Help me find plus-sized interesting women's clothing, particularly tunics and short dresses, in the UK / online, given specific requirements.
After my last question about being called out in the street for my appearance, and more recently my seven year-old cousin saying that my "personal style is dark boring clothes", I'm trying to make myself over for 2012.
I am overweight, about 165 cm tall, female. I usually wear a UK size 22 which is American size 20 I think. I have never been interested in the clothes I wear and usually wear jeans with a t-shirt and loose jumper. I wear only long-sleeved tops because of old scars on my arms (sleeves need to be full-length, not three-quarter). I don't like necklines less than a couple of inches below my neck, but no polo necks. I have bad posture, if that makes any difference. I'm 39. At work in particular my clothes are noticeably out of place, and have been commented on, though this hasn't worried me especially as it's been a trade-off for feeling at ease in what I wear.
I'd like to start wearing long tunics or short dresses with leggings or tights, or with trousers if I need to retreat to my comfort zone. I wore this tunic from Jo Brown / SimplyBe
on Christmas Day, and felt ok in it, but the brown colour is pretty dull - I thought about dyeing it but too much stitching to make this feasible. I like the look of this tunic also from Joe Brown
, but it only goes up to 18. I'm wondering about this tunic from M and Co
. In other people's clothes I like a bit of difference, slight eccentricity, possibly a touch of idealised old-fashionedness, so I guess this is probably what I would want for me.
I can alter clothes if necessary and I can wear long-sleeved t-shirts under lower-cut or short-sleeved tops if the latter are loose enough.
I am trying to lose weight (particularly through health month) but theorise that I might find this easier if I felt better about how I look in terms of clothes.
So, specific questions -
1. Any recommendations for shops or items? I've Googled fairly extensively on and off - it's hard to search for long sleeves of course. I'm happier shopping online, but am reluctant to use American online shops as I've been caught with custom charges before. Of course I might be able to find specific American items on eBay UK.
2. Is there a name for this sort of style?
3. Is there anything I can read about trying to develop knowledge about what suits me, given my introverted, academic type of personality and lack of interest in a lot of fashion (eg I don't think I'll ever be interested in make-up or shoes)?
4. If you have consciously changed your "personal style," how has it worked for you? Are there pitfalls I'm not considering?
I have looked at relevant Ask MF questions and found these the most useful: one
. I know about "What Not to Wear" and Gok Wan.