The Cure: Parents love me!
Start with a simple belted shirt dress, flattering for all body types. Grab a knit cardigan for warmth, something with a little volume is totally acceptable. Add a pop of color with your handbag, keep your jewelry simple, and then allow your shoes to be your conversation starter, so long as you don't go overboard, you're sure to make a splash of an impression.
Side effects: Be mindful of the shoes you choose, make sure they highlight the best parts of your personality, those sexy stilettos you wore out the night before may be a bit much at first. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression.