Personal Shopper: Bow, Collars and Ruffles, OH MY! for Natasha

Natasha writes: Writing you for help currently has me in a state of nervousness and giddiness all at the same time, but I am definitely in need of your shopping powers! My brother is getting married in 4 weeks (9-10-11 to be exact), and I am in need of a rehearsal dinner dress. I am a Southern girl who loves ruffles, bows, and stand up collars, but I can't seem to find a dress that encompasses any one of those attributes and won't make me look like I am 15 years old or 50 years old. No disrespect to either age group, but I am 30, and I would like to look classy and timeless, and at the same time, young and fun. My body tends to present a little bit of a challenge as well...I am 5'1" with a 34 DD chest. Finding something that balances me out and helps me look a little taller is always an issue. I usually have to buy dresses in a size 8 to fit my top half and then tailor the rest. I would like to stay in the fall color pallet (purples, greens, oranges, golden yellows), and avoid black and red. Any direction or advice you could offer would be amazing!

What a fun wedding date! And what a fun dress you've been looking for. Unfortunately, when I went looking, I must have found all the same humpty-dumpty dresses you did: high-collars with low style. Yuck. But hopefully you'll agree that I found a way to incorporate some of your style elements into one dress, sometimes with the addition of an accessory. Send our congrats to your brosif. Mazel tov! -Magzilla

1. Max Studio Asymmetrical Dress ($148 on sale)
2. ModCloth Next Weekend Dress ($50) with Zara Belt ($36)
3. ModCloth Classic Combinations Dress ($73)
4. Z Spoke by Zac Posen Bow Embellished Dress ($149)
5. Dolce Vita Collar Dress ($210) with Zara Belt ($36)
6. Jessica Howard Sleeveless Ruffle Collar Wrap Mermaid Evening Gown ($90) except for this full-length gown, you take the money you're saving by buying it on sale and have it brought up to your desired length at a dress maker's shop.

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Posted on 08.22.11 at 2:01 PM

I can't speak for all large busted women, but for myself I can NOT wear ruffles ON my chest. It pushes them up to my neck and makes me look weird. So I say go for 4 or 5 (tho 5 looks pretty bland to me).


Posted on 08.22.11 at 2:38 PM

Yeah, ruffles with a big rack can be tricky, as I well know (hallo, double D's). If they lie flat (i.e. you iron them down a bit), they can work, though.


Posted on 08.22.11 at 3:02 PM

As long as the dress tapers at the waist, those bountiful ruffles don't look as bountiful. I agree with Janetor too, flatten them helps quite a bit.

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