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hi , short and sweet as I am horribly busy...but i wanted to ask you all...<br>
where do you find clothes for say a solid 16 that fit appropriatley?? meaning....now really low rise.....shirts that are long enough for large breast yet not so huge like tents....I am not terribly huge in the waist but need shirts long enough that my belly isn't hanging out....<br>
I am 38....not terribly old ...but not teeny bopper young. I would like to be stylish...not fashionable. I like the classic look of jeans and tees, button down shirts....and modern khaki pants and bermuda shorts.<br>
any ideas?? I don't get often out to try things on....so i need your input on different places that might fit a rather lumpy mama body that has joyfully birthed 6 children.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
oh...and please don't tell me to go to old navy....LOL.....there stuff is tooooo low waisted for me any more....but I don't want to go with granny pants either....help!<br>
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Dan't go to Avenue LOL My friend in is a size 22 but can wear their size 14 pants. I imagine that someone wearing a 16 would be too small.
 

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honestly the biggest issue is i can't seem to find any consistency in sizes at all! whats a 16 in one brand isn't in another...and then there is the rise issues and blah blah blah! arrrggghh....i don't wanna go to elastic waist pants.....i'm not that old yet!!!<br>
but i do have a lumpy body.....i have to live with that or change it...in the interim i would just like a few things that fit nicely w/ out breaking the bank!<br>
geez....and then there is the bra issue...cant find a dang one that is supportive enough to save my life....unless of cours e i wanna spend 60 bucks on an anita bra.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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torrid <a href="http://www.torrid.com" target="_blank">www.torrid.com</a><br><br>
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Lane Bryant <a href="http://www.lanebryant.com" target="_blank">www.lanebryant.com</a><br><br>
are my suggestions
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I wear maternity clothes.
 

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You know I just had to post because I am so irked everytime I go to buy clothes. I am in my forties but I'd still like to dress with a little style. Often I go to a store and as I look at the clothes I think OK fine if you're in your teens or twenties (and are whippet thin, usually) but not for me. I don't like a lot of fashion right now anyway (I don't care for the maternity-tops that are supposed to be regular tops) and I hate the stovepope jean thing (almost no one can wear them and look good) and the low-rise pants thing, and right now those super-mini loose dresses that are really hot are cute but I'm just not pulling that off at my age. I hate that any T-shirt or button-down I've bought at the Gap I have to constantly tug down because it rides up. I did find this mail-order place, Boden, and recently ordered some stuff from it that I really like. They only have stuff in European sizes (it's English) and the size that corresponds to the size that I usually wear turned out to be cut generously so I was really happy with the fit of the pants and skirt I got. They have long skirts too. I find they are sort of hip and cute without being too mutton-dressed-as-lamb for me. They have a children's line, and the stuff is cute, for girls especially, but expensive. I didn't think it was so expensive for adult stuff, probably because I am used to the insane prices in the stores where I live. I also like Anthropologie for certain items--if you try the clothes on sometimes stuff fits. Some of the dresses are fun-quirky but cover enough for me. I can never find stuff to fit me at Old Navy. I am bummed because I bought a pair of shorts there last year, size 10, that although I tried them on in the store I didn't realize what terrible camel toe they give me till I got home and there they sit in my drawer with the tag still on.
 

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I have the best luck at Lane Bryant (if you are talking Plus size). JC Penney has some basics that fit. ALL the tops at Kohl's are too short and a little too tight across the bust. Fashion Bug trends either too young or too old. It is not fun.
 

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wow...you mamas know what i'm talking about! i don't want to resort to looking like a granny...but i don't want to be in stuff that makes me look like old dressing too young.....i also want quality......i need stuff to last.....ahhh.....a day of trying on clothes....and being able to afford good fit and quality.<br><br>
BTW lanebryant is having bogo free bottoms...run mamas ....run!
 

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You want something that "fits right." Well, we all come in different shapes and sizes. Something that "fits right" on me will probably "fit wrong" on you! If I wore pants, I'd probably shop at Motherhood and buy a size 10 or 12 to fit my hips/butt/legs properly, but if I go to a plus-sized store I need anything from a 16 to a 22 to fit my waist!<br><br>
I think there's no alternative to actually going into various stores and trying a lot of stuff on- especially since you're at the lower end of the "plus size" range so you may get a better fit in the "regular" sizes in some brands and styles.
 

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Lerner New York (or is it NY&Co. again?), Land's End, and the Gap have been good to me at the 14/16 range.<br><br>
Good luck shopping, mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I'm scouting out the McCall's patterns online prior to a shopping trip tomorrow for this very reason. I'm about ready to give up on buying clothes and hoping they will fit me. I've had much better luck sewing my own clothes and adjusting them so they fit me just how I want them to. I'm really liking the empire look, but I'm afraid I'll look pregnant and it would be hard to bf in the shirts. Maybe I just think too much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I like <a href="http://www.nyandcompany.com/nyco/" target="_blank">NY&C</a><br><br>
I mostly wear jeans and tee shirts, but several of my nicer close are from here. And they are reasonably priced - not cheap, but not bad
 

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I'm 36, a 14/16 and way big breasted....I buy talls but I'm 5'11"......but even if I weren't the talls would help cover my boobs w/o looking like a mid drift.<br><br>
I like the Gap and Eddie Bauer, I've found both places pretty consistant.
 

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I bought some Gap tees (my faves ever!) on the clearance rack a few weeks ago. Apparently, these tees come down to the top of my hips, NOT the top of my pant as they usually do. I LOVE THEM! I think I paid less than $10 a pop. I wear thin tees and camisoles all summer long.<br><br>
Gap & Eddie Bauer jeans are the way to go.
 

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I'm in the 16/18 range, and I share your frustration. My biggest irritation ATM is not being able to buy thrifted clothes for myself--seems like there is never anything available in bigger sizes. I really hate new "plus sized" clothes, too, because the quality of Lane Bryant and similar is just so low. No natural fabrics, bad workmanship, etc. I hate that.
 

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My mom is around a 16/18 and I know she shops on QVC frequently because she got fed up with shopping in the stores. I don't know what brand she prefers from them, though. She also wears St John's Bay clothing from JCPenney, and so do I. I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum, I get their petite stuff and I love it.
 

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I've had really good luck with Target's Premium Denim line. I'm between a 14 and a 16 depending on season and i find that those jeans fit a curvy woman perfectly. They are low enough rise to not look matronly but high enough to cover everything, a nice dark wash to be slimming, and they make your butt look very nice - not flat but not huge either. I just wish they made them in maternity!!!<br>
and, the best part - they are only about $28.
 
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