Haven't tried using S&B like this before so bear with me, I'll try not to drip feed.
I am in my early 40s, lost a lot of weight recently but still borderline overweight with most of my weight on my tummy (think muffin top!!). I have a very rare but special night out that I want to dress to impress for (naice wine bar with dress code "smart casual") and looking for something to wear but I am really fussy (see below!)
I am 5ft 9 and size 20 which excludes some shops already. The main criteria are: - it has to be quite cool - I'm going to be in a packed pub/club and hate getting too hot - it has to have sleeves or be wearable with some sort of cropped cardigan thing (I have plenty of those) - i have horrible upper arms - nothing too low cut on the cleavage - nothing which clings to my tummy - I have decent legs, most of my height is in my legs (just as you were thinking it was a hopeless cause)! - I wear black 80% of the time but look good in any shade of blue and peach (shoulder length straight blonde hair, blue eyes), look awful in yellow or white and large prints don't suit me - I want to look classy but sexyish (not sure that's possible for me!!!)
Am currently thinking either a top with a short black skirt and leggings (I have the latter two and they look slimming) or a dress.
I realise this is a big ask but I'm struggling to find anything so will try anything!! I can be fairly flexible on budget (but rarely spend a lot on clothes!)