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How hard can it be to find a summer dress??

(125 Posts)
Dancergirl Tue 16-Jul-13 12:24:54

I'm looking for a flattering everyday dress.

I am

Early 40s
Size 12
Slimmish, good legs, boobs, a bit top heavy

I'm looking for something above the knee with short sleeves (don't like my upper arms), not shapeless/sack-like, preferably with a waist and not mumsy!

Is this impossible??

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 16-Jul-13 12:27:22

Yes, impossible!


I have hideous upper arms too and there's NOTHING out there with sleeves.

You might find a nice tea-dress. But that will be it.


Dancergirl Tue 16-Jul-13 12:29:27

Oh dear, that doesn't sound promising!

TapselteerieO Tue 16-Jul-13 12:35:16

Zalando is worth a look, you will find many different styles and lots of different brands/prices.

TapselteerieO Tue 16-Jul-13 12:38:52

This might be the right shape for you?

Dancergirl Tue 16-Jul-13 12:42:38

That looks really frumpy to me, sorry!

Eastpoint Tue 16-Jul-13 12:43:55

What about this? I found one earlier in the summer from ASOS & have worn it quite a bit. ASOS button through skater with sleeves

dexter73 Tue 16-Jul-13 13:12:37

I've got this dress which I think is really nice.

tuliparcher Tue 16-Jul-13 13:22:41

Following a thread I posted yesterday, someone pointed me in the direction of House of Fraser. They've got some nice dresses!

EarlyIntheMorning Tue 16-Jul-13 14:21:00

I have recently returned this one to HoF because the waist sat way too high for me, making my hips seem bigger, but it might work for you?,default,pd.html

Iatemyskinnyperson Tue 16-Jul-13 14:36:52

I've gotten a couple on mango site recently. Ordered this one

And bought this one

Eastpoint Wed 17-Jul-13 06:57:40

I really like the second one Iatemyskinnyperson.

MrsMcGregor Wed 17-Jul-13 10:02:46

I had 3 sundresses in my HoF basket and now all but one are sold out sad so back to the drawing board for me!!

Longdistance Wed 17-Jul-13 10:18:51

House of Fraser deliver to Oz...Yay! Never knew that.

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Wed 17-Jul-13 10:22:04

What about this :

ScrambledSmegs Wed 17-Jul-13 11:30:10

Oliver Bonas have a sale on atm, and some very nice dresses.

Also JOY

Illustrative purposes only, on phone linking is a right faff.

Dancergirl Wed 17-Jul-13 11:46:16

Thanks all.

I'd forgotten about Oliver Bonas, will definitely look there.

Never heard of Joy before but they seem to have some nice things too.

tethersend Wed 17-Jul-13 13:17:17

Peacocks have a couple.





tie back


delicate print

missbopeep Wed 17-Jul-13 13:18:51

Yes almost impossible.

OneLittleLady Wed 17-Jul-13 13:21:05

It's IMPOSSIBLE to get a cotton summer dress! I have looked everywhere and I just can't find any 100% cotton ones. I just can't wear viscose or polyester mixes in this heat so am stuck wearing the same few things over and over sad

tethersend Wed 17-Jul-13 13:36:41

Does it have to be cotton?

Dancergirl Wed 17-Jul-13 13:38:57

Yup not keen on viscose either! Def prefer cotton.

OneLittleLady Wed 17-Jul-13 13:39:55

I'd prefer it to be either cotton or linen as they are what I feel coolest in. Sorry for TMI but I sweat excessively due to medication side effects and wearing anything in polyester or viscose just makes it worse

tethersend Wed 17-Jul-13 13:40:26

Try people tree for cotton ones-




tethersend Wed 17-Jul-13 13:41:25

love this Orla Kiely one

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