Help a Hard-To-Fit Woman Dress Herself.
April 10, 2011 3:19 PM Subscribe
I am 5'9", an hourglass shape with a long torso-- what should I wear?
posted by miltoncat to clothing, beauty, & fashion (17 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
My legs are average length but my torso is long-- the torso is what makes me tall, not my legs. I am an hourglass, built similar to Christina Hendricks but not quite as toned and quite less boobs. :) My pants size is 16-18; can fit an L or XL but usually buy XXL for the roominess. (Yes, I could stand to lose some weight, and I'm working on it, but I come from a long line of sturdy Scottish women and I will never see single-digit sizes.) My waist is the most narrow part of me and I want to accentuate it, but I can't seem to make belts work on me. They're uncomfortable and seem to just make my butt and hips look bigger, and I don't need help with that!
I like to keep my upper arms covered (but it gets in the 100s in Summer where I live, so sometimes it's less arm coverage or die of heatstroke). With my long torso, most shirts are too short. Button-front shirts tend to gap at the bust. I like skirts and dresses as long as they cover my knees, but I'm not sure what skirts I can wear that don't cling at the butt and hips.
My budget is that of Target and Old Navy, though I will splurge on quality pieces that are versatile and will last.
I can dress casual for work, so I need recs for basic everyday outfits.