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Can anyone find an evening dress for a norky size 10 for less than £100?

(20 Posts)
GieryFas Wed 18-Jan-17 21:18:29

So I need to find an evening dress which fits 28G norks, isn't super expensive and which isn't velvety (I don't like the look). I'm looking for simple and classic.

I'm shortish (5'4") and don't have any smart shoes either - nearest I've got are patent black wedges, so I need something that at least vaguely goes with them (buying shoes is a nightmare which I don't have time for right now).

Colour wise I'm quite open. I don't do patterns or fussiness, and I certainly don't want sequins or any sort of glittery detailing.

Are there any S&B wizards who might give me some ideas? I usually like Phase 8 for work dresses but none of their evening stuff looks good to me - too middle aged (I am middle aged, but you know what I mean).

GieryFas Wed 18-Jan-17 21:24:25

The shoes (which Clarks no longer sell, so sorry for the eBay link) but I thought it might be easier with a picture. I suspect I'm also going to be told that they're the worst shoes ever, but they're the best I've been able to find (I have very awkward feet):

BusterTheBulldog Wed 18-Jan-17 21:29:51

I don't have time to search just now but was browsing the French connection dress sale in a size 10 earlier and there were some nice LBDs still left!

GieryFas Wed 18-Jan-17 21:38:19

Ooh, I'll have a look there, thanks!

PurpleMcPants Wed 18-Jan-17 21:38:53

Found this in the JL sale, the close up pic looks terrible on the model, looks like it needs a bit more filling out so good for norks!

GieryFas Wed 18-Jan-17 21:46:20

Purple I like that a lot (and its purple :-) ) but the back would mean a bra shows and I definitely need a bra. And I don't have a racer back one (well apart from my sports bra but that's not the look in going for!).

PurpleMcPants Wed 18-Jan-17 22:00:12

Ok, how about this one? I know you said no glitter but this looks quite subtle. I've found damsel in a dress dresses very flattering for curvy figures.

ahalfchipshalfricemum Thu 19-Jan-17 00:16:59

Have you tried Pepperberry? They design clothes for the more ample bosom. They have some nice dresses - and in the sale too.

FleshEmoji Thu 19-Jan-17 06:45:27

How about this one - Phase 8 though and you said too businessy?

imjessie Thu 19-Jan-17 09:46:54

I'm size 10 and 32g , I got a lipsy dress from the next website . Have a look as if you have an account you can order loads of dresses to try without parting with any money .

Jeezimacasalinga Thu 19-Jan-17 13:40:52

I'm the same height and bra size as you OP so understand the difficulties! Try - they do a good collection of dresses from various designers that work with generous bosoms. I'd also recommend Vivienne Westwood dresses - perhaps you'll get lucky in the sales at the moment? Many are cut to flatter busy figures. Good luck!

Jeezimacasalinga Thu 19-Jan-17 13:43:11 this one is in the sale in a size 10

GieryFas Thu 19-Jan-17 19:08:48

Flesh I like that a lot, but it's out of stock in a 10.

imjessie I'll have a look, but Next hasn't fitted me very well recently.

Jeez I've never heard of them, thanks! Will have a browse.

GieryFas Thu 19-Jan-17 19:23:15

Ooh, Purple I do like that one. It's a very subtle glitter and it does look as though it would be right on my shape, thanks!

imjessie Fri 20-Jan-17 07:12:38

It isn't next clothes ( they don't fit me ) but they sell brands on their website . They call it label so filter all the next stuff out . They sell whistles , oasis , warehouse etc .. lipsy have great dresses though .

bojorojo Fri 20-Jan-17 09:59:33

I would look at House of Fraser web site. They have their sale on still and there are some bargains. Jaeger also have a long black dress on their sale site for £105 which is classy. I would also look at lace which is flattering.

GieryFas Fri 20-Jan-17 20:53:16

Thanks, all! I tried on a few today and most of the showed my bra, so the hunt goes on.

OlennasWimple Fri 20-Jan-17 23:29:55

What dress size are you apart from your boobs?

HighDataUsage Sat 21-Jan-17 07:31:21

Somebody mention Joanne clothing on the lala land thread, have a look and see if you like anything on there. The prices seem quite reasonable but I've never ordered from there before so I can't vouch for quality.

GieryFas Sat 21-Jan-17 10:21:18

Olennas 10

High I like those and will bookmark for another time, but I couldn't see any long ones, and it needs to be long for black tie.

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