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I need an outfit for two summer balls and a cocktail party

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helloworlditsme Sun 12-Jun-16 20:52:02

For the first time in years I have two summer balls to go to in July and August and then a cocktail party at the end of September. I want to buy something new to wear but whatever I get will need to cover all three occasions, there will be mostly different people at them all.

I was thinking skirt and top maybe so that I could perhaps get a couple of tops but I'm struggling.

I'm a 5.5 hourglass, size 10, with a very wobbly stomach and 30G boobs, I know I don't want any of those 50's lindybop things, they're really not my style. I like all saints dresses but don't think there's anything there that quite fits the bill and don't know where else to start. I did try a couple of Ted Baker dresses on in an outlet store today but whilst the fit was good they weren't really me.

helloworlditsme Sun 12-Jun-16 21:11:50

Is this dressy enough??

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MadSprocker Sun 12-Jun-16 21:12:49

I would try a mid dress from Coast. I can't do links on my IPad, but there are lots of choice there.

helloworlditsme Sun 12-Jun-16 21:15:21

I should maybe have said that my default is under, rather than over dressed if that makes sense and so everything on Coast's website just looks too formal to me. I just don't know where to start with this

Diddlydokey Sun 12-Jun-16 21:17:37

m.houseoffraser.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-hof-Site/default/Product-Show?_$ja=tsid:44970%7ccid:184650115%7cagid:9191928235%7ctid:aud-77714418879:pla-106459080115%7ccrid:53047322395%7cnw:g%7crnd:5578687278712510259%7cdvc:m%7cadp:1o1%7cmt:&pid=241938222

Diddlydokey Sun 12-Jun-16 21:22:31

www.oasis-stores.com/gb/clothing/dresses/pleated-riviera-maxi-dress/057130.html?dwvar_057130_color=61&position=26&cgid=dresses#srule=price-high-to-low&page=2&start=26&categoryID=dresses

LadyAntonella Sun 12-Jun-16 21:23:36

This would be nice on an hourglass with larger norks I think and it has a kind of All Saints vibe...

www.frenchconnection.com/product/woman-collections-dresses/71gcc/rosalie-lace-tea-dress.htm?clr=000000

helloworlditsme Sun 12-Jun-16 21:25:23

I quite like the orange oasis dress diddly but not sure about the colour, the maxi isn't me at all. I'm good a knowing what I don't want/like but struggle with what I do smile

helloworlditsme Sun 12-Jun-16 21:26:20

Ooh I love that LadyAntonella

Diddlydokey Sun 12-Jun-16 21:28:12

I tried it on and loved it but the colour didn't work on me. I'm mousey and fair but not porcelain.

LadyAntonella Sun 12-Jun-16 21:29:45

Hurray! I like the black and cream one best.

helloworlditsme Sun 12-Jun-16 21:30:00

I'm fair too which is what worried me about the colour Diddly - shame it doesn't come in any other colours

WipsGlitter Sun 12-Jun-16 21:59:27

The net a porter one for the cocktails. Not sure a the French Connection one is dressy enough. None of the are screaming "ball" to me though.

helloworlditsme Sun 12-Jun-16 22:08:02

How dressy does ball need to be do you think Wisps? I really don't think I'd feel comfortable in floor length.

WipsGlitter Sun 12-Jun-16 22:11:27

I'd go long myself. The viv Westwood ( which is fab!!!) is also jersey which I think is too casual.

helloworlditsme Sun 12-Jun-16 22:13:39

I love the westwood one, thats my comfort zone, just looking for an excuse to buy it really but even I know it's not really right

helloworlditsme Sun 12-Jun-16 22:16:23

This maybe? Love the navy and black but it's perhaps a bit boring

www.warehouse.co.uk/gb/clothing/dresses/applique-lace-midi-dress/025470.html?dwvar_025470_color=36&position=205&cgid=dresses#page=18&start=205&categoryID=dresses

beenaroundawhile Sun 12-Jun-16 22:17:30

A friend of mine has an almost identical figure (is that you B?) she often wears Diane von Furstenburg dresses and looks amazing in them.

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