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)
8 - J. Jill Denim Trousers ($80 on sale)
9 - Land's End Weekend Chino Boot-Cut Pants ($20 on sale)
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