I hate shopping.
Like most women, who are shaped like women, finding clothes that fit the way they should is a hassle.
My professional career is progressing, and my avoidance of shopping for nice-ish clothes leaves me with maybe two different outfits I feel are appropriate enough to wear during “professional times,” like networking gatherings or meeting with clients.
My Body Breakdown is as follows:
- I’m 5’4″, which means I’m on the tall end of “petite.”
- I have long legs for a short girl (32″ inseam.)
- I have a short torso, meaning there’s only about an inch of space between where my boobs stop and my high hips (muffin tops) begin.
- I currently weigh in at a fairly fit 145 lbs, and wear anywhere between the SUPER helpful numbers 6 and 10.
I decided to forge ahead with an experiment, spawned by a previously ebbed curiosity regarding the clothing sold online from Victoria’s Secret (when I ran this idea by the husband, he said, “Victoria’s Secret sells clothes?” Apparently he uses x-ray vision on that section of the catalogue.) Don’t red-squiggly-underline my spelling of CATALOGUE, WordPress! Ha, WordPress gets a red-squiggly too.
I spent a good deal of time considering all of the options (styles, colors, etc.) and picked out a handful of “essentials.” I have a tendency to buy a lot of fun things piece-by-piece without planning actual outfits, so the careful consideration was mandatory in this case.
I purchased the items featured below, and took advantage of a few sweet offers from the cataloGUE (free shipping, pink duffel bag!) Here are my current reviews:
- Arbor Olive, color is accurate to link (at least on MY computer screen…)
- Leggings sit at my natural waist, like most leggings. Yay for not cutting my muffin tops in half!
- Legs are looooong. There is quite a bit of scrunched up-ness at my ankles, but I’m not bothered by it.
- Size M in accordance with size chart (BODY MEASUREMENTS, not other bullshit industry-made-up numbers.)
- Good fit, good quality, would buy again!
- Torso is long enough to cover the leggings-booty. Awesome.
- Lace straps are not wide enough, nor do they sit in the right place to cover bra straps. The lace is also very stretchy, which makes the shirt too low cut. Showing cleavage is not a problem in my book, but showing half of my bra is not really the look I’m going for.
- Size M is in accordance with size chart (measurements.)
- Colors are accurate.
- Would not buy again, because I’m too damn busy (or lazy) to alter my own clothes.
- White, size M.
- Completely sheer tri-blend tshirt material. Unacceptable for a $50 blazer! Not even a cute enough style to justify keeping. Good news! All items are refundable IN-STORE. Yay!
- Black, size 10.
- Most draw-string pants have elastic in the back of the waistband to allow for a better fit, but these do not.
- They are fairly low-rise, the lowest I can wear, really, but the overall fit is great.
- They are a tad long, and since I will be wearing them with sandals I will need to hem them about an inch.
- I was worried about sheerness of the linen (which is why I chose black,) but they are much less sheer than that stupid blazer. May buy again should I ever feel brave enough to choose another color.
The items I am keeping have all been washed, and have all held up nicely (no shrinky.)
The hunt continues for an acceptable Liby-style blazer.