Hi.

I'm Kristin! A short & curvy girl seeking clothes that fit. Originally from the South, I'm now taking on NYC! My blog is dedicated to providing style and fit guides for petite-pear shaped women.

THE PEAR NECESSITIES: THE WHITE T-SHIRT

THE PEAR NECESSITIES: THE WHITE T-SHIRT

 

I originally published this blog post over a year and a half ago. It was my first post ever in the Pear Necessities series. Since it’s been a popular post, I wanted to update it with recommendations that you can shop versus only offering my shopping tips. Hope it saves you some time and prevents you from ordering any duds!

For me, finding a well fitting t-shirt can be just as challenging and time consuming as finding the perfect pair of jeans, which is kind of crazy since both are staple items in almost everyone’s closet. There are three key things I evaluate when looking for the perfect t-shirts: neckline, fit, and fabric. While these features are a good place to start in figuring out what will work best for your body type, I’ve learned you pretty much always have to try things on to figure out what will work. Let’s be real - this because very few brands are sized the same way.

 

MY MEASUREMENTS


Bust = 33’’

Waist = 27.5’’

Stomach = 31’’

Hip = 38.5’’

Thigh = 22’’

Calf = 12.25’’

Inseam = 27’’

Bicep = 9.5’’

 

I. Neckline

V-neck - This is my personal go-to neckline because I find it complements my body type well. Since my bust is smaller relative to my hips, the v-neckline helps to accentuate what little I do have :)  

Crew - While I talk about v-necks endlessly on the blog(!), it doesn’t mean that if you’re pear-shaped that you can’t wear crew neck shirts. In general, I find it more challenging to find off the rack crewneck shirts that fit my body well. It's important to pay attention to the proportions of the shirt. Often times once you find a shirt that fits well through the hips, it’s too big in the bust area. When it comes to crew neck tees, I’m almost always buy fitted ones because they fit my body type better. 

Scoop - This is another great neckline for pears even though I don’t mention it often on my blog. Similar to v-necks, it helps to balance out the proportions of a pear-shaped body as our upper half is smaller relative to our bottom half.

 

II. Fit

 Slim or Fitted - Generally, I opt for slim fit tees because I find it more difficult to shop for oversized ones with my body type. When you’re shopping for a fitted t-shirt, I recommend looking for one that falls about 1-2 inches below your pants waistband (depending on your preference). If you’re shopping online, check out the size chart or product description to see if the Center Front measurement is 22’’ - 24’’. This is a good length range to look for if you’re petite or have a shorter torso. (You might be wondering - what is the Center Front measurement? It’s the length measured from the bottom of the back neckline to the end of front hem of shirt.) 

Oversized or Relaxed- If you’re shopping for an oversized t-shirt, the most important thing to look for is one that fits comfortably around your hips (despite the longer length) and is not too baggy in the bust. This is the most common issue I run into when shopping for oversized tees. Therefore, I like to look for oversized tees that have side slits at the hem. If you have curvy hips like me, this gives your hips a little breathing room and prevents the hem from feeling too tight.

 

 III. Fabric

Cotton- If you’re looking for a fabric that will keep you cool during the summer, then cotton is a great option. It’s very breathable and light since it’s natural fiber. Supima or Pima cotton is another amazing fiber to look for in your t-shirts because it’s known for being even more soft and smooth than regular cotton. 

Viscose/Rayon- Looking for a tee that feels super soft? Try looking for one that’s made of viscose because this fabric has a nice hand. 

Linen - I’ve noticed J.Crew selling t-shirts made from linen this year. While not my favorite fabric from a feel perspective, it does have a cool texture if that’s a feature you’re looking for.

 

Uniqlo Women’s Supima® Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt - Size Small

What I loved…

  • Best value - Hands down this t-shirt is the best quality for your money out there!

  • Fabric - The fabric is super soft and comfortable. Another important thing to mention, is that this tee is on the thicker side so it’s not see through.

  • Petite-friendly length - Even though Uniqlo doesn’t technically carry petite sizes, their t-shirts are an ideal length for someone with a short torso like me. (Center front = 22.5’’) 

  • Form-fitting - This tee fits my pear shape so well. Not only does it fit properly in the bust area (aka not too big), but it also isn’t too tight in the hip area. 

 

Quick facts: 

Neckline = V-neck 

Fit = Slim or Fitted 

Fabric = Supima 


Garment measurements:

Bust = 35’’

Waist = 32’’

Hips = 35.5’’

Center front = 22.5’’

Armhole opening = 12.5’’

Neckline drop = 5.25’’


Verdict: Buy! (one in every color lol!) 

 

Banana Republic Petite Supima® Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt - Size Petite Small (link to regular size since petite sold out)

What I loved…

  • V-neckline - As I mentioned above, I generally prefer v-necks to crewnecks. This is generally because crewnecks never seem to be cut for my body type. Also being the small-busted lady that I am, a v-neckline lets me show off what little I do have ;)

  • Relaxed fit - This tee is a great alternative to the Uniqlo one because it’s a more relaxed style. If you’re looking for a weekend casual tee then this one is a great option. This would definitely be my #2 pick after the Uniqlo tee. 

 

Quick facts: 

Neckline = V-neck 

Fit = Oversized or Relaxed 

Fabric = Supima

 

Garment measurements: 

Bust = 38’’

Waist = 36’’

Hips = 40’’

Center front = 24’’

Armhole opening = 12.75’’

Neckline drop = 6.875’’


Verdict: Buy!

 

Lands’ End Petite Jersey U-Neck T-shirt - Size Petite Small 

What I loved…

  • Pear-friendly fit- Happy to report that this t-shirt fit well in both the bust and hips. No area was too tight or too loose. I’m sure my pear ladies know - this is a big deal! 

  • Nice length - This tee was a great length - not too long that it looked like a dress, but not too short that it didn’t come past my jeans waistband. 

What could have been better…

  • Slightly thin material - My only complaint with this tee is that the fabric is a little more see through than I’d prefer. 

 


Quick Facts:

Neckline = Scoop 

Fit = Oversized or Relaxed 

Fabric = Viscose/Rayon 



Garment measurements:

Bust = 39.25’’

Waist = 38’

Hips = 42’’

Center front = 23.375’’

Armhole opening = 13.5’’ 

Neck = 4.5’’



Verdict: Buy!

 

J. Crew Slim Perfect T-shirt - Size Small 

What I loved… 

  • Super soft fabric - The fabric on this tee reminds me of the Uniqlo one, which is why I loved it so much! 

  • Fit - Overall, I thought the fit of this t-shirt was decent. It complimented my curves well and wasn’t too tight in the hips. 

What could have been better…

  • Sleeves - The length of the short sleeves was a bit longer than I preferred. Also the sleeves were too tight around my biceps. 

  •  Length - This tee was a bit longer than I would have liked. Even though the fit and fabric were great, the sleeve issue and length were deal breakers for me.

 

Quick facts: 

Neckline = Crewneck

Fit = Slim or Fitted 

Fabric = Cotton



Garment measurements:

Bust = 31.25’’

Waist = 28.75’’

Hips = 30.75’’

Center front = 24.5’’

Armhole opening = 9.5’’

Neckline drop = 2.5’’


Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around!

 

Old Navy Petite EveryWear V-Neck Tee for Women - Size Petite Small

What could have been better…

  • Little short - This is a rarity that I ever complain about this given my short torso, but this t-shirt was on the short side. When I wore the shirt with mid-rise jeans (pictured), it felt like the waistband and my stomach would pop out at any moment. 


 

Quick facts: 

Neckline = V-neck

Fit = Oversized or Relaxed

Fabric = Cotton



Garment measurements:

Bust = 35’’

Waist = 34.5’’

Hips = 40’’ 

Center front = 21.75’’

Armhole opening = 12.25’’

Neckline drop = 5.25’’


Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around. 

 

J.Crew 365 Stretch T-shirt - Size Small 

What could have been better… 

  • Too thin - So there wasn’t anything that I loved about this tee. It was a total bust in my opinion. The material was way too see-through.

  • Clingy - This tee was tight and clingy, which was not a cute look for me.


Quick facts: 

Neckline = V-neck

Fit = Oversized or Relaxed

Fabric = Tencel/Lyocell 




Garment measurements:

Bust = 31.5’’

Waist = 31.25’’

Hips = 35.25’’

Center front = 22.625’’

Armhole opening = 12’’

Neckline drop = 3.25’’



Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

 

Talbot’s Pima Cotton Crewneck Tee - Size Small 

What I loved…

  • Super soft fabric - Just pulling the shirt out of the package, the fabric felt amazing!

What could have been better…

  • Too tight in the shoulders- If you look at the front picture, you can tell that this shirt is too tight in the shoulders because it’s awkwardly bunching up around the shoulder seams. 

  • A little long -Similar to the J. Crew Perfect Tee, this t-shirt was longer than I preferred. (Center front = 24.25’’) 

 

Quick facts: 

Neckline = Crewneck

Fit = Slim or Fitted

Fabric = Supima 


Garment measurements:

Bust = 35.5’’

Waist = 32.5’’

Hips = 36.25’’

Center front = 24.25’’

Armhole opening = 12.25’’

Neckline drop = 2.5’’


Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around. 

 

Talbot’s Pima Cotton V-Neck Tee- Size Small

What could have been better…

  • Fit - I wanted this t-shirt to fit because the fabric was just as nice as the crewneck, but unfortunately the fit was off in a couple of places. For starters I noticed the same issue in the shoulder area as the crewneck tee. Secondly, the fit also seemed funny in the armpit area. As much as I wanted this t-shirt to work and thought it could be a replacement for my Uniqlo one, it was not :( 

  • Too long - Same issue here as the crewneck. The t-shirt was longer than I wanted so I’m going to pass on this one. 

 

Quick facts: 

Neckline = V-neck 

Fit = Slim or Fitted 

Fabric = Supima 



Garment measurements:

Bust = 35’’

Waist = 31’’

Hips = 35’’

Center front = 24.25’’

Armhole opening = 11.75’’

Neckline drop = 5.5’’



Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

 

J. Crew Mercantile Essential T-shirt - Size Small 

What could have better…

  • Fit - This t-shirt was a textbook example of why I hate shopping for t-shirts as a pear-shaped lady. They are always too tight in the hips! As a result it feels super uncomfortable, and it’s not pleasant to wear. 

 


Quick facts: 

Neckline = Crewneck

Fit = Oversized or Relaxed

Fabric = Cotton




Garment measurements:

Bust = 36’’

Waist = 35.25’’

Hips = 36’’ 

Center front = 23.375’’

Armhole opening = 12.25’’

Neckline drop = 3’’ 



Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

 

ASOS DESIGN Petite Ultimate Crewneck T-Shirt - Size 6 Petite 

What I loved…

  • Fit - For a crewneck, this t-shirt actually fit my pear shape surprisingly well. As I mentioned earlier in the post, that’s usually not the case. That being said there still some minor issues with the fit such as the bust area. Even though this shirt technically fit, I think there’s got to be higher quality options out there. 

 What could have been better…

  • Thin material - This seems to be a recurring theme but this t-shirt was more see-through than I would like. 

 

Quick facts: 

Neckline = Crewneck

Fit = Oversized or Relaxed

Fabric = Cotton

 

Garment measurements:

Bust = 36.25’’

Waist = 37’’

Hips = 40’’

Center front = 23.75’’

Armhole opening = 12’’




Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

 

ASOS DESIGN Petite V-Neck T-Shirt - Size 6 Petite

What could have been better…

  • See through- While this shirt did technically fit me, I wasn’t a fan of how see through it was. I’d definitely recommend the Banana Republic V-Neck or Uniqlo t-shirt over this one. They’re both better quality for a similar style.  

 

 

Quick facts: 

Neckline = V-neck

Fit = Oversized or Relaxed

Fabric = Cotton


Garment measurements:

Bust = 41’’ 

Waist = 39’’

Hips = 41.5’’

Center front = 24’’

Armhole opening = 12.5’’

V-neck = 7.25’’




Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around. 

 

Lands’ End Petite Supima Cotton Relaxed V-Neck T-Shirt - Size Petite Small 

What could have been better…

  • Too boxy- While this v-neck technically fit me, it was a bit boxier than I preferred. Personally, I was more of a fan of Banana Republic’s relaxed tee.

  • Slightly see through - Similar to the Lands’ End crewneck I tried on, the material was a bit thin. 

 

Quick facts: 

Neckline = V-neck

Fit = Oversized or Relaxed

Fabric = Supmia 


Garment measurements:

Bust = 41’’

Waist = 39.5’’

Hips = 41.5’’

Center front = 23.5’’

Armhole opening = 12.5’’

Neck = 5.75’’


Verdict: Don’t buy, shop around.

ALL THE SWIMSUITS YOU NEED THIS SUMMER IF YOU'RE PETITE & CURVY

ALL THE SWIMSUITS YOU NEED THIS SUMMER IF YOU'RE PETITE & CURVY

WHERE TO FIND PEAR-FRIENDLY HIKING PANTS

WHERE TO FIND PEAR-FRIENDLY HIKING PANTS