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to wonder how to look professional when obese

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octoberdaisy11 Sun 15-Oct-17 14:08:08

I'm size 20. I can't find any work wear in Yours or Evans. Next had a couple of jackets in an 18 but they pull.

Is this my punishment or do fat people just not wear suits?

dinosaursandtea Sun 15-Oct-17 14:10:41

SimplyBe do some good stuff! I've used them for smart workwear in the past.

Frequency Sun 15-Oct-17 14:11:44

Asos do loads of smart dresses you could team with a blazer and tights.

dinosaursandtea Sun 15-Oct-17 14:11:46

And being fat is nothing to be punished for! You can still look good - and even be healthy - at a larger size. You still deserve nice clothes and professional opportunities.

octoberdaisy11 Sun 15-Oct-17 14:14:29

There are no words to express how bad I look in dresses.

I need a jacket (not a cloak, Evans) and trousers!

Frequency Sun 15-Oct-17 14:14:42

Very also have some good stuff.

Asos and Very are the only places I shop, tbh.

Frequency Sun 15-Oct-17 14:15:25,22219.end

octoberdaisy11 Sun 15-Oct-17 14:16:41

They are catalogues though? I need something pronto.

LewisFan Sun 15-Oct-17 14:17:55

Simply Be next day delivery is my go-to!

Frequency Sun 15-Oct-17 14:18:19

Very do next day delivery and you can pay up front. Ditto Asos.

I don't work for them, I promise. They're the only place I found stylish plus size clothes. I hate Evans, everything seems so old fashioned and frumpy.

NC4now Sun 15-Oct-17 14:40:04

Anything in New Look?

NC4now Sun 15-Oct-17 14:40:41

Oh and Next do some larger sizes. Good for work wear and next day delivery.

octoberdaisy11 Sun 15-Oct-17 14:45:00

Saved by m and s!

Pilgit Sun 15-Oct-17 14:57:31

I feel your pain! Simply be are good and also try navabi - It's more expensive but there's some great stuff on there

crwox Sun 15-Oct-17 15:01:14

Dorothy Perkins

Mollie85 Sun 15-Oct-17 15:07:00

Peacocks also go up to a 20 - ok the clothing isn't great but it'll get you out of an immediate pickle and then you can order something else in ?

MyLearnedFriend Sun 15-Oct-17 16:59:36

Jaeger sometime have some good stuff (Always sales and outlet stuff). Also Linea (House of Fraser). As daft as it sounds, try eBay? I went up to a 22 after DD and have to wear a suit everyday, so I feel your pain. Good luck.

Pengggwn Sun 15-Oct-17 17:22:54

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RainbowsAndCrystals Sun 15-Oct-17 17:25:59

"- and even be healthy - at a larger size.

Please don't spout crap like that. I've been obese before and would sometimes even find it difficult to walk over 10 minutes without pain.

Being large isn't healthy.

Sorry op I hope that doesn't offend you as I know you weren't posting about your health.

BestIsWest Sun 15-Oct-17 17:27:01

I manage fine. M&S, Boden, Linea (as a PP said). Phase 8, Monsoon, John Lewis. I hear Cos can be generous.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 15-Oct-17 17:27:53

Yy, jacket and trouser combinations don't need to be matched as strictly as they would if you were a man.
I'd also second Asos - next day delivery, keeps everything in the right place and look actually very very stylish I don't work for them.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 15-Oct-17 17:29:06

RainbowsAndCrystals I agree but there's no need to derail the thread, as you've acknowledged.

knowler Sun 15-Oct-17 17:30:09

Simply be and m&s have loads of options in a size 20. Don't be daft about 'punishment'. M&s especially should have something super professional looking that will fit and look smart.

annandale Sun 15-Oct-17 17:36:22


It isn't compulsory to do up jackets blush

Life gets a lot, lot easier at size 18. Won't happen quickly but personally the difference is really striking.

TapStepBallChange Sun 15-Oct-17 17:39:01

Rainbow - I’m obese and can run 5k and am working towards 10K, obese people can do a lot more than walk for 20 minutes!

Anyway depending on your budget, try a Hobbs 18, they come up big. Also agree with trying Next online and Boden online. Might worth just searching on somewhere like the John Lewis website on your size and seeing what comes up. Order a load to try in at home, and return what doesn’t fit.

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