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Buying a dress for a friend

(18 Posts)
ImperialBlether Thu 06-Apr-17 21:31:59

My friend is having a big event in May and I said I'd buy her a dress to wear. She doesn't normally wear dresses - uniform for work and jeans etc at home. She's a size 14, about 5'3" and has dark hair and pale skin. She'd like something in silk and she's also like it to be a ruby red colour. She's in her 50s and isn't comfortable in dressy clothes or high heels.

I know it's a difficult situation but I also know you lot are great! Any ideas?

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Apr-17 21:39:49

What sort of budget? Is it for day or evening? Length? Sleeves? Will have a rummage.

ImperialBlether Thu 06-Apr-17 21:49:27

I don't mind paying up to £150 or so. She'd use it again and again and I really want to treat her.

She said she'd prefer not to show too much arm, but then it's May and I don't want to get anything too warm for her.

Lengthwise - knee length or longer. I just think full length will be too fancy for her. Basically she's still that punky girl she used to be and doesn't buy herself a lot of clothes.

ImperialBlether Thu 06-Apr-17 21:51:54

I'd suggested this Phase 8 dress, but she was worried about it being sleeveless.

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Apr-17 21:56:59

Oh, so it doesn't have to be real silk? Ah. That makes it easier.

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Apr-17 22:03:30

this is a nice cut
this could easy be a bit punky

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Apr-17 22:04:14

too formal?

iamapixiebutnotaniceone Thu 06-Apr-17 22:05:40

Lindy Bop do some lovely dresses, you could get shoes too with the budget you have wink

ImperialBlether Thu 06-Apr-17 22:09:55

Nice dresses, thanks, but they're scarlet rather than ruby red. She wants a red wine colour, but I think she's more likely to get that in the winter.

I thought of the lindy bop dresses - thanks, will go and have a look now.

ImperialBlether Thu 06-Apr-17 22:10:13

She'd like real silk, but it doesn't really matter.

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Apr-17 22:14:09


ImperialBlether Thu 06-Apr-17 22:16:45

That took me to a skimlinks message, MrsLettuce, sorry. Which site?

ImperialBlether Thu 06-Apr-17 22:17:03

Oh got it now, thanks.

ImperialBlether Thu 06-Apr-17 22:18:01

That's a really nice one, thanks. Will send it on to her for approval!

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Apr-17 22:24:47

Maybe too red? great shape more sleeve
better colour, probably. Too fussy I fear
this a grreat dress. very flattering on. Maybe too red again

ImperialBlether Thu 06-Apr-17 22:28:12

They're really nice. I love the shape of the first one. I'll send them all off to her to see what she says. It's hard buying at a distance, but I know she'd never go into the shops with me.

ImogenTubbs Thu 06-Apr-17 22:28:37

I love Pretty Eccentric dresses. How about this one? Not silk, though...

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Apr-17 22:35:11

Ooh, some lovely dresses in the there Tubbs!

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