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Impossible dress challenge.....

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MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 11:53:48

I need to find a dress for a wedding I am going to in Spain in... wait for it... August! Thrilled as I am at the thought of enjoying guaranteed sunshine for one lovely long weekend this year, I am having a complete nightmare finding a suitable dress as everything, literally EVERYTHING, seems to be made of sweat-tastic polyester. I need something in either 100% silk or possibly cotton (or some other cool fabric) but I also need - and this is the tricky bit - for it to be within my budget which is under £100. It needs to be pretty glam too.

I know I am asking a lot, but has anyone spotted anything in their travels that might fit the bill....? TIA

Oh, nearly forgot, I am size 10, 5ft 6in, very fair skinned, my legs are not great (knobbly knees) so no short dresses - midi would be fine, though.

dingalong Mon 05-May-14 19:50:04

I got this dress last year in the outnet sale. It's 100% silk (dvf). I think it was about 100 stg. She has some lovely silk dresses. My wedding is now in ireland instead of Spain so on the hunt for a jacket smile

Oooh and this one is beautiful too.

Oasis have a gorgeous silk one. Hang on....

Here It looks ally short there, but that is probably because the model is a giraffe.

justaweeone Mon 05-May-14 15:14:46

East one £ 79

cowsarescary Mon 05-May-14 12:21:08,mon_1.2/5531424610?skipRedirection=true?utm_campaign=retargeting-uk&mpch=ads

Have we had this one??

MyRealNamesBernard Fri 02-May-14 10:00:05

Tethersend, that 50s dress is just stunning, but I am not sure it's my colour. Do you know what the website is like for returns etc? I got completely distracted by the rest of the website, though, and those 1930s sailor pants are now seducing me into thinking I need to go to this wedding dressed like Katharine Hepburn.

Thank you, also, Pearly for the People Tree dresses. The second one, the Iris Pink Jaquard Dress, is pretty much perfect... but my size is sold out! Oh the frustration!!

Cremolafoam Thu 01-May-14 21:38:28


Cremolafoam Thu 01-May-14 21:29:14

all cotton with suggested accessories

tethersend Thu 01-May-14 19:47:37

cotton 50s style

getyourselfchecked Thu 01-May-14 19:33:16

Be careful with dark silk…. Bobby Dazzlers

BikeRunSki Thu 01-May-14 19:31:10

phase 8

PearlyGrey Thu 01-May-14 19:09:42

Here's there general dress page -
and the ones in the sale (think there are some pure silk ones)

PearlyGrey Thu 01-May-14 19:08:11

Anything from People Tree? Maybe something like this, this or this (if the print isn't too busy?).

MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 19:03:01

Cowsarescary - thank you. Banana Republic is one of my favourite places to shop so you are totally on the right track, it's just a shame about my horrible knees. Sigh... the lemon one would have looked gorgeous on a hot Spanish summer's day.

MyRealNamesBernard Thu 01-May-14 18:57:24

Good point, Marian about the pattern. Unfortunately, due to my very pale complexion most prints tend to totally overwhelm me, but I am sure I could find one to suit.

I like the BHS dress Ladymud I have not shopped in BHS for years, I did not realise they had such nice pieces. In fact I had a quick look at the dresses section and found some really quite lovely dresses, such as:

this for example is just rather perfect. It is poly but has cotton lining, so could be do-able. But, alas, not in my size.

this reminds me of the dress Julia Roberts wears to races in Pretty Woman. Poly though, so a no-no. But this is really opening my eyes to some shops I had never, ever considered. Thank you.

cowsarescary Thu 01-May-14 18:53:06

I'm an arse - they're too short ...

cowsarescary Thu 01-May-14 18:52:20

97% cotton

All cotton

Nocomet Thu 01-May-14 14:03:03

It's a very bad website, I love the peacock dress and a couple of other blue ones and I have absolutely no events requiring a new £75 summer dress in my diary.

MarianForrester Thu 01-May-14 13:54:41

Ooh, I love that flamingo dress!

carrie74 Thu 01-May-14 13:53:28


carrie74 Thu 01-May-14 13:50:06

Oops, think they may both be poly. Sorry.

LadyMud Thu 01-May-14 13:49:29

I don't think you'd go for blue, Bernard, but I noticed this lovely cotton dress in the BHS window yesterday. Quite a bargain at £45. (It might be the same dress mentioned on another thread a few days ago)

carrie74 Thu 01-May-14 13:49:01

Does this help:

I like these:

MarianForrester Thu 01-May-14 13:45:31

I searched for silk dress on Frasers site, worth a look. Some are out with your budget, but may be good to

There's this one that is in budget mint velvet

Warehouse also have a pretty silk sleeveless top warehouse

I'd go for a bit of a pattern whatever you choose: any unfortunate sweaty marks won't show up as much..

ZeroSomeGameThingy Thu 01-May-14 13:45:16

...Also if you manage to save up a little by mid-summer you may even be able to get something from the new collections and put all your speedy friends to shame....

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