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Since we've arrived in DC I've been squeezing myself into a variety of suits with a corresponding variety of success. When I was in grad school I bought several suits, for interviews and other events. I wore suits from time to time in Morocco. That was at least five years ago. In Mali and Burkina Faso I rarely wore anything with a defined waist, let alone pantyhose. So it's been an adjustment to wear clothes that are so much more structured. I prefer to buy three piece suits (jacket, suit, pants) and I've been wearing two sets regularly around town.

Since I'm a plus-size petite - the last unconquered territory of women's retail clothing - it's been hard to find anything that fits. Invariably the sleeves and hems have to be altered. I found though that several brands do fit me, and fit me well (after shortening the sleeves): Kasper, Le Suit, and Talbots. Unfortunately suits are by nature stodgy, and I wish I were small enough to try cuter versions. I love this Tahari suit but I'm sure it doesn't come in double digits. Alas.
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On May 27th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
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ooooh, the taheri suit IS cute. and fortunately, you don't need to worry about its size because the website says it is unavailable!
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On May 27th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC), wendye commented:
I think if you go lower-end you'd have more luck. I'm short with a big ole butt and short arms, and suits with some spandex in the fabric work really well. You can get them at JCPenny or New York and Company to name a few places. Those suits fit well, but they don't have that sharp professional look you get from Jones New York or Calvin Klein.
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On May 28th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks for the tip - I completely forgot about JCP since there isn't one nearby - I checked out the website and found some nice outfits. Good enough, it's not as if I'm Condaleeza Rice.
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On May 28th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC), wunderbar commented:
I'd like to befriend you if you don't mind. I like reading your journal.
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On May 28th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Sure! Thanks for reading!
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