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I have a small dilemma. I have a ball (not black tie) coming up for which I’ve found a black lace cocktail dress that fits me perfectly. It fits brilliantly and is lined so gives a smooth silhouette.
The problem is that I’m just over 40, although a slim, toned size 10. Im brunette. The dress is not short - it hits at the knee - but it is body con with thin straps and a low-ish v cut. As such, it is a sexy dress, there’s no getting around it.
I don’t want to look cheap and tarty. At the same time I don’t have the time really to go hunting for something which doesn’t fit me better/I might not find. So, do I:
A) wear the dress but find a capelet or shrug to tone down the top half
I wouldn't wear strappy sandals with a strappy dress unless I wanted to look sexy. I think open feet shoes and open shoulders dress show off too much all together IYSWIM. When I want to tone a dress down, wear court shoes (pointed and thin heel though).
I would probably wear nude or black courts with a pointy toe and a mid heel.