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

I think it’s safe to say that swimsuit shopping is not usually an activity many of us look forward to. Aside from the complications of figuring out what size to wear in different brands, we tend to dread it because it means confronting what our body looks like (after months of hiding under layers during the winter). Swimwear hasn’t really been my favorite category to shop for either. When I was younger going swim shopping tended to be a reminder of the abs I didn’t have and my stretch marks on my upper thighs. Over time, I’ve gotten more comfortable in my own skin, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have days where I still feel self conscious.  

This shoppable swim guide ended up being a continuation of a post I wrote last year about my favorite swim trends. Most of the trends I loved in Summer 2018 (sporty one pieces, plunging v-necks, etc.) are still going strong this season! There’s nothing I love more than fashion trends that have staying power because seriously who has the time to keep up with all the changes! 

As you go through the swimsuit shopping process this year, I hope you know that if something doesn’t fit you, it’s more of a reflection of the fashion industry needing to get with the program from a sizing perspective than it is about the worthiness and value of your body. So have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously!

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 with recommendations you can shop versus only offering how I think about shopping for t-shirts. 

For me, finding a good 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.

THIRDLOVE BRAS REVIEW

I’m going to start out this post with a bit confession…

(Hope you don’t judge me!)

One thing I’m super lazy about buying are bras. I’ve heard that you’re technically supposed to replace them every 6 months to a year. However, that has not been the case for me at all.

I couldn’t tell you when I last got the Victoria’s Secret Pink T-shirt bras that I normally wear. As of late though, my old bras were getting more and more uncomfortable so I knew it was time to get some new ones. 

However, this time rather than going to VS, I decided to take my sister’s suggestion and try Third Love. 

I’ve heard all about their fit quiz so I decided it was worth a shot. After going through the process, it recommend that I try their 24/7 Classic T-Shirt bra (which I feel like they must recommend to everyone that takes the quiz) plus three other styles. Out of their recommendations, the 24/7 Classic T-Shirt bra was the only one I tried. However, I did order a few other styles they didn’t directly recommend because I thought they looked cute. Overall, I found the fit quiz most helpful for deciding which size to buy, but less helpful for deciding what styles to buy.

Spoiler alert…when it comes to bras I’m pretty boring and only wear T-shirt or bra-lettes that are nude or white. If it can’t be worn with literally everything I own, I won’t buy it. I’m too lazy to deal with different colored bras and make sure it won’t through whatever top or blouse I decided to wear. 

EXPRESS PETITES REVIEW

I’m excited to share this review because I’ve been wanting to check out more items from Express’ petite line ever since trying out their coats last Fall. It’s definitely been a while since I’ve shopped at Express. Honestly, I probably haven’t stepped foot in one since middle or high school. Was anyone else completely obsessed with their cami tank tops and t-shirts back in the day? While Express isn’t my go-to store, I’m always game to check out a brand that offers petite sizes.

INVESTING IN MY WARDROBE: RAG & BONE BOOTS REVIEW

Last year I realized that I wanted to start investing more in the pieces in my wardrobe (ranging from clothes to footwear). There have been a number of fast fashion items in my closet that I’ve truly loved from a design perspective, but sadly they have worn out after a year or two. Personally, I’m someone who likes to find classic yet trend-forward and interesting pieces that will last me more than one season. While on my blog in the past I’ve highlighted a lot of different trends each season, I’ve realized through the process I prefer to have a more consistent style. (Plus I seriously don’t have the energy to shop all the time!) Don’t get me wrong, I still love trying out new trends from time to time, but I’ve learned that my overall personal style is less defined by following all the latest trends.

EVERLANE AUTHENTIC STRETCH DENIM REVIEW

After hearing rave reviews from my sister about Everlane’s Authentic Stretch denim, I decided to head to their store and try it on for myself. As someone who generally has a hard time finding jeans that fit, I was overall pretty impressed by their products. In addition to their Authentic Stretch jeans, Everlane also has their original denim line they launched prior to Authentic Stretch. Between the two lines, I was definitely a bigger fan of their Authentic Stretch styles because they fit me better in the waist. Sharing my thoughts below on a few of the styles!

ESHAKTI CUSTOM JUMPSUIT REVIEW

Jumpsuits can be a tough category to shop for when you’re petite and pear-shaped! The most common issues I run into are the legs being too long or the hip area being too tight. In the past, I’ve mostly shopped in the petite section to find jumpsuits. While this usually fixes the length issue, it doesn’t always fix the fit issues I experience in the hip area. So I decided to try out having a jumpsuit custom made to my measurements from eShakti.

5 TIPS TO SIMPLIFY SHOPPING FOR SHORTS

I find that shopping for shorts can be tricky with my body type! The most common issues I run into as a petite and pear-shaped lady are: waist gaps, tightness in the hip area, and shorts being too short since I have a bigger bum. In order to avoid these issues I’m sharing some of my tried and true shopping tips to help make the process easier for you.

WHERE TO FIND WHITE DENIM THIS SUMMER

One of my readers recently reached out about where to buy white jeans that actually fit and are not see through. Since I’ve had decent luck finding regular denim, I didn’t think my search would be too difficult. However, I was in for a surprise. Over the last two weeks, I went to store after store and tried brand after brand; and almost always encountered my classic pear problem - jeans that fit my thighs and rear, but were too big in the waist! (Sizing down never helps because then the thigh/rear area is too tight and uncomfortable.) 

After comparing the measurements of all the styles I tried on, I noticed that jeans with a waist measurement of 30’’ or 31’’ were often the styles that were too big in the waist. (However, keep in mind though that the actual “cut” or “fit” of the jean is also a factor in whether or not they will fit you. So I'm only relying on one data point when I say this.) On average I noticed these waist measurements (30’’ or 31’’ ) were reoccurring theme when I look at the jeans that did not work for me. One thing that was not as much on an issue for me denim shopping this time was length. It seems that more and more brands are making ankle length jeans, which in petite world are regular length jeans for us.

While it was definitely a struggle to find white jeans that fit me - I promise that not all hope is lost. In this post, I’m sharing the white denim styles I recommend and which ones I’d stay away from. Also to make my product reviews easier to read, I’m introducing a scale that highlights the key attributes of each style so you can quickly know if it will work for you. So keep scrolling for all of your white denim needs.

EVERLANE REVIEW - NEW ITEMS!

I'm so happy that Everlane finally opened up a store in NYC! Now I no longer have to deal with the hassle of buying online and then returning things later. In light of their store opening, I decided to write a fit review for their most recent product launches: denim shorts, $100 wrap dresses and white denim pants. Some of my readers asked for me to show pictures of me wearing the items in addition to writing reviews, so I'm excited to share in this post that I'm doing just that. (Always feel free to send suggestions because it helps me improve my website!)