Pearshape Problem: Shopping for Work Pants

Julie Boot Cut (wearing size 10)

My least favorite activity in the entire world when it comes to shopping, is searching for a work pant that fits. I have never once been successful or found a pant that fits my specifications entirely. For reference, I am in need of floor length work pants, slimmer in the leg (but not fully tapered), in a neutral color that is not too tight in the thigh, rear-end region, but fits at my natural waist.

Last weekend I was in need of some new full-length work pants and stopped into Ann Taylor LOFT to take a look at their selection. They have over 5 styles of work pants, and numerous denoted as “curvy” so I was optimistic.

The first is the Julie Boot Cut above. Right off the bat the pant is too tight in the hips and thighs and is not work appropriate, though it did fit at the waist and I appreciated the slimmer leg. I passed.

Marisa Trouser (wearing size 10): I didn’t originally want a trouser style pant but was desperate and decided to try this on. As with the other pants it is inappropriately tight in the hips and rear end, but this time was loose in the waist as well. Also, it sat a bit high on my waist. I like my work pants to sit a little bit lower to allow the option of tucking in without truncating my torso.

Kate Trouser (wearing size 10): The Kate trouser was my least favorite of all of them. Made in a stretchy “scuba” material, it was not at all flattering for someone with curves, and clung to everything. The tightness and pulling across the front made these an instant no.

Zoe Wide Leg Trouser (wearing size 10): My last effort was this Zoe trouser. I believe I tried this on in their “curvy” option and as you can see there is plenty of extra room in the lower tummy area. the hips and thighs fit well, but the extra room and high waist made these a pass.

I did end up stopping into J.Crew after this shopping trip and picked up a pair of work pants that fit my specifications as well as I can hope for the time being. Desperate times call for settling, and settle I did. A full review of my J.Crew buy coming soon. In the mean time, I am still on the hunt for my perfect pant!

How Black Jeans Help Me Pack: Fall Pairings for Work and Travel

In yesterday’s post I detailed my love for the Ann Taylor curvy slim jean. From the flattering cut to the inseam length, i’m in love. But more importantly is the easiness a timeless black jean brings to my life when it comes to packing. As a consultant I travel four days out of the week, and am on and off of airplanes more times than I would like to admit. Packing efficiently has become increasingly important and a great black jean that can easily transition from the office to a casual airplane appropriate outfit saves me time and space.

Outfit 1 Details: Blazer: Calvin Klein (old), Top: J.Crew (old, similar), Belt: Madewell, Jeans: Ann Taylor Curvy Slim, Heels: Cole Haan

The offices I work at during the week are very conservative and also very male dominated. I work in IT and so dressing outlandishly and super fashion forward isn’t always appropriate. On days when I travel and head straight to the office I like to be comfortable but also put together, while still showing some of my style. A basic jean coupled with a frilly top and a boyfriend blazer command respect while still keeping me warm indoors, and professional.

My classic leather Madewell belt and Cole Haan pumps pull this office appropriate outfit together.

Outfit 2 Details: Striped Top: J.Crew (old, similar), Cape: LOFT Outlet (old), Necklace: Anthropologie (old), Boots: Skechers

On travel days when I have time to change before flying, I opt for cozy sweaters to keep me warm on planes, and comfortable shoes that don’t constrict my feet. While I admit that boots aren’t the most flattering on pearshape women, I love that these jeans can be easily tucked into my favorite pair and act like typical skinnies.

This poncho was a fun find I purchased years back at the LOFT outlet. It was too wide and drapey for my figure so I DIY’d a little alteration and tied the straps around my waist to give some definition rather than having it hang loose.

Readers – how do you wear your black skinnies? Are they one of your Fall staples?

Pairing the Fall Staple: Black Jeans (From Casual Sunday to Friday Night Out)

If there is one item I always invest in at the beginning of Fall it is the black jean. It’s versatility is unmatched and I have so much fun pairing it with everything from casual sweaters for a Sunday brunch to sleek tops and heels for a Friday night out. My choice for jeans this year was a no brainer after ordering these gorgeous ones from Ann Taylor a few weeks back. The fit was amazing and I was eager to order another color. The slimness of the leg and the versatility of the height of the inseam pulled me in for a second pair, this time in stunning black denim.

Outfit 1 Details: Top: LOFT (old), Necklace: J.Crew, Jeans: Ann Taylor Curvy Slim, Shoes: J.Crew

When thinking of easy ways to pair a neutral bottom, my mind immediately goes to another neutral top accessorized with bright jewels or shoes. I am still desperately trying to get every last wear out of this peach J.Crew necklace and it provided the perfect pop of color to this otherwise very neutral outfit. Matched with my trusty gold J.Crew flats, and it was  perfect weekend look.

Outfit 2 Details: Top: Ann Taylor (old), Heels: Cole Haan, Necklaces: Gilt + Vintage

A weekend night out requires a dramatic look. I love the subtle sexiness of this top coupled with the more demure jean bottom. Chunky jewels (which are really repurposed vintage belts), comfortable black pumps and a dramatic look were perfect for this evening of dinner and dancing.

Stay tuned tomorrow for two more pairings for this Fall staple!

Quick “Alteration”: Making Tunics Flattering for Pearshapes

Top: Nordstrom Rack, Pants: Levi’s Supreme Curve, Belt: Target (old), Shoes: Sam Edelman, Chains: Mom’s, Clutch: Gifted from Grandma

Tunic’s are hard for women of any body type to wear. They elongate our torso’s, truncate our legs, and often cut across the widest part of our lower half. As a pearshape woman, this becomes increasingly unflattering. A few weeks ago I came across this gorgeous sheer number at Nordstrom rack. It is shorter in the front than the back, had fun black/white detailing, and I figured it would be a perfect piece to add to my collection for Summer or Fall. The only downside was the tunic-like length in the back. Immediately I began thinking of ways to rework this piece to fit my style.

To give myself back some leg length and define a waist, I simply took the lightweight material and tucked it into my favorite pair of Levi Curve ID jeans. The material was thin enough that it didn’t create extra bulk on my bottom half and stayed tucked throughout the day. I added a belt to further define my waist and fun chains to bring out the toughness of the black and white contrast. My final touch was this gorgeous vintage Dolce and Gabbana snakeskin clutch passed down from my grandmother. It is easily one of my most prized possessions and does such an amazing job of adding a little extra edge to any outfit.

While I love the look of the top tucked into jeans, I am so excited to truly experiment with the tunic style and pair it with a short, black mini skirt and a black lace cami underneath for nights out.

This was my simple fix for wearing tunics as a pearshape, how do you wear tunics to fit your body type?

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