Q. I am a size 14-16 and I am 5’8” and work in a bank. We have strict rules on no back or tummies to be revealed when bending over and raising your arms. Where can I find reasonably priced tops and pants that give enough rise and length to be professional? I also wear jeans on casual days and my jeans sit just below my waist. I need a pair that doesn’t cling to my thighs so I have wiggle room.
-Clothes Don’t Fit
A. I scoured our online sources for professional choices that will give you coverage in the front and back. For waist coverage, wide bands around the waistline can be flattering. Plus the new belted and tunic styles are stylish and cut longer and belted styles will help create an illusion of a smaller waist. Or try one of this season’s cropped jackets over a longer tunic or tank. For pants, look for styles that have a slightly wider leg. If you opt forjeans, trouser styles are flattering with a wider leg cut, they look more professional – plus you can dress them up for a night out.
left to right: Belted tunic with button detail, $24.99 at lanebryant.com; Vivid print cap-sleeve blouse, $44.50 at lanebryant.com; Belted railroad-stripe shirt, $39.50 at lanebryant.com; Eyelet cotton pique jacket, $79.50 at lanebryant.com; Semantiks Faux Wrap Sweater, $58 at nordstrom.com; Solid Chelsea wide-leg pant, $49.50 at lanebryant.com; Svoboda ‘Kate’ Stretch Denim Trouser Jeans at nordstrom.com; Jones New York Collection Flat Front Crepe Pants, $99 at nordstrom.com