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Thinkle Sun 28-Jun-20 20:42:01

I fancy buying myself a treat and I can justify a nice comfortable and cool summer dress as I’ll be WFH for the forceable future. I just can’t seem to find a dress that makes me excited. Can you help me? Budget up to £75

Here are some details about me and what I like:
I am 5 foot 6 and a size 10 in shops like whistles or Hush. I have small boobs, a bit of a mum tum and not great knees. But I do have a slim face, neck and collar bones. I gravitate towards oversized things that I can get way with because of my seemingly slimmer upper top half (but somehow I’m not a pear).
I have recently developed a love of bold and bright (cool toned) colours but I usually don’t like twee or floral. I do like animal print.
A recent successful purchase for me is the Hush Penelope dress in pink but I don’t want to just buy it again in kaki.
I’d like a dress that I can wear on work zoom calls but then also stroll around town after. I don’t have to look office smart but I think sleeveless/strappy or low cut is out.

I dress to stand out more than fit in and I love trainers or sliders with dresses.

I keep re-reading my post and can’t find a better way to describe my ‘style’ but I fully acknowledge I sound like a pretentious idiot. If you can get over this fact please can you suggest a dress for me? It would be great if it was something that could transition to autumn with a leather jacket.

Thank you!

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IWouldLikeToKnow Sun 28-Jun-20 20:51:16

I don't normally like Boden but have my eye on this. Think my boobs may be too big though

https://www.boden.co.uk/en-gb/mila-midi-dress/sty-w0594

Standrewsschool Sun 28-Jun-20 20:52:01

After reading your op, I immediately thought of Joe Browms.

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Standrewsschool Sun 28-Jun-20 20:55:40

Wow, that Boden one is amazing, and ideal for smaller boobs.

Seasalt

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gracielooloo Sun 28-Jun-20 21:08:57

Ooh I’m looking for similar so shamelessly place marking!😀

nanbread Sun 28-Jun-20 21:24:33

How about:

www.monki.com/en_gbp/clothing/dresses/product.belted-hidden-button-shirt-dress-green.0564599014.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw_-D3BRBIEiwAjVMy7HR2nr9Wte7gUDiDL9hIT931zRQzvfp5PIe5q_Udd3_javnxxnZXSBoCQWIQAvD_BwE

www.monki.com/en_gbp/clothing/dresses/midi-dresses/product.wrap-midi-dress-beige.0815372012.html

uk.monsoon.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/mon_13.17/8492860252?gclid=CjwKCAjw_-D3BRBIEiwAjVMy7LdDp9a6spdQwimhAQ9jHtRtHh9sMcjvzUx4gjtRv3VRCuOXm2NFoBoCyMUQAvD_BwE

www.stories.com/en_gbp/clothing/dresses/maxi-dresses/product.buttoned-maxi-shirt-dress-blue.0859110001.html

m.boozt.com/uk/uk/gestuz/irinagz-long-dress-ao19_19594790/19594803?path=67363&position=1000000&navId=67455&group=listing (bit over budget)

m.boozt.com/uk/uk/noa-noa-c/dress-long-sleeve_19669249/19669280?path=67363&position=1000000&navId=67455&group=listing

YoureBreakingMyHeartCecilia Sun 28-Jun-20 21:27:22

OP have you looked at Cos?

I’m a similar shape and size to you and also don’t do twee or floral.

Have just bought a gorgeous loose-fit dress from Cos with a very bold bright print, it’s sold out now but they have lots of lovely (to my eye!!) loose-fitting minimalist shapes, some in dark colours yes but others brighter and bolder. Ideal for wearing with trainers.

The styling can look a bit eye-poppingly odd compared with Hush’s amazing and appealing styling and there are some VERY Swedish-architect type dresses that are a bit OTT out there for me (I’m sure if you want to look like, or indeed if you ARE a Swedish architect they’re just the thing!) but they have loads of lovely bold-cut loose dresses in nice fabrics, bold colour rather than pretty pastels, strong prints rather than ditsy.

Works for me; I’m athletic build and look absurd in ‘pretty’ summer frocks sadly.

Standrewsschool Sun 28-Jun-20 21:30:14

I love ‘window shopping’ for other people. Gives me an excuse to look at the various shops!

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BoudicasBoudoir Sun 28-Jun-20 21:32:58

www.anthropologie.com/en-gb/shop/amy-leopard-print-midi-dress?category=sale-dresses&color=095&type=REGULAR&quantity=1

BillBaileysBum Sun 28-Jun-20 21:36:54

Laughing at Swedish Architect 😁

nanbread Sun 28-Jun-20 21:38:49

Can't believe I'm about to suggest Debenhams but I actually quite like the look of this

www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_103030632233?sku=9225766&pdpsku=9225766&brand=Red-Herring&cat1=Women&cat2=Dresses&cat3=Tiered-dresses&2826109765_10097681940_101419171196__&gclsrc=aw.ds&&CMP=&gclid=CjwKCAjw_-D3BRBIEiwAjVMy7Bp1t7onbnwPYB9Nx6vKNcAm4VY1rArkCc37KtNSt26k7d4JEtueyRoCsZEQAvD_BwE

nevergooogle Sun 28-Jun-20 21:39:37

What's your take on this one?

https://www.greatplains.co.uk/product/j1ncm/bianca-brush-shirt-dress.htm

nevergooogle Sun 28-Jun-20 21:41:57

Just rereading OP, that's not bold and bright. I'm sure I saw an amazing blue dress somewhere recently. Let me think

nevergooogle Sun 28-Jun-20 21:46:44

Go check out Karen Millen website for some really great bold colours at the moment. Anything there you like?

BabloHoney Sun 28-Jun-20 21:54:51

Those Joe Brown dresses are gorgeous

winterisstillcoming Sun 28-Jun-20 22:25:52

Reiss's sale is really good

winterisstillcoming Sun 28-Jun-20 22:27:59

https://www.reiss.com/p/printed-mini-dress-womens-rayah-in-blue/

Thinkle Mon 29-Jun-20 08:51:05

So many replies thank you! I’m afraid I can’t respond to everyone. I tend to avoid dresses that have a waste inline as I need to try on due to my mum tum.
I do like Cos and the “Swedish architect” is quite close to my office work look. But I tend to look for something brighter for other days and can’t see anything quite right on Cos. I saw this dress but I can’t wrap my head round it being polyester... will I swelter? www.neverfullydressed.co.uk/collections/dresses/products/rainbow-print-maxi-shirt-dress
But this is the kind of think I’m drawn to

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nevergooogle Mon 29-Jun-20 09:33:26

Ok with your style in mind maybe check out this boutique although price range maybe higher (but sale on at the moment so take off the discount). Some good colours and similar shapes.

https://www.fifty5a.com/product-category/women/dresses/

I like the one you linked to.

gracielooloo Mon 29-Jun-20 10:27:10

@nanbread, I had looked at that dress and liked it but it was out of stock in my size. It’s not now so have just ordered after clicking your link, Thankyou!😍

Standrewsschool Mon 29-Jun-20 16:58:11

Sugar hill Brighton may be a good store for you,

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nanbread Mon 29-Jun-20 17:40:38

@gracielooloo the Debenhams one? Let us know how it is in real life!

nanbread Mon 29-Jun-20 17:42:05

@Thinkle check out Twisted Wunder on ASOS if you like that never fully dressed one.

I haven't recommended because of the fabric...

Squiz81 Mon 29-Jun-20 18:21:00

Have you looked at Thought? Some of the dresses are over budget but they have good sales

www.wearethought.com/giardino-tencel-floral-print-dress/

www.wearethought.com/dominika-kimono-sleeve-tencel-maxi-dress

I have this dress and it’s very comfy and I got lots of compliments www.wearethought.com/aurielle-tile-print-dress/

www.wearethought.com/garabina-banana-print-cocoon-dress/

Waferbiscuit Mon 29-Jun-20 20:10:04

y.a.s and monki dresses on asos might be up your street...

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