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We've been invited to a wedding reception in October, which will be held a week after the wedding (ceremony is across the country).  I rarely need to dress up so I have very few clothes for special occasions.  I have two options at home and hope to not have to buy anything new.  But I had major surgery a few months ago, which affected my diet and exercise routine and I've gained weight - mostly around the middle.  The outfits I have here still fit, but one is pretty snug.  Maybe it will fit better with spanx.  ?

Here is one dress:  https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.pinimg.com%2F736x%2F22%2Fa9%2Fd5%2F22a9d58bb8bb5637890347b4994a0215--chic-dress-dress-up.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Framreztagle%2Fx5r%2F&docid=joYWPsvNGTFLRM&tbnid=58jVP2xvxDybpM%3A&vet=10ahUKEwiOsNuN76HdAhVOm-AKHTivCVIQMwjxASgzMDM..i&w=238&h=320&itg=1&bih=631&biw=1366&q=indication red black scuba sheath dress&ved=0ahUKEwiOsNuN76HdAhVOm-AKHTivCVIQMwjxASgzMDM&iact=mrc&uact=8  

I'd wear this with either black flats or low heels (I struggle with heels because of bunions and I also have a knee injury that I'm hoping will heal before the reception).  And I have a black shrug to wear with it.  This dress is pretty snug in the midsection right now due to the weight gain.  


Here is my other option - I don't have a picture of the exact outfit but this is close.  Mine is a separate ruched top with maxi skirt in navy.  I can't remember the material but I think it's cottony with some spandex at the waist.  This is a lot stretchier than the dress above:  https://www.dressafford.com/maxi-sleeveless-ruched-v-neck-chiffon-bridesmaid-dress-with-bow-pMK_100054.html  

Shoes - I don't know...I have gray/silver flats, tan flats, black flats, or black low heels.  It could be cool in October so I'd need a cover-up for my shoulders/arms and have no idea what to do for that.  Color or style.  I guess it would depend on the shoes?  


Any opinions/advice?  The reception is being held at a party center but I don't know how formal/informal it will be.  


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11 minutes ago, Tina said:

Do you have a shawl or loose fitting jacket to wear over it?  That would draw the eye away from the middle.


I have a shrug for the dress.  I didn't think of a shawl for that.  That would cover the middle better (if it will even fit - it does now but the event is still over a month away).  I've never bought or used a shawl before.  

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