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Better Red than Dead (or Beige) | Manolo for the Big Girl

Better Red than Dead (or Beige)

Oh y’all, you don’t even KNOW how I tossed and turned last night. I mean, we all agree that those horrible outfits from yesterday were tragiculous at best, but they were from Neiman’s. I’m not saying that Neiman’s doesn’t carry some dreadful stuff *COUGH*juicycouture*COUGH* but…I feel like I should show them a little love, since they’ve been so good to me in the past.

(Note: Neiman Marcus FOR SOME REASON doesn’t advertise with us, nor are they affiliates. I’m not getting any sort of kickback from these, folks. Although if any of you NM people are reading, I’d be totally open for it.  You don’t even need to send me stuff. Just knock off one of the zeros from my credit card bill and we’ll call it even)

Anyhoodle, I know we’re all reeling from the economic downturn and holiday shopping orgies and whathave you, but if you DO have a few extra ducats to throw around, it’s a great time to consider investing in a few ultra-classics, like a Little Red Dress.

Poplin Dress

If you’re a high-waisted pear then you just need to go ahead and write me a thank-you letter now, because this dress will rock your world.  Being blessed with a looooong waist, I’ve often had troubles getting shirtwaist dresses to fit just right off the rack. No problem with this one. This was one of my great go-to dresses of 2008 and if I didn’t already have it in both colors, I’d buy them again.

Tadashi twist front dress

Speaking of Go-To Dresses, I’ve been practically living in my brown iteration of this Tadashi classic for the past four months. This will always be a good look for the Big Girl with a Waist so anytime you see this silhouette, jump on it. (P.S., Don’t stomp your feet at me, Apples. You get miniskirts; so just hush and let the Pears have this one)

Here’s one we all can share.  Obviously it will work with jeans as long as you keep the lines very trim. Apples, wear this with dark tights and tall boots. Pears, give yourself a little balance by pairing it with a cigarette pant. Avoid the temptation to belt it unless you’re over 5’8″ short dresses can become amazingly stumpifying when cinched. I’m 5’10” and I won’t belt anything above the knee.

Scoop Neck Dress

Now one for the apple-y among us.

Color Block dress

Yeah. I know. But trust me. This will work for you. The model choice is curious and she is too small to carry off the dress, but this is an excellent choice for our straight up-and-down friends. I’d like it with tights, but whatever you do, wear a substantial shoe to anchor the look and keep accessories bold and to a minimum.

7 Responses to “Better Red than Dead (or Beige)”

  1. Ronda January 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    You said “If you’re a high-waisted pear then you just need to go ahead and write me a thank-you letter now, because this dress will rock your world.”

    Consider this you’re thank-you letter… I can SO see myself rocking this dress. I can’t afford it, but I can SEE it!

    Treebelly :)
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  2. Lauri January 7, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    ok, here’s a question…I’m 50, but look 40…I’m an hourglass with the sand running to the bottom…Am I too old to wear leggings?
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  3. Plumcake January 7, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    Lauri, I’d opt for something more sophisticated. I tend to follow the “if you’re old enough to remember it the first time, you’re too old for it now” school of thought. FWIW, I’m not yet 30 and I gave them up last year.

  4. ChloeMireille January 8, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    I admit, that last dress does look a bit terrifying. However, as an apple-ish woman who owns quite a few trapeze shirts, it’s not that bad. Being able to see a hint of curve under something so unstructured will add shape to it.

  5. Twistie January 8, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Absolutely, ChloeMireille! The problem is not with the dress, nor with the model, but with the fact that they are inappropriately paired. Put that on a bigger girl of appular shape, and she will rock it. That girl would carry a pair of skinny jeans fabulously. But that girl in that dress spells ‘dress going straight to the clearance rack because nobody sees it.’

  6. La Petite Acadienne January 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    That second dress is freaking gorgeous and is just my style. (I’m a Buddha-bellied hourglass, and that detailing at the waist would downplay the belly and would make me feel all curvy and rrrowwry!)