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Coping With Celiac With Dresses!


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#1 1desperateladysaved

 
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:31 AM

I do wear dresses exclusively. I have rejected all use of skirts which defy gravity and slide way up. I like dresses, they look pretty, but one of the reasons I wear them is this puffy belly.

Who else?
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 05:14 AM

I love dresses! Especially maxi ones.

I do wear other stuff though. Well, except when I did my gluten challenge in the summer. Dresses only then.

My mum and grandma wear dresses because of the waist comfort thing. Wish I could persuade them to get tested, grrr.

I do only wear long tunic tops though, for puffy tum...
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 05:23 AM

My problem wasn't the lower half, it was The Damn Rash under my arms. I had to find shirts that were loose under the arms and didn't touch the rash - let it breathe.

And bras that didn't touch the rash. Try that with FF's!

I do like skirts because I am very short waisted and pants are difficult to fit. And maxi dresses -forget it. They look obscene on my boobs. So skirts and tops are a better solution.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 05:27 AM

I wear guys bball shorts :blink: when i'm bloated.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:53 AM

When my stomach is bloated I wear dresses too! I can't stand to have a pair of pants buttoned over my belly; makes it feel so much worse! At home I like my baggy sweat pants. I have 1 pair that is comfortable and I can't find them any more.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:56 AM

I wear stretchy pants and tunic tops. Works for me! My body shape is such that even when flat-bellied, if I wear a loose-fitting dress I look like a cow (big hips & shoulders). So I removed all such garments from my wardrobe.. moo...
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:29 AM

The reason being that i dispise dresses
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:24 AM

I do remember a time when I wore almost exclusively dresses. I just like dresses, I grew up wearing them and simply prefer them to pants. That hasn't exactly changed but I've found myself in an awkward position. My left leg swells, the whole thing, noticeably. If I'm going to be on my feet for any length of time I absolutely must be wearing sneakers. So, I mostly wear jeans. The other reason I wear pants is uncomfortable questions. Even when I can wear a dress I don't sometimes because I just can't handle the way people look at me when my leg is like that. That means I am go to church in pants (which irritates my MIL to no end, which admittedly brings me no end of satisfaction) interview in pants and such. I will wear dresses though if we go out on date. Random people can all all be much more easily ignored.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:37 AM

I don't OWN a dress, nor a skirt. Of course bloating isn't one of my symptoms or I might.

One of the very BEST things about living where I do is that nobody dresses up for anything. Church - nope. Concerts - nope. Parties - nope. Dinner - nope.

There is a really cool museum/archiological site here that has a wine and cheese fundraiser every year. Every year I provide the entertainment. The first year I wore the typical musicians black and white - black dress pants, white blouse, black velvet jacket. The following year I ditched the velvet jacket. The year after that I ditched the dress pants and wore jeans. Everyone in attendance was wearing jeans so why not?

I DID have to wear a skirt a couple of weeks ago when I was "old lady of honor" at an outdoor wedding. My best friend wears the same size I do so she let me borrow one. First time in over eight years of living here that I needed to. :)
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:50 AM

I'm a legging/yoga pant fan - also used to wear alot of vests to cover the bloat. Never thought about it until post dx - but jeans used to bug the hell out of me back in the 80's - thank goodness they evolved into low rise with a bit of stretch!!!
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:33 AM

I do remember a time when I wore almost exclusively dresses. I just like dresses, I grew up wearing them and simply prefer them to pants. That hasn't exactly changed but I've found myself in an awkward position. My left leg swells, the whole thing, noticeably. If I'm going to be on my feet for any length of time I absolutely must be wearing sneakers. So, I mostly wear jeans. The other reason I wear pants is uncomfortable questions. Even when I can wear a dress I don't sometimes because I just can't handle the way people look at me when my leg is like that. That means I am go to church in pants (which irritates my MIL to no end, which admittedly brings me no end of satisfaction) interview in pants and such. I will wear dresses though if we go out on date. Random people can all all be much more easily ignored.


I have to wear tennis shoes all of the time. This is a result of plantar fasheyitis Please feel free not to think of me as your counselor in fashion. B) I try to wear the dress least dressy to match the shoes, so I am often found in denim jumpers. Nearly always now I have elastic waist jeans or capris under my dress. :huh: I get some looks, but it covers me. Soon I may be able to wear my dress shoes (carefully selected) again. That will be nice for funerals and weddings and such.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:37 AM

I do remember a time when I wore almost exclusively dresses. I just like dresses, I grew up wearing them and simply prefer them to pants. That hasn't exactly changed but I've found myself in an awkward position. My left leg swells, the whole thing, noticeably. If I'm going to be on my feet for any length of time I absolutely must be wearing sneakers. So, I mostly wear jeans. The other reason I wear pants is uncomfortable questions. Even when I can wear a dress I don't sometimes because I just can't handle the way people look at me when my leg is like that. That means I am go to church in pants (which irritates my MIL to no end, which admittedly brings me no end of satisfaction) interview in pants and such. I will wear dresses though if we go out on date. Random people can all all be much more easily ignored.


Maybe you could make or have made leggings to match you dress. Also a cordinating color may sometimes be found in leggings. I hate to see a dress lover be stuck in ugly jeans to hide.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:19 PM

Hmm, I guess dresses would be the answer for me, when I eat out, because I can never know, if I won't get gluttened. I tried maternity jeans with soft waist, but waist is too big(even with a safety pin), when my stomach is fine.
But I am not such a big fan od dresses... :unsure:
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:02 PM

When I get the bloat I wear yoga pants and a tshirt that is loose in the belly area but fitted in the chest area, dresses make me feel a million times worse about myself during the bloat.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:26 AM

I'm a skirt person. Dresses are usually for special occasions, and I'm pretty picky with them cause if they're too tight, even without bloat I get that side-view bulge. Not nice. But too loose and I look like I'm swimming. A-line all the way. At least with a skirt, I can wear a tunic-length shirt that covers it.
I remember right before I went gluten-free, I lost a good 2 inches in 3 or 4 months (lack of nutrience) but had a good 2" of bloat instead! Not fun...

To each their own. Where what's comfy. No point in making life even more uncomfortable.
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