Yesterday I bought the above frock to wear while celebrating my impending birthday.
Today I got an email from Collectif (retailers of said frock), announcing their one week, 50% off everything sale - from 17th - 24th January. Poo.
Anyway, you presumably haven't just paid full price for a frock from Collectif, and so really should consider paying half price for one. The frock I bought is called sugar, and I chose it because, unlike many retro frocks, not only is it not a halterneck, the straps aren't the thin 'spaghetti' type, so beloved of prom dresses. The problem then is not that they show your bra (no big deal), but that a thin strap can look lost in all that expanse of arm, shoulder and cleavage - making your flesh look swampingly huge by comparison. The sugar dress avoids this problem by borrowing from the Mouret Galaxy dress in it's lines. I bought it in pink with black flocked animal print (rarr) for £45. In the sale it comes in at a much more modest £22.50. Find dresses here.
Collectif is also the home of the 321 skirt (£30 before discount): a modern take on the circle skirt witha built-in net underskirt, and more pencil skirts than you can shake a stick at, including the ultra high-waisted Heidi style (also £30 before discount). Find skirts on this page.
There are trousers, cardies and bags - plus some items already heavily discounted in the sale - and it's 50% off the lot from from 17th -24th. Use the coupon code 'shocking' and click submit to view the reduction before paying. Please don't do this before 17th!