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45-ish where do you buy dresses?

(24 Posts)
Bumpetybumps Sun 04-Jan-15 19:08:10

I'm in a bit of a rut with clothes and want to wear more dresses.
I don't like Warehouse, Oasis and French Connection- dresses always too short- but find brands like Phase 8 and Kaliko a bit mumsy. Is that fair or am I missing out? I sometimes pick up the odd thing in Jigsaw and Mint Velvet.

Ideas? Ama an 8-10 and like dresses fitted to show off a waist but not occasion dresses as I am 'smart casual' mainly.

Darkchocsprinkles Sun 04-Jan-15 19:59:22

I like People Tree - reasonably priced, excellent quality and ethical to boot wink

MyrnaLoy Sun 04-Jan-15 20:17:54

The Outnet

I sometimes do ok in Topshop.

I often do well in independent, small boutiques carrying a range of labels (that's both online and on the high street).

gonegrey56 Sun 04-Jan-15 20:19:36

Toast and Jaeger for me, especially some of the fitted plain dresses from Jaeger which you can dress up/down with chunky jewellery and belts etc

stoopstofolly Sun 04-Jan-15 20:22:47

Second all of the above- however I also got THREE dresses from Kaliko in the sale recently. Never looked in Kaliko before- they weren't on my radar, but I'm very pleased with them. They look modern but not fashionvictimy (IYKWIM). Also very reasonable. Got mine from John Lewis.

slippermaiden Sun 04-Jan-15 20:26:52

Next, white stuff, fat face?

321zerobaby Sun 04-Jan-15 20:41:24

Boden and Pepperberry.

QueenQueenie Sun 04-Jan-15 20:53:39


Lambzig Sun 04-Jan-15 20:56:26

Baukjen, white company, jaeger and me + em mainly.

The odd one from Boden, but you have to kiss a lot of frogs.

southeastastra Sun 04-Jan-15 21:00:31

my most flattering are also from baukjen also french connection

drspouse Sun 04-Jan-15 21:02:32

Also People Tree, Boden and Pepperberry.
I used to like Phase 8 but there wasn't much choice when I was heavier.

drspouse Sun 04-Jan-15 21:04:22

Oh yes - also Johnnie B for teenage sizes in casual dresses. I'm a 10-12 and wear 15-16 or 16+

buzzy1 Sun 04-Jan-15 21:43:49

Pied a terre dresses are flattering.

Saurus72 Sun 04-Jan-15 21:45:36

Whistles, Jaeger, Jigsaw. Also try Cos and & Other Stories for the odd gem.

FraggleMountain Sun 04-Jan-15 21:54:05

LK Bennett is great - good quality and proper skirt length. Bit pricey though hmm

hellsbellsmelons Mon 05-Jan-15 11:14:18

ASOS have loads and great company to deal with for returns etc...

hellsbellsmelons Mon 05-Jan-15 11:18:37 cheap and cheerful
NEW Look have the odd surprise nice dress every now and then
A do M&Co

MinkTurban Mon 05-Jan-15 19:36:31

Whistles, Reiss, Label Lab, Mary Portas, Cos.

SinglePringle Mon 05-Jan-15 19:45:14

45 years old, 5'8, curvy size 10

I buy dresses from:

Massimo Duti
& Other Stories
Jaeger (how I miss Jaeger Boutique)
Em & Me
Top Shop
The Outnet
Vivienne Westwood (often from the above online stores)
The Dressing Room

Never Boden, Fat Face, White Stuff, Next, Lipsy (grin), Coast, Phase 8. In fact, I never step foot in those shops.

Greengardenpixie Mon 05-Jan-15 22:43:08

Stuff in my wardrobe is from Toast, white stuff, Boden, Joules, Next, Seasalt,.
Other websites you may be interested in are Poetry, Wrap London...a bit overpriced but some of the clothes look nice!

GeorginaWorsley Mon 05-Jan-15 22:52:38

I buy winter dresses from
Great Plains
French Connection
Boden but nothing twee
Mint velvet
Reiss and Whistles in sale or eBay
White company

In summer
White company
Fat face
White stuff
Mint velvet

I usually buy plain not patterned
Best buys last summer were plain navy sleeveless jersey dresses from Boden and Fat Face.

CointreauVersial Mon 05-Jan-15 23:46:41

My dresses are from:

M&S (particularly Autograph) - they do excellent tailored dresses with a decent length.

RojaGato Mon 05-Jan-15 23:55:53

Petit Bateau
Mint Velvet
Monsoon Fusion sometimes has some surprises

I often buy clothes on holiday- Spain and Italy in particular seem to cater for ladies over 35 who don't want to look like they are mutton dressed as lamb but who also aren't ready to give up on life entirely yet. Two places I like when we go to Spain are El Ganso and Hakei. El Ganso has stores in London and does mail order here now.

Ihatemytoes Tue 06-Jan-15 09:22:21

Label Lab at House of Fraser

47yo, 5'9" size 12

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