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Could you give me an opinion on whether this dress would suit...?
She's a tricky one because she simultaneously wants to fade into the background and be the star of the show and I think that's why she's having a hard time finding something. A plain shift in her usual grey/navy palette doesn't feel special enough to her, but she would NEVER wear colour or anything more frou-frou in shape.
It's lovely on the model but she would need to recognise it would be seven inches longer on her. So yes it would swamp her. I imagine the sleeves would also be s little long as well as where the waist sits. She probably needs to go for a petite specific style.
The ElizaJ dress would look lovely on someone very slim, and it's in fairly subtle colours, and has arm coverage. And the design is slightly unusual. I think the navy shirt dress suggested is not formal enough for an evening do, and it doesn't look as if it would fit her - way too long. Has she looked in Precis, or Minuet for a petite fit?