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Personal Shopper: Tops to Cover Deirdre's Tattoos

Deirdre writes: "Hello! I am hoping that you can help me out with an ongoing wardrobe problem I'm having. I think Janetor might be the best to help, but I'll take the help anyway I can get it. I have tattoos. Many of them. This have never been much of a problem for my career, but the dress code at my part-time retail job (damn student loans!) has changed and I am no longer allowed to show them while working. This means I need business casual wear to cover up all of my ink. I have a full sleeve on one arm (so 3/4 sleeves won't do), and a chest piece (so no deep-ish v-necks or swooping necklines, but a notched collar is ok). Might you help me hunt down some inexpensive, easy to do merchandising in, covering tops? I'm a size XL or 16 at most shops. I can spend $30 per shirt. Most oxford shirts, or traditional button- ups are very tight on my upper arms, and gape in the front. If you know of good ones I'd be willing to give them a shot, though. Thank you! Deirdre"

Hi Deirdre, I'm Found of You. In your price range, there is really nothing very exciting happening, but I did find you some nice shirts that will keep you covered. I was surprised at how few true long sleeved shirts there are out there! Everything is 3/4 length. You could also try wearing a light cardigan that you can button up to cover your chest piece.

1 - Sally Long-Sleeve Solid Tissue Tee ($30, in ten colors)
2 - Jones New York Long Sleeved Top ($15, on sale, in two colors)
3 - Caslon 'Perfect' Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee ($25, in 21 colors)
4 - Delia*s Stripe Tee ($20, in two colors, this tee is BOGO!)
5 - J. Crew Boatneck Painter Tee ($33, in ten colors)
6 - Charlotte Russe Rugby Stripe Cardigan ($25)

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Posted on 10.16.11 at 6:28 AM

I would try Old Navy, they sometimes have long sleeve t-shirts for $16 or something or like buy two its only $12 - and they come in a huge range of colours and sizes!


Posted on 10.16.11 at 6:30 AM

I would try Old Navy, they sometimes have sales where if you buy more than one each shirt is only $12 or something, and they come in a huge range of colours, patterns and sizes!

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