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guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 13:18:18

Ok maybe this won't be so bad? I need some formal(ish) wear with sleeves for some dinners (old boys club type conference) and some smart flat shoes to go with. I've never worn a maxi dress in my life but apparently these make you look taller? (I'm around 5'3) I can't bear patterned or printed things in any way. Where do I start looking?

Also things to wear during the day, similarly plain and conservative but to keep cool in (desert). Thanks so much in advance, really appreciate any help.

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 13:23:38

What's your budget and body shape?

guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 13:28:22

Budget? High street - both ends, bargains welcome as probably never wear again.

Body shape ugh, I don't know.

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 13:29:21

A couple of things to start with...

www.hush-uk.com/womenswear/daywear/dresses_skirts/fearne_dress_1_black.htm

www.hush-uk.com/womenswear/daywear/dresses_skirts/emma_jumpsuit_burgundy.htm

www.newlook.com/shop/shoe-gallery/view-all-shoes/pink-suedette-metal-trim-pointed-pumps_507232470

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 13:30:17

Tell us if you love or hate those things and we can go from there...others will be along in a minute to help too, I'm sure. We'll find you something!

guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 13:30:33

I think pear:
Boobs nearly 33"
Waist 26
Hips nearly 35

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 13:31:46

And I have to say I'm not sure a maxi dress will make you look taller. I think they do the opposite, sadly.

guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 13:33:46

I love the hush dress šŸ˜ (hate that trouser thing!) but need long things for this trip.

Usually wear jeans or v short skirts/dresses but going for a bit of modesty in my old age (I'm 46)

guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 13:35:29

The thought of all that fabric flapping round my legs isn't appealing, but knee or midi length things look so awful on me.

I know I already said it but I REALLY appreciate the help!

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 13:56:26

Ok. If you love the Hush dress (great!) can you have a look and try and post a pic of something else that grabs you? I'm still searching for stuff on other sites.

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 13:57:41

Have a look here: H&M

guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 14:02:15

I ā¤ļø this: m2.hm.com/m/en_gb/productpage.0363424003.html

I love H&M a lot, I forgot all about them! I think they might be my favourite shop, I like their prices especially.

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 14:02:41

You could make this look less slutty dressed down with the right accessories and flats.

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 14:06:10

This is a tenner and comes in loads of colours!

(My DCs are asleep and I've done all my boring housework so this is providing some welcome afternoon entertainment / purpose grin )

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 14:08:19

Loads of shoe options here

guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 14:10:02

Ohhhh that's amazing, I love the slutty one šŸ˜€ and I love the boohoo one. Wil order (are these formal enough for formal dinner/banquet things?) I feel like I'm all set! Travelling in a week's time so hope delivery is good.

I think you've saved my life šŸ˜

Floisme Sun 12-Feb-17 14:12:45

I'm the same height (and very jealous of your waist and and hips!) I think I can get away with maxi but it has to finish at my ankles rather than my feet, otherwise it drowns me.

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 14:33:39

Well they're not exactly black tie but with the right accessories you could certainly jazz them up for a formal dinner.

Try something like this

Or this

Also, the kind of bag you carry will make all the difference. Baby waking up so will have a look for bags later!

guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 14:50:55

Ordered loads of things from boohoo (only Ā£5 for next day delivery!) I will go to some actual shops too (for shoes especially, I'm a very wide size 4) but at least I will have about 500 new tops to sift through and plenty of dresses! šŸ˜Š

Londonmamabychance Sun 12-Feb-17 14:53:02

Try banana republic

Londonmamabychance Sun 12-Feb-17 14:56:25

Don't think the right red dress isn't formal enough. Think you need something less figure hugging. Try banana republic or damsel in a dress or if you can afford it, Reiss

Londonmamabychance Sun 12-Feb-17 14:58:13

Or jigsaw, again more pricey but will defbitelt have the right things. Is a advise you to splurge on a good classic formal dress, you can wear it for years

guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 15:02:50

I think you might be right, I didn't go for the red dress but hope to get some use from the others (they look pretty versatile?) am actually planning to swerve almost all the dinners but there is one I must be at and I really really want to be invisible blend in. Something a bit more structured. Will explore your recommendations.

guacaroni Sun 12-Feb-17 15:09:58

And any loose but practical cotton desert/friendly modest outfit ideas? It won't be super super hot but I might want to go on some solo adventures and explore.

hunans Sun 12-Feb-17 15:11:44

You're quite right; the red dress was a suggestion before I knew the formality required grin

A Maxi dress with long sleeves will be a challenge from anywhere tbh. Second looking at Reiss. You could also try Mango or Zara.

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