Post # 1
Similar to a previous post that was going around towards the end of last week, I have absolutely no fashion sense. Zero. Zilch. If it isn’t jeans and a tshirt, I’m usually lost. I’ll see things on the mannequin and they just never look right on me. I don’t know how to dress for my proportions. It doesn’t help that they pin the clothes, so the clothes don’t even properly fit the model! Separates are impossible for me.
I’m 5″, 117 pounds which doesn’t sound like too much, but I have a very short torso and all my weight is in my stomach, so I am short and a little wide with not much shape. I also have a bust on the larger side for my frame (34D). So shirts will fit my body but not my chest. But to get a larger shirt that fits my chest, it will be loose around my body.
As an example, I bought a shirt at American Eagle that had an elastic waist and a shear top half above the chest (looked like this one http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product.jsp?productId=2361_9872_410&catId=cat380157#BVRRWidgetID’ defer=’defer). Do you wear a bra, or no bra? I don’t own strapless bras because they always slide, so I’m stuck with only shirts that offer support. Since I don’t have much of a waist, because it collected at the bottom, it gave me a box frame.
I’ve been trying to expand my options and am getting a little too old to be shopping at A&F and Hollister (except for occasional pieces, I just love their hoodies), though I am still ok with some things from AE. I am definitely looking for a more mature style than the branded tees I always wear. Because so many bees mention it in their post I checked out ModCloth and like a lot of things but haven’t pulled the trigger, most of it is not my style.
What this post really brings me to though, is that we are doing engagement shoots next month in NYC, outdoors. I have nothing to wear and have spent two weekends shopping to find nothing! So where else can I do some online clothes shopping? I like Banana Republic but I stick to the outlets. I like that ModCloth offers free returns and I love the reviews and that customers post pictures. Any and all tips/pointers appreciated!
Post # 3
Yeah, if I were you, I would definitely get away from AE, Hollister, A&F, etc. Not only because it’s a younger style, but it’s a “juniors” fit, which proves difficult, especially if you’re fairly large chested (I’m a 34Dear Daughter, so I empathize)
Personally, I tend to shop all over because I have kind of a varied style. I actually have strayed from Banana as of late because I feel like their fit has become very slim, especially in the chest. Stores I frequent for weekend (non work) clothes: Nordstrom Rack, Express, H&M, J. Crew, Lands End Canvas (online) and Asos (online).
Post # 4
Here are some boards I’ve pinned that I like the outfit, but never find anything like it in stores. (and those warm cozy sweaters are always way too big/long for me)
Post # 5
I’m a huge fan of Khol’s and JC Penny. I can always find something I love in the clearance racks, and it usually fits perfectly! I have a similar problem, I was a 32G, but had a small waist so tops never fit right. As for the shirt you posted a photo of, if you wore a nude bra even with straps, it shouldn’t be all that noticable. I can’t wear strapless bras right now because I’m recovering from a breast reduction and can’t wear anything with an underwire and I just wear any sheer tops I own with a nude bra and you can’t see the straps. You could also try a bra with removable straps and get clear straps instead.
Post # 6
Sorry the pics are so big!
THanks for the ASOS recommendation, I hadn’t heard of that. And you make a good point about the clothes at those stores probably aren’t designed to suit me anymore.
Post # 7
No prob! Your style actually looks very similar to mine, so you may have luck with the stores I listed. Definitely check LE Canvas…it’s almost a J. Crew knockoff, but the quality is great.
Also, Ann Taylor Loft has a huge petites line…might be good for finding those sweaters not being so huge/long. (I have the opposite problem, being 5’8″)
Post # 10
Good point about the clear bra straps. I’ve never purchased because I hate the way they look with strapless items, I can still see the strep! But with a sheer top it probably wouldn’t be that bad.
I’ll have to check out LE canvas tonight when I’m not at work 😀 I like J. Crew but the clothes, even at the outlet, is usually more than I want/can spend for the quality of some of the items.
Boden looks nice, and they have a petite section! I’ll spend some time browsing around there tonight, thanks!
Post # 11
I’m pretty much in the same boat, lol! Trying to dress like an adult.
If you are looking for nicer than Kohl’s/Penny’s (I get a lot of stuff there – especially the Apt. 9 and Worthington stuff) try the Loft, New York and Company, maybe Boston Store and then Marshall’s/TJ Maxx.
Post # 12
Kohls. I used to love JC Penney until that dumb Fair and Square motto took all my sales away.
I’m not stupid – these prices are not the same as a sale.
Post # 13
I looooove Ann Taylor (Not Loft). Kinda pricey, but if you can find an Ann Taylor Factory Store, it’s a lot cheaper and the same kind of put-together look. And Banana Republic and Kohls.
Post # 14
First of all– there ARE great strapless bras that will stay up! I’m a 32D( extremely hard to find), and I wear strapless all the time because I’ve invested in some good bras. Wacoal (sp?) has some great mid priced ( $38-$50) bras that last. I have found them at department stores and online
– I would stay away from Hollister, A+ F… But if you’re still wanting younger, fun and trendy pieces– start ” small” at Forever 21, H & M or places geared towards twentysomethings to see what you like. A lot of people hate trying on clothes, but until you get a feel for how something fits, or if the fit is right for you, you need to try it on. I take multiple sizes in with me to see what looks the best. For example: if you’re consistently a size 4, take a 2 and a 6 in the room to see if you’re able to move comfortable, looks nice, etc
– once you get a good foundation of what you like and looks nice, start working investment pieces into your wardrobe. Some people would say to buy the staple pieces first and work around them, but IMO… It’s better to get a feel for what you like and what your style leans towards before you spend $100 on a blazer or whatever because they’re ” classic” pieces.
– Don’t shop and get hung up on sizes! Be open minded and go by the fit! Once you find brands/ stores you like, you’ll become more familiar with their sizing.
My favorite places to shop are:
- Express: work to casual attire. Quality but higher priced. I shop here often.
- Buckle: they have SO many jean options and lengths, plus free hemming
- Dillard’s: many brands and styles in one store so I can find things quickly
- New York & Co: it can be hit or miss, but their sales are awesome
- Forever 21: prices are great, but the quality isn’t always great. Trendy pieces.
- Francesca’s: boutique style chain with lots of jewelry ,purses and shoes
- White House/ Black Market: It is pricey, but their sale items and staple pieces are worth checking into
- American Eagle: this is also hit or miss for me, but they do have a FEW options not geared towards 15 year olds.
Post # 15
I’m on the petite, aka short, side too (2-4, or should I say 4-6 some days, argh), 5’2″, 36C and have found Loft, New York and Company, Banana Republic, White House Black Market and Lucky Brands (for jeans and casual tops) to fit me well.
We have a similar body type, short-waisted, so you might have luck at those places, too. I also have good luck at Kohl’s and Macy’s most of the time. The only good thing about being short waisted is longer legs. I’m short but wear regular length in pants/jeans. Finding tops and dresses to fit correctly is a challenge. This is why I have lots of my clothes tailored, lol.
I like the wardrobe ideas above, looks like a lot of stuff I already have. These are some great ideas!
Post # 16
Petites. If you are under 5’2″ you should be wearing Petites. Petite clothes are proportioned differently, it’s not just a matter of shorter hem lengths, the rise in pants and skirts will be less, the torso length as well. I posted along thread on the other post, i am passionate about helping people look their best, it’s a hobby and former career of mine. Best wishes!