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please help me find a dress for my end of year do! my ample apple shape presents a challenge...

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Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Mon 03-Nov-14 20:52:14

We are going to a dinner dance thingy at an hotel for my year end do. I would love to wear a dress- last year I felt very frumpish.

I am an apple shaped size 20, about 5'3" and would prefer black. Budget is about £60.

Any suggestions, please?

RedPoppyRed Mon 03-Nov-14 21:05:07

A bit over




Any good?

dun1urkin Mon 03-Nov-14 21:09:53

Something full length? Or to the knee?
I've got a lovely empire line full length black dress in the back of my wardrobe, complete with a drapey front bit to 'hide' the tummy, it's quite boobilicious though. Not too skimming, not too frothy, it looked great if I do say so myself on me as a size 18.
I didn't like my arms, so wore it with a lacey bolero thing. Debut at debenhams as I recall.

happyis Mon 03-Nov-14 21:10:56

If you like vintage style they do nice dresses here, although I found the Stella style too big but the swing style too small. They always have discount codes going on their facebook page.

MrsLettuce Mon 03-Nov-14 21:12:24

THis sort of shape (another)would be most flattering, a change of colour at the waist would magnify the effect - this would be great. But yeah, it's a style you might not like.

MrsLettuce Mon 03-Nov-14 21:13:09

x post a-plenty

dun1urkin Mon 03-Nov-14 21:13:13

Ok, just checked debenhams and there's nothing remotely like it on there at the moment, so kindly ignore my unhelpful post grinblush

SeptemberComesTooSoon Mon 03-Nov-14 21:20:11

I'm 5'4" and wore this to a wedding recently in a size 20. Nicely fitted but skimmed over my appley bits!

<Disclaimer: Not a style and beauty regular!>

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Mon 03-Nov-14 21:27:26

Thank you!! Some lovely ideas!

I love the first one you linked to, and the sale one, RedPoppyRed. Not too keen on the3 vintage style ones, because I have a huge belly! Thanks for looking at Debenhams, Dun1. I had also checked there.

I would prefer a knee length to full length.

Going to check the other suggestions now smile

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Mon 03-Nov-14 21:34:34

I love the Monsoon dress, September, but it is just too pricey for my work do! Love it, though!!

tethersend Mon 03-Nov-14 22:17:29


tethersend Mon 03-Nov-14 22:27:10


MrsLettuce Mon 03-Nov-14 22:30:56

this is reasonably similar to the monsoon one and in budget. There's only an 18 but the sizing is pretty generous, AFAIK.

tethersend Mon 03-Nov-14 22:31:11


MrsLettuce Mon 03-Nov-14 22:31:50

Ooh, love that first one tethers!

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Mon 03-Nov-14 22:44:55

LOVE the ASOS one, tethers!

(I think you may have helped me find a dress to wear to an interview for the job I am in now! Do you remember the forest green Phase Eight wrap dress at the absurd price of about £20? So sure it was you, Tethers!)

tethersend Mon 03-Nov-14 22:48:45

Oh yes, I remember! And you got the job? Brilliant, well done smile

kentishgirl Tue 04-Nov-14 13:30:24

It's not a dress, it's a jumpsuit, but it looks lovely - stylish, sophisticated, dressy. I'm a similar size and shape and tempted to get one for a Christmas evening bash.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Tue 04-Nov-14 20:04:17

Yes, I have been working in that job now for 14 months, Tethers smile.

Kentish, the jumpsuit is lovely, but I am too barrel shaped (and too old!).

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