Nov 11, 2011 10:00 AM
Lynda writes: "Hey all - I have a 20th high school reunion that I'm considering going to. I live in Los Angeles and grew up near Boston, and have not been to my hometown in over 12 years. Problem is, in the past 6 months, my crazy job, ridiculous stress and epic ankle fracture with weeks on crutches have caused me to go from a size 6 to a size 10. What the? I eat salad, seriously. Maybe it's because I refuse to stop drinking beer? Anyway, while this isn't so bad since I'm 5'9", I feel fat and plan on Spanxing it up big time. Here's the thing - I need a dress that isn't so short you can tell I'm rocking the Spanx, covers the flappy ass part of my arm above the elbow, but is low-cut enough to show that while I was called "great wall of china" in high school, I've got me some 36 Cs now. Ha! Shizzam! Yes, they're real. The only plus to weight gain and aging. I can spend up to 200 bucks and I like stuff that it a little edgy, rock and roll-ish but not cheap looking. No vinyl I'm over that. Thanks for any ideas you can provide. YOU ROCK! Lynda"
Hey Lynda, I'm Found of You. You got me, which means you automatically get two things: First, I'm going to advise you not to worry about having "the perfect dress". Just get a plain black wrap dress. Wrap dresses are flattering on pretty much all figures, and they show off boobs. You might even already have a wrap dress. Then, you can add a bunch of glittering chain necklaces and studded booties if you want to go with a rock n' roll look. The second thing you get from me? A leopard print dress. Have so much fun at your reunion! You're gonna look amazing.
1 - Bailey 44 'Mixed Martial Arts' V-Neck Dress ($174)
2 - MICHAEL Michael Kors Leopard Print Cowl Neck Dress ($65, on sale)
3 - Lauren by Ralph Lauren Embellished Jersey Faux Wrap Dress ($154)
4 - BCBGMAXAZRIA 'Samara' V-Neck Jersey Dress ($158)
5 - Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Dolman Jersey Dress ($138, also available in Merlot)
6 - ASOS Color Block Ponte Pencil Dress ($75)
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Found of You here: Rather than find you the perfect LBD, look to me for the perfect accessories! As an accessorizing whiz, I can style your "What do I wear with it?!" clothing, dig up awesome maternity and nursing clothes (I'm a Mommy!), and make your tootsies look perfect in fabulous flats (or pumps, or sandals). Oh, and if you need to give someone (ME!!) a gift, I say buy 'em food and books, and I'd love to help you find just the right stuff.