I'm just under 5'5". Unusually (I think?) for someone of average height, I have long legs *and* a long-ish waist. This is possible because the distance between my shoulders and under-arms is, apparently, according to the shirts of the world, unusually short.
I look normal enough, I think, the only problem is it's very hard for me to find shirts that fit right because they tend to have 2-3 extra inches in/around the shoulder. For example something like this
would probably be WAY low-cut on me, and also just have tons of extra room from the boobs upwards, front and back, even though they'd probably fit fine elsewhere.
If a top has spaghetti straps obviously I can just alter it. But for most styles, that's a lot more sewing than I'm willing to do on a regular basis. (I can sew, but I'm not at "basically taking clothes apart and reassembling them" level.) I really need some nice sleeveless (or very short-sleeved) tanks and tunics. Not super dressy, but not Old Navy cotton ribbed tanks (which I love) either. I have virtually none of these because when I try them on they almost always have bunches of extra space around the shoulder area, like I could easily stuff small pillows in there. Even if they're tight across the hips, grrr. So my question is, if anyone else has this body type, have you found any brands or stores, ideally that I could go to in the US but online is OK too, that tend to sell tops that don't require comically over-sized shoulder pads?
(One obvious answer might be "just buy smaller sized tops," but the problem is I'm not that small. I'm somewhere between pear and hourglass shaped, normally wear anywhere from a US 6 to 10, and have a 36" bust. I usually wear S and sometimes M in tops, and XS would probably be too tight, though even those sometimes have the shoulder problem.)