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I haven't been to a ball since way before having children (my eldest is now 13!!). I need to buy a dress but I have no idea what one wears to one of these things these days. I'd hate to look overdressed.
Stats: I am 47 (don't look it, if that means anything), only 5.2" and 1 st overweight although I hide it pretty well as I have a flat stomach (all my weight in on my thighs).
The dress must reach my knees as that's my worst feature and I would feel more comfortable with short/elbow sleeves, although sleeveless is not a show stopper. Nothing clingy around the bum as I have saddle bags.
I really would prefer something low key, not flowery, sparkly or sating like. I would also like to avoid lace. Pale colours don't suit me and neither does red. Black, cobalt, navy, some pinks, greens and plums are good.
Budget, no more than £150 as I never go anywhere and I know the chances of wearing it again are pretty slim.
OP the best dress I have found so far is the Pepperberry ball gown. I've never had a dress like it & I've had about 8 ball gowns. It drapes perfectly, you can lift it with jewellery and I know the neckline looks awful but I promise it works.
Dress hire? If you are in London or a big city, there are places in naice areas that offer good selections well, there used to be a few years ago. It probably won't cost you less than buying a cheapish outfit, but if you aren't going to wear it a second time, it would let you have something much more expensive than you might want to afford for one wear.