Not sure if this is right spot for this thread, so let me know if it needs to be moved.
I have an event this Friday that I need a semi-dressy outfit for. I am horrible at clothes and wear essentially the same looking outfit all the time, regardless of occasion and it serves my purposes pretty well except for times like these. I need help trying to figure out what to even look for so I don't spend hours and hours killing my self esteem and crushing my soul in the local shops. If I have some idea before going in what I'm looking for, that will help solve the need for a flask and therapy.
Here are my major issues:
1. I have flabby batwings from losing weight so my upper arms are nothing anyone wants to see (nor do I want to show). They are also disproportionately large compared to the rest of my upper body. I can wear a small or extra small top but anything with fitted sleeves I have to go up in size to compensate for my upper arms.
2. I have cankles AND an actual fat roll on my left ankle. Tights or dark hose are going to be required if I end up buying a dress or skirt. No bare legs. I actually prefer to wear knee high boots the times I've worn skirts, but am not sure about that look for this event.
3. I have rolls on my mid-section, again from losing the weight. Nothing some spanx probably can't take care of, but I've never bought any and can't stand the idea of having fat sticking out outside of the spanx line.
I'm so hard on myself about my body. I don't do fashion or shopping - clothing is a very functional thing for me. I'm tall and thin-ish and can pull off quite a few styles, but am too cornered in my own mind to really stretch my comfort zone. So someone please help me!
I would love it if you guys could maybe post some suggestions with pics so I had an idea what to look for, and what would work with the issues I mentioned above. I need to look fabulous, but def not overdone or overdressed. Understated, classy, elegant, but not old lady stuffy or too covered up. I don't really have a budget for the outfit in that I'm willing to buy an entirely new outfit from top to bottom, shoes, under garments, whatever.
Hope someone can help me!