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Sizing: I’m 5’1″, with a 40″ bust, 31-33″ waist depending on bloating, and 41-42″ hips (give or take). I’m most often a size US 10 or 12 in clothes and a 7.5 or 8 in women’s shoes.
I’ve included items that are both in and out of stock in case you want to look for an item by name secondhand, or just check out the brands.
I also share items that are the same or similar to what I have, plus stuff I found that I like the style of on my Poshmark shares page (I don’t get any commission from Poshmark).
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Brands/stores I generally shop at (or look for secondhand)
- Aerie (shop through this link and get 20% off) – loungewear, casual wear, sports bras, bralettes, underwear
- Anthropologie – accessories, slightly dressier pieces
- Free People – dresses, casual wear, loungewear
- Madewell – denim (their curvy line!), bags, accessories
- Nordstrom – for shoes and underwire bras, mostly
- Secondhand on Poshmark or eBay – particularly coats and jackets, sweaters, but pretty much anything that isn’t underwear or socks.
- Target – denim, loungewear. I typically stick to the Universal Thread, Wild Fable, and Who What Wear lines.
Trotter’s Lizzie Derby Flat – Cognac leather, 7.5 wide. These run narrow, and you probably want to go up one category in width. These are great for adding texture and when you want a balance between the femininity of ballet flats and the masculine look of a derby or oxford shoe. Sometimes listed as Lizzie Oxford.
Dr Marten’s Leona Platform Heel Combat Boot – ladies’ 7. I found these to be much more comfortable than 1460s and did not require a break-in period, but I usually find shoes with 0.5-1″ heels more comfortable than totally flat ones. These are CHUNKY, so if you aren’t used to wearing heavy boots they’ll probably feel weird at first. Great balance of comfort and edgy style.
New Balance Classics WL574v2 – White, 8M. A chunky and super comfortable retro style sneaker.
Birkenstock Arizona (Birkibuc) – Mocha, EU38 / US7-7.5 women’s. A classic! I have average width feet and I wear these on the narrowest buckle setting, so best for average to wide feet.
The ol’ Dr Martens 1460 smooth combat boots – US Ladies’ 7. Yes, you will have to break these in.
Halogen Kali Pointy Toe Flat, 7.5 – A witchy suede flat from Nordstrom circa 2017.
Intentionally Blank “West” Leather Bootie – Cloud, 8M. These have a really fun Western Victorian vibe and works easily with jeans or dressy looks. The leather is gorgeous and soft and is more of a dress boot texture than a utilitarian boot texture.
Comfortiva “Cordia” Lace-up Boot – Caffe, 7.5M. These are comfortable on, but the leather is thin and the sole is not super supportive so make no mistake that they’re a fashion boot. The slim profile is great for adding a vintage-inspired utilitarian element to girlier outfits. If I were to buy these again I’d get them in a wide size because I can only wear these with thin socks.
Free People x Jeffrey Campbell Joe Lace-Up Over-the-Knee Boot – 8. I have these in older colorways (a taupe suede and the distressed black leather in the cover photo) but I think FP comes out with new ones each year. Runs a bit narrow – I have maybe slightly wider than average calves and I wear these at most only with thin leggings.
Converse Chuck Taylor 70 High Top Sneaker – Parchment, women’s 7.5 medium. I wouldn’t exactly call them comfort shoes, but they’re more comfortable and (supposedly) sturdier alternative to the standard Converse high tops.
MIA “Madeline” t-strap clog, 8M – Nordstrom also carries similar styles from the same brand. I find these quite comfortable to stand in, but due to the nature of the high platform, not something I’d wear if I thought I was going to need to run or climb tons of stairs. Great to add a 70s flair or height without a glam vibe to an outfit.
Free People “I’m Still Obsessed” mini dress – black and petrichor (reddish brown, in first photo), S. This is a super comfortable gauzy textured stretch cotton and has hip pockets. Not full coverage for a bra as it has deep arm holes and back keyhole closure. Great for layering or with a coordinating bralette underneath. At least over the last couple of months, it seems this goes in an out of stock in the different colors, so check back! If you want to search for a similar style of dress, I’d look for “sleeveless smock dress”. NotPerfectLinen on Etsy makes styles like this midi dress with a similar vibe and you can work with them to customize it to your measurements.
Free People “Oasis” midi dress – Springdust, S. Another great running-dramatically-through-a-field dress. It does have pockets, but the material is thin so if you put anything heavier into them it’ll affect the silhouette. The bodice tie ends in tiny jingle bells, which depending on you could either be the most charming or the most annoying thing ever. Super comfortable and I either wear this with a balconette bra with the straps just down in the sleeves, or without a bra as the ruched section is pretty thick. 🌻 There is a very similar pale blue tencel smocked dress available in sizes 14-28 from Eloquii 🌼 There is also a budget amazon dupe. From the reviews and photos, the main differences sound like the dupe runs longer, wrinkles more easily, does not have the side slit, has the skirt seam in the front, has larger scale smocking, no pockets, the skirt looks slightly less full, the lining layer does not come down as far, and there doesn’t seem to be any source on the specific fabric composition aside from ‘cotton blend’. However it runs around $32 instead of $118.
Free People “Get Obsessed” mini dress – black and burnt orange (I think the stock name was “autumn pearl”), S. This is the same as the “I’m Still Obsessed” dress but with glorious 3/4 sleeves. It has the same cut in the body although it has a tendency on me (and probably anyone with a larger bust) to ride up in front so the waist seam has a high-low look from the side. The skirt is voluminous enough that it doesn’t really seem to make the hem high-low though. Great for imagining you’re a dramatic ballet peasant frolicking through a forest. Like many FP items, it’s been in and out of stock over the last couple of months in various colors.
Free People “How About You” mini dress – Springdust, S. A glorious godet-filled dress fit for a ren faire or an overly-romanticized picnic. The placket on this is rather gape-y by design, so you’re probably not wearing this to work. I find the sleeves do stay up as long as you aren’t moving too vigorously, but the sleeves are wide set enough that this will not work with bra straps. (similarly cut “Ari” Mini Dress)
Striped Ruffle Sleeveless Dress from Universal Thread at Target, size M – Very comfortable cotton dress with sizeable pockets. A budget-friendly and more casual alternative to the Hill House Home “Ellie Nap Dress”, easy to dress up or down with different shoes and bags.
Madewell Oversized Shopper Bag – (also available in brown) A leather shoulder bag. Slouchy, no visible hardware, magnetic snap closure. Nice for dressing up a more casual look, or just in winter if a canvas bag feels too summery and I don’t want something structured. Note that one side has visible stitching from the inner pocket.
Baggu Drawstring Backpack – OS. I have an older model (linked) which is no longer available new in the full color range. You can find it in more colors on Poshmark and eBay. The newer style has slightly different dimensions but a similar look. I can fit a 15″ Macbook pro into this with room for a sweater and other stuff, but I got this during quarantine so it’s not commute-tested. I’ve had hit and miss comments on the longevity of this from other people who’ve had it for a few years, but if you can get it on sale and like the style, it’s worth a look! (I will try to post a better photo of it on me at some point.)
Madewell Transport Zip-top Crossbody in English Saddle – An easy to wear leather bag. Minimal enough to go with casual outfits, but nice enough to work with dressier ones. Mine has started to get a little flaky at the corners after ~5 years (I’ve been procrastinating on finding a conditioner for it) but has generally held up very well.
Wicker Darling Triceratops Purse – The MOST ridiculous and extravagant bag! But perfect for me because of my side business selling plush pet triceratops on Etsy 👀. A splurge item, as a smaller operation they’re on top of their production chain, and the quality and design is fabulous. At the moment, they do pre-order and limited release model, so this particular style is unavailable. But perhaps there will be more dinos in the future 🦖
Anthropologie Dreia Envelope Crossbody – A structured faux leather purse. I like that this faux leather is pebbled, so it doesn’t look plasticky. The texture is nice for a ~monochrome visual interest~ moment.
H&M Round Straw Bag – Turns any outfit into a summery ~look~. I got this a long time ago, but there is a current similar design at Target.
Cromwell Home Native Plants of Hawaii Tote Bag (via Madewell) – a relatively structured canvas tote bag with a block print botanical design. Sold out on Madewell but it looks like there are similar bags on the Cromwell Home website.
Betsey Johnson “Daisy’d and Confused” crossbody bag – an older design I got from Poshmark. Super cute for spring and summer! The strap is detachable if you want to replace it with a leather strap, and it comfortably fits a modern smartphone.
Baggu Strawberrry Bag – foldable nylon tote bag. I have this in the regular and the baby baggu sizes cause it’s so stinking cute! Good quality, I’ve been using it to carry packages to the post office and it seems to take that pretty well.
Columbia Popo Pack, OS – I’m a few years late to the game but I LOVE having a belt bag / bum bag / fanny pack / hip bag. I use it pretty much whenever I’m going out on a walk. I love that this one is nylon, and has enough pockets for organization but not so many you’ll lose things in the pockets! I would not recommend this for smaller folks if you want to wear it was a belt bag rather than a sling bag across the chest, as I have to wear it on the smallest belt setting as a belt bag.
“Joanna” straw hat – honey/black, medium. A classic summer hat!
Pixiebell (Etsy) knit witchy beanie – a chunky knit beanie for a more wearable witchy option than a full on pointy wide brim felt hat.
Embroidered Monarch Butterfly Baseball Hat – OS. I’ve linked to the Bryce Canyon National Park online gift shop, but you can find this in more colors on Etsy (I assume everyone is using the same free/cheap machine embroidery pattern). I got the OG burnt orange one from a local garden supply store.
Anthropologie braided headband – Most of my headbands are from Anthro. They’re on the pricier side, but I’ve found the quality pretty consistent e.g. the actual band is covered with a matching fabric.
Free People Bow Scrunchie – I have a couple of these in various sizes, mostly in velvet. The giant ones like pictured are specifically “velvet bow droopy scrunchie” in case that one comes back.
Solmate Adult Crew Socks – OS, I have these in a couple of colors. These recycled fiber cotton blend socks are great house socks or to add a little color to the bottom part of an outfit.
World Market Natural Embroidered Apron With Lace Trim – OS. This one’s not exactly an outfit item, but it’ll make any outfit more ~storybook~ when you’re cooking or doing dishes! It’s a bit longer than I’d like on me, but hey, more coverage.
Alice + UO “Cloclo” Cape, M – Fabulous double-breasted twill cape jacket from an old Urban Outfitters collab, got mine on Poshmark. I think I could have done a L too.
Uniqlo U Fleece Blouson, S – a cropped teddy fleece bomber jacket with an oversized collar. The fleece is really nice quality on this, and I love how the collar balances out the round silhouette. I got mine on eBay.
Free People Dolman Quilted Jacket – Cherry cola, S. Perfect for that idgaf-I’m-comfortable energy. This is a bulky oversized cut which is perfect for layering. I mostly wear this over athleisure looks that don’t make it to the blog and really enjoy how pink and poofy it is. I tried on two of these and in both the zipper curves inward at the top and kinda pokes your neck, so depending on how sensitive you are there you may only want to wear this with higher necked tops. The finishing on the inside is slightly sloppier than I would hope for the price as they didn’t clean up the extra batting after cutting around the pockets. But overall I’m happy with it and would consider repurchasing whenever it wears out.
Sweaters & Layering
Free People Moon River Cardigan (google shopping search)– cream and orange, S. The sleeves on these are not petite friendly, but the cropped length is. It has a neat inside-out cable-knit design. I’ve found the buttons on these are sewn-in poorly but the actual fabric uses a variegated yarn for more depth of texture and is super comfortable on.
Urban Outfitters “Parker” Cardigan, S – a lightweight chunky knit sweater with front patch pockets. I like this as a not too warm and not too clingy layer. Very boxy, the sleeve starts around the elbow. I don’t think UO makes this anymore, but can find these on Poshmark, Mercari, etc.
Zara Jewel-button Cardigan, S – I got this from Poshmark. A cropped sort of mutton-sleeve cable knit cardigan in a fluffy synthetic yarn. It does seem to get fuzzy easily but the botanical cable-knit design is beautiful.
Sleeping on Snow (Anthropologie) embroidered cropped cardigan, L – A bit delicate but the embroidery and pointelle detailing is so pretty. I got this from Poshmark, not sure what the original product name is.
Madewell Emmy Plaid Flannel (google shopping tab search) – S. The world’s happiest plaid! More of a fashion flannel quality than say, LL Bean grade flannel, but definitely Not Flimsy. Plus, it has pockets. There’s also a scarf in the same print (though different fabric content).
Handmade patchwork cardigan – I got this on Poshmark, but from some research it seems like this was from a pattern, as I’ve seen other ones but with different buttons, or their own ‘handmade by ___’ tags on resale. Possibly my favorite item in my whole wardrobe.
Patagonia Synchilla Snap T fleece, M – I got mine on eBay, which I’d generally recommend for anything Patagonia as there are usually lots of options for less than list price, and this stuff holds up super well.
Topshop Cable Knit Longline Cardigan Sweater, US2 – I think this was a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale item a couple of years back, but I got mine from Poshmark. Extremely oversized fit, note that I am wearing a size 2. It’s on the open-knit side of cabling rather than dense and toasty especially on the back, but I would describe it as medium weight.
Vila Petite Long Sleeve Collar Detail Blouse – EU40. The sleeve length on this one is petite-friendly and I like how the collar has a slight V for negative space so it doesn’t feel like it’s eating me. A nice breathable cotton nylon blend, a bit short to stay tuck into pants unless they’re super high waisted. To learn more about what terms to search for when looking for statement collar tops, see my post Inspiration + Style Notes: Statement collars.
Abercrombie & Fitch linen-blend wide-strap cami and pull-on shorts in medium, mini fruit print – cute matching set for a romper look, without needing to completely disrobe to pee. Both pieces have a viscose lining, and this has enough support that I find I don’t need to wear a bra with it. The straps are adjustable but I wear them on the shortest setting and still wish it was about half an inch shorter, so YMMV if you have a particularly short torso. I love the fruit print for something a bit different from florals that still gives that same vibe.
Abercrombie Slim V-neck Cardigan in Orange Spice, L – This is a rib-knit cardigan, but since it’s on the thin side I usually prefer to wear it buttoned as a top with a v-neck bralette. It’s 72% Viscose 28% Nylon so very nice feel on. Can’t vouch for longevity on this but it is a pretty lightweight knit to begin with and it has immediately become slightly fuzzy all over on the first day of wear, though no actual pills. Sleeves are a tad long on me but not so much I feel like folding them is necessary. Slightly longer than crop length.
Topshop Butterfly Crop Graphic Tee (via Nordstrom), US10 – these are actually moths, but that’s the product name. This is very cropped. If I raise my arms it basically becomes bra length. But great for super high rise bottoms.
Samantha Pleet “Illuminated” print bodysuit, M – This print goes with everything! Comfy stretch cotton that has held up on machine wash cold line dry. The mock neck and 3/4 sleeves (vs turtleneck and full sleeves) are petite friendly. Def a splurge item.
Free People Tasha Thermal (google shopping tab search link) – M, I have this in various colors. This is old season Free People, although the nice thing about FP is it shows up a lot in resale. Aside from “tasha” also search “gigot sleeve” / “waffle knit”. The sleeves are honestly a bit long on me, but this waffle knit top is otherwise super easy to wear option for the puff sleeve trend. I most often wear these with jeans and the derby flats below.
Hannah-Michelle Bayley spaghetti frog t-shirt, S – A tubby chef frog illustrated with “I’m staying home and eating spaghetti for the foreseeable future” in a chunky 70s font.
Out of Print “Frog and Toad are Friends” unisex ringer t-shirt, M – I have honestly never purchased anything from a targeted ad so quickly as this. A softer tee style than I normally go for, but I like the ringer tee contrast edges. The print is good and not pixelated, but I wish they offered this in a more sturdy fabric.
Aerie “Werk & Play” Denim Shortalls, L in mauve – A comfy pair of short overalls! The mauve color is unique and there’s also a little bit of subtle floral embroidery on the back pockets. These are a soft denim so they’re really comfortable, but I wouldn’t expect these to reach handmedown status because of the thinner fabric. Great for transitional outfits from summer to fall!
BDG Urban Outfitters “Drew” poplin trousers – these have an elastic waist in the back half, so they’re really comfortable! This is out of stock, but Big Bud Press sells a similar style in a ton of colors and sizing.
Madewell Petite Curvy Perfect Vintage Jean – Fitzgerald wash, 28. These fit great… pre quarantine weight gain. If you’re short, about a size 8 in pants, and have a ~10″ waist hip difference, check these out. Extended review here.
Vintage High-waisted Pleated Denim Shorts (google shopping search filtered to used) – mine are true vintage Gitano brand. These will make your hips look wider for sure, but wow they are so much more comfortable than those skintight styles from the 00s. And with all the extra space it’s easier to tuck in oversized tees. You can find pleated styles new as well if you’re looking for a more returns-friendly option, but from what I’ve seen true vintage denim is really something else when it comes to sturdiness. Vintage sizing is often a couple numbers off from modern sizing, always check measurements!
Universal Thread High-rise Shorts, L – Loose and comfy, with an elastic waist and belt loops for flexible fit. Doesn’t seem super high quality, but fine for the price. It doesn’t stay cuffed on the back, need to add a stitch or fashion tape to hold it up.
Women’s High-Rise Vintage Straight Cropped Jeans Universal Thread – medium denim blue, 12 short. Early impression (haven’t worn em for a full day and washed yet) is that these are a solid option if you want to try out a wide leg style especially if you have fuller hips/thighs. These are closer to full length jeans on me, so I might hem them 1″ or 2″ though the full length style is growing on me. These were comfortable and surprisingly sturdy feeling for the price ($29.99) although as expected not as nice as more premium jeans I’ve tried on, and the dye/wash had some splotches around thicker parts like around the button hole. The 12 short has a waist 16.5″ across with slight stretch and is still comfortable with a thick sweater tucked in like pictured for me. The fabric is a reasonable weight for the cut and doesn’t come off as flappy like it can if the denim is too heavy or thin.
Women’s Mid-Rise Straight Acid Wash Jeans Who What Wear (out of stock)– black, size 12.
Inseam is true to description at 26.5″ and the front rise is 13″, and the tag said “high rise” so I think the website misnamed it as mid-rise.
The fabric is quite thin and would be nice for warmer weather. Not a pair I’d expect to last a long time if they’re going to be a workhorse item in your closet. But for a $30 pair of jeans I’m not mad, and I don’t expect to wear these more than once a week and I do like the resulting softer drape from the thinner fabric.
Free People Shorty Pull-on Shorts, L in Cool Moss – A pleated front and dolphin hem adds some interest and a 70s flair to a basic high-waisted relaxed fit short. Front and back pockets. Would not recommend in the black colorway. I tried this in L in both green and black, but the black one was too small, and the fabric was SO wrinkly and weird.
Abercrombie Linen-blend Pull-on Shorts in Paprika Orange, M – Stretchy waist with generous pockets, and easy to dress up or down. Linen is on the soft and thin side, but these are lined.
Loungewear, Underwear, & Activewear
Gap Vintage Soft Classic Joggers – Olive Green, S. I got these in a regular length and they’re a proper full length on me. These didn’t like, blow me away with their quality (slightly on the thin side, some pilling around the crotch after only a few wears) but they are solid for the price, and I’m happy with the fit and color.
Jockey Generation Women’s Slip Short, M – No more thigh chafe! I like that these are 90% nylon, 7% Spandex, 3% Cotton. These are slightly sheer, it’s closer to wearing shorts length tights than bike shorts.
Aerie OFFLINE Seamless Sports Bra, M – I have two of these and if they ever restock the mediums I’ll probably buy another. My favorite sports bra, comfortable and support for light and medium exercise (wouldn’t recommend for running/jump rope) and I like that it’s longline and high neck so I also wear it as a top.
Aerie Sunnie Lace Bralette, M – I have this in a few colors and is my go-to bra. Just the right blend of comfort, cuteness, and coverage (there are removable pads). I’m pushing the upper end of 32DD and I’d say that’s the largest size I’d recommend for the medium.
Free People Moondust Cardi, S in Sea Glass – Faeriecore loungewear at its finest! A super fun and comfortable zip hoodie with a fluttery handkerchief hem finish. I haven’t actually washed mine yet so I can’t speak to how well it holds up in the wash.
Target Universal Thread High-rise Lounge Pants, L – 77% cotton 23% linen lightweight pants with a drawstring and side pockets with a luxe floral print. Not my main style, but I liked the print and it matches my living room decor 😛 These fit my hips comfortably but I have to cinch quite a bit at the waist, which does make it puff out slightly at the hips, but I don’t mind. Comes right to the top of my feet uncuffed, and the print folds under enough you can cuff it once and still have a clean look.