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Style and beauty...looks round in amazement, not somewhere I come on Mumsnet, but I have a challenge for you clued in people. I am an academic in the Engineering department of a university. I'm going to the student ball and I need something to wear. I will literally be 30 years older than any other woman there (all the female students are in their late teens/ early 20's, I am in my mid 50's). I need a dress suitable for a ball (with ceilidh dancing so probably short rather than long), that is social media proof - no low necklines, no splits, no risk of dodgy pictures, less than £100 and suitable for a fairly well proportioned size 16, medium height woman. Help!!
Phase Eight is my usual go to but I don't see anything there that fits the bill. I really like the Biba one but it is not available in my size. I like the Jaeger one but it does need a necklace and I have a horrible metal allergy that means necklaces usually bring me out in huge blotches and lumps! I don't have time to do a personal shopper, but my own personal student (dd) is home at the weekend so maybe she can stand in.
I'm a little bit older. I don't know about you (because, as I'm always saying on here, we don't all look the same) but I'm finding 'occasion dresses' no longer work for me: too fussy, too floaty, too shiny. If it was me, I would want structure, clean lines, ease of movement and sleeves (no shrugs). I've never been to a student ball so not sure how formal they are but, the more I think about it, the more I'm tempted by tuxedo trousers with a silk shirt. And a great bit of jewellery (doesn't have to be expensive) to lift it. If challenged, I would tell them I identified as a man - I doubt a university would dare argue