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Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Asking for the moon update

Thank you for your many suggestions regarding my dress dilemma. My apologies for my relentless negativity, but fit and flatter is the maxim of this site.

I have decided to take the plunge and order a dress from LaDress

I have ordered it in brown and of course it may be a deep rich chocolate brown, or it may be a dingy coffee coloured brown and will have to be sent straight back, but I agree, these are lovely straightforward, beautifully constructed dresses. If expensive for what they are. I'll let you know when it arrives if it's any good.

I have just received a phone call from LaDress in Holland checking my address and telling me that my dress will be sent today. I call that good customer service.


Phyllis said...

I love it! There's nothing better than a great shirtwaist dress. Can I borrow it? ;o)

And look at it this way; even it it's pricey, if you adore it and feel great wearing it then it's fashion gold, and that's a good thing.

Linda Grant said...

I do like it. It has a bit more pizzazz than all those empire line black jersey numbers and the sash belt is a good detail on a plain dress. But we shall wait and see.

Toby Wollin said... forest green or dark blue. But, Phyllis is right; there is nothing better than a great shirtwaist and all of those buttons creates a nice long line (come to think of it, I could use a dress like that - I can use all the long lines I can get). And, if you tire of the sash, you can always get a terrific brown belt with a great buckle and wear that instead.

Linda Grant said...

I agree Toby that there's a problem with their colours. I also wear forest green and it's a hard colour to find.

miss cavendish said...

Funny--I was thinking of suggesting a shirtwaist yesterday but didn't because they don't suit me. (Always thinking of myself; oh dear!) Akris has some lovely ones for spring

Jo said...

I think a lot of the silk ones look like dressing gowns, and they're still a bit too short for my taste. Slightly longer looks much more elegant at any age, IMHO!

I really don't like much of the fashions now. 10 years ago you could walk into any branch of Monsoon and walk out with armfuls of beautiful day dresses. O tempora, O mores.

Rhiannon said...

I have been following this debate with even more interest than usual as i, too, am a classic pear with bad legs, darn it. I have to agree with Dlb who posted earlier this week - a good old-fashioned dressmaker is what has saved me.

I've been going to one for several years now and it's like a miracle. i honestly have trouble going in to a shop - everything so badly constructed, the fabric is usually bad quality, can't get colours one likes and off-the-rack dresses are impossible for pears.

I've mentioned my over-the-moon happieness with my dressmaker to a few fashion/style/clothing interested friends of mine and they always seem reluctant to consider the idea. Do you have any thoughts on why it seems an unpopular idea for many women?

Linda Grant said...

I'd love a good dressmaker, but I have no idea where to find one in London.

jakjak said...

See that wasn't so hard, it only took a website, a plea, the worldwide web and lots of commentor help. Please update us on the dress.

Rhiannon said...

Ah, well, I would recommend mine but as I'm in New Zealand not much use to you. And of course developing a good relationship with a dress maker takes a little time - it takes a while to build up the right patterns and there's no instant gratification, can't walk in and then walk out with a garment. But overall worth it! I found mine by visiting good fabric shops and asking if they had any recommendations. But I have no idea if something like that would work in a megopolis like London :)