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Please help, need to find a dress!

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PosiePootlePerkins Sun 06-Nov-16 21:54:13

Argh please help me wise S&B people! My DH has been nominated for an award where he works. They are having an evening do which states 'lounge suits and cocktail dresses'
The very term cocktail dress fills me with fear! I have fat upper arms, fat legs and a fat tummy. I am going to look like a pudding.
OK so I definitely need sleeves of some sort. Has to be mid calf length or preferably maxi but that's not cocktail is it? I have a decent bust and waist, my only saving graces. Size 14-16. I am 42. Budget around £100.
Any ideas very very gratefully received!
Thank yousmile

Bluntness100 Sun 06-Nov-16 21:58:02

I'd suggest a wrap dress, you can get them ruched over the tummy and they have arms and often are slightly a line on the skirt. They also accentuate your bust. Get some decent underwear, and wear a dark colour but brighten it up with some jewellery, do your hair nice and wear heels.

IrrationalAnthem Sun 06-Nov-16 22:07:25

Over budget but you sound like a similar size and shape to me and I looked sensational in this (even if I do say so myself) blush

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 06-Nov-16 22:18:23

I do like that Irrational but I think I need a bit more length to feel comfortable. Thanks for the link.

burnishedsilver Sun 06-Nov-16 22:21:00

Again over budget but how about a skirt and top? Perhaps something like this from Coast.

ConkerTriumphant Sun 06-Nov-16 22:24:26

Irrational that's stunning!

IrrationalAnthem Sun 06-Nov-16 22:25:20

I really do love this company (not associated in any way)

IrrationalAnthem Sun 06-Nov-16 22:26:13

Thanks conker I have never felt as fabulous in a dress as I did in that one last Christmas.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 06-Nov-16 22:27:26

Ooh burnished and Irrational I rather like both of those! Thank you so much.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 06-Nov-16 22:29:18

And I bet you do look stunning in that dress Irrational I am just not brave enough to pull it off! To be honest the whole thought of the evening is terrifying but have to support DH obvs. Can't even get tipsy cos I have to drive us both home again at the end of the night <sigh>

TallulahTheTiger Sun 06-Nov-16 22:34:25

Phase8 currently has a sale on And

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 06-Nov-16 22:37:15

Tallulah I like the one you linked to. The green one looks a bit short again. Do you know what their sizing is like?

TallulahTheTiger Sun 06-Nov-16 22:47:14

I find it generous although I'm a short-arse so it's prob due to that for me! They're good with returns though.

PosiePootlePerkins Sun 06-Nov-16 22:50:08

Ok, thank you smile

WhiteHairReally Sun 06-Nov-16 23:46:34

I have an earlier version of this ( mine's black, but navy would have been better) Mine's got a simpler hem, just folds, rather Japanese.

Yes, it's a 'voluptous lady brand' but the smaller sizes might be worth looking at.

It covers arms and legs.

Get one of those 'wear your own bra control slips' from M and S for underneath.

PosiePootlePerkins Mon 07-Nov-16 06:28:35

Thanks WhiteHair that is a lovely website! Possibly a bit out of budget but maybe I could treat myself?

Pantsalive Mon 07-Nov-16 13:51:19

As Tallulah mentioned, Phase 8 have a sale on, 20% off today. Their Studio 8 range has some very flattering dresses:

I particularly like this one.

Pantsalive Mon 07-Nov-16 14:00:24

This is nice.

I know not everyone likes Lindybop, but this is a very flattering shape.

Pantsalive Mon 07-Nov-16 14:04:47

Just a couple more suggestions

Dig for Victory - bit more than you want to spend but beautiful!

PosiePootlePerkins Mon 07-Nov-16 14:05:25

Thanks for the links Pantsalive I love the lindybop style tree trunk legs and knees need coverage! I am worried I'm just going to look frumpy. I am a difficult customer sorry! I do really appreciate all your replies and help.

PosiePootlePerkins Mon 07-Nov-16 14:08:30

What do you all think of this?

carrie74 Mon 07-Nov-16 14:09:05

I'd also suggest looking on eBay, as there are SO MANY amazing dresses worn once being sold on for small amounts. I've bought an Amanda Wakeley silk dress this week for the same price as I'd pay for Phase Eight polyester new (plus less chance of someone wearing the same thing).

Pantsalive Mon 07-Nov-16 14:09:48

If it's an evening do, I would have thought you could wear long, if you feel happier in that. No one is going to chuck you out for looking too dressed up!

Pantsalive Mon 07-Nov-16 14:12:04

How about something like this which is really simple?

Pantsalive Mon 07-Nov-16 14:14:54

I think the one you've linked looked a bit too dressed up to go with lounge suits.


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