The Vine: August 30, 2013
I'm a mid-30s woman living in a state with a full four seasons. I'm hourglassy, with a defined waist and small boobs, and a pretty big caboose.
My least favorite feature — 18+ inch upper arms. So — average size L on top, except for the arms, and the bottom half is an 18 pant. After years and years of fighting with the size disparity between my top and bottom halves, I had a revelation of sorts: I don't HAVE to wear pants. In the last year and a half, I've adopted wearing dresses pretty much all the time and love the change. I have about 15 summer dresses with no sleeves, straps, even strapless which all work great and look cute. Yay dresses!
My problem right now is winter. We've had mildish ones the last couple of years, and I never had to really push on the wardrobe in this area, but the fact is, New England gets COLD. I have only a couple dresses with sleeves. It's pretty repetitive, even if they are in a range of colors. I also have a few cardigans which I wear over some of the summery dresses to
make them more fall and spring appropriate, but…
Nation, here's what I need: 3/4- or-longer-sleeved dresses with big sleeves, in natural fibers. Cotton, ramie, wool, linen, even rayon, bring it the heck on. My favorite store is Loft, with a little Nordstrom here and there, but the Internet and my credit card are long-standing friends.
Dislike: Sorry Talbots, I'm too bootylicious for you. Sorry Lane Bryant, we're acquaintances, not friends. Shut up, animal prints. Polyester need not apply, and latex makes me red and itchy. I also don't rock any kind of prairie or peasant look; I work in an office, not on a farm.
Throwing one back over the fence — if you're reading this description and it sounds like your body, run, don't walk, and find some Not Your Daughter's Jeans, because they are some serious awesomeness.
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