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I need a dress for a summer wedding party and I don't know where to start!
I am on the rotund side of things, size 18, 5' 7'', and live in jeans and a t-shirt. I am going to a wedding party in 3 weeks, and although the dress code is informal, don't want to turn up looking like I've just left the lab.
So, could anyone help me?
I have the vague idea that I'd like a nice dress, but as my legs are beyond enormous, don't want to be showing them off too much. I also have a pot belly, but can wear some superpants to keep it hidden-ish for a few hours. Also enormous boobs (38FF), and still wearing nursing bras (and still breast feeding, not just being strange).
I don't like wearing heels, as I'm not much shorter than DH, and I tend to totter (have the natural grace of a drunken hippo). I have some black ballet flats that I can wear, but am happy to have further suggestions.
(One last bit of information - I'm quite broke, but could possibly spend up to £50 on a dress or outfit - however, have just won some love2shop vouchers, so can afford to spend more at the following shops (which I am perusing and getting flustered by at the moment!):
Barratts Bhs Blue Inc Bonmarche Brantano Debehnams d2 men & women Ethel Austin Faith (Concessions at Debenhams) House of Fraser Matalan New Look Petroleum Principles (Concessions at Debenhams) River Island Select Stead & Simpson Warehouse)
Will you need breastfeeding access, so to speak, during the wedding? Separates probably easier if so.
If not, I'd definitely say the best selection will be at Debenhams. I was there a couple of weeks ago, and the Betty Jackson Black range is absolutely lovely, and some fab stuff there (and I'm a size 22).
I have size 8-9 feet sadly and horrendous toenails, but could possibly get some nice nail polish and hope it hides the state of my toes!!
I do like that monsoon dress, will have a shufty in town over the weekend and see if they have it there.
will have to go to debenhams next weekend too, oh yay I really hate shopping for clothes...
you have been so so helpful though, my mum's contribution to any requests for help with shopping is 'you're too fat to wear a dress/skirt/jeans/insert item of clothing here really' and 'your feet are too big for nice shoes', so it's good to get ideas from less biased/rude people the last time she went shopping with me, she kept appearing with things in size 28 or bigger and saying 'hmm, not sure this would quite cover you actually'
Grr at your mum - that's not helpful, is it! Do you have a friend you can take with you when you go shopping - one who isn't quite as close to you as your mum, but who would be happy to tell you honestly if something doesn't work? Hope you find something you love.
Just a thought but if you're going to Debenhams, it might be worth trying a personal shopper. They will put you in things you wouldn't normally pick for yourself that actually might really suit your shape/colouring.
Daenerys - that dress also has potential, thanks. and as we have a new look in town, that would make life easier
no friends who would have time to help me shop sadly, we all have young children and as I work 5 days a week, the only days I have free are sat and sun, which is when friends want to spend time with their families - fair enough!
I will have to have an amble around town once DS is napping in the buggy on saturday
You're much taller than me, so yes, a maxi dress could be good. And the personal shoppers are great - you just sit around in a big luxurious changing room, and they bring you stuff - could be ideal if you need to bring DS with you. They do usually need to be booked in advance, but they're usually free, and no obligation to buy anything.
well, went to New Look today and tried a couple of maxi dresses - not a good look at all! just made me look 6 months pg. So ended up with a floral sun dress this one, just above knee length, black leggings, and a cropped short sleeve black cardi, with some nice ballet flats to conceal my hideous toes. DH thinks I look odd, but I don't care any more, I actually asked the shop assistants in NL what they thought, and none said 'really?!', so it'll do.
thanks for your help though, made me feel much more confident about actually shopping and trying on clothes!