Most of my clients enjoy wearing T-shirts either very casually as a stand-alone top, or as a layering item under a jacket. Clients also seem to have had enough of the slouchy T-shirt that needs a semi-tuck to create some structure. They want structure to prevent what they perceive as a sloppy appearance, but aren’t looking for a form-fitting style that clings and accentuates muffin top.
These three T-shirt styles are just what most of my clients were looking for, and they are thrilled to have found them. Shaped, sleeved, a step up from basic, machine washable, comfortable, versatile, and above all flattering because they’re fitted, but not overly so. You can wear all the tees untucked over bottoms. All styles are available in petite and regular sizes. In two of the cases, an XL will fit a size US16. Well deserving of the rave online reviews.
Bateau Neck Top
The Halogen Bateau Neck Top is the best shaped T-shirt I’ve seen all year. Slimming but not clingy. Excellent on a curvy pear or hourglass body type, but working as well for straighter figures. It camouflages moderate muffin top. Perfect on a long neck and small or regular bust, but works surprisingly well for a larger bust despite the high neck. Good on tall gals too. The curved hem adds fab structure to the hip area. The fabric is silky, substantial and luxurious.
Twist Hem Sweatshirt
The Bobeau Twist Hem Sweatshirt is a tee and not a sweatshirt, so ignore the description. The twist hem detailing is like a built-in semi-tuck that stays put and adds structural interest to your outfit. The diagonal line of the hem has a slimming effect on curvy hips, YET adds volume to a narrower hip. It’s magical! Excellent for camouflaging muffin top. Fab on a larger bust and shorter neck, but works on a long neck and small bust too. Runs a size big, especially when you have a small bust.
Twist Front Cozy Fleece Pullover
The Gibson Twist Front Cozy Fleece Pullover is a tee and not a pullover. It’s made of a thicker fabric that feels cosy and insulating. Like most twist front silhouettes, the diagonal line is magically structural and streamlines the body. Excellent at camouflaging muffin top, and runs smaller than the Bobeau style. The high neckline makes it work a little better on a long neck. It’s on back order because the supply cannot keep up with the demand, and for good reason.
All three silhouettes look great worn over bootcuts, bell-bottoms, cropped straight and flared jeans and trousers, and narrower culottes (cropped wide pants). I’ve also seen the twist front style work with pencil and flared skirts.
If you’re not a T-shirt gal like me, these tops are fab for loungewear or very casual days at home. In fact, I’m thinking of replenishing my Spring and Summer loungewear with some of these tees because they’re more flattering than the slouchy knitted tops that I usually lounge in.
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