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Plus size mother of the bride who doesn’t want frumpy – help!

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Plus size or fuller-figured ladies, as I prefer to call them, come to my boutique delighted that we actually do over a size 18! Sadly, a lot of occasionwear shops start at a size 10 and stop at size 18. There is no plus size option! I’m a great believer  in dressing real women of […]


Prom dress Becky by Tiffanys Illusion

Prom dress shopping – how to make it stress-free!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

It’s time for prom dress shopping! Mums with teenage daughters are probably already prommed out and there are still six months to go before the big night! Shopping with a teenager is often an interesting experience! Factor in the importance of prom night and peer pressure and it can cause some friction! So here’s some […]


Frank Lyman 66498 day dress

Frank Lyman – why every woman should be attracted to him

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

As I approach the half century mark – Frank Lyman is helping me to come to terms with my age! This Canadian designer offers the most brilliant day dresses that not only suit my lifestyle but are also age-appropriate. And when I say that, I don’t mean frumpy. Frank Lyman is all about simple styles, […]


Cape sleeve dresses from Dress Code style DC223E

Cape sleeve dresses that won’t make you look like Batman

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Cape sleeve dresses are a brilliant alternative to dresses with sleeves. The floaty overlay covers your arms without restricting your movement. The whole look is fluid and very feminine.  That is when you get it right. Get it wrong and you can look like Batman heading off for a night out in Gotham city! Cape […]


Mums of the bride dress 26222B John Charles

Mums of the bride should try going nude to the wedding

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Mums of the bride often come to me wanting to look smart but not wanting to stand out in the crowd. With so many gorgeous nude mums of the bride outfits around this season, it is easy to achieve this. These colour tones offer a sophisticated look that still gets you noticed but doesn’t overpower. […]


Frocks by Carla Ruiz 93624

2017 is all about fab frocks – more frocks that are more fab!

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Here at Fab Frocks, 2017 is already so exciting. We have always prided ourselves on offering the biggest collection of frocks in Dorset and Hampshire. This year we are giving even more choice with so many new and exciting dress and occasionwear labels joining us for 2017. Frocks are certainly back in fashion. Think about […]


Dresses by Condici 70848N

Dresses you don’t need to diet for – try Condici calorie control

Friday, December 30th, 2016

” I need to diet before I buy any dresses!” If I had a pound for every time I hear a customer tell me that, I would be sunning myself on a luxury yacht in the Bahamas by now! Worst still, is the woman who buys dresses that don’t fit her and says she is […]


Wedding coats and dress 5006216 by Cabotine

Wedding coats – the great cover up for occasion wear

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Wedding coats and frock coats are in for 2017. So, if you are on the hunt for something different to the bolero and dress look, you won’t be disappointed. For a long time, wedding coats did look frumpy. They were often bulky and square in shape. Think of some of Her Majesty’s very solid shaped […]


Fifties style Veni Infantion 991213 by Ronald Joyce

Fifties style mother of the bride outfits for retro glamour

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

For me, fifties style dresses are some of my favourite. I just love the feminine glamour of that era. It seemed a time when women always bothered about what they looked look. Even my mum, a hard-working housewife bringing up a family of five, never went out without her natty dress, stockings, hat and gloves. […]


Wedding outfits by Carla Ruiz style 93782

Why black and white wedding outfits will never date

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Black and white wedding outfits always attract a huge amount of attention when we advertise them in our mother of the bride collections. Women come in, try them on and love them. But then the doubts creep in. Can I wear an outfit with black in to my daughter’s wedding? Is that appropriate? I guess this […]


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