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Maxi dress for a garden party

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listeningtomyheartorhead Tue 14-Jul-15 09:56:29

I need a new maxi dress for a party I have been invited to. Ideally I am looking for something slimming as some people will have not seen me since I gave birth a couple of months ago and I have lost 25lbs so want to show that off. I have big boobs and curvy bum but a narrowish waist. Hate my legs especially calves so no clingy skirts or splits. My budget is up to £50. Really dont want to go above that as have had a lot of outgoings this month. Here are a few I have picked. Opinions would be much appreciated.

listeningtomyheartorhead Tue 14-Jul-15 13:47:58


Im leaning towards the black one as feel that frills on the second dress will make my chest look bigger. I was hoping to get some more recommendations.

Wenchelda Tue 14-Jul-15 13:54:46

I love the first poppy print one.

InglouriousBasterd Tue 14-Jul-15 15:52:35

I think the Poppy print one is lovely.

joquatro Tue 14-Jul-15 16:45:56

Love the first one

herecomesthsun Tue 14-Jul-15 20:41:28

i have this which is very flattering but also like this which is pretty but more expensive and this

listeningtomyheartorhead Wed 15-Jul-15 03:46:39

Thanks. I decided to go for the poppy one. Will see how it looks tomorrow.

listeningtomyheartorhead Wed 15-Jul-15 23:17:06

I got the dress today and it looked awful on me. Im 5'7 and it was just too short (above my ankles!) So Im returning it and going back to the drawing board.

Im leaning towards the second dress now. Was it not nice or just not as nice as the first one.

Please help. I need a dress by Saturday.

Talisin Wed 15-Jul-15 23:30:22

How about this from M&S. Normally I'd run screaming because, well, Per Una, but it's really rather pretty. Also, long, according to the reviews.

listeningtomyheartorhead Wed 15-Jul-15 23:42:18

That is very pretty talisin. Love the colours but not sure about the butterfly pattern. Also i have a lot of black in my wardrobe so would like something with colour. I like bold colours like purple, emerald green, blues, gold etc.

Merrilymerrilymerrily Wed 15-Jul-15 23:51:33

Phase 8 have some nice maxi dresses. Like this or this?

3boys3dogshelp Wed 15-Jul-15 23:57:04

Have you tried Pepperberry op? I find their dresses really flattering for big boobs with a waist. Some pretty maxis if you can stretch to £75, there is also a (new) pretty bright floral one on eBay for £16.99 (Google eBay Pepperberry maxi dress - sorry can't link on phone) if you're a 10 or 12.

listeningtomyheartorhead Thu 16-Jul-15 07:52:25

Wow 3boys those dresses were gorgeous will make a note for next time I have a bigger budget. Merrily that first dress is gorgeous. I could definitely see myself in that.

What about these, too plain?

listeningtomyheartorhead Thu 16-Jul-15 07:53:52

Well not plain but not suitable for a party?

JaxTellerIsAllMine Thu 16-Jul-15 07:58:24

I like the second one and yes suitable for a party. It depends how dressy an occasion its going to be. some funky bangles and jobs a good un.

listeningtomyheartorhead Thu 16-Jul-15 11:51:47

Just realised they dont have that dress in my size jax. blush

I like this but not sure if frills will make my chest look bigger.

Sixpencenonethericher Thu 16-Jul-15 17:40:20

Next have some nice ones

BennyPoo Thu 16-Jul-15 23:22:32

Have you tried BHS? I have bought a few maxis from there this year - the Dorothy Perkins Billie & Blossom range had a couple of nice ones.(although I cant seem to find them online...) Also Wallis are quite good at maxis.

JaxTellerIsAllMine Fri 17-Jul-15 07:24:34

I think with the pattern you can get away with the layers - btw how big are your boobs? grin

There are lots of maxi dresses around - in the sale, you will get 1

My friend, who is also about 5'7 and big boobs had on a fabulous one the other day from Mantaray at Debenhams, worth a look.

TriJo Fri 17-Jul-15 10:47:03

I got a Pepperberry maxi dress for a christening that I was at last weekend and got a ton of compliments on it. Got it in the sale so it was half price (£34.50). I'm a 30FF and just bought my normal dress size in the Curvy/Really Curvy variant.

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