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MY BODY TYPE & SHOPPING PREFERENCES
I am normally a US 4 on bottoms (Designer US 4, Banana Republic 2, J. Crew 4 for the upper half like for jackets, or J. Crew 2 for the bottoms).
I’m an inverted triangle and normally wear an Small or 2 (smallest sizes in all mainstream brands except for designer brands where I usually take a US 4).
I am also 5’6″ and fairly slim overall. Small busted (A cup).
I will say for my shoulders I ALWAYS take a size larger than the bottom, like a US 6 in designer brands, or a US 4 in Banana Republic, or a J. Crew US 4 for instance, because my shoulders are large, my torso is wider after the pregnancy, but my body is slim overall.
I am super picky and hate itchy items of any kind because I have eczema (most wool-items and wool-blends are out, or anything unlined), too-tight things and anything that doesn’t look or feel expensive and wonderful.
$9 is $90 is $900. The price makes no difference to me.
J. CREW TIPPED BELTED SHIRTDRESS IN NAVY NAVY
I saw this pretty J. Crew Tipped Belted Shirt dress many many times online, had it in my online cart, and finally pulled the trigger at 20% off having also paid the $12 CAD shipping charge + import duties (*shakes fist*)…
I took it in a size small and it fits GREAT! An extra-small would have probably fit as well but small is a much better.
I feel super comfortable in it, and I am loving the retro yet preppy sort of tennis sport vibe of it. It is growing on me the more and more I wear it and look at it.
HIGHLY Recommended. Probably won’t get more than 20% off if you don’t want to wait a few years for it to pop up secondhand somewhere.
Looks and feels great on:
The top part looks good too,.. fully buttoned, to boot!
And the belt looks fabulous:
It is fully buttoned and the quality is great for the price tag and compared to what J. Crew has been putting out lately.
Also, NO POCKETS 🙁
ANTHROPOLOGIE MAEVE CLAREMONT FLORAL PLEATED MIDI SKIRT
I picked this Anthropologie Maeve Claremont Pleated Midi skirt up on sale (20% off sale which pretty much covers taxes here in Canada), so it was about $86.
I have no idea what the flowers are but they are just as pretty and as vibrant as in person.
Just NO POCKETS 🙁
I even matched it up with the J. Crew dress by putting the skirt over it and using the belt, and I sort of love the look:
The mix of the print and solid looks great:
I took the skirt in a SMALL but I fit in the Extra-Small as well.
I only just preferred the Small as it was about an inch looser, and it didn’t grip my waist as tightly as the extra-small to force a bump in my stomach where I don’t have one.
Note: there is a little elasticized waistband at the back, so it does have a little give here and there as well, and it has a zippered side-zip and a clasp.
ANTHROPOLOGIE CARTONNIER DOUBLE-KNIT FLARED CROPPED PANTS
These Cartonnier Double-Knit Flared Cropped Grey Pants.. are.. soooooooo comfortable. Like wearing pyjamas.
The only reason why I don’t have them is because the cropped, sort of flared look, looks terrible on me (in my opinion).
I also don’t love the almost-there camel toe happening on me, but MAN THESE PANTS ARE COMFY. Just as comfy as homewear lounge pants.
Also, they are high-waisted, at least 10″ I’d say as a rise which I love.
So this is what it looks like on a NORMAL human being, not a skinny bony model:
Not super flattering to be honest. But dang comfy.
I tried on the Small and it fit perfectly. XS was a no-go. Nope. Small first just fine.