I'm 5'4"-ish, 209 pounds, and I wear a size 14/16 in pants and XL (sometimes XXL due to the DD's) shirts. I actually have only recently started to wear 16's, so I'm hoping I'll fit back into all of my 14's again soon.
I'm 5'8" and 154-ish. I wear size 12-14, but have a pair of size 10s that I squeeze into if I want some motivation. As I got into the 150s, I realized that my butt was eroding! I can't believe I'm one of those people with no butt!
I don't know about the rest of the size 10s on this post, but just a few years ago I had ballooned up to a size 20, 222.5 lbs. So I've been working it off since then.
You can get down to our size, too.
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I'm 5'11", 184 lbs, and wear a size 12 pant and a M or L top. I'm very much a pear shape, and in some dresses (if the hips are loose) I can get away with a size 10. Because I'm tall I don't change sizes very often; I've been a 12 since junior year in high school, though my weight has varied between 169 and 192.
CWWEEN, my chest is a little on the large side too (its more because I'm short so it seems big) and that is a concern also. I took it in and I look like I'm all chest and it almost looks like I'm sticking it out. The shirt is some what fitted also so its pretty tight around the mid section (not really tight just not my usual baggy) so I'm just very uncomfortable with it all together... ERRRR
I'm 5'7", 157 lbs., and wear a size 10 pant, size S or M shirt depending on cut. I have very broad shoulders (even when skinny) and plenty of junk in the trunk.
My problem with pants is that I'm little in the middle. So pants usually fit in the rear but then stick out (like, several inches) in the back of the waist. I can't buy anything without belt loops 'cause I need the belt to cinch 'em in.
I refuse to tuck in my shirts! I have a large chest and when I try to tuck anything in all you see is Boobs! I hate it. Also, my stomach is bigger than it ever was so I can't find pants to fit comfortably around the waist. I do prefer the low cut pants because they are much more comfortable.
Shopping sucks. I agree. Even when I reached goal last April (I have since gained back 25 lbs (was 40 lbs)), it was hard for me. I have a friend who has a nice sense of style. I took her with me and she really steered me in the right direction. I had been wearing jeans that were totally the wrong style for my body type and I always wore big tops. Even when I am overweight, a fitted top is more slimming...but I just feel so uneasy in fitted clothing. That show "What Not To Wear" on TLC really does offer some good guidelines for different body shapes.
My heart feels for all of you Apples that have to tuck your shirts in for work. That would be my worst nightmare! ;-)
Dogrescuegal, I agree with you completely. It doesn't do anything for my self esteem to have to wear these way to big pants. I'm actually taking my favorite ones in (they are really expensive) to the dry cleaners to see if they can make them fit again :) ... I'm not aloud to wear jeans to work (stinks because jeans look ok on me) only slacks (dresses or skirts which I don't normally wear) and dress shirts. My manager is always kidding me because its obvious that my clothes don't fit anymore. Anyone still have shopping phobia? I'm still big but not as big and clothes is easier to find but I'm still almost afraid to go shopping!....plus I'm cheap
Yes, clothing manufacturers have no idea what size women really are. So frustrating. I found that Junior sizes sometimes fit me better. I got a pair of dress pants in the juniors and it is low cut - feels so good on til....I gained weight and my belly hangs over the pants. Not a pretty sight! LOL
I'm so jealous of all you tall gals!!!! I'm 5'4", 173 and I wear mostly 14s, but some 12s...not a lot though. I was comfortably in a 12 when I was about 152, so hopefully I'll get back there soon. I am an pear shape (big hips, thighs and booty), so I can wear either mediums or larges in tops.
As much as it hurts financially, I really do think there is a benefit to buying a few key clothing pieces as you lose weight...not just when you get to goal weight. I lost 60 lbs last year and had to re-buy the same jeans in different sizes 3 times. It was worth it to have clothes that fit me because it helped with my self-esteem which helped with my weight loss all the more.
I so hate it when companies make people do that - tuck in the shirt. If you're a skinny-winny then no problemo but for someone slightly bigger it's like a target! Thank goodness where I work they don't expect you dress that way everyday. We do have occassional programs where we wear the same shirt (blue jean which is thick) and khakis (which show everything you have on underneath).
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It is difficult! I had a wedding to go to last summer and finding a dress was absolute torture. My mom is 5'2" but pear shaped, which apparently most clothing manufacturers think women are shaped (or should be). Usually "grass is always greener" works in jealousy cases, but here it doesn't. I would definately trade my larger waist for a bigger rear... lol
I have a major problem with tucking shirts in too. I usually wear my dress shirts out ( I have to dress up for work) and I get away with it because it looks "right" however I was just given a shirt that I am supposed to wear on Fridays now (company names on them) and I don't know what to do because I have to tuck it in and I can't. First off I don't have the body for it and second off all my work/ dress slacks don't have belt loops and because I've lost weight they are about 2-4 sizes to big (constantly pulling my pants up or stepping on them).. I guess I'll just have to buy new pants..
Beppy - I have the same problem. I have a huge waist but no butt and thin legs. I've always had broad shoulders so I have to wear a bigger top than I look like. I'm wearing XL, 16 tops and 14 pants (stretched to the gill!). I'm 5'6" 160lbs.
I am also an apple body shape. It's a tough shape to dress because I never feel comfortable wearing anything tucked in. I hope to change that!
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5'6" 213 I HATE sizing pants for myself... I usually wear elastic waist at home and jeans with some stretch ... because... my waist is a size 18-20 but I could wear size 12 from hip down (I have NO rear and no hips...) I carry all my weight in my torso.. size XL tops or 18/20 depending on manufacturer
I'm just shy of 5'8''. Currently 161 and am a 14 in most things. I'm all belly. I can get away with a 12 in some skirts. But not pants yet. Tops really vary widely. Depends on the brand and cut. Anywhere from a M to an XL.
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