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    Default Need help finding curvy dress pants!

    A family member just told me that her long-time go-to pants for work have been discontinued ☹️ Iím hoping the short, curvy BBB'ers can help me some retain my title as "she who knows where to shop"!

    She wears a 22WP, curvy fit (preferably tummy control, but curvy fit is crucial). Her professional outfits usually include plain black pants, jacket, shell, flat shoes. But now, pants are the problem!

    For years, she could buy Macy's JM Collection basic curvy fit tummy control pants and know they would fit well. She has also had occasional success at Talbots etc but their curvy fit styles were harder to find. Nordstrom hasnít had much in that combo of size, P/short length and curvy fit. Moderate price, washable are pluses.

    So, any ideas? Until she finds a style that fits, she wants to try things on in person instead of ordering online. She lives in New England (where she is convinced there are fewer curvier women than here in NC, but shopping trips here arenít always practical!). Thanks!!




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    Talbots is my go to for curvy pants. You can't find them in the shop all the time--I just order 2 sizes, try them on and return what doesn't work. I have also decided that I may just have to find pants that fit in the hips but not the waist (waist is too big) and that I will get them altered. Also--she should try eBay or Amazon to see if she can find any of her pants there. I loved a certain style of Patagonia skirt that they stopped making and I was able to find more on those websites.
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    Loft offers curvy fit pants (their ďJulieĒ cut) up to size 18 and in petite. However, they have a plus section that goes up to size 24 although those donít appear available in petite. Iím a big fan of Loft pants for quality (some of their sweaters get pilly quickly though). Different style are just naturally curvy with a smaller waist and wider in the hips so your friend should stop by a Loft store to try some on. Iíve always had better luck with pants that have some pleats at the waist and taper to the ankle. They seem to give my ample butt and hips a little more room. If your friend can find a sales rep familiar with the different cuts of pants, that could make her search more fruitful. Good luck!

    eta: I also have good luck usually at Talbots but I generally shop online there.
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    I would recommend Limited or Loft.
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    Sadly The Limited is out if business.

    Have her try Talbots. I am not petite 5í6Ē, but sadly their pants donít work for me, but I know others especially petites who swear by them. I am a 14-16 depending on the brand and have had good luck with Kut from the Kloth, Vince Camuto, and Ann Taylor (just ordered a bunch more to try as my old pairs were 5+ years old).


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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieW625 View Post
    Sadly The Limited is out if business.
    They have an online-only presence through a store called Belk. Belk is a department store I've only seen mentioned on this board, I don't know where it's located or anything about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinFoxes View Post
    They have an online-only presence through a store called Belk. Belk is a department store I've only seen mentioned on this board, I don't know where it's located or anything about them.
    Ooh I didnít know that. I believe Belk is in the Carolinas and maybe Georgia and Florida I see it when there are SEC and ACC football games on as a sponsor of football.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinFoxes View Post
    They have an online-only presence through a store called Belk. Belk is a department store I've only seen mentioned on this board, I don't know where it's located or anything about them.
    Belk is a southern department store chain that is over 100 years old, with ó if Wikipedia can be believed ó 300 stores in 16 states. For years, it was THE place to shop in southern towns and small cities, a good solid mid-range store with good brands but definitely not "fashion forward." Theyíve been trying to up their game, and their new motto is "modern. southern. style" (Yeah, thatíll bring new business in droves...) Their website is OK but not exciting.

    Iíve actually bought lots of basics at Belk over the years ó sometimes boring but good quality and decent prices are all you need!


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    I often am looking for an item online and Belk comes up, but their shipping charges are high and no free returns.

    I thought the Limited had their own online store, and only online. The offerings for their reboot are not nearly as good as when it was an actual store. Reviews of their pants say they aren't the same fit or quality.

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