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I've realized in the last year or so that as a 5' 2.75" curvy woman I have two choices when it comes to clothing my particular body. 1) I can dress to accentuate my curves, or 2) I can dress to blur them. What I can't do is hide them.

So for everyday I try to wear boot-cut jeans designed for "pear-shaped" women. They fit properly at my waist, are snug on my butt and hips, but get looser as they go down my legs. This emphasizes the curves I like, but makes it unclear how big around my calves are. I look for v- and scoop-neck shirts that are loose but not baggy or the wrong length. Again, this draws the eye to the curve I like (my chest), while softening the line of my stomach enough that it isn't instantly obvious how much of it there is.

For special occasion clothes I kind of go the opposite direction. I buy very full skirts and very snug tops, usually in the form of dresses. The full skirts make it hard to tell how much is me and how much is the skirt, while the tops emphasize how narrow my waist is compared to both my hips and my chest.

Unfortunately I do still own and wear clothing that goes against my personal style preferences. Sometimes, I even buy them. I can't afford to replace my whole wardrobe, and when I do shop I'm limited to what's available.

Date: 2012-11-29 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I haven't yet found jeans that work for me, but everything else you said could absolutely have been about me as well. I won't wear regular tee shirts because I have to have a V- or scoop neck or I look like a brick. I'm 5' 0.00" :D

Date: 2012-11-29 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've had good luck with Lane Bryant's Right Fit line. ( Specifically, the Blue/Circle style.

Unfortunately, the quality seems to be going downhill, so I'm looking around for a new default.

Date: 2012-11-30 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Ashley Stewart's petite skinny jeans size 18 blow my mind for what they do for my shape. (I'm 5'4 and deliciously thick.) Also, those juxtaposed words "petite skinny" on anything in clothing for me and my normally-otherwise-adjectived body are BEYOND delightful!!!!!!!!

Date: 2012-11-30 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's awesome! :D Finding the right pair of jeans can pretty much change your life.

Date: 2012-12-01 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Flared pants are my absolute favorite. I long for the day when bell bottoms are easy to buy again. I've always had calves that were "thick" from dancing and skating instead of the stick thin legs that so many girls have. When you pair that with average thighs and a non-existent butt/waistline, it's hard to find pants that will look right, because skinnier pants are too tight on my legs and sizing up makes them way too big in the butt region.

So I'm wearing a lot more skirts/dresses lately. I actually LIKE my legs, but pants are another issue!

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