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So, what does one wear to a ball please?

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Help! smile

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 14-Jun-13 19:52:09

What is occasion?
Do you know anyone else going??
And venue (hotel/marquee/golf club)?
Birthday party
Work function for you?/DP?

These will also help perhaps work out what other guests might be wearing

IME wearing long when everyone is wearing short (or vice versa) is awful

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:52:34

Do not like the coast one- not too norky, just dull.

But classic shape is a goer. Will look.

And yes, on second look the metallic dresses would make anyone look like an Xmas turkey grin

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:53:55

pied a terre?

daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:55:21

Sorry missed that you didn't want to do online. I agree re. the shop grin.

I think it will be mixed, mostly short dresses but a couple of maxis (floaty rather than full on Oscar night maxis).

Pied a T one nice, but I like my boring one better! wink

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:58:09

would you do lace?

landofsoapandglory Fri 14-Jun-13 19:59:08

I really like the boring one.

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 19:59:09

I don't think any of these are really dressy enough for a ball.

I'd try Frasers - huge choice online and instore. Don't risk Coast, serious risk that you will have the same dress as someone elseshock. They seem to dominate the evening wear market along with Monsoon.

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:59:31

This is nice

landofsoapandglory Fri 14-Jun-13 20:00:39

I agree with Marion about the risk of bumping in to someone else in a Coast, Monsoon, Phase 8 dress.

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 20:03:23

Coast? ReallY?

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 20:05:45


The purple and grey lace one is beautiful, but too high in the neck for such a pale colour and norks.

LKB black one is gorgeous - but tbh I could wear my VW in that case, as it's not that different.

Reiss too long and too work shaped - I'd look super-frumpy in it.

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 20:07:30

another reiss one

AWimbaWay Fri 14-Jun-13 20:09:24

I made a pinterest board as I had the same issue, my ball is tomorrow night. Sadly I decided I couldn't afford a new dress so am wearing something I already have, but I tried on a couple and they were lovely, in particular the cutwork and bead dress from Karen Millen was gorgeous on.

Lovely, Tethers - but too worky I think.

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 20:12:28

Or this?

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 20:15:18

Dilidali Fri 14-Jun-13 20:19:31
Try it with an organza silvery shawl/thingy.
It's not expensive in the sale, but you'd wear it millions of times

MarianForrester Fri 14-Jun-13 20:24:00

Or this?

Some nice one shoulder ones too, but not sure how you'd feel about that?

Don't like the short lacy one and deffo can't do strapless.

FWM one not doing much for me, sorry.

Agh! smile

confusedmuch Fri 14-Jun-13 20:26:18

you'd need to bling it loads but

good colourful accessories and have it taken up a little


but i think, unless the rules have completely changed (and yes it's been a while), a full length gown is expected at a ball and a shift dress is for dinner?

Yikes. Wtf is this?

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