Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Grumpy Old Woman


Yes get me a slot on that TV show will you because nobody can possibly be moaning more than me at the moment and it's all down to clothes, or the lack of them.

Firstly over my mother of the bride dress. The Etro NAP bargain (above) went back. I felt it was too dark even though it had pattern and print which I wanted. I just can't find anything. Or is it a case of what I want doesn't exist? There is too much black around for my liking, er hello designers this is spring and summer collections, we want colour and florals (well I do) not wishy washy plain coloured pastel dresses and more black than we can shake a stick it! Black is for winter not for summer weddings so someone needs to get with the programme and pronto if you ask me.

MarniEmbellished cotton-blend dressclose up


Now this Marni dress would be perfect if only the model wasn't wearing the size 40 and the largest in stock is a 44. Could buy two I suppose....... And sew them together?
The new in Marni at TheOutnet has some gorgeous pieces but yes you've guessed it, all the dresses in my size are too dark.
As you can imagine I am trying to avoid certain shops synonymous with wedding guest attire, imagine the horror of someone else in the same dress. Same goes for shops like Warehouse (who have some lovely stock) as all the younger guests will shop there. Ditto frumpy mother of the bride brands er I'm not 65 -  yet. Standards have to be maintained.
Even bloody Cos have failed to come up trumps and to think I got two gorgeous dresses there last spring, can't wear those, both have been borrowed by the bride and worn to weddings where her friends were also guests. I'm getting grumpy again.

I mentioned in a previous post about getting a dress made and how that idea was no longer possible as the only person locally who used to make dresses now only does alterations, due to lack of time and decent fabrics. Having spent many hours looking at material online, I know what she means, I have to admit I didn't find anything I liked. She also said having a dress made is as costly as buying a designer number


Then there is the Marks and Spencer denim dress which I want, a perfect replacement for a Gap one I had which was similar in style (I've lost it), has a discount (now £31.60) and of course is out of stock in my size. In fact more sizes are going out of stock by the day. So annoying.

Finally there is the case of the Boden diminishing discount. I thought I would put this to get use, get in early and nab the 20% off and get the denim shorts (my old Juicy Couture ones have seen better days) for my daughters hen do in Marbella - well guess what, out of stock in my size.

I think my thirteen year old son hit the nail on the head with our conversation the other day:-
Me: I really don't know what to do with your two pairs of Nike Blazers, they are still like new but nobody wears them any more do they?
Charlie: No not really. She's a cruel mistress, fashion.

28 comments:

  1. I have been into Ted Baker today ( not been in there for ages) and they have some gorgeous spring clothes. Gorgeous floral dresses like this Marni one. Worth a look :)

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    1. I really love their summer collection but feel that so will everyone else, it's a wedding failsafe brand like Karen Millen sadly x

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  2. I can't believe black is one of the S/S colours, just doesn't seem right! Have you thought of getting a dress made?

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    1. It just seems to be everywhere when I click on new in Rosanna, so annoying! x

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    1. I spoke to our local and best dressmaker, she no longer makes dresses due to lack of time and decent fabrics available. She also said it is very expensive and you may as well buy designer x

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  4. If I were in your position Sharron I would definitely be looking into sourcing a good designer/dressmaker as it is so hard to find exactly what you have in mind! Hope your week is going well:)
    ~Anne xx

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  5. Oh love you poor thing, have you trawled all the sales sections of the higher end sites? Flannels, coggles etc? You will find something, keep the faith!!

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    1. I have darling and if I was a size 8 or 10 I would probably have bought 5 by now! All the big sizes go quickly, more size 16's out there than we think obviously x

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  6. Oh Sharon....I'm gutted for you. There's no harder time to shop than when you've something important coming up. It's the old law of sod. But stay strong - it might be that the perfect dress is en-route and the powers that be are making sure you don't settle for second best in the meantime. Ax
    PS I saw that M&S dress in our local store - if you PM me the size, I can have a look for you

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  7. I know A, I'm scared to spend any money in case I find something and it's expensive. I feel I have to love it, like I did with those Cos dresses last year. Thanks for the kind offer, my eldest is going to look when back to work tomorrow as she is near an M&S so I will keep you posted x

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  8. Wise words from young shoulders, your son.

    As for mother of the bride attire I feel your pain. I had a look (daughter isn't getting married till next year) and have come to the conclusion I will be getting a dress made. Luckily for me she is a fashion design student so I shouldn't have too much trouble getting it made. (Just won't tell hubby the cost!)

    X x

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  9. I feel your frustration! Bloody shops are obsessed with black x

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  10. I feel your pain, I hate shopping for something specific. It's funny you mention the Marni stuff as I don't normally shop on that website but I added a Marni skirt to my basket yesterday before chickening out!!

    As for a dress alternative, I don't know if this is still in your size, or even your taste, but it's got nice bright colours!
    http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Anglomania+Halton+fit+and+flare+dress/184779080,default,pd.html

    Good luck,
    P x

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to point out these pieces. The Westwood one is nice and it would be great to say wearing a VW dress, sadly no size 16 in stock. Shame I never stumbled across this one sooner.

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  11. (just tried to comment and my computer lost it, so apologies if this turns out to be a duplicate!)

    How frustrating - I hate shopping for something specific myself.

    Have you seen this dress? Not sure if it's in your size or even your taste, but it's bright colours and on sale...
    http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Anglomania+Halton+fit+and+flare+dress/184779080,default,pd.html

    Good luck! P x

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  12. Sorry, last try - Hobbs one here?
    http://www.hobbs.co.uk/product/display?productID=0114-5879-9077L00&productvarid=0114-5879-9077L00-IVORY%20MULTI-12&refpage=dresses

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    1. I have seen this and really like it but, but yes there is always a but, something is missing, lovely fabric, not enough wow and hubby said the same when I showed him.x

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  13. I feel your pain Sharron but keep on looking I'm sure the perfect dress is out there waiting for you to find it. I've no doubt come the big day you're going to look stunning.
    Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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  14. Sharron....bet the wedding outfit will be like buses.....a few coming along all at once!! The perfect dress is out there for you and it will be all the more worth it for the trek to find it!! xx

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  15. Sharron, so sorry for you, what a nightmare. The Etro dress did look great but no good at all if you don't feel 100% happy with it. As someone above said *the* right dress is waiting for you somewhere out there. Hope you find it soon. Axx

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  16. Sorry to laugh honey but that comment sew two together did!? My mum is a size 16 and like you was at her wits end and then found something fabulous in a local high end boutique..... keep the faith, don't dive in and buy something you don't really like by Auntie did that and then found something else ..... which she got. have you tried DVF @ matches? x

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    1. Oh honey I'm on there daily, its all boring nothing grabs me x

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  17. the universe will provide......I've worn the same Acne (sale bargain) jumper everyday for 3 weeks.....!!

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  18. Lol @Charlie!
    Don't worry I am sure the prefect dress will turn up! Just keep looking leave no stone unturned. How about this - I know it's only cap sleeves but still....? xx
    http://www.winserlondon.com/dresses/peacock-silk-dress.html

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    1. I know he is so funny and way older than his years! Like that dress honey, thank you for the link x

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  19. I feel you pain as I'm the same size as you and also have a daughter getting married in jamaica in May, dresses have been tricky and I have opted for one from a company I think you discounted as too old, mind you it's the only one of theirs I would wear, and I knew I'd 28 days to decide if I should keep it, and yes I am keeping it because simply I've seen nothing I like as much and on the plus side its flattering and comfortable. Shoes are my next headache why has none a full range of sandals in February? I hope you find what you are looking for soon without too much stress.

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  20. Oh Luv! I hope you get something pronto! Its always the case when you need something....you can never bloody find it! The denim M&S dress is perfect for you & I hope its back in stock asap as you could do with cheering up! Big Kiss! Ax

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