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So, what does one wear to a ball please?

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Help! smile

confusedmuch Fri 14-Jun-13 18:25:55

more info please, context required, what does one's invite specify?

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 18:26:10

You personally? SOmething simple yet stunning I suspect. Strictly speaking it should be full length but cocktail is more acceptable than it used to be.


5'2, hourglass, size 12, brunette, pale skin. Budget - if it's a Westwood sale up to £150 but anything else, substantially less! Real shops, not online only.

Cocktail length probably better than full length due to short arsedness.

I wear black or grey pretty much exclusively, but can cope with purple, red or pink providing it'snot shiny, or with deep blue maybe. I am scared of colour on the whole. smile

Oh and nothing that draws attention to norkage.

I have decent legs.

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 18:44:51

No man made fibers IIRC?

online only but free back and forth grey silk. Probably too fussy

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 18:49:06

I KNOW it's too expensive

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 18:49:55

navy silk + orange too weddingy?
gold / olive silk again shame the pink is sold out in a 12

MrsLettuce Fri 14-Jun-13 18:53:50

and silk again neither colour in stock in size online but maybe IRL

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:12:06

would you do metallic?

SoyYo Fri 14-Jun-13 19:13:49,default,pd.html
See above from House of Fraser, I recommend!
I never contribute to Mumsnet threads (but lurk sometimes), but today lots of answers from me. See above link, bought it last Xmas in the midnight blue for a ball, it is VERY flattering, VERY comfortable and has a great vintage look to it. Now I see it's in stock in purple and VERY tempted to get another colour...except I have no summer balls to attend.

daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:15:52

I like this,4,shop,1,3091

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:16:47



Are the necks on those too high?

tumbletumble Fri 14-Jun-13 19:17:40

I love Coast dresses

tethersend Fri 14-Jun-13 19:18:38

metallic again

daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:21:19

This could look good.,4,shop,1,3091

SoyYo Fri 14-Jun-13 19:24:09,default,pd.html
didnt link properly last time...looks good on but maybe too covered up for summer/your age (great for hourglass/big boobs shapes though).

daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:24:23

Or this,4,shop,1,3091

Grey silk = gorgeous, but that's the kind of thing I'd wear to work with a blazer stuck on top.

Helmut Lang = love it, but can't afford it and it might make me top heavy looking (Iwell, I am anyway, so more so!).

TK Maxx link not working for me, nor are the FC ones.

I think the metallic Westwood is too high necked tbh and a bit scary, colour wise!

Eliza one not for me - I'd look frightful in it.

Max M grey one too worky.

Purple link not working.

Second metallic one = terrifying.

Thanks gals - keep em coming please. smile Am bloody awkward, sorry.

This sort of shape could be good on me but this one is far too shiny

Ooh is this too boring? I love it!

But maybe too norky?

Allice Fri 14-Jun-13 19:45:58

I'm going to one next week, am dreading it but that's a whole other story!

I'm considerably bigger than a size 12, have ok legs compared to the rest of me! I tried on lots of full length which were ok but not great, tried this on and best friend and shop assistant liked it much better (was £100 less than the full length ones so don't think the assistant was telling lies!),mon_1.2/3235180108?pageSize=&showAll=true&sort=score

Am wearing it with black tights if its cold and patent platform high heeled shoes. Still bloody dreading it!

daftdame Fri 14-Jun-13 19:48:50

I like the 'too shiny' dress (and the 'boring' one but think not dressy enough).

Shame about the links, (worked for me when I checked). If you google the site they have loads (very reasonably priced) occasion dresses.

That's nice, Allice - you'll look great! smile

Will look on TK Maxx, but would prefer to avoid the hell that it is tbh.

Have looked on Ted Baker, Coast, Reiss, Whistles, Warehouse, French Connection. Where am I forgetting?

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