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I got a lovely pinky-red dress from Bravvissimo (I am ample of nork) that did these kind of things in the summer. Bit light for the winter though, but in principle, i would look for something like tha again. Nice colour (I look fab in it), fitted top, full skirt, sort of prom dressey, but not so stiff.
have to say i have a major hankering for this dress which would suit a pear and could wear with bright tights/leggings to life it a bait, but it's prolly overpriced for what it is (although i reckon it will look better in the flesh than it does on that dummy).
Funny you should say that BikeRunSki. I was flicking through the new Bravissimo catalogue (am also ample of nork!) but I'm not very inspired. Their dresses a nice but a bit plain. Though I do like the first one you linked to.
Bonfire, no neither particularly dressy but I want to look like I've made a bit of an effort. I really like that Topshop dress. Typical that it's sold out! I'm going to browse the Topshop website now though...
nothing like the one you said you liked but this just stopped me short on my travels. would look great on someone with a decent figure (not me, not curvy enough). being pearshaped can be tricky with dresses though, i find only elasticated ones really work for me, otherwise the tops just bag off or it hangs on the hips.
I love this one and keep going back to it but it's too dressy for anything I would go to. Might not work if you're really pear-shaped but lovely if you're a bit more hourglass? (It's black in real life, I've looked at it, but looks brown on the screen)