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Okay, fat people, what are you wearing in this heat??

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teenyweenytadpole Sat 06-Jul-13 20:44:28

People, I am fat, and hardly any of my summer clothes fit me. I need to keep my arms and lower legs covered (psoriasis, varicose veins). I am wearing jeans and long sleeved shirts, and I feel huge, hot and horrible. What can I wear??? I have ordered a couple of maxi dresses and shrugs to cover my arms. What else? I went in Evans the other day but the huge display of polyester smocks was just depressing.

Meanwhile I am digging out my zoe harcombe book in hopes of a quick detox but know it will not work miracles.

Any advice welcome!

StUmbrageinSkelt Sun 07-Jul-13 11:51:12

I live in the subtropics and am very portly. I live in cotton skirts, cotton tshirts and 3b cream. The stuff is magic for stopping chafing and stopping rashes.

Kormachameleon Sun 07-Jul-13 11:55:22

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katydid02 Sun 07-Jul-13 12:00:46

cotton or linen trousers and cotton t-shirts.
I've got a couple of maxi dresses, not sure if that was a mistake now as I've not worn them yet; will I be regretting it when I go on holiday?

MadameJosephine Sun 07-Jul-13 12:18:29

I love this thread, I thought I was the only one who worried about standing up and leaving sweat marks from my sweaty arse! I am not alone smile

Today I am wearing a long tiered patterned skirt and a loose cotton top but I also do the tunics/dresses with leggings or linen trousers with tshirt/vests. Am a sort arse so tend to avoid maxi dresses

MadameJosephine Sun 07-Jul-13 12:19:02

*short arse

LapsedPacifist Sun 07-Jul-13 12:36:34

Lovely floaty maxi skirts and dresses (I'm 5'10" and size 16) worn with little bolero shrugs to hide batwings and and/or fine-knit long cardis to hide bum. Pretty flat strappy sandals and a nice pedicure!

I've lost some weight this year, but discovered the joys of wearing loose (go up a size) lycra-mix cycling shorts instead of knickers under maxis when I was very heavy a couple of years ago. They are hideous and grannyish but OMG they are SO comfy! You can walk for miles without sweaty thighs rubbing together and chafing! They also absorb sweat from around the nether parts, so no incriminating damp patches either.

WhoNickedMyName Sun 07-Jul-13 13:25:41

Just get those arms and legs out people!!

Out in Liverpool yesterday and there were women from size 6 to size 36 wearing all kinds ranging from shorts and vests to full on jeans/leggings with long sleeved tops.

The ones that looked most uncomfortable were the women covered up from head to toe, and the ones looking cool and lovely were all in shorts and dresses, no matter what their size.

colditz Sun 07-Jul-13 13:32:22

Chopped off leggings under skirts are dresses. Very thin harem pants things, they're surprisingly cool

LizzyDay Sun 07-Jul-13 19:40:47

I second / third the anti-perspirant between the thighs thing. Roll / spray liberally along pant line and wherever thighs touch. Have a rash / rub / puddle free day.

And I do like leggings under dresses - they are like groovy modern day modesty bloomers.

Bunbaker Sun 07-Jul-13 19:48:44

I thought that exposing psoriasis to the sun was good for it?

Loose clothing is key. I wore a tight vest top yesterday and felt much cooler when I changed into a loose one. Obvious I know, but it really does make a difference. The idea of wearing leggings/jeggings/skinny jeans in this heat is not worth contemplating.

I agree with WhoNickedMyName. Does it really matter if you show those arms and legs off? If you are overweight you will still look overweight covered up, so why not be cool and comfortable?

LizzyDay Sun 07-Jul-13 20:06:55

Oddly I can't wear vest tops in the heat - my armpits get seriously mingy unless there's a layer of cotton covering them. Is it just me? confused

Maybe I should grow my armpit hair and that would do instead.

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 07-Jul-13 20:11:51

For people wearing tunics or dresses where did you get them from I'm desperately trying to find any with little sleeves I refuse to get the very tops of my arms out

I'm fat - wore these lightweight cropped trousers today with a short sleeved fitted but not tight coral cotton tshirt and felt as cool as I could have been really.

You could have a few pairs of trousers like that in different colours and some tshirts like this, or for something a bit smarter some chino-type trousers rolled up at the ankles, wedge sandals and a fitted cotton shirt, three quarter length sleeves or rolled up, like this.

Midi or maxi dresses in cotton with cotton cycling shorts underneath, a little thin cardi if it's sleeveless and you don't want to show the tops of your arms.

Fairylea Sun 07-Jul-13 20:40:43

Wishful - try yours clothing. Lots of tunics and slightly longer dresses. Yes there are some frumpy things but I love lots of their things and their leggings especially are lovely smile

Skinheadmermaid Sun 07-Jul-13 21:35:44

palazzo pants?
You could wear them with a camisole or vest?
And nice sandals or wedge heels?

Bonkerz Sun 07-Jul-13 21:37:25

Get yourself on and purchase some longline tops and crop leggings. Better fit and quality than Evans and a lot cheaper

katydid02 Sun 07-Jul-13 21:47:36

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katydid02 Sun 07-Jul-13 21:53:39

After reading this thread I threw caution to the wind and wore the maxi dress that I got for my holiday; I thought I looked terrible but I got three compliments smile smile
Be brave ladies and wear what you fancy.

starfishmummy Sun 07-Jul-13 21:57:29

Cotton trousers and a short sleeve tunic.which doesn't go with them!
Just in house and garden, if I was in public it would be linen skirt (long) and tee shirt

Selks Sun 07-Jul-13 22:03:56

I've been wearing this dress today, with flat strappy sandals and sunnies. Was with friends sat outside a riverside pub and got loads of compliments (makes a change, ha).

Selks Sun 07-Jul-13 22:06:37

oh and it looks much nicer on than in the pic...kind of shapely but not clingy and is very comfy.

Used deodorant on my inner thighs to prevent chafing - can't bear those 'comfort shorts' - too sweaty.

ChunkyMonkeyMother Sun 07-Jul-13 22:13:21

Im a 22-24 - today i wore a floaty yellow strappy vest top thing and some 3/4 length black pants - it was lovely and cool (well it was until i got 2nd degree sun burn) but for work i wear slightly bigger vest tops with either leggings, rolled up or cargo pants which can be rolled up to 3/4 length or above the knee.

I tried a maxi once - never again! Im basically 5ft3 so i just looked like a gazebo, i do have a nice waterfall dress thing that i wear for special occasions and i also have a couple of pairs of shorts i wear in the garden/at my parents house - i find if i keep my feet cool im alright so lots of sandals/flip flops/bare feet

valiumredhead Sun 07-Jul-13 22:16:45

fairy lovely clothes in Yours this summersmile lots of pretty cotton gypsy tops and cotton skirts.

polyhymnia Sun 07-Jul-13 22:25:32

In Rome at moment - even hotter than here. Have several really nice short-sleeved cotton dresses from Boden ( not the big bright patterns) - and thy are so cool .
Wear M and S Cool C

polyhymnia Sun 07-Jul-13 22:29:34

Sorry ! Cool Comfort slip under.
Lanacane stops any rubbed legs. On feet a pedicure and thick-soled ( to cope with cobbles) but smart sandals.
I like summer and sun and light clothes much better than winter.

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