over50feeling40: A Fitting Talk About FIT!
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Apr 17, 2011

A Fitting Talk About FIT!

The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her. ~Madeleine Vionnet

Nordstrom Look A
I feel great!! 

We have talked a lot lately about the way clothes fit. We have vented with frustration that more designers do not understand how to dress a curvy woman. But, ladies, we still have some power in our hands. I spent the majority of my overweight life wearing oversized clothing….under, the misconception that I looked better if I was in a sack…go figure. As I think about it now, I just do not know how I bought into that delusion.

The truth is…if we will have the courage to wear clothes that follow the lines of our body, as the above quote says, and actually feel the clothing we wear, then we look thinner and sexier. Oversized clothing is a way of hiding and it will feed someone who is depressed and desires to hide. I know…I’ve done it!

While in Nordstrom’s on Friday, I tried on a couple of the cute, trendy knit jackets on today’s market. You can see the difference between picture A at the top of the post and picture B here:

Nordstrom Look B:
Cute, but the jacket adds pounds.  The shirt underneath
fit well and needed no jacket!

While the jacket is cute, it is way too oversized and going down a size would not make a difference. Today’s post and the one I will do tomorrow are my way of encouraging those of you still hiding, to come out! Once you see the reflection in the mirror, you will not want to wear mostly oversized clothing again. Embrace those curves!! Come by tomorrow and meet a designer who understands curvy women and fits them beautifully.

Don't be afraid to wear clothes that touch
your curves...it's fun!!
Sweater & Blouse: Lane Bryant
Capris: Talbots
Shoes: Stein Mart

As Always, Accessories make an outfit!!!


  1. The zebra jacket is the bomb! And you look so good!

  2. Congrats my darling your looking great as usual!

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  4. Clinton and Stacey are always nagging about fit, fit, fit. I am tossing my big bulky sweaters (well, giving them to Goodwill - if I were poor and cold, I would not care so much about style) and slowly replacing them with more fitted options. Bulky sweaters do not make me look like I have a bosom and don't hide my tummy - they just make me look like a beach ball.

  5. I am with you all the way. i hate baggy clothes, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh NO!!!

  6. Great zebra jacket! I love the top look from Nordstroms and the message!

  7. I love the zebra jacket. You look great.

  8. You said it
    Fit is everything
    Great zebra jacket

  9. I agree we need to embrace OUR BEAUTIFUL CURVES, clothes for curvy women can be beautiful and feminine and not about hiding our curves

  10. OMG! I just briefly went through your blog and I have to say, I love what you're doing. Your style is fabulous! I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

  11. You look amazing in that cardigan, Pam! And some very, very wise words about style and fit.

  12. Pam--it is amazing how much difference a good fit makes. It is visible in your face...and I have just come from a blog where it was assumed that all women have the loose jacket/sweater like what you are wearing in picture 2. I could never understand all the extra material draped in the front.

  13. great points Pam - for years I bought everything too big! Trying to learn to buy what fits now!

  14. I'll take the jewelry any day... Gorgeous.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you via GFC.

  15. OK, first things first -- WHO made those earrings in the last pic? I. want. them. now.

    And yes, good fit is so key. I'm not technically "plus-sized," but I have a large frame and always wore things too big. (I must confess that the catalog pics remind me of the clothes worn by many in my family. I came by this naturally). It was SUCH a revelation when I realized what proper fit does. You are rocking it!

  16. Loving your posts lately. Super informative. You look fab in that first look. I agree that fit is the key. And for sure letting the clothes hug those curves is a must.


  17. Dear Pam, thanks for your lovely comments over at Tish's blog. You look fabulous! I love the accessories xx

  18. Thanks for stopping by I'm a follower


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