For those of you reading this hoping for an interesting article on up-cycling your sideboard, you may be disappointed.
Something that has been getting on my t**ts for sometime now is how difficult it is finding clothes to fit me properly in the erm..upper regions of my body.
Some people say I should be lucky to be ‘blessed’ with my chest, but for me it is a curse. You see, I haven’t always been ‘blessed’. I spent much of my teenage years wishing to have something..anything. I spent my twenties being relatively happy with what God had given me. But in my thirties, when I became pregnant with my first girl, they grew..and grew..and never went.
I remember being on holiday with some girlfriends when I was twenty-ish and us being all VERY amused because I couldn’t do the pencil test. Oh how we all laughed and Oh how smug I was. Well, let me tell you, now I could pass a pencil-CASE test with flying colours..
Now, as I approach the end of my thirties, I accept what I have is here to stay. However, I am REALLY struggling to find clothes to wear that fit me in the right places.
I often find that I have to buy a size or two up, in order to fit ‘them’ in. The problem with this is that the clothes are often then too big elsewhere and don’t look right. For example, I have narrow shoulders, so an increase in size often makes me look like I am wearing shoulder pads in an effort to be like Melanie Griffith from Working Girl (which, by the way, is a GREAT 80’s film)
Or, if the material is thin and floaty, the top will hang off ‘them’ and then straight down, so it looks like I am in a tent.
And don’t get me started on shirts and buttons… I LOVED a fitted shirt. I can only DREAM of the day again where I could wear a fitted shirt without one or more buttons popping off.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not ALL chest. Other parts of me have grown too which doesn’t help the situation. So if I choose something too fitted, it just highlights a vast pair and a vast mum-tum.
What a pretty picture I must be painting for you….so let me distract you with a cute pair of puppies..
I am no expert on fashion. Far from it. And I don’t get much time to properly shop and keep up to date with the latest styles around. But what I CAN tell you is that a lot of this summer’s fashion is inaccessible to me.
The Elle website has helpfully pulled together 16 tops which you can go bra-less in – thanks for that Elle; just what I needed. Instyle Magazine tells me that crop tops are in and peek-a-boo lace and backless dresses are soooooo on trend. And when I look through summer tops on many websites, the off-the-shoulder style top is dominating the pages – when I wear a strapless bra, my husband just points and laughs.
Recently I decided to investigate clothes available specifically for ladies ‘blessed’ with ‘generous’ measurements. And I didn’t really find any. I don’t mean the retailers that specialise in larger clothes all round. I mean just for larger chests.
I don’t really know what I expected to find. However, I didn’t expect to not really find ANY. From what I can see, there is only one UK retailer who sells clothes that are adjusted for larger chests, and that is Pepperberry, an off-shoot of Bravissimo.
I wish this was leading on to a lovely review of their clothes, but alas not. I haven’t bought anything from Pepperberry yet to try as they are expensive, in comparison with ‘normal’ clothes. This shouldn’t be a surprise to me, and I am certainly not cross about it, but it does mean I haven’t yet been able to afford to try some of their pieces (which do look really nice)
My Husband works in fashion sales, so I asked him why there is such a price increase for such items. Of course, there is more material, but he said that the ‘blocks’ used by the manufacturers aren’t standard sizes, so Pepperberry will be paying their manufacturers more money to create non-standard blocks to build the patterns.
None of that helps me however, so in the meantime, I will continue to save to have a ‘spree’ at Pepperberry and dream of next summer’s fashion trend being the wrap-around jersey top (watches a pig fly past the house).
I am also considering approaching Paperchase to see if they need any product testers for their pencil-cases….
Do you have this problem? What styles of top do you find work well for you?
And are there any other retailers out there that can cater for a larger chest?