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I do not know if it’s my age or my body type, but I do NOT like low waisted pants, and I do NOT like capris. That has made shopping for summer shorts very difficult in the past few years.
I am a combination body type. The top half of me is like a Hunter - sinewy, boney, and lean. The bottom half of me is more like a Gatherer - I carry weight in my legs and thighs. Capris make me my legs look terrible. Low cut pants focus attention away from my best physical asset, which is my tiny waist.
Fashion designers do not care about my preferences. Capris and low riding pants have been the style for several years. I know I am not alone. Friends my age complain all the time about low waisted pants and shorts. Rather than buying clothes that make me look bad, I have continued to wear my old clothes. Some of my favorite shorts have been around for five to six years. They are beginning to show their age.
I cannot tell you how many stores I have visited looking for shorts. This year I have been on a campaign. Everywhere I have gone, JC Penney, Academy, Bealls, Old Navy, Izod, Van Heusen, Macys, I have told the department manager, “My friends and I do not like these low riding pants! If you will stock clothes with real waists, we will shop!” Sometimes they say, “We just get what the buyers send us.” Sometimes their eyes glaze over.
Kohls sent me a $10 gift card in the mail. This afternoon I drove to the nearest Kohls and surprise, surprise. I found shorts with waists where they are supposed to be. OK, they are a little lower than my ideal, but they are flattering. If you have a body style like mine, look for Croft & Barrow Classic Fit.
To the other stores - I told you that if I ever found clothes that fit, I was ready to shop. I bought six pairs…and tops to match.
My teenaged daughters like their skirts much lower than I wear mine. It's a generational thing. Most women my age prefer the higher waists.
We also do quite a bit of sewing. I make my clothes to fit where I want my waistband, and they make their clothes designed to be worn lower.
As a side, I have small feet and prefer retro style sneakers, but I have to order them special. Anything that has a seam across the toe is uncomfortable and more modern styles make my small feet look to clunky.
I have found most of the pants from a company called Christopher & Banks do not have the nasty low-rise - as long as they're not what this company calls "Modern Fit Jeans".
If they're not in your area, they do offer some of their things online here:
I am not in anyway affiliated with that company. Good luck!
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