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Dresses for Graduation and Grad Ball

(19 Posts)
lolilolilou Tue 23-Jun-15 18:00:39

I've never posted on S&B before but I'm a bit style challenged and was wondering if anyone could help me find some dresses?

I'm in the middle of my final exams and about to leave uni after 7 years grin so I need a dress for graduation and a dress for graduation ball, along with shoes and any accessories.

I'm a size 14 but hourglass shaped (my waist is quite small but my hips and thighs are enourmous!) Colour wise I'm not really bothered but I have really pale skin, red hair and blue eyes so black doesn't really suit me. Budget is an issue having been a student for so long so I need to spend as little money as possible - is less than £200 for absolutely everything possible? Here's what I'm looking for

I was thinking something like a pencil dress, fairly plain but not particularly fussy about colour. Uni have said that high necklines look better. I do sometimes have problems finding fitted dresses because im a 32G bra size but hopefully it won't be a massive problem.

Grad Ball:

Needs to be a floor length dress, I don't like really shiny or blingy dresses but other than that I'm not really sure what I want.

Shoes: I can't walk very well in heels and am already imagining landing in a crumpled heap on stage so if I could find some nice shoes with low heels or something easy to walk in like wedges that would be amazing

Thank you for reading if you've got this far, I'd be so grateful for any tips anyone has!

CrispyFern Tue 23-Jun-15 19:38:29

If you have a waist and 32Gs, would this maybe look nice for graduation?
High neck plain pencil

herecomesthsun Tue 23-Jun-15 19:43:43

look here

The cream one is #99 the purple one #49 (pounds, silly laptop keyboard). The cream is a bit demure, but sounds like that's what they want, it would show off your waist and cowl neck is good for large boobs I think, having some.

I would wear a lot of gold costume jewellery with the purple dress, but that's me.

CrispyFern Tue 23-Jun-15 19:43:46

Not sure I like it in the forwards picture actually, but it looks nice in the other ones.

CrispyFern Tue 23-Jun-15 19:45:03

Sorry I meant about my link, not yours herecomes!

herecomesthsun Tue 23-Jun-15 19:46:37


herecomesthsun Tue 23-Jun-15 19:50:35


CrispyFern Tue 23-Jun-15 19:53:58

Is this any good?
[ Navy or grey]]

CrispyFern Tue 23-Jun-15 19:55:04

Try again.

herecomesthsun Tue 23-Jun-15 19:55:47

pase 8

herecomesthsun Tue 23-Jun-15 20:01:03


herecomesthsun Tue 23-Jun-15 20:02:54

dark green evening dress might work

herecomesthsun Tue 23-Jun-15 20:05:33

what size feet and how tall are you?

herecomesthsun Tue 23-Jun-15 20:15:08

Clarks court shoes in sale, what about a block heel, Blissful Charm or blissful Cloud for 30-35 pounds

lurkymclurkerson Tue 23-Jun-15 21:51:41

I'm like you, curvy and about a size 14, I got a lovely dress for graduation from Dorothy Perkins for about £30! I was very impressed and they have a sale on atm.

Would anything like this work?

lolilolilou Tue 23-Jun-15 21:53:41

oh thank you for the links... I'll have a look now smile

I am 5'7 with size 6 feet

herecomesthsun Tue 23-Jun-15 22:25:55

pastel blue Biba

lolilolilou Wed 24-Jun-15 00:01:00

I like the asos navy blue dress and the biba pastel dress, I also like the dorothy perkins dress. I'm excited now!

my friend sent me a link to some zara shoes that are nice and not massive heels heres a link:

GemmeFatale Wed 24-Jun-15 08:15:23

Remember you'll likely need to pin your hood to your dress to keep the weight in place. Just go for a pencil dress you like and will wear again. I like asos for things like this

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