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Hot weather clothes for a heffalump!

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pigmcpigface Fri 20-Apr-18 09:54:19

I am overweight - size 14, .5 foot 4. I'm trying to lose some, but I have to face the fact that when I go to Italy this summer (squeeee) I will probably still be fat. sad The weight is largely round my stomach and thighs.

I don't have ANY summer clothes that fit. I would like something that looks elegant and will keep me cool. It needs to be fairly robust, as I will be running around a lot (and walking a long way). I am not confident enough about my body to wear anything very revealing - short dresses are definitely out.

I would really appreciate some advice on how to dress to look as graceful and elegant as is possible for a heffalump like me!

Itscoldoutside01 Fri 20-Apr-18 10:03:48

What is your usual style? I was struggling with exactly this problem yesterday. I have a great black linen shirt which is quite straight - from seasalt ( which is not my usual style of shop at all) which is a really good length and skims over my bum and hips. I wore that with a pretty vest top and linen trousers and a couple of buttons done up. It may be too hot in black for an Italian summer. I've seen similar shirts in Tesco's. I think I will spend money on accessories this summer and save for some smaller Autumn clothes. smile

pigmcpigface Fri 20-Apr-18 10:06:34

I am not sure I'm sophisticated enough to have a 'style'. I really like stuff from Cos. I tend to like what I would describe as 'architecty clothes' (if that makes sense). grin

whingeyarse Fri 20-Apr-18 10:08:44

You speak very unkindly of yourself. thanks Be nice!

I hope you find something you like.

pigmcpigface Fri 20-Apr-18 10:10:03

whingey - I really hate the way I look! I feel so ashamed and embarrassed, and constantly undignified!

RatherBeRiding Fri 20-Apr-18 10:13:21

How about something like this from Cos - loose top (in cotton and definitely not black) and some cut off trousers like the ones the model is wearing - preferably in cotton/linen).

antimatter Fri 20-Apr-18 10:17:58

I am shorter than you but bigger! Look at Debenhams own label and also Mantaray, I have few nice tops from them. In fact thinking of shopping there tomorrow.

pigmcpigface Fri 20-Apr-18 10:23:56

Trousers might be a good plan. I just realised I actually don't own a single pair. I have three winter dresses from Cos and a bunch of leggings and that's it blush

RatherBeRiding Fri 20-Apr-18 10:34:54

Loose cut lightweight (but still structured) cotton trousers will be your friend! Worn with some summery well-cut tops that skim waist/hips without drowning you.

White Stuff generally have some summer cotton/linen cut off trousers that are flattering and comfortable.

Itscoldoutside01 Fri 20-Apr-18 10:37:46

That Cos look is very much what I meant. And I really do know what you mean by 'architect-y'! What about eBay? I've been buying a bit on eBay as I don't want to buy stuff I hopefully won't be wearing next year.

pigmcpigface Fri 20-Apr-18 10:48:50

Am I right in thinking I will look less dumpy if I go for a cropped trouser?

I love the paper bag trousers that are around, but I fear I am about 3 stone too heavy to look good in those.

MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals1 Fri 20-Apr-18 11:15:46

Tell me if I'm totally off, but what about a loose fitting pale dress and a pair of white trainers? - something like these two?

pigmcpigface Fri 20-Apr-18 11:18:10

I love that look myfamily! (Great username btw). Though I think I'm going to get silver trainers. I have a silver handbag! (the Kin one from John Lewis).

I think I'd need a dress with sleeves, though. I am not sure I should inflict my shoulders on the world! grin

LoniceraJaponica Fri 20-Apr-18 11:23:39

Whatever you do don't make the mistake of wearing anything tight fitting. It makes a huge difference to how hot you feel if you wear looser clothes. I see people looking ridiculously uncomfortable in skinny jeans in hot weather, and I can't think of anything more uncomfortable or unsuitable. I have found that even wearing a loose top is so much cooler than a close fitting vest top.

The outfit that RatherBeRiding looks very suitable and comfortable.

Enjoy Italy. I love everywhere I have been to in Italy.

trigger2 Fri 20-Apr-18 11:26:32

What are Cos sizes like - generous or small ?

pigmcpigface Fri 20-Apr-18 11:32:43

Lonicera - tight fitting is aesthetically unacceptable as well as uncomfortable in my case!

trigger - Cos sizing is generous. Most of their clothes are meant to fit very loosely.

pigmcpigface Fri 20-Apr-18 11:45:11

For the look that myfamily recommends - should I get hi tops or ordinary trainers?

Will hi tops make me look fatter?

ArcheryAnnie Fri 20-Apr-18 11:52:22

Evans usually do a good range of linen-mix trousers that wash well, are wide and comfortable, and look reasonably good. I live in them in summer. They don't last long but they are the best thing I have found for hot weather.

LoniceraJaponica Fri 20-Apr-18 11:58:19

"Will hi tops make me look fatter?"

If you are going to be in Italy in summer you won't want to wear hi top trainers. Unless you are walking on very rough terrain you will be more comfortable in walking sandals.

MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals1 Fri 20-Apr-18 12:01:40

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MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals1 Fri 20-Apr-18 12:03:21

- oo just seen that you're going for silver ones - that'll be lovely!!

Tiddlywinks63 Fri 20-Apr-18 12:06:50

How lovely to be going to Italy!
I'm a 14/16 and I found wearing natural fibres, loose-fitting and body skimming the ideal for anywhere hot, so wearing linen or cotton or linen- or cotton-mix is much more comfortable than synthetics.
I liberally use talc which helps to absorb sweat and do wear in any new shoes/sandals before you go (definitely take blister plasters!)
I've just Googled 'loose fitting dresses' and there are some lovely ones at florydory and Next.

antimatter Fri 20-Apr-18 12:38:41

I am going to look at Superga shoes:

Friend recommended them for being very comfortable.

steppemum Fri 20-Apr-18 12:39:22

I am over weight but taller than you.

I wear
shirts rather than T - shirts, or at least not clingy T shirts. I find the cling of most T shirts is very unflattering, a shirt is better, my all time favourite is an incredibly lightweight white and blue shirt with no collar and a deep V. It looks lovely.
I found some nice sleeveless linen look ones in Asda last year, there were no sleeves, but they did have shoulders, so not too revealing.

crop trousers that are a bit loose. i like 3/4 cargo style, but as I said I am taller. I do have some shorts, but only one pair that I like the look of, and they are falling to pieces sad

tunic length dresses with crop leggings under (this is a new look for me, the ultimate trouser person, but I am liking it!)

remember that black is hot, but darker colours do look better.

if you have a problem with thigh rub in hot weather then the leggings under dress can be very handy if you are walking a lot.

I would also go for walking sandals, I would be too hot in trainers

pigmcpigface Fri 20-Apr-18 12:41:12

I'm VERY lucky tiddlywinks - I'm so excited. smile

Lonicera - Sorry, I wasn't thinking of Italy with the trainers (of either type). There is mission creep happening here grin. I love the look of hi tops, but am worried I will look even more squat in them.

I think the suggestion of natural fibres is an excellent one!

For those who have chafing, I found this wonderful stuff called BodyGlide. It's for wetsuits, but it cuts down on any skin-on-skin abrasion!

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