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Size 16/18, hour glass figure, really happy with my shape.
I've recently picked up a lot of consultancy work (rather unexpectedly) which means getting out of scruffs and into something rather better - but not suited and booted. More workshop environment.
Where do I shop? It seems to be a sea of shite out there - cold shoulder tops, nasty fabrics, baggy shapeless beige arrangements that do nothing for me.
I like fashion (or I did), love colour, would like to dress appropriately but not boringly. Mid range budget - top end high street sort of thing. Although in fact I have no high street as I live in the wilds of the West Country! So online best.
I tend to buy online (also in west country) a real mix of weird fish, white stuff, Boden, Debenhams, mistral kinda of smart casual dresses, skirts and fitted T-shirts with boots or fitted trousers & I have couple of non-iron blouses from Dorthery Perkins.
It is the automatic choice but I love Evans, very flattering stuff. I like it so much I got upset I couldn't use it anymore when I became a 14. (I have also an hourglass figure so finding something that fits my (huge) hips but it is not to big at my waist it is quite a hassle, but I always found something in Evans.
A word of caution about the JL personal shoppers - I did it a while ago when I was looking for a special occasion outfit and she made me feel like shit. And, to add insult to injury, she hadn't read anything I'd put on the online booking form, so I wasted a fair bit of the appointment explaining what I was looking for. I didn't quite come home and cry but close. Basically it was all my fault for not being the right shape for the clothes. (I'm an hourglass, and short.)
nefret which JL was it, out of interest? I had quite a similar experience!
wizard I had a dress made for me by the local dressmaker, and it was a revelation. Everything looks better when it's fitted to your actual measurements. I've decided that next year i'm going to ask her to make me some basics - black skirt, simple dresses, the pieces that never quite fit when I buy from shops - and rotate them like a uniform, mixed with high street blouses, etc. I don't think it'll work out much more expensive than buying quality 'grown up clothes' from somewhere like Jaeger.
Not sure if they have much in your sizing but I was reading a book by Janet Street Porter who claims to be a size 14 and she had a personal shopping experience at Liberty and really enjoyed it. Worth a try if you think they have your size??
nefret I bet it was the same personal shopper - she had her own style, which was great and really worked for her, but no one had bothered to read the detailed info I'd given in the online form about what I was looking for, she brought loads of very tight dresses in the same colour, and the choices she made didn't seem to reflect my actual body type at all.
Overall, her advice was more along the lines of 'this'll hide your regrettable stomach' rather than 'this makes the most of your long neck' - I left feeling pretty miserable about myself too!