Laura R. writes: "Hi Outblush! I love checking the blog daily and I am hoping you can help me be as successful as some of your other readers. I am being inducted into my college athletic hall of fame, and I need something for the induction ceremony. I am a size 10/12 dress and size 9.5 shoe. As for a budget, I am willing to spend what I need to look good, but anything over $500 may be a little too steep for me. I am looking for a dress that will deemphasize my tummy; aren't we all? The ceremony will be an evening in October, so I am looking for something in fall colors or navy blue (my school color). I have pretty athletic arms, so anything that has a cap sleeve tends to make my arms look huge. I can wear a heel, but anything over 3" and I look like an Amazon woman. Thanks so much for any help you can give this fashion-challenged athlete! -Laura"
Hi Laura, I'm Found of You, and I'm impressed! Being inducted into a Hall of Fame is worthy of admiration. I feel extremely honored to be helping you out with a dress for your induction ceremony. These are all styles that will conceal a tummy, and a dark color will help with that, too. I stuck with dresses in navy so you can show school spirit. My favorite combo is #3 with #4 because I love the way the style of the shoe echoes the tiered folds of the dress, and the gold color is in keeping with the whole school colors theme. You didn't say anything about accessories besides shoes, so if you need suggestions for jewelry or anything else, please pick out a dress and come to back to us for advice! We insist. I hope this helps and that you feel super glamorous at your ceremony.
1 - J. Crew Alisanne Dress ($198, J. Crew has a bunch of other cute dresses in navy, so go poke around! I also like this one.)
2 - French Sole Dressy ($210, in four colors)
3 - Tadashi Shoji One Shoulder Tiered Jersey Dress ($298)
4 - RSVP Buddee ($69, in six colors)
5 - Teri Jon Silk/Wool Illusion Dress ($450)
6 - RSVP Rossana ($49, in eight colors)
7 - J. Crew Ramona Dress ($225, in ten colors)
8 - Nine West Sharina ($69, in seven colors)
9 - Pisarro Nights Beaded Tiered Chiffon Sheath Dress ($128)
10 - Vaneli Modesta ($95, in three colors)
11 - Halston Heritage Twist Front Sheath ($325)
12 - Enzo Angiolini Kalidas ($89, in three colors)
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