I'm short and I'm shaped weird and I can't find any damn blouses. HALP.
January 12, 2010 4:30 AM Subscribe
Where do petite women find clothes that don't look like your grandma?
posted by Medieval Maven to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (49 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I've been out of work for a couple months, but I'm supposed to be getting an offer tomorrow. In my previous life, I worked with a load of engineers and could more or less come to work in a barrel. I dressed slightly better than that, but generally didn't bother because I didn't need to do so. This is the same line of work (Project Management) but in a different industry (Interactive Marketing vs Product Development), and I think I need to dress better.
1. Petite selection SUCKS. Ann Taylor is generally too . . . it's not old, exactly, but it's too staid for my taste. I do okay at Loft sometimes.
2. I really need SHIRTS. I'm busty. In the Old Life, I just wore threadless tshirts, sweaters, and sometimes something slightly nicer, but really, finding blouses that are not covered in effing beads and sequins (a particular problem this season) that don't look better than tees and are hella pricey is an issue. Advice? Help? Because I'm very very short-waisted with boobage, I can get away with some misses rather than petite shirts, but sleeves get to be an issue. I hate tucking shirts in.
3. I'm not a twin-set kind of person. I like cardigans over tanks or camisoles fine, but not matchy. I feel like a tiny Hitler in anything too structured because I have kind of big shoulders to go with the boobs.
I don't need suits, although I have two nice suits that I can split up and use the jackets as blazers and the skirts as skirts; I plan to do that more in this new job. I could be talked into Ross or TJ Maxx, I suppose, but at my size, I find it's a lot of work to find *anything* there and I don't usually have the patience for it. I have no problem finding trousers and jeans, dresses are less of a problem, although selection on that count would be nice.
I'm in Atlanta. I am closest to Northpoint Mall, but can get to anything within the ATL area, including the outlets. I'm looking for store names or even places I can order online and send stuff back without a lot of hassle. I don't want to spend a fortune, and while I will get things tailored, big bonus points for just finally being able to SHOP.