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Tops to wear with jeans (hourglass figure)

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booooooooooom Wed 06-Jan-16 10:43:49

Please please please tell me what sort of top I can wear with jeans - something that doesn't hide my waist or make me look gargantuan?

Baggy jumpers look awful (look huge). Tight tops look awful (muffin top).

I have 30HH bust so if I wear anything that isn't fitted I look very very overweight.

Please help!!

booooooooooom Wed 06-Jan-16 11:44:47


NewYearNewName16 Wed 06-Jan-16 11:56:56

Semi fitted cashmere V-neck jumper. Get a tailor/seamstress/drycleaner to finish the fitting to your exact body shape.

herbaceous Wed 06-Jan-16 11:57:43

It's a bleeding nightmare. Everything in the shops is boxy or long, or indeed both. I quite like cowl-neck or drapey tops, or a reasonably fitted Breton, or wear a tight-ish t-shirt with an open cardi over the top - hides the flab but accentuates the presence of a waist.

tinkywinkyshandbag Wed 06-Jan-16 12:05:02

I have the same problem. Tunics make me look enormous. I tend to go for shirts - I have to get them biggish to go around my boobs but the overall effect seems okay. I got some in H&M, and Gap also have some nice ones with no buttons (they call them popovers for some reason). A plainish shirt with a scarf or a necklace, and if it's cold I put a vest top under. If really cold I would go for a big baggy jumper and skinny jeans as my legs are okay. My neices in their twenties are currently very into this look so I don't see why not. I also have a nice long fitted semi cardigan from Woolovers (like a "coatigan") which looks nice on, it has a V neck and three little buttons at the front, it is flattering but is difficult as none of my coats are long enough to cover it, so I only really wear it when I don't need a coat as well. Wearing smart boots with a heel also makes me feel more leggy and less like a weeble. I have tried on the clothes in Bravissimo but in my opinion they are mostly hideous, horrible fabrics, and very strange shapes.

tinkywinkyshandbag Wed 06-Jan-16 12:06:35

I have a 34J bust by the way, a size 16/18 bottom but my waist is relatively small, I always have to wear a belt with jeans, even jeggings tend to fall down. And I am only 5 foot 4 so I am roughly as wide as I am tall. Sob.

Branleuse Wed 06-Jan-16 12:06:51

you need different jeans. Maybe some jeggings type with softer waist to stop any bulge-over, and maybe a wrap style top, or a top from pepperberry

tinkywinkyshandbag Wed 06-Jan-16 12:09:24

this is the cardigan I mean

booooooooooom Wed 06-Jan-16 12:16:16

Thank you all! Lots to think about.

I am liking the cardigan link - thank you

Also like the sound of fitted shirts - might take a look in pepperberry so that they really will be fitted instead of either gaping or too loose / baggy.

Is it acceptable to wear heeled boots with boot kick jeans?

Also jeggings - might be an idea but the ones I used to wear made me feel horrible as I hate the shape of my legs. Skinny jeans are a no-no for me.

Backingvocals Wed 06-Jan-16 12:21:27

I have to question the premise here - I don't think jeans suit our shape tbh. I am somewhere between pear and hourglass. I have a small waist. Jeans gape around the waist if they are big enough to go over my hips. And then to cover up the gape I end up with a tunic top that covers up the fact that I have a waist. The only solution I have found is very long shaped jumpers which cover the gape but also cling at the waist.

booooooooooom Wed 06-Jan-16 12:25:02

Backingvocals - I would have to agree with you there.

Jeans are always too large around the waist, I am constantly having to hoick them up. Belts are too clumpy.

But I SO want to wear jeans!! I am never able to dress casually, I wear only dresses. How the hell do I dress casually without looking like a heifer?!

There must be an answer


Backingvocals Wed 06-Jan-16 12:31:38

I agree with you (and me grin)

I actually can't really do casual dressing as jeans don't suit me and leggings are horrific on me. I am in skirts most of the time but have just come to the conclusion that the smart end of smart casual is my look.

Actually one look I think does work is jeans with a nice shaped blazer. I look like this in mine wink

Although even that's annoying as you are wearing a jacket for no reason all the time.

Branleuse Wed 06-Jan-16 12:35:27

i have an hourglass figure too. Im usually in dresses and leggings, but i have recently been wearing newlook jeggings with longish jumpers. I wear them with boots and....legwarmers. Its a bit scruffy but ive actually had compliments every time ive worn them.

booooooooooom Wed 06-Jan-16 12:39:49

oh that blazer look is really really nice. I love it. And I think it would suit me. But I am in total and complete agreement, wearing a blazer at all times must feel a bit useless and...silly.

herbaceous Wed 06-Jan-16 12:47:39

Fitted cardi instead of blazer?

I've been a big fan of fitted woolly dresses over the (MN-hated) leggings. Comfy yet faintly figure-enhancing.

grannycake Wed 06-Jan-16 12:53:07

I have solved this by using a jersey blazer - still nipped in at waist but slightly more casual. I got mine on a recent visit to Amsterdam but there will be others around

nickEcave Wed 06-Jan-16 13:11:33

I'm 4 foot 11 with 30G boobs. I gave up on jeans a couple of years ago and found it really liberating! My winter casual wear now is either a semi-fitted woolen dress or skimming wool/jersey top with stretchy tube skirt (H&M £7.99!) worn with thick tights and biker boots. I don't look as casual as people in jeans but I just accept that it is impossible for someone with my figure to do super casual in a stylish way and I don't feel so dressed up that I stick out like a sore thumb. I now only wear trousers when camping (waterproof) or peddle-pushers/tailored chinos in the summer. Jeans really are not the be-all and end-all of stylish dressing.

BlairWaldorfLovesShopping Wed 06-Jan-16 14:09:56

I'm pear/hourglass (28" waist, 39" hips), and for me the key to finding jeans that don't gape at the back is to buy styles with at least a 9" (or so) rise. I'd measure your jeans when flat, from crotch to waist, and see if you can try some that sit a bit higher up on your waist. They don't have to be super high waisted, mine reach my belly button.

For tops, I really like H&M breton tees, they are stretchy and fitted while being thick enough to not cling.

booooooooooom Wed 06-Jan-16 14:20:08

fitted cardi / jersey blazer - sounds good

Also higher waisted jeans might be the answer to gaping.

Breton tops - aren't they horizontal stripes?? If so - YIKES

herbaceous Wed 06-Jan-16 16:16:56

It's a myth that horizontal stripes make you look fatter - in fact, I find them quite flattering! Accentuate the curves, but in a good way.

tinkywinkyshandbag Wed 06-Jan-16 16:54:11

See, I'm the opposite - I basically live in jeans, all the time. So much so that I have basically nothing else in my wardrobe. I would really like to wear something else but jeans go with everything and I know a brand that fit me (shhhh...per una) so I just buy those, I have them in straight leg, narrow leg, and jeggings, as well as black, and a teal pair! I would love some ideas for skirts/dresses but I always feel overdressed and I never know what shoes to wear.

TheBestChocolateIsFree Wed 06-Jan-16 17:12:16

I think that if you're buying jeans that don't fit you and then trying to cover up the gape you're doomed. It all starts with jeans that properly fit - even if you have to try on fifty pairs in fifteen shops it's a worthwhile investment of time. Per Una are indeed the pear-shaped woman's secret friend. I've got some good ones from Gap (real straight and high rise skinnies) and some people swear by Levis Demi/Bold curve though I personally find them frumpy.

On the dresses front tinkywinky I know ankle boots are the "correct" on trend answer but I reckon knee boots are the way to go at this time of year if you're gradually weaning yourself off jeans.

lighteningirl Wed 06-Jan-16 17:17:33

I'm the same shape the only jeans that don't gape on me are Levis they come in half sizes I am currently a 29 and wearing them with fitted v necks. The v has to be quite deep for or I look really mumsy can't do round necks or tunics my 32 g cup is better with tighter tops. I am hoping dry January gets rid of my muffin top

StephenKatz Wed 06-Jan-16 21:14:20

I think I've decided tailoring is the only option! I'm an hourglass (isn't there a lot of us?!) and tops are impossible to find. I posted these pictures on an unrelated thread of mine a couple of weeks ago but the first one demonstrates what's widely available in the shops, and the second one is the same top with me 'altering' it to achieve what I really want!

StephenKatz Wed 06-Jan-16 21:15:19

Second one fail! Here!

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