2016 Update: See our latest discussion on the best work clothes for different body types!
Which are the best workwear brands for you if you’ve got hips — and you’re tall? Which brands are best if you’re curvy and short? Which brands should the apple check out first? How about suiting brands? Ladies, I got a question from a friend that I am Very Embarrassed to say that I can’t answer: she’s looking for an interview suit and wanted suggestions for a brand that is “forgiving in the hips and good for tall people.”
Hmmn… I mean, we’ve talked about which stores do bespoke dresses, shirts and blazers . . . we’ve talked about how work pants should fit — and a LONG time ago we had a conversation about which stores and brands are best for different body types — but it’s been far too long. (We’ve also done guides to the best brands in general for petite workwear, plus-sized workwear, and tall workwear.) So let’s discuss. In the comments today, please tell us:
- Your body type or body issues (if any): e.g., for me I’d say I need something that accommodates a big bust for sure, and where the cut is ok for a short curvy girl. (I’m 5’4.”)
- Recent brands OF SUITS you’ve tried, and what issues (if any) you noticed:
- Which brands you think of as YOUR brands in general (for anything other than suits):
- Which STYLES within brands you like: If there are repeated styles within the brands (e.g., Theory usually offers the Max pant as well as the Emery pant in suiting fabrics, while Loft has the Julie & Marissa cuts), which specific styles work best for you.
Here’s an easy paragraph to cut and paste to kick off the discussion:
- My body type or body issues (if any):
- Recent brands OF SUITS I’ve tried, and notes on fit:
- Which brands I think of as MY brands in general (for anything other than suits):
- Which STYLES within brands I like:
Our last real discussion was in 2011 — I found these more recent articles on the web, but I still think the community here will be our own best source. I’ll sort through the answers and try to do a nice roundup (hmmn, maybe a graphic) or something.
- Lucky Denim Guide 
- Best Brands for Curvy Women (Big Waist/Hip Differential) [Windsor Peak forum, 2014]
- Good Brands for Small Waist/Large Thighs [Reddit forum, 2014]
- Angie at YouLookFab did general guidelines for different body types in 2014 (Pears, Apples, Inverted Triangles), but not specific brands as far as I can see…
Ladies, what say you — which brands do you like best for your body type? Copy the bullet points above and let us know in comments!
N.B. These substantive posts are intended to be a source of community comment on a particular topic, which readers can browse through without having to sift out a lot of unrelated comments. And so, although of course we highly value all comments by our readers, we’re going to ask you to please keep your comments on topic; threadjacks will be deleted at our sole discretion and convenience. Thank you for your understanding!