Maxi dress for the short and fat??

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I have a wedding next month. I'm 5'0 and between and 16/18 size wise. Big hips, big norks and a fairly narrow waist in comparison. It's obviously not tiny but is my narrowest point.

I dislike my ,legs but can cope with them out in opaques, but this weather isn't opaque weather, so I'm thinking maxi dress.

Will I look like a walking wigwam?

Also looking for suggestions. Budget as little as possible, but can go up to £100 if I can use accessories I already have.

ruddynorah Sat 20-Jul-13 16:33:33

No. They're for tall willowy people. You'd be better in a knee length wrap dress.

Wrap dresses don't work for me and usually ends up with my boobs falling out. Plus did I mention I hate my legs?? smile

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 16:38:19

sheer tights are your friend

think maxi not flattring

I still hate them in tights.

Think I'll go for trousers then.

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 16:42:40

oh ffs

take a pic and we will be your blunt friend

I'm the same height and dress size and I wear maxi dresses. To make them work for you, you need to find one that sits right on YOUR body, decide if you want it flowing or close fitting and then try on as many as possible. There's lots of different styles of maxis in the shops and I just can't imagine that you won't be able to find one that suits. As a side note, I'd avoid the Miss Selfridge ones purely because of the length of them unless you find you really fall in love with one and have the time and spare money to get the bottom altered. good luck hunting!

Oh god, you are scary!! smile

Will go and take some, but I have some horrendous mossie bites right now, so bare that in mind! wine

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 16:53:37

I am. I'll ignore bites. Hurry up

I think that if you can a) cope with very high heels and b) choose a very flattering column-esque one with not too much norkage hanging out then it might be okay. Otherwise, I think knee length or just below (with sheer tights) or some really, really well fitting trousers would be more flattering.

Ok pics up. Be nice please

Can't cope with high heels 2-3 inches max and even then I'll need a pair of flats in my bag

Doesn't help that dh is 6'2 so I look even dumper standing next to him. Maybe I could lob his legs off with a chainsaw?

HaPPy8 Sat 20-Jul-13 17:10:42

Your legs look find you they have a shape to them, with a small heel I think you would look nice in a knee lentgh or just below the knee dress. I think that would be more flattering that trousers too.

HaPPy8 Sat 20-Jul-13 17:11:02

fine. legs look fine. sorry.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Sat 20-Jul-13 17:12:07

Have you had a bra intervention yet?
If not, then get that sorted first as it will make all clothes look so much better on you.

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:14:01




LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:14:46

Your legs look like NORMAL LEGS. With bites

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:16:09

Lower heels not necc kitten are v in fashion atm. There's some cool two tone orangey ones in marks sale I'm looking at.

I'd do a jersey dress and amazing shoes and get your hair done.

I have had the intervention! Norks are in the right place. Shame there isn't an intervention for the chunky of calf.

Lady, I'm not feeling your honesty.......

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:16:46

Look at coast and asos for dresses. Jersey drapes nicely. Straight ish skirt

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:17:34
LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:18:04

Oh FFS. Your legs are normal. What do you thinks wrong with them? Stop being a nobber.

Sorry xpost there.

Thank you!

I love shoes. They are my comfort. And bags, I have half a wardrobe full of bags and shoes.

My friend is a similar size and shape to you and she looks lovely in a skirt and fitted top with kitten heels. Separates are sometimes easier than dresses.

They are nice Lady!

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:20:44
LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:22:08

Agree your bra needs a little work ;)

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:22:54

I like that. Black cap sleeve plain. Amazing bright clutch and shoes.

karinmaria Sat 20-Jul-13 17:23:46

Coast have a few fabulous jersey wrap style dresses at the moment. Their jersey is heavier and better quality than most high street shops so it skims lumps and bumps really well, and the dresses are lined too. All this = very flattering.

The coast dresses are simple so you can go for amazing shoes and a statement necklace. M&S do very good control sheer tights.

Can you tell I'm also short, big busted and looking for a wedding outfit?! Trust me I've done my research!!!

You need a dress with the waist on your waist, that one is empire line which I think is what is making your bra look wrong. Legs are good from knee down, go for on the knee dress and a low heel or wedge!

ThatVikRinA22 Sat 20-Jul-13 17:24:33

i am 5ft 4 and a size 14 - i have just bought 3 maxi dresses that look brilliant on me. I didnt think i could wear them at all - but everyone commented on how nice looked in them. I wore one to the pub last night.

ill see if i can link them.....

i got this in both colours - very flattering


this one

you would probably need them taking up a fraction if you are 5ft - i got away with platform wedge sandals with them.

i thought they would look terrible but actually hang beautifully - dont cling at all, make norks look fab and make the most of your waist without clinging to tummy or legs.

i never thought i could wear a maxi in a million years - i tried the strapless ones with belts and looked horrendous! but the ones i bought are lovely and i felt very glam! ive never seen my norks looks so good! (get a good strapless bra!)

Does it? I measured a month or so ago and I have my new purchase on.

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:24:53

How stretchy is it? I like em tight

ProphetOfDoom Sat 20-Jul-13 17:25:25

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karinmaria Sat 20-Jul-13 17:26:53

Yes EXACTLY to the dress Remus linked to.

I'd say no to the Wallis one. I think you need to be v slim to carry that 'little girly' prom shape, personally.

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:29:36

Yes. I have similar. Olivia one from coast

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:29:51

I think you're right reem

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:30:56

For a summer wedding? Granted in Scotland so it could be snowing!

I would wear hat coast dress to work.

That not hat!

NotAnotherPackedLunch Sat 20-Jul-13 17:32:46

Your legs look fine and your calves have good shape.
Anti histamines will reduce the redness and itching of the bites, then you'll be fine to get them out.
I think a wrap dress in a heavy jersey would look good on you.

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 20-Jul-13 17:47:40

Might be a bit busy. Or busty. Try

Sorry, no. I think that would be a disaster on big norks.

Ok, black and white out


ProphetOfDoom Sat 20-Jul-13 17:52:09

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ProphetOfDoom Sat 20-Jul-13 17:56:15

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Don't read too much into it I was just trying to follow the waist on waist, straight skirt advice!

I post dresses on here for others all the time, I just can't do it for myself!

I like the pink silk one.

Although number 3 is the only one I would look twice at from your links, sorry!

LOVE this

I have green shoes and bag that would work with the pink. Or a deep purple plus fascinator.

Ooooooooh Remus! I like that a lot. I have everything to go with that! In numerous colours! Maybe even multicoloured!

Vipers opinion on the flowery one Remus has just posted?

Mmm not convinced by green and pink tbh. Or by fascinators. Sorry.

I know re fascinators but its that or a hat. Quite posh wedding. Dh will be in full kilt regalia.

Zyngaling Sat 20-Jul-13 18:18:58

No don't do it.

I'm 5'2" and 10/12 and I wouldn't attempt to pull off a maxi because they only come up to the top of your boobs so your clothing seems to start really low down. FAR FAR better to wear a dress or skirt and top that covers your shoulders and goes to your knees. That will seem 'longer'. Honestly.

I think you look nice in that kind of dress but in a brighter colour.
I was going to say get your self a better bra too, I have GG boobs and a bra from Rigby and Pellar made me look about 20.

There are loads of nice dresses in the M and Co sale, I bought this one yesterday for a wedding in August and this one for a wedding in June. Both v cheap!!

Zyngaling Sat 20-Jul-13 18:23:18
Zyngaling Sat 20-Jul-13 18:24:51

phase eight 50% off dresses now.

I have this but in black from m&co bought for Xmas doo.

And this but wear with opaques to work

So kind of gives and idea of what I like, a bit.

Not keen on the myleen polka dots. Seems a bit Minnie Mouse in style.

Zyngaling Sat 20-Jul-13 18:47:28

That first link, the navy one, that's nice.
the second, the pattern, hmm, maybe not. ???

Not keen on the polka dots either but that style of dress would be good on you I think. Draw you UP, not down, iyswim

Megsdaughter Sat 20-Jul-13 18:59:17

I'm the same size and height and recently bought this looks amazing smile

Megsdaughter Sat 20-Jul-13 19:01:38
Chewbecca Sat 20-Jul-13 19:10:00

I'm the same size and height and bought and felt good in this jaeger dress recently.

Right, is there a bra intervention thread going? I have remeasured. 38/52 can that be right?? I have a feeling it was different the last time!

I just bought the Oasis maxi dress from last week's Swears By e-mail and lord above it is fabulous! I was very skeptical, especially as I tried the large first and it looked horrible and highlighted all my lumpy bits, but the medium was perfect.

(I'm 5'1 and a 12-14)

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