If you are a short, fat, skint apple, where do you buy clothes?

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I have a payment due in two weeks for a piece of work grin

I want to spend a bit on clothes but not a fortune. I will have about £150 to spend. I'm still losing weight but need some clothes to do for now

I am short (5ft1) a size 12 on top and a 14 on the bottom, and boy do I have a bottom, massive arse and huge thighs. I'd like a whole new wardrobe, but realistically a couple of decent pair of jeans and some tops will have to do.

HappyAsEyeAm Tue 12-Mar-13 12:05:09

Yay for looking and feeling fabulous.

After years of trousers, I have embraced skirts and dresses (with opaques or boots) and it is a revelation. I feel so much better, despite having actually gained weight since I had my second DS (its being at home with limitless access to the cakes and bisuits, and the almost daily visits to cafes!).

I am short too, but more pear shaped than you. I buy loads in Boden petite (though I probably return more than I keep as I find it a bit hit and miss), M&S, Phase Eight, Hobbs, Wallis and a bit of Debenhams. And Gap for jeans (curvy).

Skirts and dresses are the way forward. I feel better in them, and I carry myself with more confidence and happiness.

NickECave Tue 12-Mar-13 10:41:24

Yes to wearing dresses with tights and boots. I'm a similar shape to you although a bit shorter with bigger boobs and had a revelation last year when I realized that I don't HAVE to wear jeans. Yes they can look fab on some people, yes they are the daily uniform for a huge swathe of women in this country BUT they don't suit me and rarely feel comfortable and from now on I'm only wearing things that feel good and look good on.

Hair is done. Make up is done. And I feel FANTASTIC.

Do people really do this every day???!!!!

Well blush there was moisturiser in the freebie pack the Estee Lauder lady gave me so it's on and waiting for it to sink in.

I have the slimmy thingy on under my dress and it looks fab really has made me look better and the dress looks smooth not lumpy. BUT I CAN'T MOVE OR BREATHE which is a slight issue.

And my black boots with opaques look good.

Just the face and hair to do now ......

Go girl smile

I am not dressed yet thanks boss for the email at 7.30 but when I do I am planning to wear a dress with the slimmy sucky in thingy and tights and boots. And my new foundation with the wanky primer. Shall have to nick some of DDs moisturiser though because I don't actually possess any of my own blush

FreshLeticia Tue 12-Mar-13 08:19:13

I second the poster up-thread about trying straight slim jeans, skinnies look awful on me too for the same reason as you, OP, but straights are really good.
I have some really nice Fatface ones, they have a waistband which is higher up at the back - so no gaping.
Also the dresses and thick tights - I have massive norks though, so empire line are better for me. And never wear high-necked stuff unless you are flat - chested, it makes you look as if you have a huge ski-slope of bosom.

MortifiedAdams Mon 11-Mar-13 16:36:49

It stays where it is but smooths it into one line - so, you dont get thin, you get smooth.

I got a slimmy thingy in Debenhams for under dresses. It goes from boob to thigh, it's like an old fashioned slip.

Where does the flab go in these things?

MortifiedAdams Mon 11-Mar-13 16:27:58

Ooh well if you are going there, look for their spanks. I have the under bust to mid thigh ones in black.and nude and wear them.on nights out (under yet again, the superskinnies).

I AM going to Primark tomorrow. I just ran out of steam and couldn't be bothered to put any more clothes on I tried on a million things to get what I got and I was utterly utterly fed up

MortifiedAdams Mon 11-Mar-13 16:25:31

OP Im your size and shape (but with less boobs), and I wear Primarks super skinnies. They are £11 a pair, and I have two in blue and one in v.dark blue. They are so so comfy and I usually wear loose blouses/tops so although they give a slight muffin top its not too.noticable.

I also buy h&m vests - very long, past the bum, and stretch well (wore mine before during and after preganncy and they sprung back).

H&m tops are great too - and cheap in proce but not.material.

So today I got

Doublewear which is fab and the first foundation ever properly to match my skin tone. And a primer (WTF is that for??) so I got a wee gifty thingy with other stuff in it.

And two pairs of black trousers - one wide legged, which look fantastic and a tapered pair which are also fab.

Suit jacket to go with the two pairs of trousers. And a lacy jacket thing out of Next which is a bit less formal.

And 5 different tops, all smart, look great.

And a suck me in slip thingy for under my existing dresses - the woman in Debenhams wouldn't sell me any dresses until I bought that and went home and tried on my dresses with the suck me in thingy under them.

And 4 pairs of thick tights. For my existing dresses.

Am knackered. Tried on loads of jeans but didn't like ANY so am giving up on jeans. Until I lose weight. Or something.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 11-Mar-13 10:17:39

I buy cheap so I can have loads of choice grin i would get bored with just a few expensive items.

If I go to House of Fraser vs Matalan for eg will I notice a quality difference? I really don't shop. Ever.

Today's supposed to be the day but it's snowy and cold and I don't want to go because I hate shopping

CeeceeBloomingdale Sat 09-Mar-13 19:05:56

Debenhams super skinny jeans are v flattering on my 12-14 apple frame. Theu do a short length which is longer than normal shorts (I'm 5'2" with longisg legs proportionately)

In my defence, I was keeping the shoes good.

I was thinking even if I wore my Levis with a white shirt and some chunky statement jewellery and the Irregular Choice shoes I'd look so much better than I usually do? And if the rest of the outfit was plain, the shoes would be OK?

And I realised I have some GREAT shoes and some GREAT bags

I have 4 pairs of Irregular Choice shoes/ankle boots I have never worn blush

I did go to Debenhams because my boyfriend made me and got fitted and I was wearing totally the wrong size of bra so I have 3 bras that fit one black, one white and one beige. The rest I am still wearing but they don't fit

I could be persuaded to buy biker boots if I'm not too old for them and they wouldn't look daft.

I've also realised I have a load of shoes that are just a teeny bit tight at the toes and there's a great wee cobbler round the corner from work so I'll drop them all in there as part of my re-vamp and then I might actually wear them

DCIlouisemonroe Sat 09-Mar-13 18:23:38

Opaques velvet finish Tesco £4 nice sheen to them and make your legs look brill.

If you don't have biker boots maybe a chunky wedge? or a Mary Jane style shoe?

Have you a TKMaxx nearby? Often have shoes bargains or try Amazon.

DorisIsWaiting Sat 09-Mar-13 18:23:15

Have you been on the bra intervention threads? and had your bra size checked as you may want to add a new bra to the shopping list!

But my old Levi 501s fit grin

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