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I have just started a new job and the Christmas do dress code says 'cocktail dresses'. I'm not even sure I know what a cocktail dress is! I have no fashion sense and a general hatred of shopping so any pointers would be much appreciated.
I'm a size 12, 5'1", bulky middle but vaguely decent legs. For work I usually wear pencil skirts and tops to hide the mum tum but dresses seem to leave it all to hang out. Floaty shapes seem to accentuate the lumps and bumps and I often see skater dresses recommended on here but that fit and flare shape makes me look like a little girl. I'd like something ideally with 3/4 sleeves in a dark colour. I don't even know where to start looking!
Hells I LOVE those first two dresses, ten years ago I'd definitely have gone for something like that but I don't know if I could pull them off now. Is that the sort of thing I could get away with as 'cocktail'?
Anna, wouldn't a shift dress just make me look puddingy round the middle??
Cocktail Dress code is basically short black tie. You could easily get away with a lovely fitted skirt and top, but try to channel super smart dinner party rather than night out. Boden does good cocktail type dresses and also lovely evening wear separates - I would be heading in that sort of direction.
Hedwig I've been wondered if you'd found anything. I saw this suggested somewhere and thought of you: baroque skater dress Not sure if it fits the brief - although I still think one of the lovely party skirts is probably the way to go for you.
Gosh, I'm glad I came back to this thread and apologies for the late reply. I did order one of the suggestions from Asos and a few from Debenhams but they weren't really right but KateSpade has found me a winner with the first sparkly dress. I tried it on in the shop today and it's great. Thank you!! I've never actually bought any Per Una stuff but this is the second thing this week. I must be officially middle-aged