Personal Shopper: Plus-sized pants for Rebecca V

Rebecca V. writes, "Help me, Outblush! I love your personal shopper, especially Janetor, who shows us plus sized ladies some love. Hopefully she (or one of you other fashionistas!) can help me out. I am a major apple shape, a size 18-20 on bottom. I absolutely cannot find any pants that fit me without leaving a terrible muffin top that hurts to sit down in or that aren't so baggy that my pants fall down constantly. I would like something to wear to work - but I work in as an engineer in a manufacturing plant so "work wear" is a lot more casual for me compared to most others. I usually wear jeans, but think that khakis would be very nice. I am 5'3" and a 16-18 on top - I try to keep my clothes looking proportional, but the problem is actually getting worse as I lose weight. I am so desperate that I have no price tag. Help meeee! (and thank you if you choose to help) Rebecca V"

Hey, Rebecca, Janetor here - thanks so much for the love! I know firsthand how unbelievably frustrating it is to find plus-sized pants that don't fall down, they're so baggy, or, alternately, cut into your stomach like a corset when you sit down. Gah! My best advice is to go for lower-rise pants, since those tend to have more of a straight waistline. Then, you can order based more on your hip size, and if you like, get the waist nipped in a little by a tailor. I hate to break it to you, but it's pretty much a sure bet that you will have to go to a tailor to get pants fit correctly to your waist, hips, and inseam. Find one you love, and stick with 'em - they may give you discounts if you come in a lot. Good luck!!

1 - Talbots Heritage Fit Perfect Stretch Twill Pants ($70, 4 colors)

2 - Lee Natural Fit Straight-Leg Twill Pants ($30 on sale, 2 colors)

3 - Gap Perfect Trouser Pants ($60)

4 - Eddie Bauer Mercer Fit Cotton Stretch Pants ($50 on sale, 5 colors)

5 - Old Navy Womens Perfect Khakis ($30, 9 colors)

6 - Levi´s Woman 542 Flare-Leg Trouser Jeans ($37)

7 - Not Your Daughter's Jeans Tummy Tuck Wide Leg Trouser Jeans ($128)

8 - J. Jill Denim Trousers ($80 on sale)

9 - Land's End Weekend Chino Boot-Cut Pants ($20 on sale)

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Posted on 10.01.10 at 11:29 AM

Cool pants, thanks! Where are the #9's from?


Posted on 10.01.10 at 11:34 AM

Whoops! This is what I get for writing a post without sufficient levels of caffeine in my blood... Added #9, which are found here:

Thanks for catching that, Lottifish!


Posted on 10.01.10 at 12:39 PM

I have the perfect khakis from Old Navy...

Hands down the most brilliant pair of pants I own.

Rachel H., Outblush Operative

Posted on 10.01.10 at 3:44 PM

Rebecca, I noticed you mentioned that you are losing weight. Go girl! I went from being a size 18 to a size 10, and I also carry my weight in my tummy and have the same problems as you - pants are either too baggy or would slice my guts in half when I sat down. I know its sounds weird, but try maternity pants. I discovered them when I was pregnant and am still wearing them a year after my son's birth. The soft stretchy top won't cut into your tumtum, and they won't fall down either. I just wear mine with a long top so no one sees my comfy little secret. It's worth a try!

Rebecca V

Posted on 10.01.10 at 5:54 PM

I am going to check out all of the pants above (I do especially like the look of the ones from Old Navy and Land's End). I had no idea some of those retailers even sold anything in my size! Also the maternity suggestion - it now seems so obvious!

I never thought about going to have a pair of pants tailored, but now that also seems so obvious. I am really excited about shopping for pants now, thank you!


Posted on 10.02.10 at 4:57 AM

I, too, and short and chunky and have been wearing NYDJ for 5 years.


Posted on 10.02.10 at 9:31 AM

You're welcome, Rebecca! I know how incredibly frustrating it can be, so I am more than happy to help!!!

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