Can I wear maxi dresses if I aM short and fat ?

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Am 5"5 and size 20 with massive bust but fairly shapely everywhere else

Planning on wearing with small cardi or denim jacket and high wedges

Stylish ready for summer big girl or sack of potatoes in a tent ?

juneybean Sun 27-May-12 10:52:31

Oo no idea but watching with interest!

ninjanurse Sun 27-May-12 10:54:21

I am 5"3 and on the curvaceous side (size 16), I have got a maxi dress on today and I think it looks ok. OH says it looks nice as well so thats good enough for me. I have got a cotton one though so it skims the curves, a lot of maxi dresses are like jersey material and I dont think they would be so forgiving.

Oooh no way would I brave the jersey ones

Mine are good quality cotton and they are lined too so do hang nicely

MrsTrellisOfSouthWales Sun 27-May-12 10:58:11

I've been looking to to buy one online but where the description has a height, it'll say 150cm hem to shoulder. That's over the top of my head shock

And so many are bandeau tops. I need thick straps!

yellowraincoat Sun 27-May-12 10:58:14

I don't think maxi dresses are that flattering on anyone.

Why not get a long skirt and top instead? I think that tends to look a lot nicer.

Jersey ones, no way.

Really yellow ?
I think they look fab if styled correctly

I would feel too frumpy in long skirt and top

ToryLovell Sun 27-May-12 11:05:13

I can see what yellow is saying. A lot of maxis are empire line which is good as its floaty and cool but not so good when it makes your lower body look wider than it is.

A top and maxi skirt doesn't do that as it gives you a waist.

Wide belt might do the same with the dress though.

TheFoosa Sun 27-May-12 11:16:04

5'5" is NOT short imo

I would go for unfussy patterns, no big flowers

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-May-12 11:57:06

I think as long as it is a good cut and a nice fabric eg silk it would look fab on you.

You can look like shite as a size 8 if your clothes are poorly cut.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 27-May-12 11:57:37

Your the same height as me btw!.

Great ! Thanks for replies.

yellowraincoat Sun 27-May-12 12:00:28

Frumpy? I mean, if it's a frumpy top and skirt, yes, maybe.

GobblersKnob Sun 27-May-12 12:02:00

I also agree that maxi skirts are way nicer, I love the idea of the one that are just elasticated round your tits then just hang like a bag, that has to be the closest you can be to nakedgrin

However I am 5'10" anda size 10-12 but look way better in a maxi skirt and vest, it just breaks, you up. I don't think it looks frumpy at all, I think dresses are more so, plus the world and his wife are wearing them they are just so boring.

So in answer to your question, wear what you like grin But I think you would look better in a skirt.

upahill Sun 27-May-12 12:04:29

I would say unlikely tbh.

I am quite short with huge bust, there is one dress that I bought last year from Boden which is jersey but has a band that pulls in under the chest.

It is incredibly flattering, I don't know if they are doing a similar one this year?

ZZZenAgain Sun 27-May-12 12:09:33

not sure but then back in the old days, all women wore maxi dresses whatever their shape and size because that is all there was. Just take your wedges along and try some on, see what the total effect is. If you want to wear a maxi, you need to wear it with confidence as with anything to look good in it.

jaquelinehyde Sun 27-May-12 12:12:13

Yes you can, I have a few and I always gets comments about how nice I am looking when I wear them.

yellowraincoat Sun 27-May-12 12:55:43

ZzzenAgain, they were very fitted back in the old days though. Not like the looser style we have now.

sparkle12mar08 Sun 27-May-12 13:00:30

Sorry but I think they make anyone under about 5'10 look like the back of a bus. They're just not designed for us mere mortals I reckon!

<<<<feeling a bit wobbly now about donning the dresses. Might take some pics

whackamole Sun 27-May-12 13:19:53

I like them. I think so long as they fit, and are not too busty (and I say this as one with 34GG) then they can look lovely. Maxi skirt and top also looks nice, but really only on the flat stomached among us!

I disagree about jersey - so long as it isn't too tight I think jersey is very forgiving, as it is heavy it drapes really nicely.

whackamole Sun 27-May-12 13:21:52

This I think is lovely, and would look good on pretty much anyone, although you might need to hem it up a bit!

(PS - 5 ft 5 isn't short! 5 ft 4.5 is the UK average)

upahill Sun 27-May-12 13:51:43

Looking good and maxi dress is a contridiction of terms for most people.
Unless you are uber tall and slim and have small boobs most people (including me) look like they are wearing a roll of fabric.

I'm a size 12 to 14 and I am 5ft 5. I look mad in a maxi.
My friend is 5ft 8 and size 20 and she doesn't look good in one either.

bunnybabylon Sun 27-May-12 14:03:07

i am sick of the site of them, really awful imo and everywhere! wouldn't be so bad is they weren't right to the floor. like stepford wives, equally lovely teamed with tattoos as is the norm here. chavvy

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