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If you're around the 40 mark please please can you tell me or show me what you are wearing to your Christmas do?! I've spent all day looking & am getting nowhere!

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Trickymoments Sun 20-Nov-16 21:29:47

I went shopping all day today to find something to wear to my
Christmas party which will be a dinner & band in a smart hotel.
After hours of traipsing round I still have nothing!

I think it's my age, 41, i just don't know what to wear or which shops to buy from. Alot of the shops i like ie Warehouse, Oasis suddenly feel too young for me so I tried Phase Eight & Monsoon amongst others & they felt too old.

My body shape doesn't help as I'm 5'3 so most dresses were too long. I'm a size 12 but with a bit of a tum so things fit well on my shoulders but then are a bit tight round the middle. If I go up a size they are too big on shoulders!

I've been looking on line tonight but am just going round in circles.

I'd be grateful for any advice or examples of what other people are wearing.

Lucked Sun 20-Nov-16 21:37:27

Prepare to be underwhelmed

M&S black shift dress
Boden leopard print boots

Some sort of long necklace.

ELR Sun 20-Nov-16 21:39:57

This for one night

And this for another

I'm 5ft4 and a size 12 and have big boobs

Trickymoments Sun 20-Nov-16 21:41:52

Thanks Lucked, love those boots.

ELR Sun 20-Nov-16 21:42:14

The first dress is quite short but black tights will sort that!

Trickymoments Sun 20-Nov-16 21:45:04

Thanks ELR they are both stunning but the model in both has such a flat tummy which I don't😬.

ELR Sun 20-Nov-16 21:52:29

That's because she's probably a size 6-8!!! Im a good size 12 but look nice in both dresses with womanly curves!

Singingstarfish Sun 20-Nov-16 22:30:03

Have a look at Mango, there is quite a large selection online and lots of nice dresses of varying lengths and styles. It's 15% off if you sign up too.
Good luck smile

neveradullmoment99 Sun 20-Nov-16 22:30:49

I am 49 and love wearing this dress. Will wear with black tights and my lovely stud boots.

burnishedsilver Sun 20-Nov-16 22:38:36

Have you considered 2 pieces? You could get the skirt and top in different sizes. Something along these lines from Mint Velvet.

MrsDesperado Sun 20-Nov-16 22:44:10

Where's that dress from neveradullmoment99?

burnishedsilver Sun 20-Nov-16 22:45:09

That's a hush model some I'm guessing the dress if from hush.

CushionFiller Sun 20-Nov-16 22:49:18


musicmum75 Sun 20-Nov-16 23:15:16

I am wearing this from White Stuff. Their So Glad and Very range has some lovely stuff.

I also have several All Saints dresses that I love but it's too cold at this time of year to wear them!

ChristmasEvePJs Sun 20-Nov-16 23:33:57

Just shy of the 40 bracket but wearing this from Phase Eight with black skinnies and heeled boots on Christmas day.

Wearing this dress (longer on my 5'5" self) with opaques and ankle boots for night out one and this for the next night out with pointed courts and a kick ass clutch.

BusterGonad Mon 21-Nov-16 08:31:39

What about something like these two? They are both stretchy so the shoulders will fit and the tummy will be gently draped over.

BusterGonad Mon 21-Nov-16 08:33:21

Oh. They are both Oasis but I think they are lovely, I tried the jumper dress on the other day and it was so comfy too.

FurbysMakeSexNoises Mon 21-Nov-16 08:36:19

I've bought a silver pleated skirt to wear with a plain black tee or vest and bangle and earrings. Midi length. Anthropologie. They do it in velvet as well and in pink.

FurbysMakeSexNoises Mon 21-Nov-16 08:38:17

Have you checked Finery? They have really interesting clothes but not too pricey.

Gbean Mon 21-Nov-16 08:52:02

I'm 41 and want a break from skirts/dresses. I'm wearing burgundy skinny coated pleather jeans, a v-neck black top that's a bit drapey to hide my tum (I have a massive bloody hernia) and black heels. Lots of chunky silver jewellery.

Gbean Mon 21-Nov-16 08:57:03

Oh, just realised I'm actually 42 blush

buzzlightyearsdinosaur Mon 21-Nov-16 09:35:28

This is amazing if you are worried about your tummy! I managed to wear a dress that had been a definite no before I put this wonder garment on underneath.

Ineedmorelemonpledge Mon 21-Nov-16 09:50:16

Im 45 And apple shaped with huge boobs and top half size 16 but I'm tall with long legs.

Im wearing this with thick tights,high heeled boots and a long necklace.

Huge budget cuts this year mean no fancy party. So they get no fancy outfit from me. I can wear this again and again and it was super cheap. grin

jcscot Mon 21-Nov-16 09:51:32

I haven't got a link to my Christmas dress but it's a 50's deep red floor-length silk ball gown sewn from a vintage pattern. (I'm 42.)

BusterGonad Mon 21-Nov-16 09:53:33

I've got the Body version of that Buzz, I wish I bought yours though as it gives me a VPL big time!

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