I wish I had invented blue jeans…They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes. – Yves Saint Laurent
Blue jeans are a wardrobe staple. Comfortable, easy-going, classic. Lately I’ve been searching for a new pair of jeans. But looking at the different types and prices, I’ve been wondering, “Does a $250 pair of jeans really look and fit better than a $50 one?”
It seems like it became fall overnight here. One day it was 80 degrees and sunny and the next it was 50 with a chill in the air. With the sudden transition, I haven’t truly gotten a chance to unpack my warm clothes yet. I’m using layers, however, to create warmer outfits that transition into fall without having to unpack the full winter gear.
One of my favorite things to wear with layers is this wrap dress.
New York Fashion Week is just wrapping up and there have been some beautiful new designs shown on the runways.
But runway models aren’t built like petite and curvy girls. A design is going to look completely different on a 5 foot or 5’2″ frame with curves than it does on the 5’10” model that wore it on the runway, and it’s not always going to look good. How can you choose and adapt runway styles to work with your figure?
Here are three suggestions for taking “Ready to Wear” fashion and making it “Ready to Wear Well”:
1) Don’t forget your figure when considering trends. Like in my last post about button-down shirts – as trendy or popular as loose, drapey, or unfitted outfits may be – they won’t necessarily look great on every figure. Those styles, in particular, tend not to look good on curvy girls. Like with my button-down experience – they tend to make us look boxy and larger than we really are.
Clockwise from upper left: Banana Republic Fall 2014 Collection (Upper left Corner); JCrew Fall 2014 Collection (Center); Banana Republic Fall 2014 Collection (Upper Right Corner); White House Black Market Iconic Collection (Lower Right Corner); LOFT Fall 2014 Collection (Lower Left Corner);
Halogen Cutout Back Jacquard Dress (On Sale for $49)
Last Saturday, a friend and I hit up Michigan Avenue for brunch and a morning of Labor Day Sale shopping. We started at Nordstrom for their 40% off Clearance Sale. I’d heard good things about the Halogen Petites Line carried at Nordstrom and I wasn’t disappointed.
As the title of this the blog states, I’m a petite curvy girl. I stand at just around 5 foot 2 inches. I weigh anywhere between 155 and 185 depending on how much time I make for the gym. Typically, I wear between a size 8 and a size 12 petite.
So, as an avid fashion blog reader for years, I’ve found myself frequently frustrated when I’ve tried to recreate fashionable outfits or when I’ve gone to stores hoping to try on something I’ve seen on someone on another website only to find that it doesn’t fit correctly, or they don’t even make it in a size that will fit someone with my figure. I know that there are hundreds or thousands of other women out there with my figure who must also face this problem. So I’m starting this blog to document my search for clothes that fit. I’m a young professional living in Chicago and I’m hoping to use this blog and the experiences of others to help build a wardrobe that works.
Finally, I’d like to say that I’ve been inspired by blogs like Extra Petite who wrote posts about her own struggle to find clothes to fit her figure and has a wonderful blog. I also highly recommend Alterations Needed. Each of these women show that finding clothing for petites is possible, and inspired me to take it a step further in the search for curvy petite clothing.