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Would you please help me find a dress for a ball?

(9 Posts)
AnotheBloodyChinHair Sun 23-Apr-17 08:51:59

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.

Would someone help me please? I am desperate!!

AgathaMystery Sun 23-Apr-17 09:00:26

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.

It's £120.

FauxFox Sun 23-Apr-17 09:11:16


FauxFox Sun 23-Apr-17 09:12:32

Eliza J this brand has a few good options so have a browse

AnotheBloodyChinHair Tue 25-Apr-17 16:55:18

Hi, thank you for the suggestions. Biba is not a good brand for me, that dress would swamp me I'm afraid. The Eliza J one is too much.
I like this one but unfortunately it would be too long on me.

OCSockOrphanage Tue 25-Apr-17 17:52:03

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.

Theworldisfullofidiots Tue 25-Apr-17 18:05:39

Tkmaxx. I got a great floor length wrap dress. V reasonable.

DavetheCat2001 Tue 25-Apr-17 19:05:15

ASOS do a whole range of 'prom' style dresses in their petite range

What dress size are you? This is pretty but limited sizes:

DavetheCat2001 Tue 25-Apr-17 19:07:44

Chi Chi London also do a petite range, some look quite short but haven't looked through the whole range:

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