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Displacement activity - helm me find a dress suitable for a 12yo bridesmaid in grey, brown or black, available in France or UK
Am supposed to be making a very important decision about schools but while I'm waiting for teacher to call back (could be tomorrow) I have this much more important trivial thing to do.
DD1 will be 12 on the wedding day, tall and slim, and is quite conscious of looks and fashion. She's has never been a pink and frilly sort and was relieved when the bride said she wanted a dark/muted colour for her bridesmaids. Preferably not a full skirt + sash type dress but something more grown up.
The fact that she is in the Antipodes explains a lot about the fact that she hasn't got a clue about seasons and sales in Europe!
Why don't you tell her that you will come to Paris with your DD in February 2010 when all the lovely new clothes will be just in and that your cyberfriend BonsoirAnna will take you shopping to all the right shops?
If I were looking for bridesmaids' dresses, I would go to the Bonpoint flagship store on rue de Tournon (the one that Michelle Obama and her girls went to recently) where they have the whole collection, loads of stock and a huge room devoted to party wear. I would also go to Le Bon Marché children's department which has zillions of children's designer clothes at all sorts of price points - you could try on a lot there, just to get ideas, and they are very nice and won't mind a bit if you try on and don't buy. And then, based on what I had seen there, I might go to the flagship store of the brands I liked best.
You don't have to buy the whole shop . I generally think that Bonpoint is a safe bet when trying to reach a consensus between adults and children and different cultures - I even manage to reach consensus between me, DD and MOL in there!
Some of those are lovely, smurfgirl. Budget a bit of an unknown at the moment but under £100 per dress, definitely
I'd love to browse Bonpoint, Anna, I do like their things. There's a family at DD2's school that go to Paris once a season to buy clothes for all of their 5 children from Bonpoint(no branch her, sadly) and they are always impeccably dressed. Goodness knows how much they spend in there!