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How to Shop For Your Body Type: The Pear

Pr0n pals, I’m really excited about today’s post.  One of my strengths is being able to see what clothing styles work on different body types; it’s something I’ve worked at, rather than springing from Pr0n Mom’s womb the fashionista I am today.  So I was thrilled when my friend Rebecca wrote to me and said she was fashion challenged for her body type.

Meet Rebecca

Meet Rebecca

Rebecca is pretty normal: average to plus size figure, young, married with a young child, and doesn’t have tons of money to spend but deserves to look her best.  She’s just a little style challenged.  Today’s post promises to be full of fashion tips, do’s and don’ts, and really down-to-earth advice about buying clothing and putting together outfits that you’ll enjoy.  Let’s meet Rebecca.

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If there was ever a pear shape, Rebecca’s it.  She’s 5’7″,  and according to her measurements wears about a 14 on top and an 18 on bottom. She doesn’t have a very defined waist and she carries a lot of her weight in her hips.  I doubt you’d call Rebecca plus sized if you met her; just curvy.

Rebecca Now

Rebecca Now

But  when Rebecca told me she didn’t know how to dress, she wasn’t kidding.  This is more or less the outfit she was wearing in the picture she sent me.

I don’t know very many people who can wear well horizontal stripes.  Her top was too long, shapeless, and made her look wider than she is.  Her jeans just didn’t fit well and didn’t flatter.

That’s just a bad dream from now on; what Rebecca or other pear shapes should achieve with her clothing is learning to minimize her hips, bringing the rest of her body into proportion, and creating a long, lean silhouette by using clothing shape and color to her advantage. Fashion is 50% architecture, 50% art.

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Pear Shape Dress

Pear Shape Dress

The first virtual outfit I used is so simple and perfect for pear shapes, you’ll wonder why you never tried it.  This is a scoop neck sheath dress in a solid color, with a wide waistband, and a hem that hits just above the knee.

Immediately, Rebecca looks four inches taller and 20 pounds thinner!  The open neckline on the dress helps to balance her hips and chest, while the monochrome color and sheath glide over her hips so your eye doesn’t focus there.  The really critical piece is the dress’ hemline.  If the hemline were much higher it wouldn’t look age appropriate, any lower and the dress will make her body look short and dumpy.

Nine West Short Sleeve Plus Size Dress, $83.40 at Macy's

Nine West Short Sleeve Plus Size Dress, $83.40 at Macy's

In real life I found this adorable Nine West dress at Macy’s.  If she buys a 1x she may need to have the top taken in a bit – such is life as a pear shape, because you need to fit the widest part of you – your bottom  half.  But what I like is that the dress is youthful, and it’s definitely going to fit because the skirt is an A-line – it has an A shape rather than going straigt down.  Pair the dress with heels and a fun colored bag.

I’ve shown virtually here a sweater option for pears to wear over a dress.  Notice how short the sweater is.  I’m stopping the cardigan at her smallest part (above the waist)in order to emphasize it. If you’re a pair shape and you wear a regular length cardigan over an outfit, make sure it’s fitted and stops at the top of the hip.
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Pear Shape Jeans Outfit

Pear Shape Jeans Outfit

Virtual Pear Shape Outfit #2 is a basic jeans and t-shirt look; I forgot to give her shoes. :(

What pears need to look for here are shirts that stop at the hip, that show your curves rather than hide it, jeans with a straight wider leg to balance your lower body and a waistband that stops at your widest part.

Any piece of clothing that goes over your hips will emphasize them; it may seem counter intuitive, but by stopping things at your widest part you trick the eye, which is exactly what you want as someone who is bottom heavy.

The same concept applies with jeans – if your widest part is your hips, that’s where your waistband should go; usually just below your belly button.  If you go with jeans that stop above your widest part, rather than emphasizing your small waist, it makes your hips look larger.

Most jeans styles have a “bootcut” or a “flare” leg.  Pear shapes should for a pair of jeans with “trouser” style or “wide leg” if you can.  If you can’t, look for a pair that have a minimum of tapering at the knee.  The more you taper, the more you emphasize what’s above and below.

Here are some reasonably priced real life options for this type of jean/t-shirt pear outfit.

Spring Casual for a Pear

Spring Casual for a Pear

Spring Casual for a Pear by din2quared featuring Old Navy jackets

Again, this is a really simple outfit to pull together, mix and match and add to with clothing from your closet.  It can be dressed up or down with a few changes, so it will take you from the grocery store out to dinner.

Both t-shirts are from the Gap – the one on top has a strong color and an open neckline to be the primary focus, and then I layered a plain gray long sleeve t with a slightly more open crew neck under it.  Crew necks that are right up against the neck will make you look bustier.

The jeans are a drawstring trouser from Old Navy.  Rebecca appeared to be in between sizes, so a drawstring jean could help avoid a tailoring charge (jeans can be tailored!).  Just be careful not to go for an elastic waistband on pants; it may seem like an easy fix, but elastic waistbands don’t flatter anyone.

These jeans are more lightweight; for a a dressier look, choose a heavier, darker trouser jean.

I’ve pulled together the outfit with an adorable tote bag on sale at Luna Boston, a trench coat from Old Navy and Cole Haan Wedges at Zappos. A tote bag, trench coat and comfy flats are three accessories that will take you everywhere

The Cole-Haan wedge shoes are the splurge item here at over $100, but as I’ve said before don’t skimp on shoes.  Cheap shoes won’t last, they won’t support your feet, ankles, hips or knees and you’ll wind up spending the same amount of money on several pairs versus one.  Cole Haan has an entire line that’s made with Nike Air technology.  Looks like a pump, feels like a sneaker.

I created two more virtual pear style outfit variations: one good, one bad.  Look what happens if you pair dressy jeans and the tote with a cute blouse for casual Friday or dinner with friends here.  On the other hand, look what happens if you put a pear shape in an over-sized, too long top.

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Pear Shape Date Outfit

Pear Shape Date Outfit

This is one more outfit type option for Rebecca or any of you pear shapes out there.

What’s funny is that I put this outfit together right after I bought my dress, and the two dresses are very similar styles.  Several things are working together to slim and balance; if you look carefully you can see that there’s actually a wide waistband that starts just higher than her natural waist  – this draws the eye up, and the slightly rounded shape of the skirt hides the hips. But by wearing a dress, all one piece, the effect is not to break up the body, which is almost always slimming.

Continuing the monochromatic theme, she’s wearing black tights with black heels, and then I kept all her accessories within the same color family: (Ish. i didn’t have tons to work with.) A red wrap, a red necklace, and a burgundy clutch.

Donna Ricco Sleeveless Bubble Dress, $178 @Nordstrom

Donna Ricco Sleeveless Bubble Dress, $178 @Nordstrom

For a similar dress look, try this Donna Ricco bubble dress from Nordstrom.  It’s a little fancier than what I showed, but it’ll be a classic wardrobe addition.

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None of these styles are terribly complicated once you understand your body and its proportions.  Bring a digital camera with you shopping and take pictures of outfits, or do it when you get home.  Once you start working with some basic structure, you’ll understand what clothes do to your body, and gain more confidence.

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I’m always happy to answer questions, and I’m always happy to help if you’ve got a particular figure you have trouble dressing.  Drop me a comment, or an email: shoppingpr0n@gmail.com . :)  And don’t forget, if you’re looking for plus size clothes, Shopping Pr0n readers get 20% off at Simply Yours and Simply Be through this special sales code.

Please let me know if this helped you – I love feedback!

Until next time, my little pr0n pastrami.  It was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

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Outfit of the Day Pr0n: Casual Dayo

Hi pronsters! Today’s Outfit Pr0n is all about being casual. Whether it’s casual Friday at work, driving the kids to and fro, or spending time with friends on the weekend, being comfortable, casual and chic is all about choosing pieces that are machine washable, fit well, and don’t require much effort.

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The cornerstone of any casual outfit a pair of nice jean!  I’m going to let you in on a little secret pr0n stars: I never pay full price for jeans anymore.  There is no reason why you should.  None.

Lucky Brand Madison Trouser Jean $70

Lucky Brand Madison Trouser Jean $70

Jeans are so ridiculously over-priced!  $1-200 for some nice denim?  No way!  As with all good things, patience and persistence is required, but the outcome is worth it.

Shopping online for jeans can be difficult, unless you’re familiar with the brand.  If you have a Marshalls or TJ Maxx or Loehmann’s or Filene’s Basement near you, they will have drastically reduced prices on the top name designer jeans.  Smaller sizes are easier to find; anything 30 and above (8-10) may take work.

I picked a pair of Madison Trouser Jeans from Lucky Brand.  A straight trouser leg will balance hips and thighs, and a dark rinse usually lighter weight cotton makes your jeans slightly dressier.

Lucky Brand is nice because they’re usually not as over-priced as other designer jeans, they’re cut “true to size” meaning a 10 is going to fit like a 10, not an 8 or 6, and they sell up a 14 or 16 in most styles, including this one.
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On top, try pieces that are easily layered; tops that could go under a sweater one day or under a jacket the next; with jeans and a hoodie one day, khakis and a trench coat another.  Just because you’re going casual, doesn’t mean you should look messy or dumpy.
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J. Crew Perfect Fit Long Sleeve T: $19.50

J. Crew Perfect Fit Long Sleeve T: $19.50

A long sleeve t-shirt will go miles in your closet.  This is the perfect fit long sleeve tee from J. Crew.  It’s $19.50; there are other styles with more detail for just a little more.

My one problem with J. Crew is their outrageous shipping prices.  They frequently send out free shipping codes for orders over a certain amount, so why not combine orders with your friends?

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If you’re chasing the kids, layer it under a light sweater, like this v-neck perfect sweater from Martin & Osa.  Putting something under it will do

Martin + Osa Perfect V-Neck Sweater $49.50

Martin + Osa Perfect V-Neck Sweater $49.50

.several things: add interest, add warmth, and weight/structure, and add options!  A few sweaters + a few t-shirts + some accessories = several different outfits.

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For casual Friday at work, try it under a shorter jacket, like this adorable Piped Swing Jacket at Tulle.  I need to give a shout-out to TheFashionableHousewife, who featured Tulle in their very lovely blog.

Piped Swing Jacket at Tulle, $42.50

Piped Swing Jacket at Tulle, $42.50

I love layering short over long.  It’s a way to play with proportion while still covering everything comfortably.

Or, do it the other way.  Wear the sweater to work, and the cute jacket with the kids.  Make the other moms jealous!

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Don’t let me catch you in sneakers, my little pr0n plums.  You can do a flat as easy as you can do a pair of Keds; save the sneaks for the playground.

Ecco Boullion Ballerina, $83.77 at Endless.com

Ecco Boullion Ballerina, $83.77 at Endless.com

If I’ve learned anything, it’s that good shoes are an investment.

You only get one pair of feet, and they affect your ankles, knees, hips and back.  If you scrimp everywhere else, splurge here.

These are the Ecco flats I own in red patent leather.  I have fussy feet and these are possibly the most comfortable, supportive shoes I’ve ever had.

As soon as I get paid, I’m buying them in these greyish purpleish patent since they’re on sale.

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You’re never fully dressed without a smile.  But beyond that without coat and a handbag.  This Kenneth Cole A-Line Topper is a great deal at $98.  Finish the entire outfit with Tano’s Found at Last shoulder bag.  It’s on sale at Luna Boston for $135 in red, green and black.  Limited quantities!

Kenneth Cole Reaction A-line Topper, $98 at Nordstrom

Kenneth Cole Reaction A-line Topper, $98 at Nordstrom

Luna Boston Found At Last Shoulder Bag, $135 at LunaBoston.com

Luna Boston Found At Last Shoulder Bag, $135 at LunaBoston.com

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Insert into closet, mix and match to your heart’s content!

I hope you enjoyed today’s outfit of the day.

Until next time, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

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J. Crew Sales Pr0n

Good morning, lumpkins.  I apologize for not posting in so long, but I truly have been sick.  My doctor says I have the flu, and laryngitis and possibly a bacterial infection of some sort.  Even the most devoted pr0nista would be laid flat!  I’m working on a fantastic post about Spring coats, but in the meantime, I thought I’d pop in with a few great sales.

Was $148, now $110

Was $148, now $110

For one thing, J. Crew has some lovely sales on pants – which I rarely show you.  I adore their suiting pants for their fit.  I’m very low waisted, meaning my belly button is down where my hips are; also I have ample tush and legs.

The city fit is a near perfect rise for me (rise = length from crotch to waist), and gives me enough stretch in the leg.  Sadly, the stretch wool doesn’t have belt loops.

Was $128, now $65

Was $128, now $65

If you’re more of a skirt kind of a girl, the pinstripe stretch wool pencil skirt is an excellent value right now for $65.00.  They have sizes 0-16 in Navy; it’s 22″ long, fully lined and sits just below your waist.

A quick word about skirts in particular: if you’re short, and you’re lucky, you can buy a petite size and your skirt will fit you proportinately.

If not, bring your skirt to a tailor. Your blogger doesn’t want to see any of  you with a skirt lower than at the knee.  Any of you!  Not even if you’re Michelle Obama and you’re nearly 6 feet tall – your skirt should hit just at, or just above the knee.

A hem will take your tailor a day or so, and cost you less than $15.00.  Proportion is critical, my pron darlings.

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Was $148, Now $105!

Was $148, Now $105!

If you’re not quite so curvy as I am, or you’ve got a bit more span between hip and belly button, you’ll need a higher rise.  J. Crew’s Favorite Fit is on sale for you in their Super 120s wool.

I have these and they are super soft for a wool.  The Super 120 is a really nice knit.  These are available in either a navy or a charcoal pinstripe.  Regular sizes go 0-16, Petite 0-12, Tall 0-14.

Was $240, now $129.99

Was $240, now $129.99

The matching two and three button jacket is also on sale right now.  $129 is a really good price for a wool suit jacket.  The one thing I’ll mention about the way J. Crew fits is that it tends to be a little small in the back and shoulders.   I take a size 6 jacket, but I’ve got broad shoulders, and defined arms, and it’s just a touch snug.

Was $98 now $76

Was $98 now $76

I can’t vouch for the fit of J. Crew men’s jeans, because I don’t know anyone who wears them, but I’ve worn their women’s jeans and liked them quite a bit.

Among other styles, their relaxed fit jean is 25% off and available in a pretty good range of sizes from what I can see.  Can anyone tell me why men’s jeans cost so little compared to women’s?

Was $350, Now $250

Was $350, Now $250

Just the other night my friend DP was telling me that he was in the market for some more suits, and it just so happens that J. Crew has a good deal on them right now.

To my right is the 3 button Aldridge suit jacket.  Now they say this is a 3 button that rolls to a two button…I confess I don’t know what that means, but if it looks half as good on you as it does on this gentleman in the picture, who cares?

Was $165, now $115

Was $165, now $115

They have it with the year-round solid classic-fit suit pant.  Note that this is a slimmer, more tailored fit.  I happen to like that cut, you just have to make sure it fits you.

While you’re there, pick up some boxers on sale.  I like the beer, and the Rock Lobster.

Were $18.50, now 2/$28

Were $18.50, now 2/$28

Hmmm…maybe I need a guest writer to talk about certain men’s fashion.  I’ll talk to my menswear blogger friends and see if we can do a cultural exchange. :)

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Regular $59.50, Now $19.99 - $49.50

Regular $59.50, Now $19.99 - $49.50

Underneath my J. Crew suits, I love to wear their slim fit stretch shirts.  Every season they come out with more colors and I just keep buying them.

Right now, the Bright Blue and the Fresh Rhubarb are on sale for $19.99.  A whole host of other colors are on sale for between  $39.99 and $49.50.  I’m going to pick up the Bright Rhubarb and maybe the Fresh Mint or Charcoal; I already have the Deep Persimmon, and a dark purple color.

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Note that these are not final sales, and I didn’t find these in the Sale category; you’ll find these just by poking around.  A true pr0nista knows where to look.
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Was $48, now $29.50

Was $48, now $29.50

With your navy suit, do pick up this leopard print patent leather belt.  Every pr0n diva knows how to show a little personality.
Whether it’s shoes or jewelry, or something else, a little wink here and there in your outfit takes you from catalogue clone to Pr0n Princess (or Prince!).
Was $118, Now $78

Was $118, Now $78

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I leave you with this year-round suiting vest for men.
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Why a vest?  Why not?
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I’ll be back soon as I can pumpkins, with a full discussion on Spring coats.  And Monday should be another edition of Pr0n Plus.
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Until then, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?
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