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Help me find the perfect evening dress please!

(22 Posts)
FlatsInDagenham Mon 27-May-13 18:04:28

It's for a posh work event. I want to make an impression because I think I can come across as a bit dowdy - in general I'm not 'well dressed' and tend to wear a lot of black and grey, charity shop stuff for work.

I'm 5'9", size 16, wide fat hips, pale skin and dark brown hair. I suit red. I want to be elegant and have the wow factor.

Link me to your best dresses please!

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 18:06:17

Full length or cocktail?

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 18:06:58

Oh yeah, and price range?

FlatsInDagenham Mon 27-May-13 19:13:08

Cocktail please but I will consider full length.

Price - cheap. Up to £80.

amazingface Mon 27-May-13 19:42:21

Not red, but how about this? The back definitely has the wow factor. If I were tall like you I'd probably stick to flattish shoes like these and do strong red nails and lips.

amazingface Mon 27-May-13 19:46:48

This A Wear dress is also nice, in both black and red.

MortifiedAdams Mon 27-May-13 19:48:53

Red Ralph Lauren on sale beautiful!

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 19:50:58

good shape,
veyr formal but rather like it
slightly over budget but fab

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 19:53:38

But, I'd have to go for something more along the lines of this

FlatsInDagenham Mon 27-May-13 21:23:39

I absolutely love the Hepburn dress MrsLettuce - will it suit my fuller figure?

I also like the Planet dress (3rd one down on your list) but seriously need to see that on - looks very figure hugging indeed.

What do you lot think of this? is it too informal?

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 21:35:37

The hepburn dress will be shockingly flattering on you, yes. Especially with a petticoat. If yo're big of nork there are similar dresses that would flatter.

The Phase8 dress is nice but a pretty casual, yeah. No idea what the event or dress code is though.

FlatsInDagenham Mon 27-May-13 21:44:54

It's a retirement dinner for a big cheese. Dress code is 'smart'.

Very tempted to order the Hepburn. I am medium of nork for my size. About a 36DD at the moment. Is that ok for such a dress?

tethersend Mon 27-May-13 21:48:59

This is similar to the Hepburn one, but far nicer IMO.

This also fab.

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 21:50:05

Fine one some people, less so on others. Can you usually wear high necks oK?

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 21:51:20

Agreed on both counts tethers! Budget says otherwise unfortunately.

OctopusPete8 Mon 27-May-13 21:52:32

if you are well endowed I would avoid high necks can make one look a bit matronly!, V neck I think will look lovely.

tethersend Mon 27-May-13 21:53:23

Yeah, sorry, I'm not in a very budgety mood tonight grin

hence am skint

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 21:54:53

A (properly fitted) 36DD isn't really what I'd call big. Is +/- equivalent breast volume to a 32C.

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 21:55:14


FlatsInDagenham Mon 27-May-13 22:09:46

Maybe I should try the Hepburn in black with red accessories? Black might help minimise my norkage. Also I need a better bra - currently in m&s nursing bras (don't worry I didn't let m&s measure me) and they won't give me the shape I'd need under that dress.

Would black be too boring? I wear several black day dresses for work.

MrsLettuce Mon 27-May-13 22:13:21

oh heck, yes, bra first!

If you'd prefer red then wear red, I;d say. Teal could be a compromise.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 27-May-13 22:16:41

Also IMo one thing that makes a massive difference as much as the dress is (if you have time, is the event after work?) a blow dry.

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