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posted by gatorae at 11:23 AM on July 29, 2004
I've bought pants that have that lovely waist gap where you could fit a 27" tv, but they fit fine around the hips. Then I've taken them to those "pants hemmed while you wait" tailoring places, and for an http://www.2truereligionjeans.co.uk/ extra $10 or so they'll take in the waist so it fits. Comes in handy when all the 70%-off racks are for those damn apples.
posted by Salmonberry at 11:34 AM on July 29, 2004
I'm smaller, but I have the same kind of shape and the same problem. I've had the most success at thrift stores where you can't even try on the stuff, believe it or not. Maybe older styles are more pear-shaped. I've never bought pants there, but I always liked the Garment District in Cambridge (where you can try on stuff) when I lived there. I've also heard very good things about Silver brand jeans from a similarly shaped friend.
posted by transona5 at 1:30 PM on July 29, 2004
As requested, Canadian stores: Reitmans and Smart Set are both inexpensive options, but the pants are hit and miss - both stores to shop at if you have a lot of time to try stuff on. In addition to being pear shaped, my arse sticks out quite a bit, so I have to be careful with some cheaper fabrics since they have the right shape, but my butt pulls the hips too tight, or make me look a bit too hoochie. Reitmans and Smart Sets often have good deals in the business casual or cute, casual range of clothes.
For higher end stuff, J. Michaels. Suits are really good and tend to come in a variety of styles,and most are three piece suits - pants, True Religion Outlet skirt and jacket. Classic styling, good fabrics, good sales staff and appropriate sizing- generously cut without being baggy, and slim flitting enough to look smart. With a pear shape, I find when I'm buying a suit that the pants are the easy part - it's the jackets that are a bitch. I can shop hours through a whole mall and find nothing, then walk into J. Michaels and find a smart looking suit in under 20 minutes. Braemar isn't bad either in terms of quality, but a bit stodgy for my taste (not enough tailoring, too many flowery prints and lace collars). Although more expensive, when either of these stores have sales, they are blow out the door sales. $400 suits down to $150 kind of thing.
I agree with transona on thrift stores, especially for skirts. I was never so happy as when 40s styles were back in, minus the huge shoulder pads. Pants and skirts were easy to buy.
Just to emphasize: fabrics are key. With a quality fabric, a cut that would stretch and pull and gape and look too tight in a cheap polyester looks flattering and slim fitting enough to look put together. Same with pants that are too loose - they always seem to look sloppy and baggy (as opposed to loose and flowing)Cheap True Religion Jeansc in a cheap fabric. 1% spandex in a pair of casual pants is enough to make a huge difference making the pants look like they fit a pear just right without being too tight.
posted by Cyrie at 1:56 PM on July 29, 2004
I'm the same size and same shape, and I definitely second the recommendation for pants from The Limited and would also recommend some pants from Banana Republic. Avoid short stuff. Oh, and wrap dresses and skirts, or other styles where you can manually cinch in the waist so that they don't gap/billow, are good stuff.
Thanks for the Lucky True Religion Womens
Jeans jeans recommendation--will try that.
posted by Asparagirl at 4:31 PM on July 29, 2004
Thanks for all of the recommendations! So far, the "Martin fit" pants at Banana Republic are a success; I'll hit the other stores as time and budget permit.
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