Dear Fashion Kitty, Afraid of Dresses

I am 26 years old and I just becamse a first time mom in March. I’ve been working my butt off and I pretty much lost all the baby weight. I’m 5’6 and weigh 140 pounds. I played soccer for 18 years and from that, I’ve been stuck with these big muscular thighs, which I’ve been so self conscious about for the longest time. My upper body is small and my bottom half ranges between a 9 and 11.

I have two weddings to attend to this year. One in August and one in September, and my question is what do you suggest for a dress to wear? Strapless dresses seem to be so big up top, and when I get a smaller size, then the bottom is tight lol. I’m so lost when it comes to dresses! I’m so picky on the different styles. I really want something that will show my curves and not hide anything. What do you suggest?

Congrats on losing the majority of your baby weight, that’s awesome.

Don’t think you are alone when it comes to having difficulty shopping directly off the rack. People are shaped differently than the mannequins and stick figures that clothes are designed for. Just know that there are workarounds … 1.) Shopping for the correct silhouette is half the battle and 2.) Finding a great tailor is the second half.

The first solution is what I can help you with. For a gal that is bigger on the bottom than she is on top, needs to find dresses with that same quality to them. My recommendation is an awesome 50s style dress, something that is fitted on the top and has a flared skirt on the bottom. This will show off the smallest part of your body and cover (in a fashionable way) the parts you are less confident about.

So honey, don’t fear the dress because the dress is a beautiful thing. Here are my favorites for you:

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