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Arrgghh Desperate Party Help

(25 Posts)
astridforty Tue 03-Nov-15 16:25:13

Ladies of Style and Beauty, hoping you can help...

In my wisdom, back in August we decided to book an engagement party - end of November, function room in country house hotel, 100 ish people. I'm now in full blown panic mode over my outfit.

I'm 35, my first 'attention on me' party so really really want to look fab. I've sorted hair and nails but just not sure about a frock.

I want my arms covered, I'm a size 16, bit of a belly and not much waist :-( I was looking at this one

But friends just said I'd be better with more of a nipped in waist to create some shape.

Help! Suggestions really appreciated

astridforty Tue 03-Nov-15 16:25:41

Anndd appears I can't do links..

tethersend Tue 03-Nov-15 18:24:02

Although I don't totally agree with your friends, I'm not at all keen on that dress.

What's your budget?

KateSpadeAddict Tue 03-Nov-15 18:33:02

If you like that then you may like this, I think it looks a little short on the model but it depends on your height smile I love the sleeves!

astridforty Tue 03-Nov-15 18:41:34

About £200 for dress

Figroller Tue 03-Nov-15 18:43:05

A friend of mine wore this recently and looked amazing.

tethersend Tue 03-Nov-15 18:52:10

bit over budget

tethersend Tue 03-Nov-15 18:57:27

French Connection

tethersend Tue 03-Nov-15 18:59:40

And again

astridforty Tue 03-Nov-15 19:06:27


tethersend Tue 03-Nov-15 19:07:10

Lurex- also comes in velvet]

KateSpadeAddict Tue 03-Nov-15 19:15:29

I like this too.

Although maybe you’d prefer something cream/ivory/gold tones to highlight you as the bride grin

KateSpadeAddict Tue 03-Nov-15 19:22:26

Like this grin

tethersend Tue 03-Nov-15 19:42:48


moosemama Tue 03-Nov-15 19:48:49

How about this Coast dress. Out of stock in your/our size unfortunately but you may be able to source it elsewhere.

Actually, I've just found it in Debenhams.

tethersend Tue 03-Nov-15 19:50:12

If you're ok showing your arms- your second link suggests that you are wink- how about this?

moosemama Wed 04-Nov-15 13:02:04

I might be mistaken, but I think Holly is wearing the dress I linked to on This Morning today.

moosemama Wed 04-Nov-15 16:35:22

Not an expensive label, but saw this dress today and thought about this thread. It reminded me of the shape of the first one you linked too and has long sleeves, seeing as you said you'd rather not have your arms uncovered.

I think it's a really classic look that's hard to go wrong with.

MyFavouriteClintonisGeorge Wed 04-Nov-15 16:55:38

This one with control pants?


I really like this but it is sold out in your size.

Too bridal? It also comes in green. (12 US size).

On the other hand, if you really like the dress in your OP, then wear, regardless of what anyone else thinks you 'should' be wearing.

Liveinthepresent Wed 04-Nov-15 18:57:31

I may be barking up the wrong tree but I was admiring this earlier

But nowhere to wear it !
Their dresses are very flattering.

Liveinthepresent Wed 04-Nov-15 18:58:27

Hmmm link not working

moosemama Wed 04-Nov-15 19:18:08

I received the Baukjen catalogue today and thought that was nice.

I've just found This reduced Gina Bacconi dress which is another understated version of the one in the original OP.

I keep finding them because I'm a similar size to the op and looking for something to wear to a formal lunch at a posh hotel, but haven't a clue what I'm looking for. There are some beautiful dresses around, but like you - I have nowhere to wear one. hmm

moosemama Wed 04-Nov-15 19:22:17

Love [ this Kalico one]] and it would enhance a waistline with the cross-over midriff.

Funny thing is, I never wear dresses myself, because I have truly shocking legs. I do enjoy browsing them online and daydreaming though. grin

moosemama Wed 04-Nov-15 21:01:43

Aargh, link fail.

Love this Kalico one and it would enhance a waistline with the cross-over midriff.

tethersend Thu 05-Nov-15 19:50:08

Don't know if you're still looking, but this fits your criteria.

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