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Please (begging) help me find an evening /black tie dress like this

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AutumnalLeafs Thu 02-Feb-17 16:56:10

- flattering for (and taking advantage of) a large bust - ideally v-neck with a bit of cleavage.

- suitable for a proper supportive bra to go underneath and be concealed (no spaghetti straps, halternecks and not strapless).

- ideally strong jewel coloured (emerald green, red, cobalt blue, type colours but open to black or cream if dress is great).

- budget: anywhere up to £300 but cheaper is better.

- elegant, classic in style and not trashy (no Gypsy wedding chiffon flounces!)

sleepwhenidie Thu 02-Feb-17 17:00:19

What do you think of this, as much to give a more detailed steer as anything...


boobyooby Thu 02-Feb-17 17:01:02

Have a look at people like Adrianna Papell or Gina Bacconni via House of Fraser website to start with. I find Coast to small round the bust (I'm a G cup) and if I go up a dress size for that I then find it hangs off my hips! At that sort of price I would be very tempted to find someone to make you a dress to fit you though, tbh - see what style you think suits you and take pictures.

boobyooby Thu 02-Feb-17 17:02:30

Ooooh, very nice sleepwhenidie .... think I might have to forget the ironing tonight and have a look through smile

sanitygirl Thu 02-Feb-17 17:04:32

How about this one from Reiss - comes in red or dark blue

AutumnalLeafs Thu 02-Feb-17 17:08:24

I like the colour sleepwhenidie but I wanted something with a neckline that shows off my assets as it were!

More like this:

or this:

Keeptrudging Thu 02-Feb-17 17:12:18

How about the Lindy Bop dresses? I wore a black satin one recently to a ball, very flattering round the chest/waist, not pricey at all.

AutumnalLeafs Thu 02-Feb-17 17:21:22

I'm not a big LindyBop style fan tbh. I think that sort of dress only really suits women who have a forties style look about them if you know what I mean. Bright red lipstick which isn't my style.

Plus the flared skirt would make me look enormous!

jessplussomeonenew Thu 02-Feb-17 17:26:50

Have you tried Saint Bustier? Loads of stuff there designed to be flattering for busty women.

AutumnalLeafs Thu 02-Feb-17 17:34:29

Thanks jessplus - no I'd not heard of them and have checked them out! Great find but nothing for what I'm looking for now - dresses are not evening-y enough. I will definitely get stuff from them in future though - really flattering cuts there.

ProfAnnieT Thu 02-Feb-17 17:41:08

What size are you?

This is in the sale in size 6,8,12 or 16.

AutumnalLeafs Thu 02-Feb-17 17:47:27

Very variable Prof.

Generally a 14 - 16 for the bust but sometimes a 12 on the bottom.

AutumnalLeafs Thu 02-Feb-17 17:48:12

I like that dress btw Prof - thanks. I'm inclining more towards something long as its for a very formal dinner. I could probably get away with a cocktail dress just about so I will keep that one in mind.

ProfAnnieT Thu 02-Feb-17 18:14:18

Longer, with side detail?

taketwofluffykittens Thu 02-Feb-17 18:15:27

Either of these any good? I'm trying to find one on JL that I tried on last year but was so dressy for my occasion. It took a dress size off me.

JJBlinks Thu 02-Feb-17 18:16:08

Agree that Adrianna Papell def worth a look - stocked in House of Fraser and John Lewis. I've worn a lot of her dresses and am about the same as you size wise. I find that there a lot of dresses that have necklines which mean you can wear a proper bra!!,default,pd.html

taketwofluffykittens Thu 02-Feb-17 18:17:46
It was this in navy and was so flattering.

ProfAnnieT Thu 02-Feb-17 18:25:17

This one is quite similar to one of the ones you posted earlier Emerald long dress

margaritasbythesea Thu 02-Feb-17 18:48:00

I was looking at this today which I thought looked nice. Depends if simple is your style. I know it's not the colour you wanted.

GuinefortGrey Thu 02-Feb-17 19:03:46

Clicked on the John Lewis links above and it made me chuckle to see the pop - up "10 people are looking at this right now". How many Mnetters I wonder grin

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Thu 02-Feb-17 19:09:16

Looks like Jenny Packham or Phase Eight have lots of that sort of thing. Have a look for more jewel tones on the Debenhams website.

Laska5772 Thu 02-Feb-17 19:14:32

I have this Biba dress - Mine is more of a Colbalt blue , but HOF have other colours and black .This grey/lilac is nice. Its flattering, gorgeous and easy to wear (and dress up with lovely jewellery as its such a simple timeless style) -

Best evening gown ever, I think! (and this one is on sale! ) While you are there have a look at their other offerings!

Laska5772 Thu 02-Feb-17 19:20:11

How about this Phase eight green dress? they have it in 16 and only £55! (reduced from £189!)

JontyDoggle37 Thu 02-Feb-17 19:26:15

This seems to tick all the boxes:

UncomfortableBadger Thu 02-Feb-17 20:02:53

I've posted about this dress on here many many times, but I luffs it grin

Ideal for those who are large of nork, in need of a proper bra

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