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Summer clothes help please

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PoppinsMoppins Mon 10-Apr-17 23:04:50

I'm short and a bit chunky. I also lack confidence and have the worst arms and legs.

I am getting so anxious about summer (happens every year) I need clothes that are not too old (I'm 36) but that aren't clingy.

I just can't see a way out of jumpers and jeans. I really hate my body and just want to hide away in summer. The thought of getting my arms/legs out makes me want to cry!

What kind of styles can I buy that will be summery but not revealing.

PoppinsMoppins Tue 11-Apr-17 13:56:56


bingohandjob Tue 11-Apr-17 15:19:11

What kinds of styles and colours do you like? Are there any looks you'd like to try? Is there anything you'd categorically not wear? Do you have a friend you can trust to be honest and kind and spend an afternoon trying things on?

PoppinsMoppins Tue 11-Apr-17 15:23:44

Thanks for replying!! I would not wear anything sleeveless and would not show my legs at all.

I like quite simple classic styles and neutral colours mainly, which I can accessorise with necklaces/bags.

I have a few people I trust but can't face going shopping with anyone as I find it a really traumatic experience. I would prefer to order a load of stuff and send back what I don't want. That way I can try on on my own and it doesn't matter if I get upset

CarrieWatermelon Tue 11-Apr-17 15:26:08

Slim fitting jeans or 3/4 trousers in lighter colours with a long, jersey style top/t shirt or longline shirt over the top?

I think about 50% of the UK population dread summer clothes and exposing their bits, so don't be too hard on yourself! flowers

JedBartlet Tue 11-Apr-17 15:36:20

Maxi dresses/skirts with a light jacket over?

Cropped chinos with cami and a thin cardy?

PoppinsMoppins Tue 11-Apr-17 15:43:46

Thanks. Any good tips on where to buy flattering chinos?

ZaZathecat Tue 11-Apr-17 16:29:53

Next are good if you're appley in shape (like me).

mylongawaitedlife Tue 11-Apr-17 20:41:23

Hi Poppins I'm a bit chunky too. Just went into a branch of Yumi and found some fab flattering dresses - the 'tea dress' or fit and flare kind, like this:

I went to an outlet (MacArthur Glen), where they were a bit cheaper, depends where you are. Lots of styles to choose from, if you like their stuff.

mylongawaitedlife Tue 11-Apr-17 20:42:08

This one is nice too:

SpaghettiMeatballs Tue 11-Apr-17 20:44:12

Joules do some fantastic chinos.

Fozzleyplum Tue 11-Apr-17 23:52:03

I'd have a look at long or 3/4 sleeve tops in very fine fabrics eg a silk/cotton mix. Massimo Dutti usually do some which go well with loose fitting linen trousers. Brora also do very good quality tops and trousers in fine-textured natural fibres. They tend to be classic rather than trendy, and the clothes I've had from the have lasted well. They are expensive, though, but I tend to go to the clearance section of the website or Ebay.

bingohandjob Wed 12-Apr-17 12:06:33

There are lots of sales on at the moment - if you can afford the initial outlay, maybe grab a few pieces from eg ASOS - free returns on what you don't like, good app to filter sale stuff by size, style, colour etc and try on at home.

millefeuille1 Wed 12-Apr-17 18:25:03

I am a similar shape to you - short and pear shaped? My arms have seen better days! I second Yumi and Joules for dresses - I have just bought this and it is just the right fit and shape. I also have these for casual wear which are much more forgiving than they look!

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