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#1 mrshappymum

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

Hey girls,

I've put on quite a bit of weight lately and I'm sitting at a size 18. I do hope to lose it but to make myself feel better about myself I want to wear flattering items in the meantime.

What do you wear at this size and where do you shop?

I tried on some skinny leg jeans at City Chic a few weeks ago and they were actually nice but I didn't have the courage to buy them. I worry that I will wear clothes that make me look frumpier!

Help!

#2 HRH Countrymel

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

I usually wear loose fitting tunics, empire line et. al. - it drives DP up the wall.

On the weekend I went to a wedding and as I was having my usual "I don't have anything to wear!" panic DP threw a big grumpy and said "I forbid you from going and buying something you will never wear again.."
(this isn't as awful as it sounds as I HATE shopping and I specifically hate shopping for formal stuff that I won't wear again)

I was forced to dredge through the wardrobe and find 'something'... I ended up wearing a wrap dress hand-me-down, it was far, far more fitted than anything I usually wear and - blow me down with a feather - I looked great!

People who never comment on appearances (especially mine) all made a special effort to tell me I looked great.

Maybe DP is onto something after all...

#3 The Falcon

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

I think it really depends on your body shape as well as size.

For me, my stomach is better described as a belly since having children and my upper thighs are gross, but my boobs are good and I have nice shoulders from the gym, so I pretty much only wear dresses that gather under the breast.  I have some that are suitable for work, some for casual and some formal.

#4 mrshappymum

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:27 PM

Thanks girls. I am fairly well in proportion, just have a bigger tummy at the moment.
Do any of you wear skinny jeans? Whats your honest opinion of them on a plus sized figure?

#5 gemgirl

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

Skinny jeans are great if you're an apple shape - slimmer legs, belly. Wear a good top original.gif

#6 anna_garny

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:34 PM

Skinny jeans on a 'bigger' frame can be horrible, but they can also be fantastic, depending on what your legs are like and what else you wear with them.

Most of the girls at City Chic stores are well trained and won't try and sell you something just to make money - they're on an hourly rate, no commissions or anything like that.

If you've got a TS/Virtu near you then they might be worth a look, or take a look at their website first to see if anything is to your taste (TS14plus or virtushop... I think... dot com dot au) and they specialise in bigger sizes.

#7 mrshappymum

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

Thanks, I tried them on in City Chic and I quite liked them. I am tall and have ok legs so I get away with them with the right top. I still feel a bit self conscious though so avoiding taking the plunge.

I have bought from Virtu before and love it, just bought tops really but they are really nice.

#8 Propaganda

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

Have you looked through some plus-size fashion blogs? They might be of some help.

http://theplussizelife.blogspot.com.au/
http://frocksandfroufrou.com/
http://www.curvestokill.com/
http://fullerfigurefullerbust.com/


#9 9ferals

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

I think skinny jeans can look great and if you feel good in them, go for it!

I would probably look for a slightly longer/looser fitting top if you are self concious about your belly -maybe something with a nice neckline that flares out slightly under your bust to skim over your belly. Then the attention will be drawn to your legs and neckline and away from the bit that you aren't so happy with.

CountryMel has a great point - it's tempting to wearing very loose fitting clothes when you are a bit bigger, but often something that is the right shape for your body and fits nicely (not clinging but skimming) is much more flattering.

#10 Dionysus

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

this summer I am living in coloured shorts and long tank-tops from crossroads.  Cheap and cheerful!

I don't think I look too bad  wink.gif

ssecret.gif   I also have a couple of their jeggings - a black pair and a blue pair.   love them, but I know not everyone does.  I wear them with long floaty tops

I do buy stuff from city chic for going out and they have some great work stuff sometimes - fitted jackets etc.  But, they are very expensive so I look out for their sales

#11 mrshappymum

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:48 PM

Thanks, funny I went to Crossroads today to try on their coloured shorts, I loved the colours but I just felt too self conscious in them. Ho Hun. Maybe I am in denial about my size and just need to embrace it.

#12 gemgirl

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:54 PM

Whether you wear black or colour, you're the same size. A flowy top can be less flattering than a fitted top. I say embrace it a little more. I wear black, but get compliments when I wear colour. I guess I look more confident

#13 queeney

Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

I agree with pp, it really depends on you're shape. I'm a 20 and got skinny jeans for my twins first birthday from city chic, never wore them in my life before, but recieved so many compliments. I wore a hit pink to from city chic, i think they do it in many colours, but it's button through with collar and has a hi low hem line, being longer at the back it made me feel less worried about my bum.

I've found since i am wearing with fitted top, flowey bottoms (city chic have the most comfy and cool harem style pant in thier swim wear section) or flowy top and fitted bottoms, i learnt i was making myself look bigger wearing everything baggy.

#14 mollybot

Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

Check out Ezibuy - I really like their Sara line:
http://www.ezibuy.com.au/brands/sara-plus-sizes.html

They also have something called Modern Curve which includes some other of their lines, plus Evans and Next:

http://www.ezibuy.com.au/modern-curve.html

Basically, you can wear whatever you can pull off with confidence. I used to wear a bikini when I was a size 18 (and 20 years younger !!  laugh.gif )

If you have good legs, wear skinny jeans !!

#15 mrshappymum

Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:03 AM

Thanks girls original.gif I think I need to just have more confidence!!

#16 FlutterbyBlue

Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:14 AM

http://holyclothing.com/index.php/


For the most beautiful and comfortable clothes I have ever worn, or seen.  I have dresses and a tunic top I wear constantly, and my daughter bought some of the pants and says they are the most comfortable things she has.  The sizes range from S to about 4 or 5 XL.



#17 teaspoon

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

Hi OP,

I don't think you need great legs to wear skinny leg jeans.

I'm in the same size 18 camp and recently tried on--and bought--my first skinny legs. I love them!

1st skinny jeans

Edited by teaspoon, 18 January 2013 - 04:28 PM.


#18 mrshappymum

Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

Teaspoon, WOW they look great on you - thanks for sharing! Can I ask where you got them from?

#19 teaspoon

Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:56 PM

Believe it or not, Best & Less!

I went to get DS a couple of rashie tops (not matter what brand, those things do NOT survive the sand and sea ravages of a rough boy at the beach) and saw the jeans for $14!

I have a great eye for size 16 to 18 fashion.

Truly, it's not that hard. Whether this extra weight you've put on is temporary or here to stay, just work to enhance the great parts of your figure and you'll be fine.

example, my sister said this dress would make me look like a quote "purple people eater" unquote; it's a size 16 Sportscraft, beautifully cut Italian stretch fabric and just the right length for boots (I'm only 5 foot 3 and a bit)

For 25 bucks on ebay, I was SOLD! when she saw the pic she said she was going to eat her words ;-)

Edited by teaspoon, 18 January 2013 - 05:59 PM.


#20 mrshappymum

Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

ohhhh I will go and have a look in the morning! Cant wait, better for the budget too!!
I hope they still have them!

That dress is amazing too! You do have a good skill there. Some people really do! I see many plus size girls, even some a lot bigger than me, who just look fantastic in what they are wearing cause they wear clothes that suit them!

#21 teaspoon

Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:18 PM

Hope you find some you like (and post a pic)! try k-mart as well; some of their cheapies are great...

#22 mrshappymum

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

Thanks Teaspoon!

I went to Best and Less and whilst they didn't have any skinny jeans, I did get some bootleg jeans and skinny leg electric blue long shorts and they both look fab! So pleased and only $20 each!! I would never have even considered Best and Less so thank you so much, very well fitting garments!!

#23 Green Gummy Bear

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:08 PM

I tend to live in dresses.  Jeans just don't seem to fit me right at the moment.  I'm a size 18, but I carry all my weight in my belly.  My legs are normal and my a*se is flat, so to get jeans to accommodate my belly, they sag around the but and make my legs look huge.

I don't think there's a hard and fast rule for what you should wear according to your size, I think it's more your body shape.  Play up your best features and draw attention away from your not so great ones.

#24 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:12 PM

I'm a 22/24 and I have a few places that I get clothes from!

My newest place is ASOS... they go up to really large sizes in their curve line. I bought pants in a 24 and I'm 183cm and they were long enough! They have a sale atm and I paid $30!

I also buy from Dorothy Perkins in the UK.

I recently bought some lovely brightly coloured jeans from Big W and they are also long!

#25 R2B2

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

QUOTE (**Mel** @ 17/01/2013, 04:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I do buy stuff from city chic for going out and they have some great work stuff sometimes - fitted jackets etc.  But, they are very expensive so I look out for their sales


the outlet store is your best friend! so very very cheap compared to their normal stores! I refuse to pay full price for any CC clothes!




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