How to Dress A Plump Middle-Aged Female

surprised girl in pinkLately, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really need to renew my wardrobe, from top to bottom. Unfortunately that is not as simple as it sounds. But it almost never is, when it comes to women and clothes.

My wardrobe is in a really bad shape these days.

Baggy and boring is a way I would describe my wardrobe. B for baggy,  because almost all the clothes I can fit in are either too saggy to flatter me (because I lost some weight) or because they are so old. Also, five or 6 years ago I decided  I’d like to wear brighter colors –the browns, greens and occasional blues I like to wear are ok, but I need to spice up my wardrobe a bit. (Don’t ask why I it has taken me 5 years to put it into action!)

To be honest, the poor shape of my wardrobe isn’t the only reason I’m eager to update my style.  Some time ago I was house sitting in my friends’ house and got into a habit of watching What not to wear every day at 4pm.

It wasn’t long before I was convinced that I need to completely overhaul my wardrobe.

I need new shirts, skirts, trousers, jackets, coats, underwear, shoes and a multitude of new accessories. Not only that but my make up and my haircut need updating. I can imagine in minute detail how Stacy and Clinton would throw away my baggy jeans and worn tops, get a pair of perfectly-fitting bra and tell my to always wear high heels because they would accentuate my short but shapely legs. They would also want create an illusion of hourglass figure with the use of belts and open necklines.  🙂

After that I would be reborn as the confident, stylish but relaxed woman I’d like to be. 🙂

The Reality Version: My Belly vs New Clothes

Fired up with enthusiasm I actually decided to visit the nearby shopping center and open-mindedly try on clothes to see if I could find items that flatter me.

It started rather well. I roamed the aisles and picked a huge pile of clothes to take with me to the changing room. Whilst there, things turned sour in approximately 60 seconds: the first red top I tried on highlighted my fat rolls a  bit too conspicuously, so I never got into trying on that spinach yellow shirt with a frilly neckline (frilly necklines are risky for amply bosomed women  and I’ve never liked yellow much). I reluctantly tried on some other clothes but the mood was gone.

That was the first time I seriously contemplated buying Flexees. I might have actually tried them on if it hadn’t been so hot that the idea of squeezing myself into(?) spanx was unthinkable. Instead, I fled to the nearby bookstore to calm my nerves.

If I had actually participated in Stacy and Clinton’s show, at that point they would’ve come to the rescue and reproach me for giving up too soon. To replenish my wardrobe I need to be ready to put in a lot more effort than that. Of course a 5000 dollar gift card wouldn’t hurt either.

For some time after the changing room disaster I paid particular attention to women and their bellies. I actually saw lots of stylish and not so stylish women with fat rolls, so it’s not like I’m the only one who has them. For some reason I wasn’t offended by other women’s fat rolls. I wonder why that is? 

I also noticed I didn’t see many women wearing high heels – maybe Nordic women are too sensible to do that – you can absolutely kill your feet trying to shop in high heels!


My first attempt at renewing my style didn’t end that well but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up. Not at all. 🙂 When I got home I  recalled that I have a big heap of beautiful fabrics hidden in my closet – I just need to get them out and start sewing again…

In addition, I’ve satisfied my need for a new haircut by learning to cut my bangs myself – it’s almost as fun as going to a hairdresser except  much cheaper. 🙂


  1. Marion says:

    Hi Satu, Well, I start with black pants and a black skirt (slightly over the knee), which is what I have to buy since I lost weight. A slim black cardigan sweater is always useful for winter and can work with jeans or for dress up. And then I’ve been doing mostly solid shirts and blouses that go with both jeans and dress pants. Dark gray is always a slimming color for a shirt. Some of them have fancier necklines. Accentuated with necklaces. Surprisingly, bigger gold, gray, and black but not all of that together of course) necklaces distract from waistline issues and are a little fancy without making me look older. According to daughters, printed shirts make our age look older. So sad. I really like printed shirts, but will try to ration them. I do like comfy high heel shoes (ones that are padded and very flexible). I will be going to the thrift store again with daughters for shirts and blouses. Otherwise, I’m using half-off coupons and huge sales–always. Whatever you do, follow their advice on not bulking up the clothes. I look at photos of my past, and I made myself look much bigger by wearing baggy clothing to disguise my waistline. Good luck. Let us know if you find something good! 😀

    • Satu says:

      Hi Marion!

      I actually have a good black skirt, shoes and a knitted top in my wardrobe – because I participated in my grandmother’s funeral a year ago. Otherwise I try to avoid black as a color – I think it’s too harsh for me.

      The first thing I’m trying to sew is a good pair of (denim) trousers. Wish me luck in sewing, I hope the turn out well…They are dark blue and straight – not tapered – of course. 🙂

      • Marion says:

        Well, coming from a nondramatic blonde, black is only too harsh if it is not paired up with the right colors. If black is kept away from in front of the face it’s actually very wearable for us people without dramatic faces. So you pair up a blouse that is the right color to accentuate your eyes and hair and then wear it with black away from your face.

        But other colors are good too. I really like dark gray for shirts, pants, sweatshirts, anything… Navy and denim are wonderful. I hope your sewing turns out great! 😀

  2. Kyra says:

    I hate going clothing shopping, it never ends well for me. And EVERYONE wears heels out here (if I wore the same type of heels, I’d clock in at 6’2!) So, I’m generally hopelessly out of style no matter what I do. My teenager reminds me of this on a regular basis.

    • Satu says:

      The high heels thing is an interesting thing, and probably depends on culture. People (men?) here complain how unfeminine Finnish women are compared to Estonian women who wear high heels more often.
      I wouldn’t mind wearing high heels (I’m 5 feet 1 in) but I suspect being comfortable might forever trump looking taller and being more stylish… 🙂

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