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I want to buy one "nice" dress - suggestions?

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Curlyfrizzball Sat 03-Aug-13 08:49:12

I am the sort of person who usually buys my clothes (well actually everything really) as cheaply as I possibly can - lots of eBay and charity shop buys etc. This is great and I have had some brilliant bargains, but means I also have a load of stuff which isn't exactly what I wanted, or fits ok, but not as well as it could.

My DH and I have agreed that for my birthday present I will buy myself a dress. I don't think I'll be able to justify (to myself) spending over £50, but I would like a nice dress that really fits well and is well cut etc. I have fairly simple tastes style-wise - don't have the courage to wear large patterns and really bright colours, much as I think both can look stunning on other people.

Ideally I would like something that could be dressed up or down for different occasions (especially since I don't have many occasions to properly dress up and I want to wear it!)

The trouble is that I don't know where to look as I'm so used to not buying that sort of thing - any suggestions? Online would be good and then I can send it back if it doesn't fit.

I am 36, size 12, pear-shaped, narrow shoulders which means spaghetti straps don't often work as they just fall off, preferred length would be just above the knee.

Rather long, sorry! Would love suggestions though.

MoreThanWords Sat 03-Aug-13 08:58:22

A few of us bought one from House of Fraser the other day on Stealths recommendation that might fit the bill. There's a whole thread about it - hold on and I'll try and do a link.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 03-Aug-13 08:58:52

how tall are you?
most dresses on the high street seem to be cut quite short, so if you are 5'8" plus it's hard to find something knee length

Boden can be good in the sale. I am a similar size and shape to you and wear a 10L in their dresses - would something like this appeal?

MoreThanWords Sat 03-Aug-13 09:00:11


Curlyfrizzball Sat 03-Aug-13 10:47:55

I'm 5'4" so not too tall. I usually have more problem with the top fitting than length.

I like the House of Fraser one - never looked there before. Great price too!

I like the Boden one too, but that sort of neckline often comes up far too low on me. I will check out the rest of the sale though - I usually discount Boden as being way out if my price range!

Curlyfrizzball Sat 03-Aug-13 10:48:52

Rubbish! The House of Fraser one is sold out in anything below size 14.

NorkilyChallenged Sat 03-Aug-13 11:27:21

have a look at sale dresses from Fever London, just got a couple of lovely things there for £35 each

NorkilyChallenged Sat 03-Aug-13 11:32:55

just looked through, tons of stuff still there in sale, depends what style you like (flared skirt or fitted etc). One of mine was quite patterned so not what you want but look at the Paltrow (though it's slightly below/on the knee)

KatieScarlett2833 Sat 03-Aug-13 11:35:23

I got one yesterday on the Isabella Oliver sale smile

NorkilyChallenged Sat 03-Aug-13 11:35:40

Link to navy Paltrow (I got jade) but lots of other styles there too. nicely made, lined


Mumzy Sat 03-Aug-13 11:35:53

John Lewis always has milllions of great dresses on its website

NorkilyChallenged Sat 03-Aug-13 11:36:02

sorry link fail grin grin

blueshoes Sat 03-Aug-13 12:14:16

Banana Republic, Zara, Cos (if you go for that slightly space cadet style), Coast, Jigsaw, LK Bennett.

I have got good buys from Boden but probably return twice as many.

For versatility, stay away from print. Go for block colours which you can dress up or down with bold or colourful accessories.

Give us an example of a dress style you like.

I'd choose a plain jersey dress, wither black, grey or navy. Normally I'd recommend the White Company in the sale, but they have virtually nothing at the moment.

This looks nice.

So does this It's out of stock online but you might be able to get one irl.

noddyholder Sat 03-Aug-13 12:28:07

I love that tulip one remus

It's very you! I've never ordered from Me&Em - have you?

WetGrass Sat 03-Aug-13 12:29:14

I had a good experience going to a big department store 'personal shopper' - they brought me loads to try on - much quicker & easier than browsing.

Curlyfrizzball Sat 03-Aug-13 12:36:11

I love the Tulip one too. Plain but just enough about it to be interesting, if that makes sense?!

Interested by the personal shopper idea - don't you need to have loads of money to spend to do that?

noddyholder Sat 03-Aug-13 12:50:11

I never have but am just about to!

smile Do report back.

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 03-Aug-13 12:52:03

Lol at mums net obsession with fricking me and em.

I keep thinking of that catalog shop m and co

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 03-Aug-13 12:52:37

It's become the new Eton mess. And colour and cut. And (for old timers) baby pasta

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 03-Aug-13 12:53:55

Someone will recommend those gopping Vivienne of holloway prison things in. Min

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