I had a few minutes to browse the dresses and coats in Bloomingdale’s today and made a few finds you might like.Â First up, two Lauren by Ralph Lauren dresses, neither of which hide arms or tummies . . . or boobs.
Interestingly, I started off with a pile of the ruched and sleeved knit dresses that I mentioned last week, but they didn’t do anything for me.Â I suspect they didn’t do anything for anyone else because they were all on the 40% further reductions rack.Â Too bad these two weren’t on the sale rack–I think the red one (yes, it really is a bright red in real life) was $140 and the black one $160.
There are two features that I especially like about the red dress:
- The princess seams, together with the knit fabric, give enough room for the bust (I think I’m wearing a US size 14); and
- the pocket detail balances the bust.
As you know, I’m not a fan of boat necks on us (I explained why here), so if this dress had looked absolutely amazing on me, I would have been tempted to buy it and have the neckline altered, a la Jessica Simpson.Â However, for a work setting, a simple blazer would take the focus off the chest, as would a necklace or scarf at the balance point.Â (By the way, nothing like seeing yourself in a photo to realize that your bra is letting you down! Is it time to retire my 36H Prima Donna Madison?)
The neckline of the black dress is my favorite.Â I also really liked the heavy knit fabric because it makes the wearer less shapewear-dependent.Â For a basic LBD, it would be hard to go wrong with this one.Â I’m wearing a size large in this pic, but I think I could go down to a medium.Â Too bad I’m not in the market for a LBD right now.
I am, however, in the market for a new coat!Â When I first saw this Marc New York coat (marked down from $413 to $247.80), I thought, “What a nice way to accent the waist, but it’ll never fit–coats that accent the waist never fit my bust.”Â Then I noticed the zipper and felt a little flutter of hope.Â I remembered that Sarah over at Stackdd has had good luck with zippers, and she even included a Marc New York coat in her coat roundup last November.
So I found a size 14 . . . and zipped it up!
I was only wearing a tee shirt today, so it could be a little snug with something heavier, but one solution is to open the lapel as wide as possible as I have here.Â It’s like a wrap dress without having to worry about cleavage!Â If I bought this coat, I’d probably have to spend a fortune on having the sleeves altered, but it may be worth it.Â It also comes in a shorter version (mid-thigh) that I think is more proportionate with my height.
Immediately after leaving Bloomingdale’s, I passed this woman on the street and knew exactly what coat she was wearing.
Of course I found these items when I wasn’t seriously shopping–that’s always the case, isn’t it? But if any of you are looking for work dresses and coats, you may want to check these out.