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Why doesn't this dress look right?

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ThatsNotMyToddler Tue 01-Nov-16 20:13:16

I'm shortly returning to work from mat leave and my wardrobe needs a bit of attention. Have just ordered this from Boden and not sure if I like it. I like the idea of it. Had a knitted dress for years and so easy to throw on in the morning, but it got threadbare in the elbows (😳).

So this one. Does it just need a good iron? Is it too short? Is the waist in the wrong place (never really thought of myself as long-waisted but I've had this impression a few times recently)? Are the shoes wrong? Or am I just used to seeing myself in jeans and have forgotten how to dress for work?


MummaGiles Tue 01-Nov-16 20:14:39

I think it looks lovely on you! You definitely don't look like you've had a baby in the last year!

AmeliaJack Tue 01-Nov-16 20:15:38

I think you look nice in it but if you aren't sure perhaps try it in a different colour. I'm wonder if the grey makes it look a bit casual rather than professional.

keeponkeepinon Tue 01-Nov-16 20:17:11

I think it looks fantastic on you!

OlennasWimple Tue 01-Nov-16 20:17:57

i really like does make your boobs quite prominent (sweater dresses often do - sometimes that's a good thing!)

Perhaps your body shape has changed in the last year and this is the first time that you have noticed it when clothed, so it doesn't look like "you"?

Vixxfacee Tue 01-Nov-16 20:18:21

It is the wrong length for you.

AppleJac Tue 01-Nov-16 20:18:58

I think it's too small. It's very clingy and could do with being a thicker material

AnchorDownDeepBreath Tue 01-Nov-16 20:21:08

I think it's nice but it does look like you can see your boobs quite clearly (maybe shape of your bra?) so I'd be getting a thicker bra so no nipple shape, or putting a vest on under or something.

HollyBollyBooBoo Tue 01-Nov-16 20:21:34

Heavy black tights and shoes don't work with it. Not really sure it's your sort of colour?

JinkxMonsoon Tue 01-Nov-16 20:21:43

I think it squashes your boobs a bit, and the skirt hangs limply when you turn to the side.

It's not you, it's the fact it's knitted. You look fantastic!

Mymothersdaughter Tue 01-Nov-16 20:23:14

It looks good but boobs was the first thing I saw. I don't think your watch matches the dress at all though. I would also team with different shoes, probs higher heels but you've got to be comfortable!

I don't agree that it's too small, I think it fits you fine it just does make your boobs look big. But maybe I'm just jealous because my chest is literally an ironing board.

JassyRadlett Tue 01-Nov-16 20:23:22

Here's a very personal question - have you had a decent bra fitting recently? I wonder if a different bra could help it to sit differently.

That said it's a gorgeous dress.

Cucumber5 Tue 01-Nov-16 20:23:38

It's nice. Maybe something to break up the neckline/boob area??

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Tue 01-Nov-16 20:25:56

It looks too small even though it's not.

And second the bra suggestion.

WanderingTrolley1 Tue 01-Nov-16 20:26:40

I think it needs to be shorter, that's all.

DariaJask95 Tue 01-Nov-16 20:26:57

I think you have a great body. But the pink stripe should be just under your breasts that would make the dress flow nicely. it being in the middle of your hips gives the whole dress an odd shape.

ProseccoBitch Tue 01-Nov-16 20:27:44

I think it looks great, you've got a fantastic figure. I'd try it with flesh colored tights rather than black if it was me.

ThatsNotMyToddler Tue 01-Nov-16 20:28:13

Hmm. So you're all saying the things I'm thinking I guess. It is quite booby - and that's inappropriate in my job so would have to be sorted. I'm in that just-breastfeeding-at-night stage so have been buying cheap bras every now and again. Another thing on the back to work to-do list! My boobs are bigger than usual at the moment so maybe that's why I look wrong to me!

I wanted it in navy with white stripes really, but it was out of stock so I thought I'd give this a go. I do feel a bit 'conspicuous' in it.

Oh, and I'm not really a watch person - this is my running watch (!) so not sure I'd wear it to work. But high fashion isn't important, looking professional and fairly neutral is.

Thanks all. Sounds like it's going back anyway

AlexaTwoAtT Tue 01-Nov-16 20:29:54

You look great and so does the dress. Perfect!

AlexaTwoAtT Tue 01-Nov-16 20:30:32

Ah well...!

ThatsNotMyToddler Tue 01-Nov-16 20:31:27

Sorry Alexa!! Thanks though

Bluntness100 Tue 01-Nov-16 20:32:18

I think it looks ok, the tights and shoes don't go with it, I'm sorry. The reason I say "ok" is it's just a comfy casual dress, it's not really stand out or particularly smart in any way, and I'm unsure what you do for a living, so how proffesional you have to look. Something tailored is usually smarter but maybe you don't need that?

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Tue 01-Nov-16 20:32:48

If you're still breastfeeding then that explains it.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 01-Nov-16 20:33:15

The pink at the waist is too narrow & it flares out a bit too much but a wash would probably sort that out.

lovingmatleave Tue 01-Nov-16 20:33:27

I just don't think its very flattering and looks like its a bit neat for you, especially at the hip area. Please don't take any of that the wrong way!

You have a fantastic figure and lovely hair. I think it is more the way the dress is cut - the waistband pink should be higher and there should be a bit more give on the hips. If you ordered up next size though I bet you it wouldn't fit round the shoulder - have had this problems lots with boden stuff. Also I suspect the grey colour is ageing on you. The length is right and the shoes go fine but at £110 even with a discount I think you could find a better one.

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