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Ifyoubuildit Mon 23-Nov-15 14:45:23

Dear style gods and goddesses...

I bought this for a Christmas party but it's a lot baggier than it looks on the website. Can I nip it in at the waist with a belt do you think? If so, can anyone recommend something that would work, pleeease (I love the dress...)

www.whistles.com/women/clothing/dresses/annie-sparkle-knit-dress-20979.html?dwvar_annie-sparkle-knit-dress-20979_color=Black#prefn1=subCategory&prefv1=Dresses&start=1

Twinklestein Mon 23-Nov-15 14:49:04

Can you get a smaller size?

Otherwise I wear some jumper dresses with belts, it really helps to nip the waist. It would look nice with a black patent belt.

BrendaandEddie Mon 23-Nov-15 14:49:09

no
leave baggy

FellOffMyUnicorn Mon 23-Nov-15 14:49:54

for £95 I would want it to be perfect and fit me

However, as you have the dress, why dont you put a belt on and have a look?

Queenbean Mon 23-Nov-15 14:50:55

If it's super baggy then swap it for a smaller size

Do not tie it in with a belt, that will look horrendously early-2000s

Twinklestein Mon 23-Nov-15 14:52:59

Do not tie it in with a belt, that will look horrendously early-2000s

Ignore this it's nonsense.

BumWad Mon 23-Nov-15 14:56:31

Do not tie it in with a belt, that will look horrendously early-2000s

What a load of bollocks!

Wear a nice belt OP.

Ifyoubuildit Mon 23-Nov-15 14:58:10

Black patent, ok I think I might have an old work one.

It looks quite slim on the website but in reality is quite baggy and I'm worried it won't be flattering to my curveless body. I love the material and that it's warm(ish) and black though. It's just what I've been looking for.

Twinklestein Mon 23-Nov-15 15:03:03

I have to say it does look quite baggy in the pic to me, I think you might need the smaller size.

If you have a lean waist a belt will give you curves.

BumWad Mon 23-Nov-15 15:03:48

Sounds good the belt needs to be thin

Ifyoubuildit Mon 23-Nov-15 15:11:56

Thanks, will give it a go. I do have a small waist but I'm straight up and down and have small everything else too. It's sold out in smaller sizes so will send it back if I can't find a belt that works.

Floisme Mon 23-Nov-15 15:32:02

I don't want to be the voice of doom but I tried that dress on and it didn't work for me either - and Whistles is often flattering on me (annoyingly given their prices). But I got the sparkle knit jumper instead which is great (and cheaper) though I realise it might not be quite party-ish enough?

ShmooBooMoo Mon 23-Nov-15 15:35:36

No belt! TWC has a nice black knitted dress with sequins on the upper front and back. Seems more fitted. There are 20% with free del codes hanging around.

trixymalixy Mon 23-Nov-15 15:47:20

Why don't you have it altered? Assuming it has seams and isn't knitted in a tube it should be straightforward and cost about £15.

burnishedsilver Mon 23-Nov-15 16:13:25

I'm also of the opinion that a belt will look very dated with it.

Swap it for a smaller size.

burnishedsilver Mon 23-Nov-15 16:15:11

Sorry, I see you've said that it's sold out in smaller sizes.

Twinklestein Mon 23-Nov-15 17:56:10

Tell that to Carine Roitfeld & Emanuelle Alt.

Some things are just classic...

villainousbroodmare Mon 23-Nov-15 18:06:53

I think I'd want it to fit. I love this type of dress - stretchy, cosy yet elegant - and I think you will find more out there.

Twinklestein Mon 23-Nov-15 18:13:59

Have you rung every single branch in the whole country?

Btw I've just bought a v-neck cashmere and elastene black dress - very figure-hugging so you wouldn't need a belt. Doesn't have sparkles though.

I like the sparkles on the Whistles one but it is a bit shapeless.

Judydreamsofhorses Mon 23-Nov-15 18:17:17

Whistles customer services are really, really good - if you ring them I bet they will track the smaller size down for you.

Ifyoubuildit Mon 23-Nov-15 18:22:03

Thanks all. I've been looking everywhere for something:

- for Christmas parties at home and in the pub (i.e. not REALLY dressy)
- something that isn't too bling but has a bit of sparkle
- Has long sleeves
- Can we worn with opaques or is trousers and a top (I have dreadful varicose veins)
- isn't something my mum would wear

I thought this would hit the mark but you're right, if it's not perfect I should send it back (will try Customer Services first although I suspect it's the shape that doesn't suit me).

Appreciate your advice ladies :-)

strawberryandaflake Mon 23-Nov-15 18:22:16

Wear a belt, retro late 90s/early 2000s is in. Hang around in Dalston and you'll see! grin Just don't do opaque tights or pointy shoes though.

Ifyoubuildit Mon 23-Nov-15 18:22:24

Where's your dress from Twinkles and what's TWC???

lurkingabit Mon 23-Nov-15 18:54:01

The white company

I second emailing or phoning Whistles customer services. They're really good.

Twinklestein Mon 23-Nov-15 18:56:44

It was from Yoox: this one

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