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find me a non frumpy age appropriate cocktail dress for black tie corporate do

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iamamug Thu 03-Mar-16 21:37:12

Good evening all, I have a corporate dinner next weekend and need a dress. I'm super busty (38f) with a tummy but slim hips and I'm only 5'2" so definitely on the dumpy side.
I don't mind a bit of cleavage but not too much as its a work thing and I really don't like anything tight across the problem tummy area.
Bum and hips are good.
I would prefer black but a dark plum or navy could work.
I'm over 50 but don't want to disappear if you know what I mean?
Budget pretty open within reason - I have shoes and all accessories etc so don't mind pushing the boat out a bit and to be honest cheap looks bad at my age!
I have access to Birmingham before the event and happy to buy online.
Please help!!

MrsLettuce Thu 03-Mar-16 22:00:25

What sort of style do you go for and what size are we after?

gonegrey56 Thu 03-Mar-16 22:17:58

I have just bought the Serena dress by Hobbs (sorry can't do a link on this phone), very dark navy , waisted and full skirt . Wore it to a black tie event with some bling and it was perfect (I am in my fifties like you and 5ft 3). A new season dress, just in the shops and online . One of the other guests asked me if it was Dolce and Gabbana !

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Thu 03-Mar-16 22:20:21

These? They're nice quality for a reasonable price (I have a few bits from them) . They do have a website I just can't access it because my phone browser is being slow confused

iamamug Thu 03-Mar-16 22:58:18

Thanks, I've been trawling the John Lewis website. The Hobbs dress is lovely but I'm not sure if dressy enough for me and I need the neck to be a bit lower otherwise my boobs look like a shelf!
I'll check out the other dresses, thank you.

Lauren1983 Fri 04-Mar-16 00:49:40

Maybe too plain though?

herecomesthsun Fri 04-Mar-16 02:47:12


bit hepburn


beaded shift


St Bustier

mrsmortis Fri 04-Mar-16 08:32:05

I'd second herecomesthesun. I am a 34G and I swear by pepperberry for evening wear.

I really like this one:

But you may think it's more suitable for a wedding than an evening do.

annielostit Fri 04-Mar-16 09:36:02

Nice Mrs

FauxFox Fri 04-Mar-16 09:56:19

Lovely Biba - comes in dark grey or red

iamamug Fri 04-Mar-16 22:14:23

Absolutely love the coast dress,
I am a fan of bravissimo but I find with the dresses, they don't take a tummy into account so the boob part is great but then I look pregnant!
Some really great ideas and I'm going to order the Coast dress.
Many thanks.

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