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Black tie 'do' Saturday, urgently need dress: is short ever ok?
Have to go to black tie dinner - described as 'ball' but there will be no dancing- with DH on Saturday. Its an industry thing with his work, so I mostly just want to look appropriate, and not spend too much money. Something I could wear again over xmas would be a plus.
Had chosen long-sleeved, jersey dress online at Coast but decided not to buy it till I got a chance to try it on in person, which took a few more weeks than planned. And then they didn't have it in the shop, and its now sold out online in my size
I'm now torn between buying it in a 10 and hoping because its jersey fabric it will have some stretch (possibly a terrible idea), hoping to find something else I can order online as due to work will not be near shops before Saturday, or dry cleaning a knee-length grey dress I already own and hoping its ok.
Budget ideally no more than 100-120 as I don't normally go to these things. Everything I tried on in Coast and House of Fraser this weekend was too bridesmaid-y. I mostly buy work clothes in M&S, Hobbs, Banana Republic usually so not sure where to look for something like this. I'm a 12 and fairly hourglass-y (bra size 30 f, fairly sizeable hips) and early 30s.
In my position, would you go with the short dress or panic order some options to try on at home? Is there anywhere else I should look?
Oh don't, I really don't need any encouragement! I've even seen it in real life and admired the quality of it. I'm going to stick to just admiring it. Unless it goes on sale, then all bets are off [weak willed shopper]
Agree w the comments on "short" needing to require a hem in close proximity to your knees.
Ooh, Belinda, nice dress. I have a ball to go to as well, funnily enough. I was going to wheel out my faithful Jigsaw dress (which I got married in 13 years ago), but I need very little persuasion to buy something new. I would also love to know how it comes up size wise.
Short is absolutely fine although I would have thought above the knee better than a mini for DH's work do. If in a suitable fabric and with the right accessories, a little black dress would be fine. I would have thought jersey could look a bit frumpy at a ball. Most shops are getting their Christmas party stuff in at this time of year so high st chains will have more ball appropriate things in than they would usually have. Based on your budget & where my hourglass shaped friend finds clothes which fit her well, what about monsoon, next or oasis?
Have a look at Blue Banana on Amazon. There's a selection of stretchy long and short dresses, and they look lovely on. I bought a long black halter neck with a red bit down the middle for a ball - looked good and was about 50 quid I think.