Anyone size 16+ interested in Christmas style & beauty chat?

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peachesandpickles Sat 09-Nov-13 10:35:29

I bought a couple of things recently with Christmas/New Year nights out in mind but no complete outfit yet.

I'm an 18 and rather short.

I bought these two from Pink Clove jacket

and I like this from White Stuff tunic

Unfortunately none of these go together so ideas needed.

Anyone else like to share they are wearing for Christmas Day and night out?

peachesandpickles Sat 09-Nov-13 12:15:54


TigerFeet Sat 09-Nov-13 12:29:22

Wow never heard of pink clove, I love the jacket but I couldn't wear it, norks too big so it's the wrong shape for me. I need to have a browse.

I'm size 20, curvy shape with good décolleté but horrible rugby player legs and cankles. Can't link atm as in phone but will be back later.

Deathwatchbeetle Sat 09-Nov-13 15:08:20

Never heard of pink clove either. It also would not suit me as an apple with as, Tigerfeet says, big norks. However it looks very nice-maybe dress it up with dressy trews??? You know the sort of floaty things in a slinky fabric. If you prefer a skirt I think a straight one/pencil skirt would look better with it or perhaps a plain dress underneath - like a sheath - unless like me you are apple shaped-then you would look more like a sack of King Edwards! Or a nice pair of leggings?

I doubt I will be buying anything to wear Christmas time as I am unemployed and not going anywhere apat from maybe a meal with friends but will have to make do with what I have got.

Chewbecca Sat 09-Nov-13 21:17:09

Evening, I think I fit into your size criteria too & am also looking for Christmas wear.
I have this Coast top which I do like & it is flattering but it's not the most exciting. I rather wanted to try this sequin Coast top but it was sold out in my size. Looks like it might be back again now so I might try it and maybe swap.

Re: your links, the Pink Clove jacket is polyester & I am not sure it'll look good in real life? The white stuff tunic is nice but you must have decent upper arms as I avoid sleeveless like the plague, my wings look awful.

TeamSwitzerland Sat 09-Nov-13 21:20:34

Hi girls, I'm a size 18 and 5ft1 !! Really find it hard to get clothes and sometimes am too scared to even go to the shops, I only have a couple of outfits as I don't like going to the shops and wishing I could wear prettier things. Would also love to join this thread and see how other ladies dress need some inspiration xxx

peachesandpickles Sat 09-Nov-13 21:44:13

Evening all. For some reason my phone won't open coast links so looking forward to seeing those tomorrow.

Not sure if I will go out much over Christmas either Deathwatch but I'm hoping to find a nice outfit so I'll be ready if the chance of a night out presents itself.

Team I'm 5'2 so we are very similar. Do you ever buy online? Definitely more choice than in the shops.

Chewbecca Sat 09-Nov-13 21:47:14

For Christmas Day I'd like something like this sequin jumper, but cheaper! I don't know if it would suit or not. I'm generally looking lumpy in all the jumpers in the shops right now but hoping a fine knit jumper might work.
teamswitzerland I hate shopping in person, take 10 items in the changing room and they all look awful. My solution is to buy on line, mostly using JL click and collect so free, next day collection and free easy returns. I buy tons of stuff and send 80% back but it works and I get to try in the comfort of my own home, with the right shoes/trousers etc.

Chewbecca Sat 09-Nov-13 21:48:40

(Size 16-18 & 5ft0 btw)

peachesandpickles Sat 09-Nov-13 21:52:15

Lovely jumper Chewbaca but the price!!! I can never find jumpers that look good on me but agree it is a good option for Christmas Day.

peachesandpickles Sat 09-Nov-13 21:56:52

I have a recommendation but don't know how to link on phone. Simply Be crochet trim tunic dress. I have it in black and it has been my go-to dressy top for ages. Very flattering on. I like the fact that it ties in the back to give it shape and has sleeves for all those who dislike their arms.

Thinking of getting it in another colour.

Chewbecca Sat 09-Nov-13 22:08:07

Dh ordered this gathered band Boden tunic for me yesterday in red. I already have it in blue and the red one is my Christmas present and I'll wear it on Christmas Day. I am 5ft 3 and a 22 with H cup chest. I think it's very flattering and pretty - and jolly grin

Chewbecca Sat 09-Nov-13 22:12:04

The Boden looks nice Northern, that sort of neckline is normally v flattering for me. Problem is, bra often tries to peek out, does this dress cover your bra? I have never managed to find a decent with half cups (is that what it's called?)

Yes it does. I sometimes find I need to be sneaky with the small safety pins with Boden necklines but this was just right - displays cleavage not bra and I was wearing quite a high cut bra with it. It's a sort of viscose stretchy material. Hangs nicely but also clings nicely round the bust. I'm really pleased with it. I'll get another colour if any left in the sale.

Chewbecca Sat 09-Nov-13 22:18:31

Not sure there's going to be many left actually, there's a lot of sold out signs already, mostly in the larger sizes, another sign it's a good 'un.
Wil have to dig out a discount code, can't bear paying full price for Boden.
What do you wear on your feet with it? I see and like all the ankle boots but they look awful on me, make me look really stumpy.

peachesandpickles Sat 09-Nov-13 22:24:25

Not that one Chewbaca but I like it in black. The one I have has crochet at the neck. I'll link tomorrow when I'm on computer.

I like the Boden tunic too.

I've two pairs of mid calf boots. I wear those. Tbh I'm 5ft 3. I AM stumpy grin Meh - I need comfy, warm feet!

peachesandpickles Sat 09-Nov-13 22:29:52

I think mid calf boots are great for us shorter women too Northern. I bought the Clarks NationalSugar ones that were linked on here and I am living in them.

Um I might have linked those blush I have them too - in brown and just ordered the grey ones which have 33% off atm. blush blush blush

I have a question btw. SInce I discovered leggings and tunics I wear them more and more and trousers less and less but I noticed that M&S have some nice coloured velvety cords in atm. Anybody have those? What are they like?

Chewbecca Sat 09-Nov-13 22:33:18

I think it is because I have unusually large feet for my height (7) that I am very conscious of how mahoosive that style of boots looks on me. Would love to wear them, I'm sure they look great.
I have ordered the boden tunic but need to sort footwear out pronto or it's indoor wear only!

peachesandpickles Sat 09-Nov-13 22:37:29

Well if it was you who linked them then a big thanks from me. It's the happiest I've been with a footwear purchase in years. I contemplated the grey too. I might investigate the sale.

Haven't seen the M&S cords. For some reason I am very conservative about leg wear even though my legs are the slimmest part of me.

grin The boots are fab aren't they?

Chewbecca - maybe ballet style slippers then?

Chewbecca Sun 10-Nov-13 11:31:28

Re: trousers, I actually get on very well with Per Una Roma Straight Leg jeans - they're always a good fit so I would be tempted to try. I'm not sure which velvet ones you mean. I do find that M&S short is right for me at 5'0 so I would try Medium length as well for someone 5'3?
There's 20% off per Una all weekend so I was hoping to buy a new pair of jeans but all 16 Short are sold out annoyingly.
Re: ballet slippers, yes I do have some and they do not look so BIG on me. I've been looking for a pair of 'slipper' shape shoes lately too but not found the perfect ones yet. I like the brogues too but again, they really don't flatter my calves at all.
It is hard work!

polyhymnia Sun 10-Nov-13 11:59:38

northern I have that Boden top too and love it! Have blue and brown. Can't wear red as doesn't suit my colouring - but agree it will make a lovely Christmas day top. And - unlike a sweater, however nice -not too hot if slaving over the oven and imbibing plenty of fizz!

polyhymnia Sun 10-Nov-13 12:31:54

Just read thread through properly and just to agree that Boden top has a good V neck but not too low so cami not essential. They have 22%off at moment.

I wear that top with NYDJ skinny jeans and ankle boots when out and about. Will wear it for indoors only with same jeans or Boden Ponte Roma trousers/ jeggings and one of my collection of ballerinas - probably Boden ones with sparkly trims if round Christmas.

The M an S cord jeggings look awful on me because if I get them in the size I need for waist and hips, the legs look horribly baggy and clown-like as my own legs are long and ( comparatively) slim. The NYDJ jeans and Boden Roma are nice and tight to the leg which suits me.

Chewbecca Sun 10-Nov-13 12:49:37

I will look forward to the Boden top/dress arriving! I ordered in red, I like red.
I noticed now that the Coast sequin top is available in my size again with a 20% discount with free delivery so that is also now on its way!
I cannot get my pins in skinny jeans sad, straight is best for me.

Poluhymnia - I think our wardrobes must be identical grin I was really impressed with the neckline. Wish they would do more that shape as they do often need a cami or pinning to stop slippage.

goodasitgets Sun 10-Nov-13 15:27:04

I'm lurking here grin
I'm an awkward size - too small for plus size brands, but sometimes too big for high street angry
My recent purchases have been a matalan v neck jersey dress which is v flattering and a collectif dress

polyhymnia Sun 10-Nov-13 21:05:23

Yes northern I reckon we've got a pretty similar collection of nice Boden tops between us! Have you had any favourite dresses from them this season? I think you mentioned one?

TeamSwitzerland Mon 11-Nov-13 09:04:24

Hi Ladiessmile Peaches, I do shop online, took the plunge and have ordered the Ruby's closet caviar beaded skater dress from simply be, am planning on buying a nice shrug to go with it. Simply be is good quality I feel, although expensive for me x

peachesandpickles Tue 26-Nov-13 18:06:32

Has anyone seen/bought anything interesting lately?

I've ordered this dress

Not sure what the quality will be like at the price but it's all my budget can stretch to this year.

My sister has that dress in the red. It's great for the price not too scratchy and flattering on her. She's a 24 with huge boobs so would definitely look nice on someone smaller too.

Also take a look on asos in the curve section for 18+ lots of gorgeous dresses and their main range tends to come up big in own label stuff. You can often get away with at least one size smaller

MadameJosephine Tue 26-Nov-13 19:19:13

dontletthem how short is that dress in RL? Looks scary short on the model but I'm only 5'3"

peachesandpickles Tue 26-Nov-13 19:28:20

The model is 5'11 so the dress wouldn't be anything like that short on you madame

MsRinky Tue 26-Nov-13 19:36:20

Oops, just ordered that Boden tunic. I'm probably too suggestible for this thread.

I think just above the knee. My sister is 5'6/5'7 ish

Hi all size 16/18 5ft7 here latest purchases
tesco tunic dres it got lots of comments other day and was a bargain so am pleased.

Have created a Christmas Day Dress Contenders Board on Pinterest otherwise know as Reddish dresses with sleeves on the knee. My name is Sequin Orange if anyone fancies a peep

WildThong Tue 26-Nov-13 22:00:41

Has anyone tried this Boden dress. I'm not sure how it would sit on a big tummy. Size 16 and 5'3 here

WildThong Tue 26-Nov-13 22:06:57

smelly grin
What length is the Tesco dress? It looks lovely but I don't wear anything too short.

Comes to just above knee, I have that problem too keep buying dresses that are too short so can only be worn as tops or with leggings but this one is quite perfect

also have bought white stuff dress like this recently which is a good length on me

Not sure if you've seen this Chewbecca but it caught my eye in our local store this afternoon.

The neckline was lower in RL than it looks on the picture

AndiMac Tue 26-Nov-13 22:29:47

Popping on to watch.

WildThong Tue 26-Nov-13 22:33:12

Perfect eh? Damn....goes to get purse.....

peachesandpickles Wed 27-Nov-13 12:56:24

I like the F&F dress and the Boden one.

mrsrinky Which colour did you order? I'd love a navy dress and this one looks good.

Will you pop back and let us know what the fit is like?

ShinyBauble Wed 27-Nov-13 13:33:32

I just bought the Clarks boots and the Tesco dress. Logging off now before I blow my presents budget!

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 29-Nov-13 15:42:11

I ordered the Boden top/dress on your recommendation and it looks fantastic! How did I miss it on the website? I ordered the brown and the red and they both look great, so I am keeping them. Have lost weight recently and need some new jeans (jeggings?) to go under them now...

I also have the Lydia dress from Boden in black and the black/cream colourway. I prefer the black, although the other one is useful for work and can be tarted up a bit with a red scarf.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sat 30-Nov-13 15:25:21

I am a 22 and bought this in Jade

polyhymnia Sat 30-Nov-13 15:32:49

Glad you like the Boden top MrsSch. At the beginning of the season they had it tucked away under 'tops' not tunics for some bizarre reason and I nearly missed it.

WildThong Sun 01-Dec-13 12:30:05

Great thread!

Pompbear Sun 01-Dec-13 13:26:13

Switzerland, I'm the same size as you and i bought an amazing dress from peacocks last week. On offer at the mo for 1t quid. Pics online don't do it justice at all. Its a really fan dress. I had lots of nice comments. Looks way more expensive than it was. Machine wash and doesn't need ironing, perfect! Can't link at mo but I posted a lunk last night "fan dress for £15"

AndiMac Sun 01-Dec-13 20:44:52

Here's Pompbear's dress to save everyone else trying to find it. Kept looking for a "Fan" dress and then finally realised you meant fab! tchgrin It does look fab.

I'm thinking about daring a jumpsuit. What do you all think of this one? Phase Eight has some lovely looking ones, but they are all around £100 and I'm not quite willing to go that far for an article of clothing that I think my end up in the back of my closet after one Christmas season.

Northern, thanks, just ordered the Boden tunic in black!

Am 5ft so hoping it will work as a knee length dress on me. So rare to find a dress with sleeves, was getting a bit desperate- really hope it fits ok!

Hoping to now find some knee high flat boots that miraculously fit my calves...

polyhymnia Sun 01-Dec-13 20:56:14

Duo boots are great for all sizes of calf.

Just randomly ordered some dorothy perkins boots, these- 68 delivered- but they can go back if they don't fit

BobPatSamandIgglePiggle Sun 01-Dec-13 21:22:02

Can I play? I'm size 16, 5'2" and have massive 34h boobs.

I really like the Tesco dress (and the Boden tunic but I'm skint!) and might pop along to my local tesco after i go and freeze on the picket line on Tuesday!

Chewbecca Sun 01-Dec-13 21:26:00

Well everything i've ordered lately has gone straight back sadly. I think it is me, not the clothes!
I ordered the Boden tunic too, but it didn't look great around the belly and DH pulled a face so was a no-no.
Have also tried the Boden Lydia dress that also got the 'face', it was all the excess material round the belly.
havinganoffday that top aligns very much to my head picture of a sequin top, good spot! I have never shopped in Asda though, always thought would probably be poor quality?
The sequin Coast top was also a no-go, I am still planning on wearing the Coast Vittoria top which, whilst not the most exciting, it really is comfy and flattering.
stairsinthenight have you looked at Gabor boots? I've had lots o luck there

Chewbecca Sun 01-Dec-13 21:27:49

Chewbacca if the DP ones look arse I'll certainly look at the Gabor ones, thanks!

ShreddedHoops Sun 01-Dec-13 22:14:44

Just popping on to give a heads up to a lovely coat on the Zara 'special prices' section, a black car coat in wool for £29.99. Only XL left - Zara sizing is pretty small so I'd guess that's a 16 but not sure.

WildThong Mon 02-Dec-13 10:11:34

The silver dress is lovely, how do sizes run in Peacocks? I normally buy a 16 but have a really problem belly so sometimes have to size up for that.

BobPatSamandIgglePiggle Mon 02-Dec-13 14:12:17

Andimac - i tried on a Phase Eight jumpsuit. It made me look like i was wearing a nappy (i do have a big fat belly though :-( )

polyhymnia Mon 02-Dec-13 14:22:06

chewbacca sadly the Boden Lydia dress looked awful on me too. That strange flap of material! A shame.

AndiMac Mon 02-Dec-13 14:22:19

Ugh, not pleasant. Well I leapt off the deep end and ordered this one in size 16 yesterday. I'll let you know how it looks when I get it!

WildThong Mon 02-Dec-13 17:11:49

I got two dresses from Monsoon today. Still deciding whether to keep one, both or neither. I always seem to end up buying grey/black or similar. But I must say they are quite flattering even on my big tum.
mai and siri

peachesandpickles Mon 02-Dec-13 17:35:35

Ooh WildThong I love both of those. What is the lining like? Is it comfortable on?

I got 2 Pink Clove dresses today and am undecided, like you, whether to keep one, both or neither.

This one black fits very well but the lace is a little on the shiny side.

I love the lace on this one (mostly cotton so quite matt) pink but as it is a-line it is not quite as flattering.

WildThong Mon 02-Dec-13 19:25:41

peaches the colour of that pink lace is gorgeous. I worried about the lining but it's strangely comfy. Supportive but not restrictive. I sized up though because I hate being like a sausage in a skin. grin. Also it's cooler not to be trussed up but that might be an age thing. If I keep them and it becomes annoying, I'll just slit it to open it up.

BobPatSamandIgglePiggle Mon 02-Dec-13 20:10:33

Wildthong - they're both lovely! Peaches - they're lovely too (and affordable) but they look scary short??

Pompbear Mon 02-Dec-13 22:30:03

Wild, i would size up. I'm an 18. 20 fits better on me across my tummy although the 18 was slightly snug.

Its beautiful. You won't be disappointed

peachesandpickles Sat 07-Dec-13 14:16:06

Just catching up.

andimac Did your jumpsuit arrive? What's the verdict?

Has anyone bought a warm coat recently? I really need one and can't decide.

I have about £80 to spend. I like this one fatface because I don't want black. I wonder if the sizing is biggish?

I prefer this one fatface2 but don't want the green and sold out in the other colour.

Any suggestions?

AndiMac Sat 07-Dec-13 18:47:24

My jumpsuit did arrive and it's pretty good! It will need a stuff-it-all-in-for-smooth-lines garment underneath, but I actually like it. DH likes it too, and although he is an easy audience to please, he wouldn't let me go out in it if I looked ridiculous.

AndiMac Sat 07-Dec-13 19:07:44

Here's a picture of me wearing the jumpsuit without the right supporting undergarments. I'm 5'6" and size 16. This is a generous enough cut that size 18 could probably get away wearing it.

peachesandpickles Sat 07-Dec-13 19:08:38

That's great andi. What height are you? Think I might be too short.

peachesandpickles Sat 07-Dec-13 19:12:19

Wow looks great. I'm only 5'2 so not sure I'd pull it off.

AndiMac Sat 07-Dec-13 19:15:04

I think you could, but you would probably have to play with the trouser length to fix it. Or wear scary-high platform heels!

peachesandpickles Sat 07-Dec-13 19:17:35

I think it's the length of the body that might be tricky. Definitely considering it though. I like the simplicity of them.

AndiMac Sat 07-Dec-13 20:23:38

A quick google search shows Next has some jumpsuits in petite sizes that might work. for example

BobPatSamandIgglePiggle Sat 14-Dec-13 20:19:54

Has anyone bought anything from the high street recently? I have an hour in the morning to find something to wear for a night all day black eye Friday drinking session out next weekend.

I also need shoes / boots - low heel and very, very wide. I have lymphodoema in my left foot / leg and really struggle. So far I've tried Evans (but only a little shop - one in town is bigger so hopeful) Clarks, Debenhams and New look but can'tsqueeze into any boots at all this year!

WildThong Sat 21-Dec-13 12:03:27

Had to share this fantastic tunic top in the Planet sale, really really flattering on and the light glitter over it makes it perfect for Christmas. I also bought the ponte treggings (although I hate that word), had them before and very versatile under tunics or layers. Maybe too late for online order but possibly get them in store.

AuntieMaggie Sat 21-Dec-13 19:32:34

I love some of those dresses especially the ones on the pink clove site but think they may be a bit short for me as I'm 5'7" and I hate my knees!

I'll be looking for larger maternity wear in the new year so any help would be much appreciated smile

peachesandpickles Sat 21-Dec-13 20:11:43

Congratulations auntiemaggie. I found maternity clothes shopping tricky. I had black yoga type trousers from next which were comfy for around the house and a great pair of combats from Simply Be. Tops from Dorothy Perkins were quite good.

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