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Please recommend dresses for the larger lady!

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tootsweets Sun 09-Mar-14 14:59:46

I am a size 18 and always wear dresses. Please tell me where to shop? smile

HandragsNGladbags Sun 09-Mar-14 15:01:57

What height and shape are you? I am an 18 and 5ft9 and can't wear skater dresses, but look good (I hope) in tunics, and more drop waisted stuff. I do have a high waist though.

I tend to spend of my most time hiding my lovely baby gut.

tootsweets Sun 09-Mar-14 15:30:26

I'm only 5ft 4. I like jersey dresses that aren't too fitted. I too have a mummy tummy.

purpleminion Sun 09-Mar-14 15:33:21

I'm a size 18 too and have a couple of Pepperberry dresses that are very flattering.

HandragsNGladbags Sun 09-Mar-14 15:56:46

I find thicker material more flattering like Laura Ashley, Phase Eight, Planet.

mimiasovitch Sun 09-Mar-14 16:46:51

I have recently bought this, and found it so flattering i went out and bought the plain navy. I sew, and am currently having a go at copying the pattern because it's lovely on. I'm a 16 btw, with a big belly.

Flangeofmingetown Sun 09-Mar-14 17:30:38

I get on well with Boden Maxi dresses. I usually go for plain ones and change my jewellery/shoes depending on the situation. They look good worn with cropped cardigans or those short front tie ones when it's cooler.

Northernlurker Sun 09-Mar-14 17:33:13

I have a lot of Boden and got something v nice from Monsoon recently.

tootsweets Sun 09-Mar-14 17:48:39

Thank you all so much. I have some places to try now!
My past mistake has been buying cheap and then only wearing it a few times as it's faded/shrunk/become misshapen.
Have been looking at Boden but the cost puts me off!

rainbowfeet Sun 09-Mar-14 18:05:07

I've been reading some plus size lady bloggers or following them on twitter.. They often blog about labels I never knew about & preview or show clothes from well known retailers & write about them.. Pink love & Taking shape are 2 that come to mind.. Retailers

HandragsNGladbags Sun 09-Mar-14 19:56:13

Have a look at John Rocha and Julian MacDonald in Debenhams as well, they can have some really flattering stuff.

Evans do a dress in their scarlett and Jo range, powerfit I have one and its very flattering I am an 18 at the moment - thank you slimming world, getting smaller by the week.

polyhymnia Mon 10-Mar-14 10:12:05

I try to avoid any specialist retailers eg Evans. My dresses are from Boden ( carefully chosen as their sizing varies and some of their patterns are garish).

polyhymnia Mon 10-Mar-14 10:36:55

On cost of Boden, there's always a code to get 20% off around so it's not as bad as it looks.Also I do think you can't easily 'get away ' with very cheap fabrics if you're large, unfortunately. The hang of a garment is important.

tootsweets Mon 10-Mar-14 15:58:52

That's the conclusion I've come too Poly.
Fed up with buying cheap and regretting it. I need to look smartish for work too.

Northernlurker Mon 10-Mar-14 18:08:03

I get SO MANY compliments on my Boden stuff. Once you know which cuts work for you, look on ebay too.

polyhymnia Mon 10-Mar-14 18:20:12

Ditto. ( think we have some of the same Boden outfits, Northern)

tootsweets Mon 10-Mar-14 20:24:53

Boden it is then ladies smilesmile

HandragsNGladbags Mon 10-Mar-14 20:32:36

Sorry to hijack OP but would someone mind linking to some of the Boden stuff that's flattering? I always feel as though I don't where to start on the website.

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