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Old 07-26-2011, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Attention Fashionista's! HELP with apple shape dresses!!

I need help from anyone who has more fashion sense than a cardboard box. I am not good at choosing dresses. The last dress I wore to a graduation my mother in law gave me the up down look, focusing on my gut, and I knew she was thinking I was pregnant. Then, my husbands aunt and uncle just came right out and asked if we were expecting. HOW embarrassing! I was beet red and obviously it ruined my day. Since that day (in may) I have been asked twice if I am pregnant again. The problem is I have very thin arms and legs, and my shoulders and face don't carry much weight either. The entire 35 pounds I need to lose is ALL in my stomach, and I don't carry my fat 'internally' (the hard solid looking fat). I carry it subcutaneously, and it is hangy and loose (and impossible to conceal in clothes)! I have a series of important events coming up that all require formal attire- 1) wedding Sept 2, 2) little black dress bachelorette party Sept 17, 3) wedding Oct. 1, and 4) I am a bridesmaid on Oct. 29. Obviously, I need to invest in a couple nice formal dresses. So, to those of you who are good at this, what kind of dress should I get? Everyone says empire waists, but that is the style that caused the pregnancy disaster! PLEASE HELP!
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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I think personally, A-line looks great on everyone! I happen to be pear shape lol so i have the problems on the hips and thighs bulging out lol!

My vote is A-Line

p.s. i always throw on a sucker-inner under any dress for a smoother look!!
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:24 AM   #3
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I'm also pear-shaped, but here's something that might be helpful:
http://www.3fatchicks.com/7-best-dre...-shaped-women/

I hope you find a great dress!
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:29 AM   #4
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Yeah, I can see how the empire waist could lead to the preggo comments. You could maybe try a wrap dress? I think they are supposed to conceal a tummy and pull your eye across the body. If it were me, I'd probably just go somewhere that has a lot of dresses and try on tons of styles. Time consuming, but you're bound to find something that you feel awesome in!
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:32 AM   #5
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I just bought this one. V-neck AND a-line AND some leg but not too much. Score!

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...xx.esn_results

I'm another apple and carry a lot in my belly, and there's no changing that til I lose it. But I look pretty darn good in this one!

It might be too casual a print for wedding guest and certainly a bridesmaid person, but that would be the general shape I'd shoot for.

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Old 07-26-2011, 12:29 PM   #6
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Here is a link to the pic of my bridesmaid dress: http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_...and-Sash-81123
That one I don't have a choice on!

Astrophe, that dress is super cute! I love it. I need a black dress, and I plan on wearing it to the weddings I am attending as well as the black dress party! I don't want to buy several dresses as I rarely get dolled up! I really like that A line look, but I wonder if it would look okay! I have a huge gut. I think I will go try on a ton at Dress Barn or something once it gets closer! Thanks ladies!
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:46 PM   #7
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A-line or a wrap dress with Spanx!

Plus, if you don't mind accentuating your girls, look for something with a deep V and get a good bra. (Not one that would jack your cleavage to your chin, but something with a tasteful amount of boobage.) That will definitely draw attention away from anything you want to hide.
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i would recommend this one imo:

well, i cannot post images yet, so google nicole-miller-cap-sleeve-stretch-rayon-jersey-dress,-$220 its the blue one with seeves, worn by a afroamerican girl.


well, the dress depends on wether your legs are skinny or not. because if they are, you have something to show off so, if your legs are nice, wear i aove your knees, if not, choose knee lenght.

no matter what your legs are like, i bet your bust is gorgeous. so this is also a bonus you might want to "show off" - but do it in a classy way! the top of the dress shoul have a V-line, perhaps you might want your bust accented by layering the top like in the picture. however, do not accent your bust by choosing a dress that combinates two colors (or patterns), because even though it will accent your bust, it will also accent your belly and you won't look as good as you could.

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I was in a wedding a few weeks ago and i tried this one on, it was so flattering. It also comes with straps. Comes in black and a billion other colors lol.

http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_...esmaid-Dresses
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oh and i forgot: do not choose a dress with a belt, because it will accent your belly.
sorry, but belt-dresses look good only on slim waists. it is better to avoid a belt on a dress (blouses are a different story) if your bodyshape is not hourglass, ruler or pear.
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Lol, I do have plentiful boobage (but not too much) and thin legs! Cute dresses suggested so far....although I don't think I can afford $220... I do like the Nicole Miller one. I was thinking more $100 ish (I am a poor college student with 3 kids, lol). The david's bridal suggestion is gorgeous, but its tight where I am fat, if you know what I mean.....I love all the suggestions tho, keep em coming ladies! Thanks!!
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:19 AM   #12
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you don't need to buy this particular one. but if you like it a lot, you can use it as an inspiration for your shopping or perhaps if you know someone who can sew you can ask that person to make it for you - jersey will do good as a fabric in this case.
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another option is to wear a skirt and a top. i carry a lot of weight in my belly as well, and when i go out, i usually feel so much more comfortable wearing two pieces than just the one dress.

anyways, here are some examples of cute stuff. (i had way too much fun doing this... could do it way more, too!)



wedding stuff

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ml-moniq...esultback=1836

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ml-moniq...resultback=408

*only if you have small boobies!!*
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alexia-a...resultback=612

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/xscape-r...esultback=1224

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/donna-mo...esultback=5712

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/milly-al...esultback=3876



cocktail

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adrianna...&pbo= 6014176

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/haute-hi...y&resultback=0

if you are flat chested, this would be really good cuz the waist falls lower than the natural line and it would hide your belly

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/laundry-...resultback=612

the lace here might be good to camouflage areas you don't like so much

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/laundry-...y&resultback=0

i like this. the pattern will confuse the eye, and you can tie the belt wherever you want to create shape

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/maggy-lo...resultback=816


not sure where you'd wear this one but i liked it cuz it's kinda two-piece, so you can hide a bit

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/komarov-...esultback=4998

not too sure how this would fit your frame, but i really love it so i figured i'd post it anyways

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/twenty8t...esultback=5508
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OMG I LOOOVVVVEEE the halter mini dress! That cut is perfect for my body, I have thin arms, shoulders, and legs...which all show, and its roomy at the waist and just adorable! BUT it only comes in a 4 or 6. My heart is breaking right now....Love that last one too, but over my budget. I am going to search google for halter mini dresses and see if I can find somewhere that carries one in a larger size. THANK YOU!
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