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Notmyrealname85 Tue 04-Jul-17 14:40:05

Has someone already posted about this?! Am stuck in a huge shopping centre and tried Zara, M&S, TopShop, H&M, New Look... have I missed the nice summer dresses?!

If you know of ANY that are vaguely not really skimpy, not mega frilly/girly girly... ok sounds hard for a dress but.. sort of knee/above knee...I'm very pale if anyone knows of good shades! Would prefer to be able to wear a bra if possible smile

Help! Going to BBQ at the weekend and can't wear leggings again!

Notmyrealname85 Tue 04-Jul-17 14:40:49

Am early 30s, usually into functional clothes but wanting to look nice for once. Please help! blush

twostepsister Tue 04-Jul-17 16:01:54

Dorothy Perkins
www.dorothyperkins.com/en/dpuk/product/indigo-bardot-pom-pom-denim-dress-6713869?bi=20&ps=20

Rioja123 Tue 04-Jul-17 16:04:46

What is this hideous cold shoulder trend? That or everything is covered in ruffles.

twostepsister Tue 04-Jul-17 16:11:15

Dorothy Perkins
www.dorothyperkins.com/en/dpuk/product/dresses-5699972/shift-dresses-203638/vero-moda-navy-chambray-dress-6593994?bi=60&ps=20
Wallis...girly but not over the top
www.wallis.co.uk/en/wluk/product/dresses-265974/cream-tie-sleeve-floral-bardot-dress-6702010?bi=40&ps=20

twostepsister Tue 04-Jul-17 16:13:46

I love a cold shoulder and ruffle Rioja wink

ShesNoNormanPace Tue 04-Jul-17 16:25:18

French Connection has some nice dresses - depends what you class as not frilly.

SerfTerf Tue 04-Jul-17 16:32:17

I just bought these two;

http://www.lauraashley.com/uk/dresses/navy-cutwork-maxi-dress/invt/md894

http://www.lauraashley.com/uk/dresses/belted-jersey-maxi-dress/invt/md874

There's a really interesting mixture of styles at LA.

TheFairyCaravan Tue 04-Jul-17 16:37:11

I bought this Next one in black. Some of the reviews say it's see through, but I haven't had that problem. I've been in sunlight and artificial light and not noticed it, and it's lined. confused

TheFairyCaravan Tue 04-Jul-17 16:40:57

Gap have some nice ones too.

Notmyrealname85 Tue 04-Jul-17 16:43:28

Oh my gosh THANK YOU for these! Missed DP, Wallis and Next. Will pop in this pm smile smile smile

steppemum Tue 04-Jul-17 16:51:43

well I was hoping to get some inspiration from this thread, but those bare shoulder dresses are horrible, mainly because I need to wear a bra and I hate bra straps showing and strapless bras on big boobs are hell.
(actually they aren't horrible on the right person, just horrible if youhave boobs)

Why doesn't anyone sell just a dress?
You know sort of cotton, not too short, not too long, bit of a sleeve, summery colours (not black) not silly and frilly, just a NORMAL dress????

GrannyRoberts Tue 04-Jul-17 16:57:00

I recently panic bought several H&M basics short sleeved jersey dresses for a last-minute holiday and I have been delighted with them. So comfy and easy to wear and they seem to wash well. They come in quite a few different colours, striped or plain and are very good value too.
www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0554811003.html#Dark blue/Striped

Rioja123 Tue 04-Jul-17 17:00:47

I have big boobs so I prefer to be able to wear a bra, and ruffles just make my chest look even bigger.

Rioja123 Tue 04-Jul-17 17:03:02

Love that green maxi from Laura Ashley, tempted to order it for honeymoon!

CakeNinja Tue 04-Jul-17 18:14:29

Granny, I am wearing that navy striped dress right now! Bought a red one last year and practically lived in it during holidays, and went back last weekend - I was thrilled to discover them, bought another 3! Love the pockets in them too.

Have also just ordered that green maxi dress, looks perfect for work.

Ancienchateau Tue 04-Jul-17 18:19:49

Desigual. Bought 2 lovely ones in the sale yesterday.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Tue 04-Jul-17 18:27:54

I'd quite like a dress almost like a school summer dress - just normal cotton, knee length, sensible sleeves!

Rioja123 Tue 04-Jul-17 18:29:43

I've ordered it too!

GrannyRoberts Tue 04-Jul-17 18:32:54

CakeNinja they are great aren't they? I got 4 in different colours/patterns and am so pleased with them!

Ollivander84 Tue 04-Jul-17 18:35:43

Slightly random but try Dorothy Perkins tall range (provided you're not 5ft or something!)
They are generally knee/above knee on average height people and I have a few skater style dresses

steppemum Wed 05-Jul-17 13:05:49

polka - me too!

That Laura ashley dress is lovely - but it is dark green and full length, to me that just isn't a summer dress!

Therealslimshady1 Wed 05-Jul-17 13:10:45

I have that H&M one too!

I also have a few DP ones (in tall!)

ProseccoandPizza Wed 05-Jul-17 13:16:24

m.newlook.com/shop/womens/dresses/khaki-shirred-bell-sleeve-tunic-dress_524289234?pProduct=524289201

Slightly obsessed with this dress. Have black one, will probably order the green one too if the weather stays warm.

WhenIGrowUpIWantToBeAPenguin Wed 05-Jul-17 16:15:36

Sainsbury's often have nice normal summer dresses,this one for example?

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