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I'm just starting dating again after separating a year ago, I have a date coming up but honestly nothing to wear that doesn't make me feel frumpy! So...planning to go shopping for a couple of new outfits, nothing too expensive and I don't have any very exciting shops nearby so will probably try house of Fraser, Next, M&S etc. I need some advice as I'm crap at this! Please help .
In terms of looks, I'm 30 but quite baby faced, 5'3 and a size 14...a bit plump but kind of hourglass, I do have big boobs and a waist and hips/ bum (and a wobbly tummy so planning on spanx!). I have shoulder length dark blonde hair.
So far my plan is to get a really good well fitting bra (bra intervention!) to kind of 'lift' things and buy a couple of dresses that will also do for work (quite a relaxed dress code). I love the vintage look but can't wear too much patterned stuff as it makes me look 'fussy'. And I need good shoes! Also, what are some good mid priced tights? Are opaques a good look?
Dates will not be anywhere particularly posh btw.
Some advice would be really helpful! I suffer from anxiety and find shopping a bit awful but haven't had much success with online either and dislike the faff of returning things, so I'm hoping to be able to choose some good stuff and get out of there!
Opaques work perfectly - they help dress down a dress, I think.
I know that the usual first date outfit is supposed to be jeans and a nice top (from articles etc). However, I don't wear jeans in the usual way so have always worn a jersey dress with black tights on first dates and have felt comfortable and like myself I may have been overdressed but I felt like my best self.
Geox do THE comfiest heels, though they are quite expensive. Otherwise M&S Footglove are brilliant!
Definitely agree that shopping with a friend is a good idea too.
I was thinking about a biker jacket. I'm just not that confident in a way and I'm not sure if I could pull that off? But I guess it's hardly cutting edge fashion. I should try to be a bit more adventurous. It wouldn't look pretentious would it? I considered blazers but they never look that good with my boobs...plus it can look a bit job interview maybe?
Black is great for dates! As your arms will be covered, do you need an additional jacket? I just think it might ruin the lines of your dress. I understand that you want a coat, but personally think a long line coat which you take off as soon as you sit down would work well.