Part of my issue is that I want to wear sleeves, not being really happy with my upper arms. part of it is that I am heavier than I want to be but I really don't want to wear spanx. The heat and I don't really do all that well together and Spanx is one more layer. The third issue is that I don't want to look dowdy or boring. Really, does anyone? I also don't like lots of 'stuff' or most prints' on dresses. I like clean, minimalist clothing which is very easy to be boring in! I've been scouring sites like Net a Porter, Bergdorf Goodman's and Saks Fifth Avenue and found a few things that I like but can't really find a pattern that will fit the bill though I've ordered several! I found this Stella McCartney dress that I like, though the daisy print is a tad young for 'me. It's also too short, but that is an easy fix, if I can find a pattern that's close enough to alter. I like the neckline and the front zipper.
This Helmut Lang out fit appealed to me though as it is it's not dressy enough. Maybe in all black? I think that it appeals to me because it's separates and I can wear them separately and I'd actually be likely to wear it again. Dressier shoes and a statement necklace would dress it up too.
I found this Oscar de la Renta dress which is similar to the first dress.
I have 10 yards of black silk linen that I bought at a Michael's sale that I'd like to use for this if I don't make the knit. But, boring, no?
Now for the patterns.
Vogue 1349 I'd add sleeves to either of the sleeveless dresses.
Then there's this pattern that I bought awhile ago. I saw a review on Pattern Review with it done up in a brocade, so it could work.
Maybe I can't make up my mind because nothing really excites me. I like the Helmut Lang outfit the best but I am not sure that it's really going to be dressy enough. Decisions decisions. Opinions and advice are welcome.