what do you wear if you're a size 14-16, 5ft 7 and 32 years old?

(40 Posts)
Fairylea Wed 07-Nov-12 18:00:51

Inspiration in desperate need.

Ok I'm going to be honest. I've never been this size before.. always been a size 10-12 but since ds 5 months ago the baby weight hasn't gone and despite lots of walking its mostly stuck.

So I'm choosing to accept this for now but I'm really not sure how to look fashionable and this size.... god that sounds awful but I don't mean it to. I mean I'm not really sure about leggings and long tops which others seem to go for ... and what kind of jeans ? Are skinny still ok or is that a no no ? What boots with jeans? I have absolutely no idea.

Current outfits mostly next skinny jeans, burgundy converse and zip up hoodies or long ish t shirts. Boring boring boring.

Give me some links and ideas as I'm feeling pretty down about myself at the moment. Relatively low ish budget.

QueenieLovesEels Tue 13-Nov-12 17:39:38
QueenieLovesEels Tue 13-Nov-12 17:47:44

Knitted dress/ tunic. I have worn this loads. Fit is really flattering without being boxy or bulky. It's really warm and washes brilliantly. Have just bought the cream one as it has proved so good.

brown knit

Medium size is perfect for 14/16

AngelWreakinHavoc Tue 13-Nov-12 17:55:18

Thank you for this thread thanks

QueenieLovesEels Tue 13-Nov-12 17:58:41

I have a dodgy stomach too so won't wear anything that doesn't disguise it.

I avoid empire lines and anything belted. The key is to get as fitted as you can so you don't feel bulky but with enough stretch so you don't feel restricted.

Scarves work well in putting attention elsewhere. Dresses in a skater style are good and Dorothy Perkins had some great ones in heavier jersey.

I like to layer up with longer vests and slightly baggier jumpers that fall off the shoulder with a slim leg jean too. It seems to slim down proportions.

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 13-Nov-12 18:10:04

I'm exactly the same size as you OP.

I hate all my clothes now, feel a proper twat in all of them sad

I always was a 14 so I've barely gone up one size but I just seem to be a completely different shape.

Jeans are a fricking nightmare, I need a size 15!

Everything fitted seems to cling to all the wrong places but loose things make me look totally shapeless.

I've never braved S&B before as I have neither style nor beauty so will quietly lurk on your thread and take notes if that's ok grin

Paribus Tue 13-Nov-12 22:45:34

recent white stuff purchase off ebay

I am a dress/tights/leggings/tunic/boots/ballet flat girl too there are a lot of us around - unfortunately I am 34 tomorrow and a definite size 16

Norks are massive though grin

lurkingfromhome Wed 14-Nov-12 10:02:41

I have found my spiritual home on this thread ...

Loving the skater style dresses; I find that waisted style really flattering and they look great with coloured tights and boots. It's just that they're so short! Am looking for something in the same kind of style but just a bit longer (slightly above the knee) to avoid the mutton look ... not sure about the "midi" length on ASOS as that looks possibly a bit long.

madmomma Wed 14-Nov-12 16:13:40

queenie do those next boots go over the knee? Loathe boots that end under or on it.

QueenieLovesEels Wed 14-Nov-12 16:20:07

Yes they do. Right over the knee cap. HTH.

madmomma Wed 14-Nov-12 16:42:56

thanks <reaches for credit card>

HoneyKate Thu 15-Nov-12 16:07:31

Loving this thread. Queenie - those Next boots look fab. I chose this dress from Asos, waiting for it to arrive. Like the fact it has a bit of sleeve (hides more sins) but worried it might be a little short...
http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Skater-Dress-With-Ballet-Wrap-In-Floral-Print/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2589429&SearchQuery=skater%20dress%20floral&Rf-400=53&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Print

HoneyKate Mon 19-Nov-12 14:54:26

The Asos dress arrived and - amazingly - it fits! The ballerina cross-top section is very flattering and generally the cut and fit hides a multitude of sins. At £25, and given that I didn't have to endure the stress of any changing rooms (which normally throw me into deep depression), I call this a bargain.

jellyandcake Wed 21-Nov-12 17:36:58

Just searched for this thread in order to lavishly thank Bupcakes for the asos links - I bought the hummingbird dress and the rose print dress and I love them! They were sold out of the other dress you linked in my size so I bought a gorgeous wine-coloured babydoll dress as well. Although I am now too poor to go out and show them off, I am so grateful to you! It's been a long time since I've felt so good about any clothes!

HopelessKat Wed 21-Nov-12 21:53:13

Lovely ladies.... Do Not Despair! When I had my 2 kids I felt like I had totally lost my identity as nothing suited me anymore and none of my clothes fitted. I felt awful and lost any shred of self-confidence I had. However, I visited my House of Colour Consultant and she told me what colours suited me and how to wear them. I loved the process so much, I went back and had my style done too. They look at your personality and body shape so you know what style of clothing suits you. It is brilliant and now I feel good about myself every day because when you look good you feel good. Christmas is coming up and they do gift vouchers!

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