Recovering Spanx addict and emerging caftan woman needs to look professional at work. Snowstorm inside.
I've put on a bit of weight which is not likely to come off any time soon despite my best efforts. Oh well, I'm older than I used to be. Not looking for suggestions in that area.
So I'm slowly replacing my old wardrobe, much of which relied on cinched waists, Spanx, and tucked-in tops, with looser and more comfortable clothing - meaning no tight waistbands. Even if I lose the weight I'm fine with dressing comfortably for the rest of my natural days.
If I could wear knee-length sweaters and leggings for the rest of my life, I would. However, I still want to look professional and attractive at work.
I love J. Jill's spring collection of French terry pants
as well as their thigh-skimming, lightly flared and feminine sweaters
. I also picked up this dress
which will be just ducky over leggings, or bare-legged in the summer.
Why do I love these things?
- No fitted waistlines. The pants have a wide elastic band at the top.
- No visibility for either my butt or my upper thighs.
- The pants are loose-legged and are somewhat ironable (i.e. NOT PRIMARILY RAYON) but they are pants, not leggings. I doubt that I will have to iron much, if at all. This is very important because I hate wrinkled pants with the fire of a thousand suns but I hate ironing pants even more. I will never buy another pair of pants with a cute little crease in the front ever again.
- The tunics and sweaters are cut really nicely so they flow instead of drooping.
I would love some suggestions for items from other stores that I might like. J. Jill is great but I'd like to mix things up a bit.
Bonus points for vivid colors in tops or dresses like purple or blue. I think I've hit my celadon and black quotas for the spring.
Empire-waist dresses that hit below the knee are also A-OK. No smalll fussy prints, though, if possible.
U.S. size 10-12, medium at J. Jill. For budget, think J. Jill and Talbot.