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I have spent the last 3 years either pregnant, breastfeeding or looking after young children. I cannot remember the last time I went out for dinner, or a wedding, in an outfit that wasn't a "make-do" due to post-pregnancy weight gain, breastfeeding issues etc.
I have also gone from a size 20 to a size 14. I have never been this size in my adult life and I have no idea how to dress for it. Day to day I'm fine because I am with the DCs so I knock around in leggings, tunics etc or jeans. I have not yet dared enter the world of skinny jeans but I intend to try some this weekend.
My DH and I have had some pretty major ups and downs over the last few years and we have decided that we need to get out more as a couple without the children. So, this is the challenge, kind mumsnetters. I want to "wow" him with my new-found figure and confidence on our "dates." We only have two so far:
An evening at a comedy club Dinner at a city centre restaurant
I have no idea what to wear! Just to give you some further details, I am:
Size 14, small waist, large norks, hips in proportion. Tummy. Am fairly hourglassish. I am 5 foot 6. I am of ghost-like complexion, frizzy hair. I'm 34.
Any ideas of outfits gratefully received. Budget not large but throw anything at me, I can always look for similar items elsewhere.
Last thing (I promise) I've fallen into bit of a Boden rut and need to get out of it, so definitely no Boden please.
How do you feel about 50s style dresses? With your figure they'd be perfect. Something to show off your waist and boobs.
Ok, bear with me, this dress is the cost of a small car but there will be lots of copies out there. (Topshop, Zara, Whistles, Reiss)On the catwalk gal it looks short but she will be 6ft. The bandage thing looks terribly revealing and clingy but it actually holds you in really well and is quite supportive. Not sure about your feelings towards your arms, but this dress has mini sleeves. Wear with opaque tights and some fierce heels.
I know, my imaginary bills on that site are sky high... I did think the second one's back would negate a bra just after I posted. I like herjazz's first link, more casual but with a cool tribal vibe...
What about a personal shopper? They do them in Debenhams and prob John Lewis/House of Fraser, doesn't cost extra, no obligation to buy and they should be able to bring you an array of possibilities instead of you trawling through racks and hoofing it back and forth to changing rooms?
Now I do like the personal shopper idea. Is there a hard sell involved? Will they be honest? Do I need ££££££?
I do like that tunic but not sure that I can see myself in slouchy velvet trousers. This is a problem: I'm still dressing in the way I did for my bigger self and when I'm browsing the internet I still pick out my old styles and sizes.