce Sat 11-May-13 18:19:04

Well, if it's what one wants they are beautiful, very versatile dresses, but if you weren't expecting they could be a nasty shock, I fear. Is this sort of dress.

MrsLettuce Sat 11-May-13 18:20:18

Also in BHS but presumably of lesser quality than two birds / TART

Nehru Sat 11-May-13 18:21:28

you are in fact Homer simpson OP?


OneHandFlapping Sat 11-May-13 18:23:59

Keep X posting - love that sparkly one on Nordstrom MrsLettuce.

I'll have to pretend I can't see the price though.

Am still toying with Light In the Box - it means I could get it made the right length. Would only be a bargain if it fits/looks nice though.

EleanorFarjeon Sat 11-May-13 18:25:50

Arf at Homer Simpson

OneHandFlapping Sat 11-May-13 18:26:22

Haha Nehru. There could be a resemblance!

MrsL, I think I'll give the TART one a miss grin .

tethersend Sat 11-May-13 18:31:08

I think you should go with Lightinthebox.

OneHandFlapping Sat 11-May-13 18:52:44

Am leaning that way Tethers, but I'm going to sleep on it - well actually am going to see the new Star Trek film first. But I don't want to order in a rush.

KristinaM Sat 11-May-13 21:50:11

The quality was excellent. This fit is exactly as on their measurements -the ones on the chart are the garment size, not your body measurements. I think it took about 4 weeks, so no good if you are in a rush

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