Mar 14, 2012 9:15 AM
Bethany writes: "Dear Outblush ladies,You guys have been making my day everyday for the last 4 years since I discovered you, I love you guys!Anyways,this is the first time I'm writing for some help/fashion advice though.I just got engaged to my amazing fiance and I'm planning an engagement party with all our family and friends for the end of the month.I originally wanted to have a cocktail/dinner party but after seeing a beautiful wedding brunch designed by Monique Lhuillier online I was inspired and decided to do that instead.My problem is I had already decided I would wear a blue,beaded cocktail dress I own but now obviously its way too dressy for an early afternoon brunch.So,I have been on the hunt for a new dress and have been scouring stores and the internet for 3 weeks and haven't found anything I like(or that would fit and isn't too short). As if that wasn't hard enough I was in a car accident last year and suffered nerve damage. I now get episodes of severe migraines and muscle pain and it has made working out next to impossible. In short I have gained almost 30lbs. and although my sweet loving fiance still insist I'm beautiful I feel super self conscious bout my body now especially my thighs/hips,butt,and belly.Please help me find a dress that suits me.My style is classic/vintage and my measurements are 36C,30 waist,40 hips.Thank You!"
Girl. Listen to your man. You are a sexy catch and he's lucky to have you. Period. However, I can absolutely understand wanting to feel your best for a very important occasion. So instead of worrying and fussing about how you'll look in the pictures, slip into SPANX (Number 9 and 10) and let the spandex do the hard work. You just stand there being your gorgeous self.
1. Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Lace-Overlay Cocktail Dress ($495)
2. French Connection Spell On You Flared Dress ($168)
3. Pavlova Tulle Dress ($290)
4. Patina at the Party Dress ($198)
5. Ellen Tracy Short Sleeve Dress w/ Gathered Waist Detail ($60)
6. ASOS Soft Skirt Midi Dress with Short Sleeves ($58)
7. Oasis Lily Lace Dress ($145)
8. Boden Regatta Dress ($98)
9. SPANX Skinny Britches High Waisted Shorts ($46)
10. SPANX Scoopneck Bodysuit ($74)
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Magzilla here: When I'm not busy eating my way to the bottom of a ginger candy bag, I'm tweezing my eyebrows. I prefer the hard core body modification scene but can also appreciate a ruffle or bow when I see one. Beauty and barrels of maternity/kid crap are my specialties. When you need help finding the right shade of eyeliner to match that new shade of "I haven't slept in days" tint your skin gets after a baby or four, call on me. Loudly.