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.

reindeerjumper Wed 07-Nov-12 20:17:20

I wear jersey or tea dresses, leggings or tights and boots .long sleeved top underneath .

madmomma Thu 08-Nov-12 09:03:41

dresses. Can't bear a waistband. leggings feel soooo good, but I'm aware they're shit. Can't help myself though. Isabella Oliver jeans in the superskinny look good on me, and have just the right amount of stretch. They're the only jeans that look halfway decent on me. Jersey dresses are your friends, as are button through tea dresses.

Fairylea Thu 08-Nov-12 09:46:20

Thanks. I'm a bit scared of dresses and worried they're going to make me look mumsy (even though I am a mum... and I'm my head I am eternally 18 of course which doesn't help !)... I will have a look at some tea dresses, thank you.

The I Oliver jeans sound nice. I will have a look.

What sort of boots should I be wearing with dress ?? Ankle or knee high, are ballet flats out now? I have no idea !

reindeerjumper Thu 08-Nov-12 09:57:55

I wear DMs, ankle boots or biker boots with mine.

I'm a similar size and I live in dresses. They are so much more flattering on me than trousers( I do wear skirts and tops too)

On me, trousers just seem to create a whole bunch of awkward lines and places for lumps and bumps to be highlighted. The only ones I have just now are some coloured skinnies which I wear with a long cowl neck and a light but very long jersey cardi. And killer heels. But generally something like a fit and flare or skater dress, something which highlights my waist.

Oh, and a good bra!

analogue Thu 08-Nov-12 11:04:11

Love this thread. I'm living the same nightmare and it's starting to get me down. I was always 10/12 too and now I seem to neither 14 or 16. 14 too tight in the wrong places, 16 too baggy.

I'm scared to spend any money becasue everything looks shit on me now and has totally zapped my confidence. I hate going out because I always look like crap. I live in my manky maternity jeans and some actually quite flattering black skinnies from Mango. Tops are just a nightmare and I always look awful because I can't seem to get it right. I have big boobs, small waist but still have my saggy bump so anything remotely short is a huge no-no but I can't find tunic style tops that are flattering. I hate mad geometric patterns and crazy psychedelic colours. Well, I don't hate them but I'm more of a black/blue/grey/maroon girl.

Dresses seemed like a great idea and I went out and spent a fortune but they're all either the wrong shape or I can't get the zip up because boobs are too big. I have a wardbrobe full of lovely dresses that I can't wear! I have tried a couple of jersey dresses and they seem to accentuate everything I'm desperate to hide :-(

Can anyone actually point me in the direction of dresses which are going to look reasonably okay despite these problems? Sorry for thread hijack but the reason I am on the board in the first place is for answers to this very question!

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 08-Nov-12 14:28:41

I think I share a wardrobe with Reindeer wink

I also swear by dresses. I think it's because it's one piece, it makes me look more streamlined rather than cut in half which is how I feel when I wear separates. I wear them over leggings/opaques or jeggings with biker boots/DMs (Primark have some really good DM rip offs for £18) I have just raided ASOS for dresses. I really rate them actually.

This is what I've bought

this

This

and

this

dinkydoos Thu 08-Nov-12 14:42:43

Bupcakes,

love those dresses, but woud they work for those of us with excess norkage?

Erm. Bups I have 2 of those dresses already shock grin

I'm only 5'4 but a 14 (low-carbing and shredding so hopefully will be a 12 soon)

I live in tea dresses or jersey dresses with tights/leggings and biker boots.

Not mumsy in the slightest

BupcakesAndCunting Thu 08-Nov-12 14:55:44

I have big booblahs! (34f) They seem to work for me. DH is most impressed with the frontage in the red dress wink

We have fabulous taste, Bunny. Mwah.

Ha! My DP too.

He does Vic Reeves-esque thigh rubbing when I wear it grin

izzybobsmum Thu 08-Nov-12 15:10:59

I'm the same size. I have quite a few jersey wrap style dresses from M and S which I wear with coloured tights and biker style black boots.

Have just bought this (if the link works):

m.marksandspencer.com/mt/www.marksandspencer.com/Per-Una-Paisley-Print-Knotted/dp/B004HQWB32?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_35&nodeId=43009030&sr=1-35&qid=1352387308&pf_rd_r=17TFHT2MQCGB7595MH0R&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=43009030&pf_rd_p=321381387&pf_rd_s=related-items-3

Alternatively, leggings or jeggings with long tops. I have some lovely soft grey jeggings from M and S with a wide, smooth elasticated top, so there's no muffin top on show!

Fairylea Thu 08-Nov-12 18:09:03

Brilliant ! Love the links... those asos dresses are lovely... and the m and s one too.. thanks.

Given me a few ideas !!

I am of big boobage too.. ff cup. Sigh. There's just so much more to love... cough. smile

AnnIonicIsoTronic Thu 08-Nov-12 18:35:44

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AnnIonicIsoTronic Thu 08-Nov-12 18:37:55
ENormaSnob Thu 08-Nov-12 19:51:22

I seem to wear the same as everyone else on here grin

Dresses (wrap and tea style usually) tights and boots.

cheeseandmushroomghostie Fri 09-Nov-12 17:55:03

Marking my place to buy those Asos dresses later grin

PetaO Fri 09-Nov-12 17:59:10

Loving all the dresses, but do they work with breastfeeding?

HardHittingLeafletCampaign Sat 10-Nov-12 00:45:15

Subbing for same reason as PETA, need a stretchy neckline or buttons or some option for whipping out of boobs.

HoneyKate Tue 13-Nov-12 14:28:25

So happy to have found this thread which is exactly what I was searching for. I have so little in my wardrobe which actually fits these days. I feel so frumpy and have no idea what suits my sagging, bulging, size 14 mid-40's shape anymore. As someone who used to be a rock-chick and even occasionally admired and complemented for my fashion sense, I am feeling quite low! My two favourite dresses have given up the ghost, now being so old and holey they are beyond repair. With finances scarce and Christmas nearly here my budget is small. I have just been into Fat Face and tried about 8 different dresses in their sale but they all looked awful. Echo the comments above about jersey clinging in all the wrong places. There seems to be two different types of jersey - I have a lovely swirly M&S skirt in heavy jersey which hangs beautifully but the Fat Face dresses are thin jersey and they make me look even more lumpy than usual! I could cry!! I can't live my life in one long black skirt! I have always avoided Asos as I can't try on and I hate the chore of having to return things by mail. But this thread has given me the confidence to order one of those skater dresses (to be worn with black leggings to hide my fat legs!) Thanks everyone, I feel a little more cheerful already.

QueenieLovesEels Tue 13-Nov-12 17:32:18

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This is surprising flattering. I am a 14/16 and I got the small as the medium was too baggy. It comes down just below mid thigh.

Next do some high waisted jeans in skinny or slim leg and they really hold you in without a muffin spill over. The black ones are true to size but the blue/black need to be sized down.

I also got some suede over the knee boots which are really flattering. They have elastic up the back to they fit and stay put.

Will try and link other good buys...

QueenieLovesEels Tue 13-Nov-12 17:33:21

Yea gods what have I done again?

QueenieLovesEels Tue 13-Nov-12 17:35:46
ILovePonyo Tue 13-Nov-12 17:38:06

Fairy and analogue you sound like me, I live in skinny jeans converse and black or grey tops. I used to be a size 10 but am now a 14 and don't know how to dress for my shape, dresses just seem to accentuate my big tum sad

Marking place to come back and look at all these links later...

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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