10.6.11

What I Wore: A Dress that Fits!


Finally, another what I wore post!  It has been ages, mostly due to the fact that I live in a very rainy city and whenever I'd muster the enthusiasm to get outside to take some portrait photos, it would be raining.  Typical typical.  I also tend to bring rain with me whenever I go on a trip.  I think the last 7 trips I have gone on to different areas of California, it has rained.  So if you are experiencing a drought, buy me a ticket and ship me to wherever you are and the rain shall follow. :)  Anyway, today it was actually sunny and WARM here in Seattle!  Oh happy day!


Aren't these wooden sunglasses SO RAD!?  Oh my gosh, I can't even tell you how excited I was when I received them as a surprise, courtesy of Tumbleweeds Odd Shop.  I have wanted wooden glasses or sunglasses for forever and I was so surprised to find these on my doorstep the other day!


I Wore:
Burt Orange blazer from a company I no longer support.
Dress from Norstrom Rack:  Originally $188, got it for $38!
Casitas Shoes:  courtesy of Blowfish Shoes  (love these!)
Necklace:  made from thrift store trinkets
Wooden Sunglasses:  courtesy of Tumbleweeds Odd Shop

So I went to a wedding last week and, as with every semi-formal event, I get really anxious knowing that I have to try to find a dress that fits me.  I know that everyone tells me it is a blessing that I have a little waist, long legs, really broad straight shoulders, and huge boobs, but it SUCKS trying to find dresses that fit me!  Empire waist dresses make me look totally ridiculous and only make my ahem, curves up top look even bigger (do not want!!).  I am over wearing cutesy stuff.  I am over wearing retro styles.  I like modern, clean, and sophisticated stylings and more subtle colors or just one solid bold color.  But I've gotta tell ya, most affordable dresses are made for women around 5'6" who have zero curves.  Who is this mystery person with a not real body type that most designers design their dresses for?  I'm 5'9" and curvy and woah momma is it easy for me to look slutty in most dresses because, hello, they are made for someone shorter than me with not my curves.  I pop out every which way in most dresses my size.

Anyway, so after going to about 10 different stores and finding no semi-formal or even casual dresses that fit my body type, I finally ended up at Nordstrom Rack.  Halleluia for Nordstrom Rack!  I ended up finding a really pretty black chic semi-formal cocktail dress for the wedding.  I was bummed it was black because somehow, the only dresses I can find that fit my bod are always black.  But, woo baby, this dress fit me like a glove!  I'll have to show you sometime :)  And then I also found this dress that I am wearing in the photos above.  I didn't think it was very cute hanging on the hanger, but my friends always tell me that wrap dresses would work with my body so I said, "Eh, I'll give it a try."  Usually I stray away from wrap dresses because I associate them with really matronly styled dresses.  But you know, it actually worked out alright!  I've been needing to bring some pattern back into my closet anyway :)

For ladies like me who have any of these tricky body parts:  big boobs, a small waist, barely any hips, and broad shoulders, here is what I recommend when looking for a flattering dress:
1.  NECKLINE:  Go for something that has a deep v neckline or a nice big scoop neckline.  A square neckline can be tricky and may end up making your boobs look smooshed and gigantor (which I prefer to avoid.)  If you go with a deep V, there may be a little cleavage, but it looks SO much more flattering and elongating that big boobs smooshed to your chest behind a square shaped top.  That just makes you look wide.
2.  WAISTLINE:  A snug waistline that hits just above the hips (don't go for a dropped waist or empire waist.  These will make your body look bulkier in areas that it is not actually big.)
3.  SKIRT STYLE:  Either a flowy skirt that hits a few inches above the knee, or a nice snug pencil skirt that hits about 2-3 inches above the knee.  (With a pencil skirt, the key is to not let it get too short.  The closer it is to your knee, the more elongated you look and it balances out your more full upper body and makes you look more chic and sophisticated.)
4.  SLEEVES:  I usually go with a quarter length sleeves (and preferably tight sleeves, but a loose sleeve is great is you are self conscious of your arms) because, with my arms down, the height of the sleeves hits about 3 inches below my boobs.  This creates an elongating illusion on your upper body and makes your boobs look a little less huge-normous.  Also, sleeves that hit just above the elbow and are fairly snug are a great balance with big boobs too.
5.  SLEEVELESS:  This is where things get tricky for big boobed women.  You don't want your bra strap hanging out.  Not classy.  So if you go sleeveless with your dress, make sure the back has a full coverage back so your bra straps stay hidden.  And often a full back dress is complimented with a nice scoop neck front or deep V.  perfecto!

23 comments:

Amy - a is for ampersand said...

Love this. And you look completely gorgeous!

shannon*bear said...

I mean, you're probably the cutest thing ever. Love you in that dress! And the shades are totally rad :]

Zoe said...

You. Are. Stunning.
Beautiful inside and out, lady.
xo

Alice said...

Amazing outfit! Longtime reader, occasional commenter :-)

Liz said...

Girl! You look positively gorgeous! I also noticed your "company I no longer support" byline and I think I know who you are referring to ;) Good for you! But srsly this is my favourite What I Wore post you've done yet!

Lauren Jones said...

I am totally loving this post!! And I can so empathise! I'm 5'll, with very long and not particularly slim legs, so most dresses make me look completely ridiculous! I don't have much going on up top, so unlike you I have the problem of trying to find a dress that covers my behind and flatters a relatively modest bust...it isn't easy! The dress is lovely though, and I love how you've styled it! The blazer is especially awesome!

Lauren
alittlelessoflauren.blogspot.com

Pamplemousse1983 said...

I love that dress!!! I have multitudes of curves and usually go for a scoopneck or vneck but I always put a cami underneath to hide the boob cleavage.

Sarah With Love said...

I love the dress with the blazer. But the shoes are what are amazing. Love them!!

Sarah
undertheblossomingcherrytree.blogspot.com

Danielle Ryann said...

i love everything about your outfit! it looks great on you :)

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

Beautiful!

Laura Wynn said...

Good tips! The dress looks great, love it!

San said...

That was super-helpful and the dress looks totally cute on you.
I have the "big boobs, small waist" problem and I never know what type of dressed to look for...

Angie said...

You look AHMAZING!!! Love that dress, especially on you! And those glasses and necklace. And shoes! Haha. The whole outfit!!!

My part of the portion is a huge chest. My waist isn't tiny, but it's not huge either. My hips, however, carry pretty much all my weight. >.o Because of this, finding dresses or skirts that fit right is a PAIN! Urgh.

Becky said...

I'm like the flipped upside down version of you! Small boobs, small waist, and big hips! (Also, shrunk down 6 inches...) :]

Joy said...

Ahh great post! You look positively radiant. I complained about the same bigger breast issue as well in my white shirt post so I hear you and totally sympathize with you. Thanks for the great fashion advice that I'll duly follow :)

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

love the dress and blazer, pretty lady!

Stina G said...

Hi lovely! I came over from Beca's blog and just had to say this post is adorable! Your outfit looks great & you're so cute. I stumbled across your blog awhile back when you were talking about the paint your love thing. Just wanted to say it made an impact and though I haven't painted my nails yet, the polish is out on the coffee table waiting for me.
xo.

teeundschnaps said...

you are so beautiful.

(nothing more to say.)

julia said...

you are beautiful,
the dress, necklace,shoes are awesome.I really like your look.

Amelia said...

you look absolutely gorgeous! you nailed this girl :) so sad, sad story- i lost one of my earrings the FIRST day that i wore them. i'm so upset, my boy goes oh i like your earrings! and then i reach up to touch them and one of them is gone.

she+him said...

love the modern and sophisticated look of the outfit. Its exactly the style I like over all the vintage out there.
xo

rosieposie said...

you look so so beautiful in this dress x

Modern Southerner said...

Love love love this dress!! And those glasses are super rad!