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Help me find a dress for my 40th birthday

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Minicooper Mon 18-Aug-14 14:04:25

Just that really. I'd like something fairly classic - possibly little black dress. It's just for a dinner party at home, but I'd like to feel good. I'm 5'3 and a size 12/14 depending on where I shop. Bit of a tummy after dc.... Help!

I just tried this

and this

and they looked sooooo terrible - made my biggish boobs look like nothing and my post dc belly look huge....

FauxFox Mon 18-Aug-14 15:42:06

Lower neckline for boobs and more structure not draping is the answer...
short sleeve
half sleeve
lace panel
tux dress

I also love this and think it would suit your shape and give the relaxed-but-wow that I think you're after?

Oblomov Mon 18-Aug-14 16:05:14

They are both very, how can I say this, very 'everyday', really boring, for a 40th, surely.

Nothing wrong with a little back dress. They can look beyond fantastic. Simple but amazing.

But really. Are you sure you want to go for something quite so drab, for your 40th?

I posted a very seminal thread , just over a year ago ,and MN was FAB at finding me the best POSSIBLE dresses.

Hope we- --will find one that suits you perfectly.

Oblomov Mon 18-Aug-14 16:06:50

Tell is a bit more about your shape. Big boobs, ok. Do you like your waist emphasised? How are your legs? What are your best bits? Which bits do you want to hide the most?

Minicooper Mon 18-Aug-14 17:01:13

Sorry, had to take dd1 to dentists... Back to more important things! Thank you, Faux Fox - lots to look at there - I like the last one, but might be stretching the budget. The hourglass ones would probably suit my shape well - fifties style works well for me.

Oblomov - I agree - they were boring and unflattering. Figure wise - a lower neck works better for me - emphasising my boobs which are probably one of my better features. I don't like my tummy, but have a decent hourglass waist. My legs are fine below the knee, but lose it pretty swiftly above the knee. And upper arms not great.

Minicooper Mon 18-Aug-14 20:54:41

I like the look of the Pretty Dress Company, but haven't bought from them before. Any thoughts on sizing? Or any other suggestions? TIA.

FauxFox Mon 18-Aug-14 21:49:26

Sizing is true and quality is good - I have a dress from there and it's great, only problem was delivery was a bit longer than expected so order with time to spare or stress importance of delivery date.

Dontgotosleep Mon 18-Aug-14 21:56:32

Not surpised you didn't like the dresses. They're awful. Shapeless.
Why not try ebay if you have an account I've got some lovely dresses of there.
My Favorite shop is simply be. I'm like a walking advert for them. They start from size 12-32 expensive but worth the money. I have dress I brought from there 2 years ago and there's not a break in it. New look is also quite nice

Sunbeam18 Mon 18-Aug-14 22:00:45

Phase Eight is good for dresses to suit your shape (which is also my shape!)

MrsLettuce Mon 18-Aug-14 22:04:53

this would be very flattering it's wonderful in the red

Minicooper Tue 19-Aug-14 08:00:28

I need to go shopping don't I? Internet is fine, but these really need to be tried on. Birthday is beginning Sept and dd2 doesn't start school til the day after. Shopping with children in tow is just no fun.....

gojiberries Tue 19-Aug-14 10:23:00

I am a similar size and shape to you. I know you like black, but this is super flattering and quite simple in style. Looks lovely with a silver clutch and classic jewellery.

a black size 12 here

Minicooper Tue 19-Aug-14 11:04:26

Thanks, gojiberries, I've just ordered it in black - a really good price too. Only available in a size 12, so I'm hoping it'll fit. Do you know if their sizes are true? I'm a 12 in dresses from places like Boden and Monsoon, but probably a 14 if they're a bit less generous...

gojiberries Tue 19-Aug-14 11:09:25

They are very true to size, but it can vary for different dresses. I have a 14 but I'm probably bigger than you. Great price though - hope it fits!

thesaurusgirl Tue 19-Aug-14 11:19:48

It's your 40th. You need a full day out with a girlfriend or two and a bottle of champagne or several just to shop for it.

Do not go to Phase 8 - it's where everyone who wants a dress for their 40th goes, and I always want to say, "But you're not old enough for Phase 8!"

My sister got her 40th dress from All Saints. It was covered in sequins and undeniably a special dress, but it also hid a bra and mum tum and she looked amazing with my bullying disguised as help.

jimmybim Tue 19-Aug-14 11:30:12

Why not try a bit of colour. This is a bargain at the moment.

temporaryusername Tue 19-Aug-14 11:34:05

I think the size should be ok if you are 12 going into 14 when sizes less generous. I tried on a Coast dress in that fabric a while ago and the 14 was fine on me, a bit big in places. Whereas I am a 14, going into 16 when sizes are less generous. It looks really nice, I hope you like it, put it with some jewellery, and feel good for your party.

gojiberries Tue 19-Aug-14 11:38:06

Even if you don't wear the Coast dress, it's a great wardrobe staple for that price. I agree with you thesaurusgirl that you should go all out for your 40th. Don't stick with black.

temporaryusername Tue 19-Aug-14 11:57:43

OP did say she wanted something quite classic, maybe an LTB LBD. A simple black dress can be accessorised to look amazing - ok it is at home so no bag etc, but shoes and great jewellery, hair done..

OP, are you definitely preferring black? If not what other colours do you like?

Minicooper Tue 19-Aug-14 13:44:16

Good point, gojiberries, will definitely get worn - as long as it fits! And yes, I agree, thesaurusgirl, a day out shopping with girlfriends sounds like a plan - champagne even more so! Jimmybim, that's a bargain, but not sure if its too purple for me - would need to try it on I think!

jimmybim Tue 19-Aug-14 13:45:31

A shopping day sounds great fun!

Minicooper Tue 19-Aug-14 13:48:12

Doesn't have to be black, temporary, but thought that would be a good way of setting off the jewellery dh is getting me grin I like navy for dressing up, but in real life wear lots of colour - pinks, blues - anything really, but not generally too bright. I might wear a pop of colour with a dark dress or vice versa IYSWIM.

Thurlow Tue 19-Aug-14 13:55:04

I've bought a few nice dresses recently from Closet - I've linked to their website but I think you can get a lot of them from places like John Lewis online too, so you can get them delivered for free to try on.

I got this lbd for a recent wedding it and it was amazing, really flattering around the tummy (post-baby tummy here too), and a good v-neck for jewellery

But it has loads of other nice dresses too - this and this jumped out from the first page.

I do think a well-fitting, flattering lbd can make you feel better than almost any other dress.

Minicooper Tue 19-Aug-14 14:02:01

Thanks, Thurlow, I don't know closet. Will now peruse their website!

temporaryusername Tue 19-Aug-14 14:53:56

Thurlow, re the LBD you linked to...I have been looking at things on Closet but wondered if they'd be too short. I'm 5'4, do you think that black one you wore would be above the knees - the measurements on the website make me think it would. I like it though, so I'm hoping you're going to say it is longer!

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