Q. My boyfriend and I are celebrating our two year anniversary in March. I've recently come off worker's comp and I have put on quite a bit of weight. I'm 5'8“ and I weigh about 160-165 (I used to weight 130). The restaurant that we're going to mandates that he wear a jacket. I'm wondering what I should wear. I'm a heavy girl now, so I can't fit into those form-fitting dresses anymore. I'm trying to lose weight, but I know I'm not going to accomplish anything in a month's time. I was thinking a black dress, since black is a slimming color. However, should I wear a dress or would a skirt and nice top be okay? Just remember, he has to be in a suit. Please help me.
- Dressy Date Jitters
A. Wear a dress. This season's multitude of empire waist and kimono style dresses look great on curvy figures and are perfect for concealing a few extra pounds. Just choose a dress that drapes well and will move with your body. And you can always wear a sexy undergarment that will also help smooth and slim your figure if you feel you need a little extra help.
left to right: Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati Empire Waist Dress, $98; Maggy London Matte Jersey Dress, $108; BCBG Max Azria Knot Front Jersey Dress, $240; Maggy London Matte Jersey Dress, $118 - all at nordstrom.com
Some sexy shapers:
left to right: Wolford Lace - Up sheer tights, $68.60 (sale) at figleaves.com; Spanx All The Way Up High-Waist Pantyhose, $28 at barenecessities.com; Bali Lace Convertible All-In-One, $41.60 at barenecessities.com