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Please help - haven't a clue what kind of dress to wear to a "Black Tie Summer Ball"

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xfabba Sun 31-May-09 21:07:48

School summer ball, blokes black tie - what should I wear. Some are saying it is very formal so needs to be a long dress, others are saying "cocktail dress" ok. What do you think I could get away with? Am normally pretty casual and have never worn a long dress, am only 5ft so don't think it would work anyway. Can I wear a knee length?

Please give me some examples - am short, not quite 5ft, 8-10 but large boobs, no keen on strapless.

Tillyscoutsmum Sun 31-May-09 21:10:33

Cocktail are usually ok at most black tie events

something like this maybe ?

Jewelsandgems Sun 31-May-09 21:12:06

I would def go knee length.

Maybe a one shoulder dress? Or something like this

xfabba Sun 31-May-09 21:15:13

I like both of those but dont think ive quite got the figure for them. So short with strappy sandals is deemed ok? Good!

keep em coming.

Jewelsandgems Sun 31-May-09 21:15:21

Or I used to have this dress - and big boobs

Jewelsandgems Sun 31-May-09 21:17:46


Meant to say

"Or I used to have this dress - and have big boobs"

obv, my boobs have not just dropped off or anything.


xfabba Sun 31-May-09 21:20:17

that's funny - I did think you meant your boobs had shrunk!!!

I used to be about an F but after 2 bouts of bf and losing a couple of stone last year they are now way smaller so I would have believed you (but still too big...)

yogabird Sun 31-May-09 21:20:44

watching this, 5ft 5 small boobs, want to get one off ebay and want names of labels I might like to type in and see what's what... this is, of course terrible hijacking but please forgive me, my ball is coming up soon too and i can't keep wearing the same old thing grin

xfabba Sun 31-May-09 21:29:24

no problem I really need to see examples so the more the merrier!

Jewelsandgems Sun 31-May-09 21:41:15

Well shops-wise, coast are good for black tie BUT you may find you are not the only one wearing a coast dress (and even worse, that someone is wearing the SAME dress as you)

Karen millen are great for petites (infact, this is nice, I tried it on the other week)

this is young and funky

You will be the best dress in this:

xfabba Thu 04-Jun-09 10:27:21

hello ladies (am assuming only ladies will be interested in thsi conversation judging by DPs non-comittal grunts on the subject last night).

Do you think I wouls get away with this dress from Wallis? Don't know why I was in there but saw this yesterday and it is a really nice fit (and cheap which is always nice). But is it a bit casual, summery for a black tie summer ball? Could I dress it up with heals etc? 20551&storeId=12557&categoryId=140443&parent_category_rn=45258&productId=1209139&langId=-1

xfabba Thu 04-Jun-09 10:46:05

bump - running out of time - more ideas please!

silverfrog Thu 04-Jun-09 10:51:01

I'd say that that was a bit informal for a black tie, but that's just imo.

I was looking around for similar a few weeks ago, and LKBennett had loads in (don't know how good they are for petite, sorry).

also - do you have a debenhams near oyu? they are good as they have loads of different concessions, so a huge range of things to try on.

pippo Thu 04-Jun-09 10:59:05

what is your budget? quite a few here

pippo Thu 04-Jun-09 11:01:56

this is v reasonable and you could dress it up

FlorenceAndtheWashingMachine Thu 04-Jun-09 11:02:08

It's pretty but lacks the wow factor for me. However, what matters is that you feel gorgeous in it.

This is also lovely from Debenhams:

Debenhams chiffon They also have this in cerise.

Another Wallis number but a more 'dressy' pattern. I love this one.

Wallis prom

xfabba Thu 04-Jun-09 12:46:47

no real budget but like bargains

I think I need the petite fit for a dress to fit properly

am liking a lot of these suggestions - can get to a debenhams at teh weekend and thought i might go down to bluewater this evening so keep em coming!

naomi83 Thu 04-Jun-09 14:28:52

this in plain pink with silver shoes and bag, maybe a little shrug too?

xfabba Thu 04-Jun-09 22:59:42

good call on debenhams - was loads there - got a couple of dresses to choose from, will see if can find links.

FlorenceAndtheWashingMachine Fri 05-Jun-09 08:23:46

Great. Links, links, links!

RamblingRosa Fri 05-Jun-09 09:03:33

Coast is usually good for that type of thing. I reckon you can wear a cocktail dress. Is the event soon? If not, I'd wait a few weeks for summer sales to start and get yourself a bargain.

Clure Fri 05-Jun-09 09:20:38

I have your short of height problem so know how hard it is to get a good fitting dress!

this with killer heels
this also with heels
not sure if these two would be too short for you

I'm hankering after this

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