From hour-glass to pear-shaped. Need fashion advice. Thanks
September 16, 2011 10:40 AM Subscribe
I've lost some weight recently - all above my waist. Now my shirts don't fit! I've searched teh interwebs for advice on shirts but mostly what I get is vague or styled for a much younger (or slimmer) crowd. So I put it to y'all. How do I shop for a now pear-shaped body when I've been hour-glass most of my life?
Here's the thing. I'm 45, about 5'6" tall, and weigh roughly 195-200 pounds. Up top, I'm now a large (14-16) but my bottom is still an XL to XXL (18-20 to 22-24) when it comes to shirts that go below the waist. Essentially, my hips are a good ten inches bigger than my waist (I have a built-in bustle too, or as they say a lot of junk in the trunk). So if I buy shirts that fit my hips, they fall off my shoulders or the neckline is way too low. The size descrepency is too much for tailoring in most cases; any alterations would ruin the cut of the shirt. I've asked.
It hasn't really been a problem these past years because I've been a student in college - so mostly t-shirts and jeans. However, this is my last semester and I need to start updating my wardrobe to what a teacher would wear. I have the pants and skirts down. I just cannot find shirts to fit! They are either too tight over the hips or falling off my shoulders. I've taken to wearing sports bras under everything so I'm not flashing the world whenever I wear anything but tshirts.
Button ups are not good because of the arthritis in my fingers (when it's bad - it's bad).
My arms are on on the short side - whenever I sew shirts I have to take in the sleeves a good inch.
Shoulder pads look ridiculous on me. They often slip to either to the front or the back. I take them out if they're ever included.
I wear long, ankle-length, fullish skirts exclusively - I need shirts that can be worn with those as well as with slacks (which are mostly boot cut jeans or straight legged slacks).
I know I'm not the only person in the world with this problem. There has to be some style of shirt out there that I can wear which won't make my bustle look ginormous. Help?