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Evening dress for a wedding?!?

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nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 13:52:43

This is for my mum, she needs help!
Wedding in the summer in a castle. The invitation says black tie / evening dress. My mum is 5ft1, size 10, she is 61 but looks about 40. Dark brown hair olive skin. She has looked and looked but can't find anything to buy, so, style and beauty gurus, can you find my mum a frock?

nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 15:55:42

Hopeful bumpsmile

nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 18:57:37

Looks like my poor mum will have to go in bra & knickers😬

Twinklestar2 Sun 22-May-16 19:29:50

Have you looked at House of Fraser or Phase Eight?

MrsLettuce Sun 22-May-16 19:34:53

I think it's the lack of info OP wink

Any clues about what sort of colours she might like/hate? Is she after full length? Would she have something altered if necessary or prefer to just buy from a petite range? Would she like full length or is shorter ok too? Some idea of maximum budget would help too.

how about navy full length with lacy sleeves?

nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 19:36:14

Phase 8 is a bit floral for my mum and probably not dressy enough. She has looked at HoF but not seen anything. She is struggling because evening dress is not the norm for a wedding and we don't really know what to look for!

MrsLettuce Sun 22-May-16 19:37:20

shorter, different but kind of similar to the last one

MrsLettuce Sun 22-May-16 19:37:44

Oh, asos link, might not work. C&P:

Twinkie1 Sun 22-May-16 19:37:46

John Lewis. Adriana Pappel I think it is are v good for evening type stuff.

TheMailAreAtItAgain Sun 22-May-16 19:41:15

Anything by Gina Bacconi? Can buy in John Lewis & House of Fraser.

MrsLettuce Sun 22-May-16 19:41:33

similar but different again (waiting for clues before venturing from the obviouswink)

nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 19:49:33

Sorry pc decided to update mid post!
Probably no black, definitely no white, max budget probably about £350 ( more if amazing)
She is not sure about length because of the evening dress / black tie thing.
Flowing flowery stuff is not her at all, she shops in places like whistles, jaeger, cos & lk Bennett and prefers more structured. Probably shouldn't have put her age as she does look genuinely at least 20 years younger!
I think she would like midi length worn with high shoes

nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 19:50:56

What she has in mind is fitted top with biggish skirt that is midi kind of length

nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 19:51:45

Oh and she doesn't need sleeves, slim arms & small bust

CodyKing Sun 22-May-16 19:58:49

Try lindybop -

She's looking for a 50's swing dress

nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 20:00:57

Lindy bop is a definite no, not her type of thing at all!

nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 20:06:37

More like this shape but not a wedding dress or glittery!

MrsLettuce Sun 22-May-16 20:07:18

Ooh, might she like this?

MrsLettuce Sun 22-May-16 20:07:54

x post! Still. Will look.

nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 20:09:31

I don't think a jump suit will be dressy enough. She doesn't really know the people who's wedding it is but she thinks it's going to be super glam!

MrsLettuce Sun 22-May-16 20:13:26


nancy75 Sun 22-May-16 20:15:22

The shape and material are really nice but she wouldn't like the cut out bits, she would feel too old for cut out bits ( despite her flat tummy!)

Choughed Sun 22-May-16 20:17:46


MrsLettuce Sun 22-May-16 20:18:06

I feared as much. She could have them filled with the fabric she'll need taking off the bottom, but I'd want a dress to be perfect for that price really too.

Choughed Sun 22-May-16 20:20:41

French Connection

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