All tagged pear-shaped

EXPRESS CURVY PETITE DENIM REVIEW

If you read my first Express review about their petites line back in January, then you know that prior to that I had no idea they offered petites. Similarly, I also had no idea that they carried curvy fit denim, which is literally made for our body type. Since I tried these jeans around the same time as the American Eagle curvy fit denim, I decided to compare and contrast the two! The main differences are that Express’ jeans are more expensive, however the denim material they use feels like a higher quality. 

WHERE TO FIND WIDE-LEG CROPPED PANTS WHEN YOU'RE PEAR-SHAPED

Everywhere I turn on Instagram, I see cropped wide leg pants! I really love how this style looks on others, but I haven’t been totally sure about how to translate it for my body type and height. After trying on a bunch of different styles across brands, I came up with three simple tips to help simplify your shopping if you’re petite and pear-shaped like me. 

1. Look for high-rise styles (Front rise measurement 10’’ and higher)

2. Look for pants with a more tapered leg opening

3. Look for pants with inseam lengths between 22’’ and 25’’ (if you’re about my height of 5’ 2’’)

THE PETITE PEAR'S SHORTS GUIDE: DENIM SHORTS EDITION

My denim shorts guide is the second post of a two part series all about shorts shopping! One thing you might notice after reading this guide is that it’s a bit shorter than my blog post on soft shorts. Honestly, this is because I find it more challenging to find denim shorts that don’t gap at the back waistband and/or aren’t too short!


I headed to the usual suspects such as American Eagle and Topshop (plus others!) where I normally have good luck with jeans to see if they would come through in the shorts department. I have to admit I completely struck out at Topshop - nothing fit me quite right so I completely left them out of the guide altogether. Additionally, I branched out to some new places that I don’t normally go for denim shopping - GAP and Banana Republic to test the waters!


Scroll down to find out which denim shorts were truly the most pear-friendly :)

THE PETITE PEAR'S SHORTS GUIDE: SOFT SHORTS EDITION

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who wrote in on either Facebook or Instagram about what type of shorts you’re looking for this summer! Your feedback definitely helped me narrow down the shorts shopping search and focus what styles I thought you’d most like to see.

While originally I just planned on writing one blog post about shorts shopping, I quickly realized that I would need to write to separate posts since I found a number of great options :) Today’s post is dedicated to flowy & soft shorts and next week’s is all about denim!

Personally, I always find shorts shopping a challenge because it usually ends up being waist gap central! However, I hope this post will help you steer clear of that and make your shopping experience more enjoyable!

Keep reading for all my shorts picks this summer!


As a quick refresher, these were the top requests:

While originally I just planned on writing one blog post about shorts shopping, I quickly realized that I would need to write to separate posts since I found a number of great options :) Today’s post is dedicated to flowy & soft shorts and next week’s is all about denim!

Personally, I always find shorts shopping a challenge because it usually ends up being waist gap central! However, I hope this post will help you steer clear of that and make your shopping experience more enjoyable!

Keep reading for all my shorts picks this summer!

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.

J. CREW PLUNGE V-NECK BIKINI TOP & BOTTOM REVIEW

I actually wrote this review 3 years ago, but I decided to republish because it still holds true and I still own this bathing suit! Recently, on the blog I’ve been talking more about investing in your wardrobe. Basically, how do you find stylish, quality pieces that will last. (But not too trendy you want to throw them out after a season!) J.Crew’s bathing suits are definitely on the pricier side generally $100 - $150 for an entire suit (top and bottom), however they do stand the test of time! As I mentioned at the beginning, I’ve had this suit for over 3 years and I’m happy to report it’s in good condition.

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. 

THE PEAR NECESSITIES: THE WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone shopping for button down shirt. Generally, I stay away from this category because I find it challenging to shop for. Often times when a button down fits my bust area it’s then too tight it hip area! Can anyone else relate? However, recently one of my friends reached out about where to find a good button down and I realized I had NO IDEA off the top of my head! So I decided to order styles from a variety of brands to figure out which ones are truly pear-friendly! Keep reading to find out what brands I recommend!

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.

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.