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12/20/07 8:28 P

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I'm the opposite...my hips/butt are a smaller size than my waist. I also have extra skin around my waistline, so no matter how loose my jeans, they create a small muffin top :( I've had better luck with low-rise jeans.

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12/19/07 5:55 P

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Unfortunatly pants are not made to fit an hourglass shape, they're made to fit a rectangle. And now I'm having a problem with finding the right size. Before I gained weight I was a 6/8, now I'm back to the same weight but have to wear a 4, and sometimes a 2! I think vanity sizing is stupid, it just makes it harder to determine my size. I wish they would do it like mens sizes (by waist size).
Your best bet is to fit the jeans to your hips and have them taken in at the waist. It's not too expensive.

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I see the muffin top more in gals who are wearing the jeans way too tight, I think if the pant fits well this just shouldn't happen. They aren't supposed to look painted on, but if that's the look, then the jeans w/ the stretch in them are the way to go.

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Kayotic, I agree with your style of jeans. First time I tried on a pair, I was pleased how they looked on me... and this was as I was STARTING to diet. (Hey, I decided I had to look good anyway!) Now I end up with my jeans mostly just below the belly button... and since I work on a college campus, I see plenty of muffin tops that remind me NO ONE looks good in ill fitting clothing, regardless of age.

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I've found the lower rise pants work well for me because of the waist/hip ratio problem. Not talking super low rise, but I guess more of a mid rise, below the belly button, but not too much lower than that. It's closer to the hip so the differential is not as great and the fit is better than when I was wearing higher waisted pants, they never fit in the waist!

The tailoring ideas are good too, but I like and off the rack that fits, as I'm too lazy to make it to the tailor, and don't know how to sew. (boyfriend sews however, maybe he can take my clothes in!)

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Looking at smaller sizes is hard to do for me right now. When I was browsing at the thrift store, I always ended up picking out the 16s and 18s instead of the 12s and 14s. It was weird. "Granny" set is a good way to put it.


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Hey Owl...congrats! I see you are almost at goal! I am 40 something, too and can definately relate to trying to find clothes that aren't too young, but don't put me in the "Granny" set either. At least I am looking in the small sizes again!

 
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I am within calling distance of 50 and am also trying to figure out what is too young for me and what is too old for me, for that matter. I mean I want to be fashionable, but not trendy. And I don't want to dress like one of those fashionable older women.

Last week, I bought a pair of lowrise pants and my 20 YO DD said "nice pants" when she saw them. Of course, she probably didn't see the lowrise part. But at least I got the leg width right. I go for something not tapered, but not bigger than my foot either.

I'm off to the thrift store at lunch because the 14s I got last month are surprisingly baggy and I'm running outta clothes! What a great problem, eh?


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Im 56 and having a hard time figuring out what looks "too young" for me in the stores..stuff besides tshirts and blue jeans.


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I like the stores that have started making pants for different body shapes, like the contoured fit at Banana Republic and the Julie at Ann Taylor Loft for curvy figures. The waistband is higher in back to accommodate the hips and thighs that are larger than the waist. Banana Republic also has a short length available online, or I just take the pants to a seamstress for an $8 hem job. They do a fantastic job even on jeans- they now take the original hem, cut it off, and re-attach it to the shortened jeans.

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Bessie: vanity sizing! I remember a few years ago when Ann Taylor announced they were changing the sizes of their clothes... what had been a size 12 was going to be a size 10 and so on down the line. I must say, it makes the whole process very silly!

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We all struggle with the jeans...especially the low-rise, which in my opinion, don't look good on any one except twiggy! I had luck at Walmart of all places with basic Lee jeans. The only problem is, I wanted more than 1 pair of size 6, but that is all Walmart had. I am finding with America getting fatter, the stores are carrying less of the smaller sizes. I have also had trouble finding clothes for my tall, skinny teen- age boys. emoticon

 
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ONE THING I HAVE A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH IS THAT THE ONLY JEANS I CAN BUY IS IN THE JR DEPT. AND THEY USUALLY ONLY HAVE THE LOW RISE JEANS. LIKE SOMEONE ELSE SAID IM A LITTLE TOO OLD FOR THE JR DEPT BUT BEING A "0" MAKES IT A LITTLE HARD TO TAKE DOWN THE NORMAL SIZES. THEY SIZE THINGS DIFFERENT NOW I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL I WAS SMALLER THAN I AM NOW AND I WORE A 5. WHATS THE DEAL WITH THAT?

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The one thing I don't like is the look of hemmed jeans. I think it dates back to my childhood and not wearing clothes like the other kids... but otherwise, I do have to get all my pants tailored as well, length wise.

I have to admit, the recent addition of a little bit of spandex to jeans these days helps me with some of the fit issues.

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I just had to give an old male duffer's point of view on this subject. I have really enjoyed buying 36" waist pants after years of 42's being way too tight. I cleaned out my spare closet last week and took at least 12 pair to the Salvation Army. Much earlier I had taken many many X tra large shirts and sweaters.I keep waiting to replace until was sure of maintenance. This sure is fun. Skeeter


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I am with all of you on this..try to find a store to shop at that has a fit you like. I love Ann Taylor Loft..they have several types and fits in all of their pants. Their clothes are pricey but they have great sales. I like treating myself to nicer clothes since for years I didn't buy anything nice since I was "going to lose the weight soon".
I end up having to get all of my pants shortened anyways (at my drycleaners)..they do a great job.
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i had the hardest time finding jeans to fit, and had to take them back for a different size, or take the time to try them on right then, now i have been on a clothes buying binge for the last two months since i got to goal...making sure to only hit the sales rack! Now it is either quit buying or taking hd's closet for myself! Buying small is so much fun!!!


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Oh wow I had no idea getting a waist tailored would be so cheap!!!
This is like, a super exciting day for me now!

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LOL the pants I need to replace only cost me $8 in the first place! NY&Co has some great sales sometimes... ;)

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I've never thought of using a tailor because I thought it would cost too much. But it'll be worth it to keep a skirt that I really like. I'm going to start checking it out.


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I happened across a dry cleaner/tailor in the mini mall next to my office while taking my hubby's shirts in to be cleaned. She happened to notice my progress as I used to take daily walks by her store. After we started chatting about my weight loss and comparing pedometers (ya never know who you are going to SPARK), I asked her how much it would be to take in my jeans... I was pleasantly surprised when she told me $8 a pair. I expected it to be much more!!!

Anyway, she was sparked and loves the site and I have a lovely new tailor!!!

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I do the "dart" thing sometimes. And depending on the pants, I might just sew a new seam straight up from the knee to the waist, right through the waistband. A bit lazy, not to take off the waistband, but I AM lazy. And if I have the baggy butt thing happening, I might make a new seam on the inner legs through the crotch. But this works only for about a one size adjustment. When you have to move it two sizes, things don't always work well.

I have a couple of lined skirts and some really nice slacks that I think will give me trouble to take in. That's why I wonder where I can find a good tailor.


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I have a similar problem... if it wasn't for my hips, I could get my 5' 7" frame into a size 6... but my hips demand an 8. Couple that with the shape of my lower back (curves in a bit), and I've got a "toll booth target practice" situation on my hands... see how many pennies you can chuck in my crack from a distance! LOL!

Basically, I learned to sew. I have a very good friend who also teaches sewing at the store where I work (actually, I coordinate the classes at the store, and we became friends through her working "for" me as an outside contractor). Anyway, if I can't figure it out, she helps me... but most of the time, I can just nip the waist in a little bit... usually about an inch, generally accomplished as 2 half-inch darts either centered above the back pockets, or on the side seam, depending on the cut of the pants. Jeans are almost always above the pockets. :)

I've also turned my size 12 pants into 10s for work... though now that I am an 8, I have a little "baggy butt" going on. LOL! Taking a 12 down to an 8 doesn't really work, so I need to buy new work pants! ;)

Anyway, learning to sew was the best thing I could have done! Plus, with my teacher's help, I've been making my own garments now and again, built just for me! :D

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Jackie, where do you find a good tailor?


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Good Morning Ladies!!!

I was having the same issue with my waist being so much smaller than my hips and thighs. I finally have a 35 1/2-26-35 1/2 figure and I still can't find jeans that fit right!!!

I decided it was either buying expensive jeans or tailoring. Tailoring won out as it is really the more cost effective way to go. I bought Old Navy jeans at $35 a pair and paid $8 to have them tailored. Overall that is better than the $100-$150 jeans I see in the malls.

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Well, glad to see at least I'm not alone in this! emoticon

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I too was finding issues with new pants and it all goes back to the make of the jean/pant. And some of them are real lose on the waist but tighter on the hips/legs or reverse. It can be such a pain at times.

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I guess there is a myth about clothes shopping...

People complain that they are to big and nothing fits the way it's suppose to. Well it so happens that most of the female population has the same problem - no matter what size. :-)

For me my jeans are all to snug throughout the upper leg. All that running must build big quads.

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I'm just the opposite, My waist is a size 10 but my hips are about an 8. If I get a low rise 8, I do OK...but not too low rise. I'm 54 years old and don't want to reveal too muh!!

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I think it is the current style. I always used to have a smaller waist than hips and things fit ok. Now, I find the waist is loose and the legs are loose and the hips are still there. (Maybe childbirth had something to do with it too?) I am assuming that there are jeans out there that will fit, but it will take some time, and some fashion changes!) Not too encouraging am I?
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OH GOODNESS, no I'm not a size 2! I meant My lower body is possibly 2 sizes up from my waist! Sorry! LOL
I'm 5'11, at size 2 I think I'd look emaciated. My waist is probably like a 7/8 though, while my hips/thighs/butt need a 9/10, and sometimes 11/12 still!

And, as you might imagine, the pant length is rough for me too...5'11" is no joke emoticon

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Lucky you a size 2, WOOHOO! I am a somewhere between a 4 and a 6. My legs and thighs are a 6 and my waist is a 4. But my biggest problem is finding the right length. I am 5'7" which is just average height, but as I get thinner, the pant legs get shorter. A big AARRGGHH for me too. emoticon

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So, I'm having an issue now that I haven't ever had... My hips, thighs & butt are DEFINITELY a size (or 2?!) up from my waist. This has resulted in most of my newer "thin" clothes being WAY too big at the waist if it fits my lower body, or much too tight down there if I want a nice fit in the waist. Anyone else having this issue? Do I really need to get everything tailored? That sounds expensive!!!!

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