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Mission impossible? One dress. Two events

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Tillyscoutsmum Wed 27-May-15 18:15:39

I have a graduation ball and a wedding to attend a week apart. Finances are tight so I'd ideally like to get a dress that will work for both occasions without being over/under dressed.

I'm 40. About a size 12 (but quite "booby"). Pretty much hourglass but with a wobbly/curvier than I'd like stomach area. I need to be able to wear a strapped bra and don't like showing my back too much.

Any ideas please?

tethersend Wed 27-May-15 18:21:22

What's your budget?

Tillyscoutsmum Wed 27-May-15 18:23:44

Hi Tethers. Was hoping you'd turn up smile

Errrrmm. £200 max. Less if possible

tethersend Wed 27-May-15 18:31:01

Ok, I'll have a look.

Let's start at the cheaper end h&m

tethersend Wed 27-May-15 18:31:26

What length hem/sleeve?

That grey dress is gorgeous - would look awful on my norks though, sadly.

Tilly - what colours/styles do you like?

tethersend Wed 27-May-15 18:35:14

another drapey one

Tillyscoutsmum Wed 27-May-15 18:35:47

I like the draping on that. I'm not sure about the neckline. Might make me look a bit matronly (36FF confused).

Don't mind hemline. Legs are ok but wouldn't want to go arse skimmingly short. Probably short sleeves or sleeveless (but thick straps). It's mid July so thinking/hoping long sleeves will be too warm

Ooh Tethers Look what I just found, inspired by your H&M link.

BadgersArse Wed 27-May-15 18:37:19

look at pied a terre in House of fraser

tethersend Wed 27-May-15 18:37:26


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tethersend Wed 27-May-15 18:39:28

Ooh, spot on, Remus... h&M have some good stuff ATM. I want this for work, but all sold out in my size...

What size do you need? Will have a look next time I'm in Brum.

Tillyscoutsmum Wed 27-May-15 18:44:01

Not keen on the colour of the outnet drapey one. Nude/blush just makes me look... Meh.

Quite like this Not sure whether the draping might miss the crucial tum area though confused Will have to try on

DosDuchas Wed 27-May-15 18:45:53

i have one from there from last year - was good quality jersey, i will look for it
I like the cowl back one but obv not for you

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Tillyscoutsmum Wed 27-May-15 18:51:05

Yes. I like that one but the back is a no go. Also not sure about black for a wedding. I've worn it before with coloured/monochrome accessories, but the bride is a bit of an easily offended arse confused

DosDuchas Wed 27-May-15 18:52:11

gah - she needs to wise up

tethersend Wed 27-May-15 18:52:33

I like the navy one, Tilly.

Would you do full length? This is gorgeous.

Tillyscoutsmum Wed 27-May-15 18:59:56

Yes. Would do full length. I still have an Anglomania drape dress from yonks ago. Loved it. At the risk of being really awkward, I'm not massively keen on the colour. Bit "neutral" still.

tethersend Wed 27-May-15 19:08:53

Shame- it comes in cerise too, but only an xsmall left...

How about something like this?

Tillyscoutsmum Wed 27-May-15 19:21:03

Hmmmm. Not "ball-y" enough maybe? I like it for the wedding though.

I like this Over budget and only in a size 4 though hmm (who the fuck is a size 4??!)

Tillyscoutsmum Wed 27-May-15 19:37:22

Thanks for all the help btw. Will head to HoF and Reiss and do some trying on smile

Love this

I'm toying with this skirt for a wedding, with a draped black silk top.

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