Sunday, 17 July 2016

Dressing for my shape: a fitted shirtwaist dress

shirtdress

Preppy, Retro and Figure-Flattering

That's what I thought when I saw this chambray dress. And even before I tried it on, I knew it would fit me like a glove, and I just had to have it.

I often find shopping for my body shape very frustrating. Finding a skirt that fits well is a challenge; finding trousers is nearly impossible. Even most sheath dresses tend to be tight around the chest and hips and have extra fabric around the waist. It seems that clothes are cut for a more athletic (i.e. straight up and down) figure these days, whereas I have the classic 50's hourglass figure. I'm also long-waisted, which means that the waistline in most dresses sits just a bit too high, above my natural waist.

I doesn't help that shops are full of shapeless sack dresses, which no doubt look fabulous of slim and tall models but would make me look frumpy. It is almost impossible to find something with a clearly defined waist. I know, because whenever I find something like that, I buy it.

So, when I find an easy-to-wear, low-maintenance shirtwaist dress that flatters my body without restricting my movements, I'm over the moon. Finally a dress that looks as if it was made for me! And the best part? It has pockets!!!

50s style dress
Seasalt Cornwall dress
over 40 blogger

Outfit details:
dress: Seasalt Cornwall / cardigan: Club Monaco (old) / bag: Gloria Ortiz (old) / 
shoes: Clarks (old) / sunglasses: Marimekko

Do you find it challenging to shop for your body shape?

Tiina

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27 comments

  1. Great dress, and a perfect fit for your hourglass silhouette, Tiina! I am more straight up and down and tend to surrender the waist most days. xo

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Patti! I just love this dress, it's wonderful to have something that fits so well.

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  2. Very nice. The style and fit suit your figure. Good choice.

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  3. This is also my kind of dress. Especially with pockets!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Yes, pockets! Why don't they make more dresses with pockets???

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  4. Perfect Summer dress, both the fit and colour, it really was just made for you.I fully understand the dress problem.

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    1. Yes, it's as if it was made for me! I just had to get it.

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  5. This looks really you! (I think!) The color of the cardigan is perfect on you!

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    1. Thanks! Would you believe that the cardigan is at least 6 years old?

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  6. I really like the dress, has a beautiful print. And I like the combination with fuchsia jacket, it is downright nice look.

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    1. Thanks. I loved the print, too, when I first saw it: sailboats... So summery yet different from the usual flower prints.

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  7. You look so pretty! The dress looks great on you <3

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you, that is so sweet of you to say that!

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  8. You are so right. This dress is made for you. Beautiful. You should have a seamstress making dresses for you. What do you think?
    The fuchsia cardigan looks cute on the dress.
    Greetje

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    1. OK Greetje, I'm going to tell you a little secret: I actually studied dressmaking (and fashion design) when I was young... So, in theory, I should be able to make dresses for myself. It's just that sewing drives me crazy, I hate it, and I'm not very good at it. I only studied it because at that point I wanted to be a fashion designer and I thought I should know the technical side of fashion, too. And I think I still have my mother's sewing machine somewhere in the basement...

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    2. Hahaha.. My mother tought me how to sew. And I once made a very complicated cross over skirt with 8 full pleats starting from 20 cm below the waist. I took me 24 working hours. By the time it was finished I was so fed up with it. So I know and u derstand what you are saying. I too have a sewing machine. Just for simple repairs or jobs once in a blue moon.
      Greetje

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  9. A really nice dress, Tiina. I might even look out for similar myself!

    Biddy

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    1. Thanks, Biddy. You know, there is a Seasalt Cornwall shop in Canterbury, in Marlowe Arcade (that's where I bought this dress), or you can try online at https://www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk

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  10. It can be frustrating looking to dress curves. All my curviness is on my bottom half, but still it's quite a challenge ... maybe even more so because of that. IDK ... anyway, you look fabulous! Very pretty!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, yes, frustrating is the word!

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  11. The berry cardigan looks so great with chambray and I love the sailboat print.

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  12. Very cute shirtdress and fits you perfectly!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  13. The outfit is stunning on you!! Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/07/24/losing-baby-weight-4-pregnancies-3-kids-later-episode-3/

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