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White tie dress- help!

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RosieLig Sun 20-Mar-16 22:59:46

I need a very formal dress for a white tie event.

I am a size 10, 5 foot 7, in my early 40s. Arms are OK, boobs OK, more of a rectangle than hourglass. I'm a bit conscious of my tummy.

Dark hair and eyes so I suit brights and navy. Any ideas? Thanks:-)

Feawen Mon 21-Mar-16 00:10:30

To narrow it down a bit:

Do you have a budget (number of digits, even!)?

Would you wear something off-the shoulder or strapless?

Do you want a full skirt or a sleeker silhouette?

Kr1stina Mon 21-Mar-16 07:03:16

How long before your event ? If it's quite a few weeks you have enough time to order from Light in the Box, who do gorgeous formal gowns at very good prices . But you MUST follow their size instructions

WellErrr Mon 21-Mar-16 07:05:06

You shouldn't have bare shoulders for white tie, and it must be floor length which narrows it down a bit

RosieLig Mon 21-Mar-16 07:17:17


Thanks. No to strapless, I'll check out that site thanks.

Max £300.


GlacindaTheTroll Mon 21-Mar-16 07:19:21

And don't forget proper long satin evening gloves!

GlacindaTheTroll Mon 21-Mar-16 07:27:02

Do you like this sort of silhouette? A dress from john Lewis which is well under budget

They have quite a lot of possibles, if you search 'black tie maxi' on their website

BigGreenOlives Mon 21-Mar-16 07:31:50 have lots of dresses, around £200.

GlacindaTheTroll Mon 21-Mar-16 07:33:50

Or this, with a slightly more swishy skirt?

WellErrr Mon 21-Mar-16 07:40:43

That last one is beautiful Glacinda.

Feawen Mon 21-Mar-16 14:02:05

Embellished silk:

Though I'm not sure about shipping, since o think that one's from the us.

Or this silk chiffon from Nordstrom:

Nordstrom have a few lovely dresses, actually, but many are polyester, which you might not think suitable.

gonegrey56 Mon 21-Mar-16 18:14:39

Ghost do some beautiful simple and elegant dresses, John Lewis normally has a few to try (you generally have to order the style and colour). My dd has a beautiful cream bias cut dress , bought for a white tie ball . Around the £200 mark . Really stunning dresses .

RosieLig Mon 21-Mar-16 18:44:46

Thank you all, some gorgeous dresses there. x

Nettletheelf Mon 21-Mar-16 19:24:34

Get one of the plum coloured ones from Gorgeous Couture. Fab with dark hair.

Muskateersmummy Mon 21-Mar-16 19:30:19

If you have up to £300 to spend I would recommend finding a boutique store near you. Then you can be sure no one else will have the same frock. I go to a gala dinner once a year and usually buy from a boutique place

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