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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??

soapnuts Sun 28-Jul-13 17:12:05

i've bought a couple of cotton dresses in (whispers).... Sainsbury's - only place i saw cotton ones
this is one - cant see the other on the website but its lovely....

theDudesmummy Sun 28-Jul-13 16:59:36

Oh hang on, just saw it was viscose, so on the other

theDudesmummy Sun 28-Jul-13 16:58:50

This looks nice, am thinking about ordering

nextphase Fri 26-Jul-13 18:00:00

Minstral is my new friend - V necks, and looks like not everything is empire line. flowers

CatOfTheDay Fri 26-Jul-13 10:40:49

I now have the People Tree dress with the cats on - I love it! It's longer than the pics and comes to my knee, but I'm used to that what with being a shortarse.

I'm normally a size 10 but they were sold out so ordered a 12 as I didn't think my boobs would squeeze into an 8, I have plenty of room are the waist but it ties so doesn't really matter.

Highlander Fri 26-Jul-13 08:12:31

Oh, the Mistral dresses are gorgeous! And on sale! grin grin

mumat39 Fri 26-Jul-13 00:01:51

Yayyyy! I really struggle finding clothes that fit me, so I'm really glad you found something.

Fingers crossed for the white stuff ones too.


Dancergirl Thu 25-Jul-13 21:25:37

Let's just say I'm getting to know my postman and courier VERY well!

Debenhams ones went back but I did find something at Boden - navy blue cotton, think it's called 'pretty cotton dress'. Doesn't look like much on their website but it actually fits my shape very well.

I've ordered a couple of White Stuff dresses too.

mumat39 Thu 25-Jul-13 19:58:52

Oh. I missed that!

How did the ones yo ordered fit? Were they any good? Hope you've found something and if not, hope you find something soon.


Dancergirl Wed 24-Jul-13 10:34:42

That is nice mumat39 shame it's polyester though. I get very hot.

mumat39 Wed 24-Jul-13 10:26:59

This is lovely


basildonbond Tue 23-Jul-13 18:03:42

Jigsaw have some dresses in at the moment which fit the short-sleeved but not frumpy bill - I just got a lovely jersey one (it's not on the website yet so can't link)

MrsPercyPig Mon 22-Jul-13 09:32:45

I've ordered this soldier people tree dress

Hopefully it will be nice when it arrives!

MyNameIsSuz Mon 22-Jul-13 09:12:23

Hooray, thanks Ronald! I got the Cambridge stripe dress and the Talahassee dress in blue. I've been struggling this year as I need something breastfeeding friendly but am so sick of separates, and I'm also fairly short and find a lot of shops have gorgeous dresses that look frumpy on me as they are always too long. I'm optimistic about these!

RonaldMcDonald Mon 22-Jul-13 01:24:41

I'll claim that! I have the green's fab

mumofthemonsters808 Sun 21-Jul-13 22:42:26

Today I've bought a lovely cotton dress from Tesco and it is actually knee length and suitable for everyday ware for £20.The weather is guaranteed to change now.

MyNameIsSuz Sun 21-Jul-13 21:22:41

Can I just say thanks to whoever suggested Great Plains? I've just bought two dresses!

BikeRunSki Sun 21-Jul-13 20:19:15

I would describe myself pretty much the samexas you OP. I bought this on impulse about 5 weeks ago when I was walking past Fatface. I have worn it loads and always get complemented.

Hummingbird dress

spicywalrus Sun 21-Jul-13 20:02:52

DespicableYou, I saw that dress yesterday when I nipped into Tesco and thought it was lovely.

EduCated Sun 21-Jul-13 19:21:09

What's the sizing like with People Tree? Seen a couple of dresses I like, but never bought from them before.

minxthemanx Sun 21-Jul-13 19:03:40

Hurrah!!! Have dress!! Debenhams, loads of nice styles in Mantaray but found the perfect one in their ordinary collection. Knee length, pretty purply/pink, shoulder straps that can wear normal bra under, fits gorgeously on the bust and shows off legs whilst hiding horrid stomach. £22. Result. Will try to put link.

DespicableYou Sun 21-Jul-13 18:58:56

Have put a pic on my profile and attempted to make my profile public..

DespicableYou Sun 21-Jul-13 18:48:10

Really can't find it anywhere on their website, so weird. I can take a pic though if you want to see it.

DespicableYou Sun 21-Jul-13 18:46:38

I bought a really nice one today, from Tesco of all places.

It's black with a white heart print, and I think they had a kind of burgundy one as well.

It has little sleeves, stops just above the knee, has a kind of fitted waistband then flares out a little bit. It's really flattering.

Can't find it on their website though hmm

CatOfTheDay Sun 21-Jul-13 17:52:44

I loved the People Tree dress and ordered it before I read it looked frumpy when it arrived - maybe it won't on me (fingers crossed - it's just what I'm after for work so could get away with SLIGHTLY frumpy!)

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