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I am short and I need a black tie dress

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BlameItOnTheBogey Sat 02-Nov-13 19:35:04

Can anyone help? I know what I don't want but don't really know what would work. I am short and don't usually wear long dresses - they don't suit me and I get lost in too much material. But I have an event coming up and I must wear a long dress. So what I know is that I want a dress that doesn't have masses of extra material - but at the same time I don't want anything too tight under my bum. I haven't really thought of a budget but - I guess up to 500 pounds but less than that also would be good.

Can anyone help? Or just give advice on how those of us who are short can carry off the formal look without being swamped...

BlameItOnTheBogey Sun 03-Nov-13 11:50:13

Desperate bump...

BobbinUp Sun 03-Nov-13 11:58:09

Do you def need to go long? I wore this recently, am 5' 4'' and it fits really nicely.

BobbinUp Sun 03-Nov-13 11:59:01

Duh sorry, have just realised you said really must go long. How tall are you?

BlameItOnTheBogey Sun 03-Nov-13 12:08:08

Thanks Bobbin. Yes it must be long. I am 5 foot 1. I'm willing to get something altered at the bottom but need a style which isn't too voluminous to begin with.

tethersend Sun 03-Nov-13 13:03:56

What size are you?

How about something like this or this?

tethersend Sun 03-Nov-13 13:06:04

Or perhaps something which looks like separates to give the illusion of length? Like this

BlameItOnTheBogey Sun 03-Nov-13 13:24:05

Oh hello Tethers - am so pleased you are here. Read S&B a lot and always like your links! I'm a size 8.

I like the idea of separates but not that exact link - it looks a bit too severe and I worry about looking frumpy. The blue dress is nice but doesn't feel quite right either.

I've just moved jobs and may well have a number of black tie events coming up so I'd really like to invest in something I can wear again and that won't date….

tethersend Sun 03-Nov-13 13:36:35

So more expensive, right? grin

Will look.

<rubs hands>

tethersend Sun 03-Nov-13 13:38:18

not in your size, but how do you feel about the style?

FaddyPeony Sun 03-Nov-13 13:49:36

JCrew? Good range of colours - this or this navy is elegant and has a lovely back

FaddyPeony Sun 03-Nov-13 14:02:04

Sorry that second JCrew isn't in the petite range.

ASOS very glam?

tethersend Sun 03-Nov-13 14:04:29

I think a flared skirt as in the first J Crew one would swap a smaller frame, so surprised its in the petite range. The second one is gorgeous, though.


FaddyPeony Sun 03-Nov-13 14:25:13

Oh that Biba would be the one for me! drool. Can you do heels op?

BlameItOnTheBogey Mon 04-Nov-13 00:11:16

Sorry for the late reply - have been out all day and am on another time zone (which is why I need to order the dress now so it makes it in time…)

Yes I can and always do do heels. Quite high usually. Thanks for the links so far. I really hate to sound picky but: the J Crew I think wouldn't work for me - it's lovely but I don't think someone my height could do it justice. I like both of Tether's links but they both look quite clingy and although I am slim I can't do dress which show every lump and bump as I have a fair few of them. Any other suggestions?

And thanks SO much for the help.

WestmorlandFireSausage Mon 04-Nov-13 00:17:22,mon_4.3/4530326114

my sister is a size 6 - 8 and 5ft tall and this is the kind of thing that she finds suits her at all the glam things she gets to go to.

WestmorlandFireSausage Mon 04-Nov-13 00:22:49

oooh but i love this!

WestmorlandFireSausage Mon 04-Nov-13 00:26:24

joke grin

WestmorlandFireSausage Mon 04-Nov-13 00:26:49

ooh wrong link above!!

BlameItOnTheBogey Mon 04-Nov-13 00:55:19

Thanks for trying Westmorland but I think both of those (and particularly the green one) fall into the 'too much material' category.

I wonder if I am asking the impossible?

scarlet76 Mon 04-Nov-13 07:05:44

I think M&S petite online may have the odd full length black dress.

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Mon 04-Nov-13 07:18:54

OrchidLass Mon 04-Nov-13 10:23:56

Oh my, that Deco Maxi dress is absolutely beautiful.

FaddyPeony Mon 04-Nov-13 11:43:06

No that's OK OP. I think sometimes with these threads it's just a way to narrow down your options i.e. figure out what you don't want first.

I am wondering how you would feel about this evening skirt from Coast -- worn with a top like the model's ? I sort of think it's amazing in theory but no idea how it would work in RL. It is very evening-y and glamorous (would look great with a French twist) but like I say, not sure what it would be like in RL and not sure that I would go for it myself.

J Brand -- too simple? The model is wearing it with flats so lengthwise it might work out fine. Quite elegant actually.

This is simple and not too clingy but it does say that if you're petite to size down and only the size 8 (US4) is left. Like the idea of doing a really interesting clutch with a simple black dress.

BlameItOnTheBogey Tue 05-Nov-13 14:23:52

Thanks so much Faddy. Both for being kind about my fussiness and for the extra links!

YOu are right this has helped me narrow down what I do want. I don't like the skirt you suggest - waaay to big for my small frame. And I think my conclusion is that I don't like wafty material either (not sure how else to say that). So my conclusion is that what I am looking for is structured/ tailored but not clingy. It needs to be cut quite close to my frame to ensure I am not lost in it but clingy material doesn't do me any favors.

With this new brief, does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks so much again.

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