After 40 years of life I recently learned that I am “short-waisted.” I had no idea. I also learned that I need the straight fit not the curvy fit – despite being curvy – in my jeans.
I learned all this from the straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it is Lynn Peck, who works at my local Ann Taylor Loft and is a freelance style consultant.
Women may go in thinking Lynn is just there to get them a different size if they need it, but she is really there to tell you with complete honesty what works on your body and what doesn’t.
I hadn’t bought jeans in five years – since after the birth of my last child. I needed some new jeans, and I had a 50 percent off email to the Loft. So I headed on in. I saw Lynn in the store and she told me which jeans to start with.
I brought back probably nine pairs of jeans to try on. I would step out and she would say things like “you see this, the crotch isn’t right.” After trying on a bunch she said “I’m sending out for a dark blue, 10, modern straight pair. I think that’s the one.”
And it was. They fit great, are stretchy and make me look small. (She didn’t like the light blue on me. I love how definitive Lynn is!)
I always try to put myself into bigger sizes and she told me NO. I needed to be in the 10 not the 12.
You can always go shopping with your friends or your mom but it’s nice to have someone who really knows what they are doing.
Do you have a favorite salesperson in a store who helps you? Are they straight-shooters? Do you trust their judgment? Who do you trust to tell you if something looks awful or good?