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I need a lovely evening dress, but from where?

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FuckwitsAllofthem Wed 21-Oct-09 22:00:06

I'm going to a very posh black tie do with dh and need a full on serious evening dress. It must be at least ankle length and not black and suit the curvy look. I'm a 12-14 and usually go for coast or monsoon but I can't really see anything I really like in the shops at the mo.

I quite fancy something with a slight fishtail effect in a blue or green. Where else can I look?

Fitzy72 Wed 21-Oct-09 22:05:52

Debenhams?? usually have a great selection

stakethroughtheheartofgold Wed 21-Oct-09 22:16:38

i'd start with charity shops in dr northener's neck of the woods

FuckwitsAllofthem Wed 21-Oct-09 22:20:09

Is dr northener in a 'lovely class of jumble' (as my mother would say) area then? Sadly I am not.

I had a look in Debenhams but it was a bit meh, maybe I should have one made instead.

stakethroughtheheartofgold Wed 21-Oct-09 22:22:21

sorry, twas a ref to this thread (and i spelled northerner wrong blush)

FuckwitsAllofthem Wed 21-Oct-09 22:38:46

Just had a read; I do so love burgandy, and a matching bolero, bliss!

moondog Wed 21-Oct-09 23:05:37

I love Phase Eight

moondog Wed 21-Oct-09 23:07:06

Also LK Bennett although their party gear seems pretty sober atm.

moondog Wed 21-Oct-09 23:10:18

lso Hobbs

Elemental Wed 21-Oct-09 23:20:39

You could get one made with a fishtail at

carriedababi Wed 21-Oct-09 23:51:54


AngryPixie Thu 22-Oct-09 13:20:31

this??? what's your budget?

AngryPixie Thu 22-Oct-09 13:22:45

not exactly fishtail but I love it.

AngryPixie Thu 22-Oct-09 13:24:50

it's blue

AngryPixie Thu 22-Oct-09 13:27:31

too mermaidy?

Even if you don't like any of these the sites will show you hundreds of others. Good luck

FuckwitsAllofthem Thu 22-Oct-09 19:52:06

Thanks all.

I've 'designed' one on styleshake but the fabrics/ colours aren't very exciting - really good price though.

I went into Hobbs today and tried on a lovely one but they don't seem to cater for the short in the body, short in the leg laydee there as all the stuff was voluminous on me.

I really like that Planet Chyloe one, I'm going to try and find one near me so I can try it on.

I'm also going to try Debenhams as suggested and maybe have a poke around in TKMaxx too.

I don't want to spend more than about £200 and would be happy to spend a lot less! I've been looking on eBay too but nothing has caught my eye. The ball isn't until December so I've got a while so will keep at it.

Thanks for all the suggestions

CLOVER81 Fri 23-Oct-09 18:06:46

FuckwitsAllofthem Sat 24-Oct-09 13:14:14

CLOVER81 That dress is lovely!

CherylVole Sat 24-Oct-09 14:05:53

its a bit prom imo
you want something plainer

FuckwitsAllofthem Mon 26-Oct-09 21:14:06

It's a uniform do for the men so the ladies need to have a bit of oomph to stand out.

I still can't find anything I like though!

fishie Mon 26-Oct-09 21:17:54

can you get to john lewis? they have very good selection but look less appealing online.

moonshine Mon 26-Oct-09 21:44:25

This is a gorgeous colour and would look lovely on someone with curves.

hf128219 Mon 26-Oct-09 21:56:21

Is this a military do?

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