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post #41 of 193
That site sells muumuus.
post #42 of 193
Eh, I'm an underweight 40-yr-old, who, until last year, had this LL Bean jumper in her closet. It is NOT from the 1980s; I bought it in the mid-90s and wore it for 10+ years. My sister, 10 years my junior, made me toss it. I think probably the Etsy seller (who is less than 2 hrs from me) picked it up from our local GoodWill store, where I dropped it off last fall.

I really liked the jumper. I felt good it in.
post #43 of 193
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Originally Posted by E.V. Lowi View Post
I love Vermont Country store! Everything there is so well made and lasts for ever. I think the jumper style can be very slimming if you get it in a darker color and make sure that is is not too loose fitting. I much prefer the jumper to the skanky belted sweater look which I think is for teenagers. Better frumpy than mutton in lamb's clothing, IMHO
As a size 14 woman with a short torso, the belted *anything* look actually gives the illusion that I have a waist. How is that skanky?

OP, I do think the jumper is frumpy (being honest here!) but if you're comfortable in it, go for it.
post #44 of 193
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Originally Posted by oceanbaby View Post
The denim jumper was brought to life by a "fashion designer," so we'll take that with a grain of salt.

It certainly has stood the test of time. It's a classic.

The difference between being fashionable and a fashion victim is knowing what looks good on your figure type and what is appropriate for your age and lifestyle.
post #45 of 193
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Originally Posted by Dandelionkid View Post
Have you seen Oprah's dresses lately? She looks amazing in wrap dresses. I love them on heavy women.
Me too. They make my curves look dangerous.

These are my favorite (I keep an eye on eBay and find them much cheaper):

http://www.kiyonna.com/plus-size-clo...esses/11102207
post #46 of 193
Those wrap dresses look like robes to me. I'd say they're frumpier than the denim jumper dress, especially if worn with bunny slippers.
post #47 of 193
My first thought ran toward conservative religious groups as described upthread, as well.

I'm 34 and thick in the middle, but LL Bean makes some good clothes that I don't look too bad in. Particularly, my muffin top prohibits low-rise jeans, and LLB makes pants that support the muffin without making me feel like a total grandma. That would be my .02.

However, I'm another one in the camp of 'you probably shouldn't listen to MY fashion advice' as well as voting for "If you love it, rock it!"
post #48 of 193
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
Those wrap dresses look like robes to me. I'd say they're frumpier than the denim jumper dress, especially if worn with bunny slippers.
Why would anyone wear them with slippers?
I think the jumpers look like a potato sacks on thin and heavier women. I have seen that teenagers like the really short jumpers layered with tights but it almost always makes them look like they are wearing maternity dresses.
post #49 of 193
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Originally Posted by ASusan View Post
Eh, I'm an underweight 40-yr-old, who, until last year, had this LL Bean jumper in her closet. It is NOT from the 1980s; I bought it in the mid-90s and wore it for 10+ years. My sister, 10 years my junior, made me toss it. I think probably the Etsy seller (who is less than 2 hrs from me) picked it up from our local GoodWill store, where I dropped it off last fall.

I really liked the jumper. I felt good it in.
I think with the right button-down blouse and tights, boots, and accessories this jumper could be adorable (assuming it fits well). Not all jumpers have to be frumpy IMHO. Length, cut, and the fabric used make all the difference.

Disclaimer: I own a knee-length scoop neck zip-front dark wash denim jumper that I got from Built By Wendy and wear sometimes when I want to ironically frump out a little.
post #50 of 193
mmmm, I probably didn't meet your standards. I wore it with a matching turtleneck, tights, Dansko clogs, and gold hoop earrings. Sometimes I remembered to wear a necklace.

Classic. That's what I call the look.
post #51 of 193
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Originally Posted by Penelope View Post
I love this site: www.alreadypretty.com and she has a great post on "apple" shaped bodies and how to dress them well.
thank you for that site! she has fantastic style. LOVE

i'm sorry but i have to agree with the votes for that being a frumpy dress. and i agree with the PPs who said it reminds them of sister wives with the braid, turtleneck and simple cross...
post #52 of 193
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Originally Posted by Lauren82 View Post
Why would anyone wear them with slippers?
To complete the 'just rolled out of bed and threw on my robe and slippers' look of the wrap dress, of course. :P
post #53 of 193
[QUOTE=~Purity♥Lake~;15969818]To complete the 'just rolled out of bed and threw on my robe and slippers' look of the wrap dress, of course. :P[/QUOTE



You cannot say she looks like she just rolled out of bed. Maybe it was the print on the last example?

http://www.kiyonna.com/plus-size-clo...esses/14082202
post #54 of 193
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
To complete the 'just rolled out of bed and threw on my robe and slippers' look of the wrap dress, of course. :P
LMAO i'm so surprised you don't like the wrap dress look. it's SO flattering on pretty much everyone! i like the ones that don't actually wrap; no fear of it coming open i guess i do half-wrap dresses!
post #55 of 193
[QUOTE=Dandelionkid;15969845]
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
To complete the 'just rolled out of bed and threw on my robe and slippers' look of the wrap dress, of course. :P[/QUOTE



You cannot say she looks like she just rolled out of bed. Maybe it was the print on the last example?

http://www.kiyonna.com/plus-size-clo...esses/14082202
Somehow I don't see this as being fashionable or even comfortable for a SAHM out on a play date with the kids.

I never enjoyed wearing the wrap styles as one wrong turn and it's boobs bustin out all over. You can already see the underside of the model's breast in the photo. Although this would be quite convenient for your child, if you are still nursing.

Dressing in a modest fashion does not necessarily mean unfashionable these days, does it? Do you have to show breast tissue and 12" of thigh to be fashionable? I don't think so.
post #56 of 193
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Originally Posted by Chamomile Girl View Post
but jumpers are usually about as flattering as overalls IMO. Which is to say not at all.
Agreed!

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Originally Posted by jeminijad View Post
I'm still in shock over the poster who thinks belted sweaters are skanky.
You and me both!

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Originally Posted by Dandelionkid View Post
That site sells muumuus.


I definitely agree with the posters who suggested trying wrap dresses. So so flattering on all body types. I'm actually wearing one right now.
post #57 of 193


yeah, i don't get what's "bathrobe" about a wrap (or faux-wrap) dress. whatev.

just like i don't get how someone can call something skanky and say it wasn't meant to be offensive.

sigh.

the dress is frumpy. what else do you like? what do you feel good in?

i love that already pretty blog! great link!
post #58 of 193
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Originally Posted by E.V. Lowi View Post

Somehow I don't see this as being fashionable or even comfortable for a SAHM out on a play date with the kids.

I never enjoyed wearing the wrap styles as one wrong turn and it's boobs bustin out all over. You can already see the underside of the model's breast in the photo. Although this would be quite convenient for your child, if you are still nursing.

Dressing in a modest fashion does not necessarily mean unfashionable these days, does it? Do you have to show breast tissue and 12" of thigh to be fashionable? I don't think so.
i wear wrap dresses with a tank top / camisole underneath. it's cute. and i never wear anything above knee-length, so no, i don't need to show breast tissue or ANY thigh. imo, i dress modestly pretty much all the time.

fwiw, my wrap / faux-wrap dresses are non-wrinkly and machine washable, super easy to throw on and look decently put together. i'm not a sahm but i am a mom, and they're great mama-wear, imo! to each her own.
post #59 of 193
[QUOTE=E.V. Lowi;15969904]
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Originally Posted by Dandelionkid View Post
Dressing in a modest fashion does not necessarily mean unfashionable these days, does it? Do you have to show breast tissue and 12" of thigh to be fashionable? I don't think so.
I don't think so either, but I don't think modest means that you have to buy dresses from the little house on the prairie set either.

There has got to be some middle ground here!

I'm not fond of the wrap dresses either. I would have to wear something underneath to keep from falling out the top.
post #60 of 193
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Originally Posted by E.V. Lowi View Post
Dressing in a modest fashion does not necessarily mean unfashionable these days, does it? Do you have to show breast tissue and 12" of thigh to be fashionable? I don't think so.
No, you don't have to show that much, but you don't have to wear ugly corduroy jumpers to be modest.

Of course, I think modesty is highly overrated myself.
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