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jinglebellsarecoming Thu 06-Feb-14 11:44:29

ok - so I am size 24, 5ft9 and need an outfit for a garden party type event this March. It will be indoors. Where / what / how? Budget £200ish.

Please help - not sure standard outfit of jeans and nasty fleece will suffice.

Innogen Thu 06-Feb-14 11:54:04

My mum is a similar size and she would go for a maxi dress in a lush fabric and a cardigan.

Dontletthemgetyoudown Thu 06-Feb-14 12:13:31

Look on Anna Scholz website, she ha ssome garish colours/prints but in amongst that are some nice timeless pieces. She was my go to when I was a size 24. Unforutnatley I just donated all my bigger stuff to my sister and to the charity shop, otherwise I probably would have had something you could have worn.

The Anna Scholz double silk dresses are amazing, worth paying that little bit extra for.

this is nice and leaves lots of budget for shoes, bag etc

slug Thu 06-Feb-14 13:21:27

Lady V London do plus sizes that work for bigger women. I find that as an apple shape I need to buy up a size and take in under the arms but this is just simply a dart at the armhole or a short bolero top instead.

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Feb-14 13:26:12

this is rather lovely. Too formal?

slug Thu 06-Feb-14 14:13:35

Oh that's beautiful <<checks status of bank account>>

derbyshire Thu 06-Feb-14 14:52:03

I love that Eliza J dress Mrs Lettuce linked to - sorry to hijack thread OP but am a size 18 going to a wedding inApril And need guidance desperately!
I'd prefer sleeves and a v-neck is great so that dress is perfect BUT is it too dark/heavy for an all-day wedding?
Tho will be outside a lot and think sleeves more flattering than a cardi?

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Feb-14 15:13:31

I'd go for it derbyshire - you can always brighten it up with accessories.

jinglebellsarecoming Thu 06-Feb-14 16:12:07

Thanks all. Will settle in front of the computer tonight for a shopping session.

TOADfan Thu 06-Feb-14 17:08:18

im the same size OP and you cant beat simply be imo.

polyhymnia Thu 06-Feb-14 18:24:30

Think the Eliza J dress looks lovely for a wedding but not really garden partyish.

Not a fan of Simply Be myself - think their stuff looks a bit cheap- but that's just me - see what you think.

Have had three dresses made for weddings in last year by Carolyn de la Drapiere, who I first saw recommended here. (Sorry, can't do links on phone). V. pleased with them but over £200 alas.

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Feb-14 19:57:47

this is probably too weddingy too

RonaldMcDonald Fri 07-Feb-14 00:37:53

what about this fella? maybe far to dullsville

or this guy which I think would look great

DolomitesDonkey Fri 07-Feb-14 07:31:12

Igigi at curvety or anna scholz. Both come up long, but at 5'9" you'll look perfect!

PsychicPaper Fri 07-Feb-14 07:35:41

how about this with these shoes

starfishmummy Fri 07-Feb-14 07:45:14

I was going to suggest Lady V too. Like Slug I have to take in under the arms so go for sleeveless (easier to take in) and wear with a fine knit cardi or a jacket.

Also you don't have to do the full petticoat fifties look, they are fine without.

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 07-Feb-14 07:48:18

That black lace dress is gorgeous. And you could accessorise with absolutely any colour.
OP please don't go for a maxi dress. I know a lot of people seem to like them but they look absolutely awful usually on bigger women. And certainly not formal.

helzapoppin2 Fri 07-Feb-14 08:25:59

Navabi website?

Deathwatchbeetle Fri 07-Feb-14 09:02:34

Ronaldmacdonald - since when have dresses been fellas and guys? Everyone knows they are laydeez!

polyhymnia Fri 07-Feb-14 10:41:29

Yes, Navabi is a good idea - they have a wide choice.

I've never had anything successful from Anna Scholz at all. Many of her things are garish and those I have tried haven't fitted right or haven't been of good quality - particularly for her very high prices.

RonaldMcDonald Fri 07-Feb-14 11:20:00

since always

polyhymnia Fri 07-Feb-14 11:32:07

Can you give any more details of the party, OP?

It's indoors so not literally a garden party - unless perhaps it's in a conservatory/orangery?

Time of day? Type of venue? Occasion, eg birthday? Dress code on invite? Other guests ( family, work, age-group, etc). All would help us suggest.

jinglebellsarecoming Fri 07-Feb-14 15:15:04

havent had a chance to have a look at the links yet - sorry but polyhymia details are - afternoon in a hotel with a garden 2 -6. Its an award cereony with dignatories. If its nice weather then tea with champagne etc etc will be held outisde, if not inside with doors opening out. The event when held in the summer is full on garden party aka bukingham palace styley. Dresscode was lounge suits - whatever that means!

Loving the help - thank you to all

RonaldMcDonald Fri 07-Feb-14 16:36:35

what about one of those longer coat things over nice trousers and top?

that can add structure and is v v flattering

RonaldMcDonald Fri 07-Feb-14 18:40:54

like Print,size: this?? great trousers plain linen t shirt or vest?

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