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Nice dress needed to diguise low down tummy pouch

(31 Posts)
TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 17:22:52

I had a total abdominal hysterectomy 5 mths ago, so incision from just below bikini line to my belly button. 3 days after that the same wound had to be opened again for more surgery, so my stomach muscles are now non existent. I've always had a tummy, well since the dc (3 sections) but this is different. The biggest bit is quite low down and so anything remotely tight makes it very noticeable, and even in jeans you can see it (well i can).

I have a wedding party coming up mid Jan, and will probably go out a couple of times over xmas, and i'd like at least one dress that looks nice and hides my tummy.
I have large boobs and they are ok so don't mind something that shows them off a bit, but also don't want anything longer than knee length as it just makes me look frumpy as I am only 5'2.

The whole thing has made me feel old (was thrown into the menopause) and I am only 36 and I'd just like to feel nice and like me again smile

HappyGirlNow Thu 20-Nov-14 18:02:19

Hello, you may not be too keen but wouldn't good support wear (spanx or similar) sort out the tummy issue meaning you could wear what you like?

TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 18:15:02

I have tried some support stuff (not spanx though) and they did help a bit but I dunno, I still felt podgy lol.

I had a tummy before but I still had a waist, now I don't.

burnishedsilver Thu 20-Nov-14 18:46:34

Would this shape work? The waist seems quite high....almost empire line.

burnishedsilver Thu 20-Nov-14 18:49:55

This looks very forgiving but i'm not sure if a long dress is suitable for where youre going.

TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 18:50:48

It's worth a try. I see what you mean about the waistline. Think I am just going to have to try lots of styles on and see what works best.

keely79 Thu 20-Nov-14 18:50:52

I have this dress - very forgiving on the tummy and shows of the legs. Quite short on me at 5 ft 8, but probably about knee length on you? Whistles describe it as casual, but I think with the right shoes and jewellery it looks really smart. I'm also large of boob and there's plenty of room in there.


TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 18:51:42

That's nice too but wanted something a bit fancier

burnishedsilver Thu 20-Nov-14 18:54:09

Petite strapless dress
The tummy is draped over but all eyes would be on the cleavage anyway.

TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 18:55:24

Don't think that wouyld suit me keely. I have tried something similar on and i looked a mess confused

TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 18:59:43

Ohh i really like that last one

petalsandstars Thu 20-Nov-14 19:03:59

Coast had some lovely dresses in recently in my local concession some short some maxi but quite a few had gathered / draped bits around the stomach so great for disguise. I was forced to buy 2 in the sale

Behoove Thu 20-Nov-14 19:09:14

Coast are very good for 'clever' draping. Some shops have too many gathers or in the wrong place (making me look pregnant), but Coast seem to get it right with soft gathers and drapes to the side which are really forgiving.

I got this dress for my birthday party and felt really good in it.

TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 20:16:05

Lol petal, I am often forced to buy clothes too.

That is nice behoove, lovely colour.

TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 20:18:08

I love this but not sure how suitable it would be.

TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 20:19:21

I am supposed to be dieting but my hrt tablets make me feel constantly hungry so it's not going well.

StatisticallyChallenged Thu 20-Nov-14 20:23:22

If it's quite low down then something with a more fit and flare style can be a good solution - I'm cursed with a low stomach too (trousers full stop are a disaster on me) so I tend to wear dresses which fit under the bust/at the waist and then flare out. Retro, fifties style shapes are also great as they just hide it completely under the skirt!

Few things which might work shape wise:

isabella comes in lots of fabrics
swing dress
karen millen
hobbs red

WhatWouldTheDoctorDo Thu 20-Nov-14 20:27:36

I'd also try coast and go in and try loads of styles on (even if you don't think they'd suit you). I've had a few dresses from there which are fitted, but don't cling, and have a bit of clever draping.spanx work much better under a fitted dress than something clingy ime - good at giving a smoother line. I can't wear them under anything jersey or clingy though - I just look pregnant!

confusedandemployed Thu 20-Nov-14 20:33:05

OP you sound exactly like me - big boobs, short arse, mummy tummy. I like the one posted by burnished best for our shape. I find that I can't wear a round neck at all cos my enclosed norms just look frumpy.
I can't help with a suggestion but wanted to say - avoid round necks!!

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Thu 20-Nov-14 20:33:51

How about the Ophelia style from Lindy Bop? Or something 50s where the skirt starts high up/just under the boulderage area, with an underskirt too.

confusedandemployed Thu 20-Nov-14 20:33:52

Norks not norms. Bloody autocorrect.

confusedandemployed Thu 20-Nov-14 20:34:21

YY to Lindy Bop. Also Hell Bunny worth a look.

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Thu 20-Nov-14 20:40:43

Ah yes, norks. That was the word I was wanting! smile

Milmingebag Thu 20-Nov-14 22:26:56

this might work.

It would showcase the norks but skim over the rest without going into maternity wear shaping.

Peacocks have these comfortable knicker shorts that give you a bit of support without crushing you and no VPL. They're £6 and bloody marvellous IMO.

TheOriginalNutcracker Thu 20-Nov-14 22:57:32

Just going to catch up with the latest posts

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