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RedSquirrel 
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05-15-13 11:26 AM - Post#4061191    

Other than Canadian Linda, who has not been seen for ages does anyone else wear dresses? I've been researching for a new outfit for High Tea at Harrod's with Marty, Glenna, Georgina and Steph next month (can ya say stressing? ) and I'm not doing very well.

I have found some quite pretty (and expensive, and that's another problem) dresses, but my legs haven't seen the light of day for the past year and they look terrible - all white and pasty. And from where I stand, pretty podgy. So I'm leaning towards trousers.

I don't want to wear jeans. I live in those, and comfortable as they are, and smart as they can be, I don't feel dressed up in them.

What should I do?
Dress or separates?
Stress or desperate?

 
3 Little Ladies 
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05-15-13 12:57 PM - Post#4061199    
    In response to RedSquirrel

There's really no wrong answer here. Both dresses and trousers can be 'dressy.' I think even jeans can be 'dressed' up. Wear what you are comfortable in. You'll be with friends after all.

 
Kimberly M 
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05-15-13 01:15 PM - Post#4061209    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

You could do something like this. It looks very nice, and also comfy. (yes I changed the store settings to UK just for you)

http://www.dillards.com/product/Calessa-Moder n-Geo...

 
buttonscrapper 
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05-15-13 01:16 PM - Post#4061211    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

I agree with Jen! I think you can dress up pants/trousers and jeans with a really pretty dressy top and still look dressed up.


 
Kimberly M 
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05-15-13 01:19 PM - Post#4061215    
    In response to Kimberly M

Or a pair of nice dress pants
http://www.dillards.com/product/Investments-M ADISO...

with a extra pretty blouse
http://www.dillards.com/product/Calvin-Klein- Solid...

 
RedSquirrel 
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05-15-13 01:35 PM - Post#4061223    
    In response to Kimberly M

Thank you!

I do like the maxi dress but at 5'2" I'm not sure if I'd be swamped in it and keep tripping over the excess fabric! But it would be very comfortable. I'll see if I can find any to try on next time I go to the Mall - see whether they cater for height.

And those trousers in the coffee or espresso with the yellow top would be really me. I have some neutral flats that I'm breaking in around the house, and I could add a jacket. Hmm.

Any other suggestions? I'll consider anything!

 
Grandma to 3 
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05-15-13 02:20 PM - Post#4061229    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Rosie, at 5'2" you'd fall in the petite sizing. Look there and the dress should fall where you need it to. I love that dress and wore something similar this past weekend to my GS's Baptism. I couldn't find anything with sleeves so bought a shrug to go over the top to hide the 'bat wings' of my arms.

 
scrapanda 
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05-15-13 02:29 PM - Post#4061235    
    In response to Grandma to 3

Oh I love that blue top! I like to wear dresses when I can find one that looks cute on me but unfortunately I have trouble finding those! I really like that blue top though!

 
RedSquirrel 
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05-15-13 02:57 PM - Post#4061241    
    In response to scrapanda

I don't like my upper arms either Karen. Mum says I'm fussing about nothing, but she hates her own and we're the same shape, so that doesn't wash with me. It's OK though, 3/4 sleeves are in, so I'm happy.

I'm actually 5' 2 and 3/4", but let's not quibble over 3/4".

 
kaleidoscope 
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05-15-13 03:58 PM - Post#4061251    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I like dresses but finding ones that fit is another story. And then the cost...

I hate 3/4 sleeves, they drive me crazy. Not a fan of half sleeves either.

You can wear anything that looks nice. (I had to google to see what the 'dress code' is. ) So really, it's up to you on what you want to wear.

 
gingersfavorite 
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05-15-13 07:20 PM - Post#4061259    
    In response to kaleidoscope

I wear them some in the summer. Cool & comfy!

 
cindy312 
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05-15-13 07:59 PM - Post#4061265    
    In response to gingersfavorite

I had to look up "podgy" to learn what you didn't like about your legs!

The nice thing about an occasion like high tea is that you'll presumably be seating 99% of the time, so your lower half won't show. I'd focus on finding a top you love, then pairing it with a skirt or slacks you like.

 
RedSquirrel 
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05-16-13 02:56 AM - Post#4061275    
    In response to cindy312

I should have mentioned that it's in London and I'll be going by train from by Mum's. That's an hour each way to the mainline station and then another 20 minutes by underground train. And we're going scrappy shopping too, so that's another 20 minutes on the underground and walking.

I have some nice flat shoes but really the weather could do anything in June. It could be soaking wet and 45* or scorching sunshine and in the 80s. And London is always windy.

 
hockeymom24 
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05-16-13 05:43 AM - Post#4061283    
    In response to RedSquirrel

wear jeans and a nice top... don't fret.

 
GH26 
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05-17-13 12:59 PM - Post#4061457    
    In response to buttonscrapper

Well you already know what I'm planning on wearing cos I text you a pic! LOL Granted it was a bad pixelly pic but you got the idea! I still need to find some shoes that are flat and easy to walk in and I will be wearing a lace jacket too as I also hate my arms.

Personally I wouldn't wear jeans, as it's Harrods afterall. Trousers would be fine though if you feel comfortable in them. Like you say its all going to depend on the weather. You look great in anything though and I won't be looking at your legs I promise!! LOL

I like these:
http://www.next.co.uk/women/tailored-looks/f lorals...
http://www.next.co.uk/women/going-out/dress- to-imp...

Also - as I don't like my arms I'm loving these jackets at the moment:

http://www.next.co.uk/women/going-out/metall ic/9

I have the cream one & Will be wearing a black one probably to match my outfit - they are soooo comfy to wear and cover your arms, but if it's hot because they are made from lace they keep you cool. Love them. Wear them with jeans or dress them up too!



 
RedSquirrel 
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05-17-13 01:47 PM - Post#4061469    
    In response to GH26

I do like Next. I'll go into the one at Cribbs next time I'm up there. I need to take back a die I bought there last week - it has a piece of metal sticking out of the back of the die. If I use it, it will leave a mark on my A or C plate, so they've agreed to exchange it.

I went through my dresses yesterday and tried them on. Two of them are suitable, but a little tight. I've put weight on since I got back. I'm not sure whether to get another one or not. I hardly ever wear dresses.

I've been hoping that I'll lose that weight again, but I haven't so far. Or not much anyway. I think I need to suck it up and get new clothes that fit, don't you?

 
Canadian Linda 
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05-17-13 02:03 PM - Post#4061473    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Rosie, You could just come to my house and take your pick

 
RedSquirrel 
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05-17-13 02:14 PM - Post#4061483    
    In response to Canadian Linda

Thanks Linda, I'll just get my flight booked!

I suspect that your dresses would have a little too much fabric in the height department and not quite enough in the width for me. Unless you are 5' 2.75" with child-bearing thighs.

 
Canadian Linda 
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05-17-13 04:25 PM - Post#4061501    
    In response to RedSquirrel

You could always hem them....and since I've had this arthritis I haven't been able to do as much walking as I used to and must have packed on 15 to 20 pounds, so really you'd be doing me a favour by taking them
( don't take into consideration the thousands of dollars it would cost to get here)

 
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