- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
(Brevity is so not my strong suit, especially when explaining my clothing issues. Sorry.)
It looks like I’m moving into a new position in a few weeks, and I’m having a fashion crisis. In my current job, I usually wear jeans with heels or boots, a fitted tee and a cardigan. When I work the occasional dressier shift, I typically wear a pencil skirt … and heels, a fitted tee and a cardigan. The new gig will be all dressier shifts, and I’m totally clueless and unprepared.
Background and body type: I have a difficult time finding clothes and also have some self-confidence issues. My bust typically measures between a size 8 or 10, sometimes higher (broad ribcage + bigger cup size); my waist measures between a 2 and 6, depending on the day and the store; and my hips between a 0 and 2 (“wide” hips, flat butt — makes for a deceptive hourglass-y look from the front). I’m 5’4 and also have a high natural waist. The seamstress who worked on my wedding dress is a saint for all the fittings and alterations she had to do. I know that in the long run, I’ll want to invest in some awesome pieces and have them tailored, but I need some quicker, off-the-rack fixes right now.
Fashion hurdles: Because of the bust/waist size difference, button-down tops don’t really work. Baggy/loose tops tend to look like tents on me for the same reason. However, I’d like to branch out from boring-color fitted tees, which, unfortunately, are the easiest thing to find, because they tend to fit my curves well. Crewnecks work better than v-necks; my short torso means my bust is pretty high, and the v-necks always dip way, way too low — too low for even a cami to save.
I also really, really like layering with jackets or cardigans. Having that option is more or less a requirement for whatever new wardrobe I put together. (I am super self-conscious of my stomach area. Cardigans give me enough coverage to help keep me from crawling out of my skin in public.)
Mission: So, with all those issues … can anyone help me put together some wardrobe ideas before I hit the mall? Trying on clothing is an incredibly exhausting experience for me, so I’d like to formulate some kind of game plan. Feel free to throw in shoe suggestions, too! And accessories. I’m so bad with those.
In case this helps: I typically get my tees and cardigans at Gap, and The Limited is my go-to for skirts and dress pants.
Bonus points for pictures!