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

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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??

OneLittleLady Wed 17-Jul-13 13:50:04

thank you, will definitely check those out smile

tethersend Wed 17-Jul-13 13:52:03


tethersend Wed 17-Jul-13 13:54:24


emilialuxembourg Wed 17-Jul-13 13:56:15

All the dresses in the reiss sale.

missbopeep Wed 17-Jul-13 16:31:54

I like a shift style- fitted at waist and ever so slightly flared. But they are invariably without sleeves and I'd like a tiny sleeve too please.

I missed a few on Boden I wished I'd now bought, but they were mainly all horrid colours or navy and I already have 2 navy summer dresses.

tethersend Wed 17-Jul-13 16:45:02

How much do you have to spend?



tie waist longer sleeves

TapselteerieO Wed 17-Jul-13 19:12:11


Iatemyskinnyperson Wed 17-Jul-13 19:16:54

Eastpoint, it's so comfy & easy to wear. Very pleased with it. And I got it for €20! Think it will work autumn/winter too with cardi & tights...

VivaLeBeaver Wed 17-Jul-13 22:49:24

I got this the other day and its nice.


bettycocker Thu 18-Jul-13 08:43:12

I wouldn't bother ordering from House of Fraser! I tried but the order didn't go through despite them taking my money. So, I've been chasing it up all bloody week and have no dress and no refund. Loads of other people have posted on their Facebook page regarding the same issue.

NoComet Thu 18-Jul-13 09:24:56

East are probably too long for your taste, my hottest days dress came from there - proper Indian cotton, like the market stalls if childhood.

Sadly not market stall prices.

Dancergirl Thu 18-Jul-13 09:37:21

I have ordered this from People Tree:

Never bought from them before, what's the quality like?

Also ordered another one from House of Fraser.

Dancergirl Thu 18-Jul-13 09:37:54

Reiss have some lovely dresses but a bit too dressy for everyday.

missbopeep Thu 18-Jul-13 09:42:50

Have you had a look at Boden? They still have quite a bit left in the sale, especially some fitted shift style dresses though many are sleeveless- but there are a few styles with short sleeves.

Dancergirl Thu 18-Jul-13 10:00:45

Hmm, yes forgot about Boden. Thinking about the Lila dress....

missbopeep Thu 18-Jul-13 10:24:53

There's the Sorento dress with short sleeves.

missbopeep Thu 18-Jul-13 10:30:49

Anything here at Jigsaw?


missbopeep Thu 18-Jul-13 10:34:35

I just adore this though it's a bit too special for every day.

john lewis

Dancergirl Thu 18-Jul-13 10:40:06

missbopeep thanks, I really like this:

But...£95 for viscose....??!

missbopeep Thu 18-Jul-13 10:49:50

Have seen that in RL and it's nice.
If you order online do it through John Lewis as you won't pay postage and can click and collect if you have a Waitrose near you.

Jigsaw is always expensive. It's worth looking at the SALE part of their website. I've had a few bargains that way. But TBH I'd rather have 1 nice dress I wore to death than 3 I wasn't keen on.

OwlMother Thu 18-Jul-13 11:03:46

I have one nearly identical to the last jigsaw one. French connection from last year- about £60. Not sure if they've anything similar now- I'm rubbish on my phone. Or eBay?

Dancergirl Thu 18-Jul-13 11:18:29

How does Jigsaw's sizing come up? Should I get a S or M if I'm a 12?

missbopeep Thu 18-Jul-13 11:22:45

I am an 8-10 and usually get an XS if they do that, but if it's just SML then I go for a small. I find the fitted dresses smaller- always need a 10- but more casual styles are more generous. I'd suggest you try a small or if your c card can take it, order both sizes and send one back!

TapselteerieO Thu 18-Jul-13 11:23:19

Jigsaw are big IMHO and suit tall people, there clothes drown me. I like the Jensen dress you ordered from people tree but think the jigsaw one looks very frump, even on the model.

NoComet Thu 18-Jul-13 22:22:21

That people tree dress even got the DD2 seal of approval, which is praise indeed.

My 12y DD2 is the house arbitor of fashion.

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