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Red carpet dress needed

(36 Posts)
cjo1 Sat 15-Jun-13 19:34:58

I know there are a few threads at the moment about nice dresses but i have to find something quite specific...

I have been invited to a wedding this summer that is black tie. The invite has a paragraph of instructions about dress code (!) that says it has to be all out glamour and "nothing is over the top".

I am finding it really hard to find something. Its a wedding so no white or black, which rules out a lot. I can't go too sexy as it's in a church and I would be mortified if anyone thought I was doing that awful "guest secretly hoping to upstage the bride" thing. but I don't really want to spend a lot of money on a dress that is boring or makes me look like a bridesmaid. The bride is expecting floor length red carpet gown rather than nice cocktail dress.

I am late 20's, 5"10, size 12, deep autumn. I have a top budget of £200 but anything less would be a relief.

Have been looking for weeks and so throwing myself on the mercy of the S and B experts.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 15-Jun-13 19:41:56

If its not until autumn I would wait until the christmas stock comes in in September/ October

cjo1 Sat 15-Jun-13 19:44:24

Sorry I wasn't very clear. I'm autumn colour, wedding is in few weeks-hence panic starting to set in!

MrsLettuce Sat 15-Jun-13 19:48:52

anything here? They do all the dresses in a fab range of colours.

WeAreSix Sat 15-Jun-13 19:49:42

something like this ?

MrsLettuce Sat 15-Jun-13 19:50:01

oh and what colours is a deep autumn 'supposed' to wear?

TERRICOVERLEYDoSAC Sat 15-Jun-13 19:51:00

Hi Cjo1

Don't know my colours - what suits an autumn?

Spotted this full length Ghost dress at TK Maxx:

Any good?

cjo1 Sat 15-Jun-13 20:01:55

Autumn colours-scarlet, pink, olive green, royal blue, black are the main ones. I have dark hair and eyes but pale as death skin that make up companies like to call porcelain.

MrsLettuce-wow those are lovely. They would be perfect but it takes 8-10 weeks and the wedding is in 6. but kicking myself that i didnt ask on here sooner because some of those are perfect.

WeAreSix-like that as well but they only have a 14. Also do you think its ok to wear scarlett at a wedding? I saw wedding photos where a guest had done that and it was really eye catching. Every photo I looked at her before the bride. But then she did say we couldn't be over the top...

Terri-its nice but silver washes me out. also think it might be a bit simple for this one.

Thanks for the suggestions

MrsLettuce Sat 15-Jun-13 20:14:25

coral red?

QueenCadbury Sat 15-Jun-13 20:17:56


tribpot Sat 15-Jun-13 20:21:33

If nothing is over the top then scarlet is surely permitted? Likewise black, I would have thought?

MrsLettuce Sat 15-Jun-13 20:23:43

yy, to what tribpot says about scarlet and black

tribpot Sat 15-Jun-13 20:25:55

I think the scarlet dress is uber-glam, and frankly if the bride can't keep up she shouldn't have chosen such a competitive theme grin

MrsLettuce Sat 15-Jun-13 20:32:32

wow. Is she sure nothing is over the top?

landofsoapandglory Sat 15-Jun-13 20:33:57

Sexy Her do fab dresses. Ignore the name, I know it is shit, but the quality of the dresses for the money is great. DH is in the RAF and I nearly always get my dresses from there for balls. I am a 10, but have 34D boobs and have to buy a 12, but they are really helpful and are at the end of a phone based in the UK. The delivery is really quick and they take returns.

I've got this one from a couple of years ago, it is beautiful one, the colour is really vivid and I got loads of compliments. They had a matching wrap too.

NomDeOrdinateur Sat 15-Jun-13 20:38:58

How about vintage style wiggle dress?

Or sweetheart neckline in teal?

Or the same in red?

With a crinoline petticoat and elegant heels/clutch bag/hairdo?

MrsLettuce Sat 15-Jun-13 20:40:26

navy allowed?

NomDeOrdinateur Sat 15-Jun-13 20:40:27

Also - black tie doesn't require full length, only white tie does.

daftdame Sat 15-Jun-13 20:40:53


Geordieminx Sat 15-Jun-13 20:43:17

What about hiring something from girl meets dress?

tethersend Sat 15-Jun-13 20:45:08

Over budget

daftdame Sat 15-Jun-13 20:49:06

More plain.

MrsLettuce Sat 15-Jun-13 20:50:06

black and bling

MrsLettuce Sat 15-Jun-13 20:51:16

Nom - black tie doesn't require full length, no. The bride does though confused

daftdame Sat 15-Jun-13 20:59:00

Very red carpet.

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