Post # 1
Hey bees, I’m trying to build a more professional wardrobe, so I need help deciding what looks best, and what I will get the most mileage out of outfit-wise. Vote for the pieces you think I should keep in the polls.
The big decision is between the black and grey blazer – I would like to keep both, but unfortnately I don’t have $$$ or else I would keep everything instead of picking and choosing. I’m on a really tight budget.
Also, please don’t advise me to look at the goodwill/thrift stores. I am a combination of really difficult sizes to fit (very petite, curvy, busty, odd proportions all over), and I’ve tried the thrift store route… IF I can find anything decent, it never fits anyway and I’d rather not waste that much time just to be disappointed. Also, I refuse to pay for used clothes, and then pay to alter them. I’d rather buy something new that fits, or needs very minor alterations.
Here is a comparison of the pieces listed in the polls. The dockers pants are the ones with tags on them (the other grey pants, I bought last year).
One of the grey blazers is a size smaller than the black jacket and identical blazer. It fit perfectly in sleeve length, but is a little tight elsewhere, while the other jacket is just slightly too long in the sleeves and fits better everywhere else. Can you tell the difference by looking?
Post # 3
Here is a larger comparison of the jackets:
Small vs. Large
And, again… small on left, larger on right:
Post # 4
I love shopping at The Limited. Often times they run 50% off the whole store, and other coupons. To me, it’s pretty good quality. I just bought 6 skirts, 2 sweaters, 3 cardigans, and a top for under $300.
I voted to definitely get the black blazer!
Post # 5
I think everything looks good on you except the smaller jacket. If you can only afford one piece, I like the gray pants or the black blazer the best. But both dresses also look great on you and like they fit well. Good luck!
Post # 7
I’d definetly go with the larger blazer. It’s much more flattering on you.
I do love both of the blazers but I’m loving the grey a little bit more especially with that beautiful turquoise necklace.
Post # 8
Hmmm. Ok. In general, I think the black blazer is more versatile, but those gray pants aren’t doing you a lot of favors. The crotch is baggy and unflattering (it’s not you, it’s the pants!). However, the dresses look so much cleaner and lovely! If I had to choose one outfit, it’d be the gray blazer with the pink/purple dress and great necklace. But, if you think the black blazer would go with more stuff, get that. Just don’t buy those pants unless you can get the hips/waist/crotch altered.
Defintely get the larger jacket – you don’t want those wrinkles across hte chest where it is pulling!
Post # 9
@MsBlackberry: How many pieces can you afford to keep?
I would keep the versatile black blazer, the printed dress, the purple dress, and…is that a black dress or a skirt/blouse combo? I’d keep that too.
I’d return the pants, the grey blazers, and if need be, one of the dresses (purple or printed).
Post # 10
@crayfish: I love both the dresses, too, but I think I will only be keeping one, since fall/winter is approaching and I don’t like wearing skirts and dresses in cold weather. I will probably just keep the black/white one because it is more versatile, and it will still fit if my weight fluctuates up/down.
Do you mean than both pairs of grey pants look bad, or just the lighter ones? The lighter, baggier ones are from last winter, when I was 15 lbs heavier (that’s a lot on my 4’11” frame!). Now that I look again, they do look pretty baggy and slouchy, even though the waist is comfy!
The ones with the tags still on are new (I think some of the wrinkles are from shipping), and they fit better, but pants are always hard since I’m a top heavy/apple shape. They are always tight in the waist, and often baggy in the upper thighs, while still being tight in the crotch… so awkward. I have skinny chicken legs and no butt, but also have fairly wide hips (within an inch of my bust measurement)! Pants always look weird on me, but I am too poor (presently) to alter them drastically. I do hemming myself, as needed.
If you notice, even in the smaller pants, the upper thighs look a little loose, however the pants are quite fitted everywhere else…. and I’m not sure if it would work to just alter the upper thighs/part of the hip area down, and it might just emphasize my round tummy even more?
The dark grey are the only style/brand of pants I have found that don’t need to be altered for length at all, so they have that going for them:
Post # 11
@letigre: The black outfit is the black blazer over a pencil skirt and top I already own.
I would love to keep both dresses, but I think I will have to sacrifice one because I really need pants. I have only one pair that actually fit me right now, and pants can be worn more often without people noticing. I really need a black pair of pants too…
I’m leaning toward the black/white one, not only because it’s ahead in the poll, but because I can wear boots with it in cool weather, it looks better with a cardigan (which I often prefer to a jacket), and it is more forgiving for weight fluctuation. I’m still trying to loose a little more, but even a 5 lb fluctuation up or down is a clothing size for me in something fitted :-/
Though, I wear so much black and grey, it would be nice to have that bright purple in my closet!
Post # 12
I love the black blazer! I don’t notice anything in regard to the sleeve length. I’d go with the bigger one.
Most of your pics are showing up REALLY small for me. From what I can see though I really like both dresses!!
Can I ask what store you bought these things from? I am short too (4’10”) and I have a terrible time finding blazers that arent too long. The ones in your pics look like they hit you at the perfect spot on the hip.
Post # 13
The black and white dress is more figure flattering. How much weight are you planning to lose?
Post # 14
Oh, I see you made the dress pics bigger. I like the black and white one better 🙂
Post # 15
@Holly77: I really love the grey one, and usually prefer to wear grey over harsh black… however, I think I will go with the black because:
1) It is a slightly heavier fabric and falls better on me (even though it’s the same brand, style, and size)
2) Wearing a dark blazer makes me look slimmer, and since I’m really top heavy I think it looks nicer to have lighter pants and a dark jacker… on my body. On others, I would prefer the grey blazer because I think it is less boring.
Post # 16
@adoc86: All of these things came from Kohls… I never thought to look there because that’s where my mom shops, and they don’t have any petite clothing to speak of IN-STORE….
… but if you look online, the Apt9 collection and 212 collection both have a large range of petite size. Both blazer are 212 Collection. The smaller one is a 2P, and if I had smaller boobs it would fit great, haha. I had to go up a size for my chest, so the sleeves are just a hair too long.
Oh, and the pants are Dockers. In some of their styles, they make both a “petite” length, and a “petite short” length. The petite short length is perfect for me in a low heel – I think it is either 26 or 27″ inseam.
I also like GAP petite pant and jeans, I used to wear them a lot and always got compliments about how they fit me. Don’t remember the style, but it was the ones with a wide waistband. They made my tiny butt look great, lol!