What is a good shape dress for me if...

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Registered: 08-02-2005
What is a good shape dress for me if...
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Tue, 08-02-2005 - 8:58am
I am a size 14-16 up top, and a size 8 on the bottom? I am going to an evening wedding in San Diego at the end of the month, and can't for the life of me find a dress that fits. I am a 38 DD, and wear a size 8 pants - dresses that fit me up top fit like a sack on the bottom, and ones that are flattering on the bottom won't zip up past the middle of my back - help!
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Registered: 11-29-2004
Tue, 08-02-2005 - 11:41am
Why not go for a 2 piece, or skirt and shirt?
Tracy
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Registered: 04-28-2004
Tue, 08-02-2005 - 12:30pm

Good afternoon!


My own dimensions are just about identical to yours...Tracy is right, a two-piece dress would be an ideal option, assuming you can find a retailer that offers coordinated tops and skirts in separates, or will allow you to mix and match the sizes in a set. (That's always a fun ordeal, isn't it? LOL)


Might a sufficiently dressy/formal pantsuit be an option as well? Perhaps it would be easier to put together and you could certainly accessorize and glam it up as needed. :)


You could always consider something custom-designed, depending on how much time and resources you have at your disposal! I imagine there are some very skilled individual designers/tailors in your immediate vicinity too.


Good luck and keep us updated!


Accolade
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Registered: 08-02-2005
Tue, 08-02-2005 - 12:56pm

thanks for the feedback. i'm not a huge fan of two piece sets, but what must be done...

I think pantsuits may be out - I'm in my early 20's and am concerned that those are not "fun" enough.

Next question - I live in the Florida Keys, where what passes for formal is clean underwear and nice sandals. Any thoughts on online retailers that may have a good selection?

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Registered: 04-28-2004
Tue, 08-02-2005 - 2:24pm

Wow, Florida really is a laid-back place! ;)


Actually, for a two-piece dress you might have better success with a small boutique than you would with a major retailer. At a boutique, you're more likely to be dealing with a proprietor who is grateful for your business - as opposed to a store manager who is not always flexible in what she can do for you.


Another option: How about finding a one-piece you like in your top size from a retailer, and subsequently working with a seamstress to perfect the fit around the hips and bottom? Especially for a dress like the attached, where the neckline and the asymmetrical hemline would already tend to draw attention elsewhere:


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Don't worry! You'll look great and as you know, your body is just fine...it's the dress that is wrong size. :) If this gentleman were out west, he would be honored to have a dance with you!


Hugs,

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Accolade
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 08-02-2005 - 5:09pm

They are right, there are two choices, go with seperates or find a dress you really like that fits on top and get alterations made to the rest.