This video is not just about me me me. I know. Don’t be too disappointed.
It has come to my attention that not all women are 5’3″ with a 32 C bra size. I know. I was stumped too. Some of you are taller. Or shorter. Wear bigger sizes. Or smaller ones. Have different bustlines, and torso lengths, and all the things.
And maybe, just maybe, you’d like to see how clothes look like on you, too. Crazy concept, but it could work. And so this video concept was born.
It started with a post in the Facebook group. Which led to many raised hands, but in the end, 7 brave women came through. 8, if you count me.
Ok. We won’t count me then.
They range in size from just under 5’3″ (moi) to 5’9″, XS (moi again) to XL (14-16). And they each agreed to step out of their comfort zones and try on 5 trendy summer favorites for you from Old Navy.
Allow me to introduce my panel of models.
And now on to the clothes…! Each of us tried 5 different trendy items from Old Navy‘s summer lineup. They include a top, a pair of shorts, and 3 dresses. Let’s look at each of these items one by one. All of these items can be found in this catalog.
Flutter Sleeve Top
This top is pretty and summery, and checks a lot of the warm weather trend boxes. Here’s what the women had to say:
Lois: A little tight in chest; shows a little bra in the back. Not my style. Too hippie and not tailored enough for me.
Sara: Snug in the bust area. Lightweight fabric. Not too sheer.
Sarah: I tried medium to 2X. Nothing fit appropriately, so I did not purchase this item or take photos in it. I do not believe it is designed for women with full busts.
Janet: Loved this top, just not how it fit me…. the seams for the waist landed about 3/4 of the way down by bust instead of under my bust and the bodice was too snug to accommodate my bust.
Verdict: Lovely fabric and details, but not a fit for anyone with a full bust.
Puff-Sleeve Tie-Back Cut-Out Mini Swing Dress
This cotton voile dress is summery and easy to wear, and a key trend for this year.
Janet: This dress had enough room to accommodate my bust. The sleeves were loose and not binding. The waist actually landed at my waist. I thought the back was more flattering than the fit of the midi dress…
Sarah: I tried a medium, too. Both looked good but the medium was too snug on my arms for my comfort, and there was not enough bust room. This is a very beautiful dress, and I love the material.
Sara: Fits well. Lightweight but not too sheer.
Pamela: Feels a bit short, will wear shorts underneath.
Lois: The only thing I would change is the back. I don’t do backless. I would keep it if it weren’t for that because it flatters my curves. I even like the length.
Nada: This is my favorite of the bunch. Pretty and flattering and comfortable.
Verdict: One of the most universally popular items, and flattering on many. Order a Tall if you need to for extra length.
Fit & Flare Sleeveless Cotton-Poplin Smocked-Bodice Midi Dress
This dress had a nice stretchy smocked top and straps, a flowy skirt, and pockets!
Sara: Fit oddly in the armpit area.
Sarah: The fit of this dress is very comfortable. I like how the bottom band is loose enough not to dig in, but still firm enough to keep the back hatch closed, lol. I think the top fits very loose though. I was surprised how stretchy the smocked band and straps were. The material is quite stiff which is a really nice touch to an overall beautiful dress.
Lois: The only thing I would change is the back. I don’t like myself in backless.
Janet: The smocking allowed it to fit well over my bust, but I felt like having the waist start right under the bust was less flattering than it could have been if it was at my natural waist. I felt like the exposed portion of my back was not flattering.
Me: I did not hate this dress but I didn’t love it either. I just felt like there were more flattering options for me.
Verdict: Empire styling is less flattering on a full bust, and an hourglass shape, but works well on pear shapes. Smocking makes it very comfortable and fits a variety of sizes.
Short-Sleeve Tiered Slub-Knit Mini Swing Dress
This dress was short and floaty and oh-so-comfortable. It comes in white, black, and brown.
Sara: Very comfortable, but not so flattering on me.
Sarah: I tried medium first and the waistband went straight across the fullest part of my bust! It was a hilarious sight. In a large, there was a good fit, nice length, effortlessly bloat-busting dress. The high neckline and the tent effect deters me from ever wearing this dress again, but I seriously wish I could. How darn cute is this dress, right?!?!? And it comes in all the colors. Is there any way that a full busted SD blue can wear this dress and not look like the camping trip went too far?
Lois: Too short. I should have ordered the tall. Otherwise, love this!
Pamela: Good fit! Shorts might be a good idea!
Janet: The dress fit through the shoulders and upper torso. The seam for the first tier landed just above the bottom of my bust so it was obvious that it didn’t quite fit my shape. Though this does seem to be a current silhouette that I am seeing everywhere but because there is no waist, I felt like the dress seemed like a tent on me. I loved the pockets and it was quite comfortable, but it’s so floaty that the slightest breeze could spell disaster.
Me: I would have preferred this in black, and in my actual size (which was sold out). In the size that was available, it was a little too boxy on me.
Verdict: Tent-like if you’re full-busted. Otherwise, a comfortable flattering choice, especially with shorts underneath.
High-Waisted Textured Cotton Pull-On Shorts
These soft shorts were super comfortable and flattering on most, with a 5″ inseam.
Janet: The shorts fit well across my hips, though the waistline drooped a bit. It’s possible that could be overcome by tightening the drawstring. These were shorter than the Bermudas I tend to prefer, but I felt like they were surprisingly flattering. Having multiple deep pockets was a plus. The material was comfortable and suitable for summer in a warm wet climate like Florida.
Lois: I don’t like myself in shorts, but these are comfortable and fit my hips and but well (not too tight).
Sarah: I tried Medium but it was a tad too tight during my bloaty time, but the large was a tad too big. I washed and dried these (instructions say to line dry them) hoping they would shring down a little. I am modeling the shorts after washing and drying them. They definitely fit much better now. I really like these and kept them.
Sara: Fit well, comfortable. Fabric was not too thin or sheer.
Me: I loved the soft drapey feel of these shorts and found them very flattering and comfortable.
Jean: I love these. They are super comfortable and flattering.
Verdict: These were almost universally flattering and comfortable, and fit everyone well. They shrink a bit, so keep that in mind and size up if needed.
What did you think of this video format? Did you find a body twin? An Old Navy trend you’re dying to try? Let me know!
Nada Manley says
Thanks for your feedback Bonnie! Yes I definitely need more notes from everyone in the future. I felt like the videos showed the backs well but maybe more pics in the post next time. Thanks for the suggestion!
Nada Manley says
Ooh that’s a GREAT idea! Thank you! This was the first of this kind and I love to hear feedback. I’m so glad you liked the video!
Nada Manley says
Thank you so much Terry! Janet is beautiful! A Style Dial Red is a proportional hourglass. Her shoulders and hips are the same width and her waist is defined. 🙂 I appreciate the comment!
Bonnie Boyd says
This is a terrific, Genius even (!), idea for a post! Great job! I liked seeing the different women wearing the same items, and giving their thoughts!
I think Jean might be closest to me in build appearance. Her outfits here tended to appear as they would on me, I think. I didn’t see many comments by her though.
It would help us/me to know the rise in the shorts. I have a 14” rise to my smallest upper waist/lower rib area, …and a 13” rise to my navel. And I would have liked to see the backs on a few of the dresses discussed, since the commenters didn’t like that part on them.
Again, great job, Nada!
LOVED this! Appreciate seeing how the clothes look on different body types! Please keep doing these videos! Minor suggestion… can you put a little colored dot as a reminder of the body type on each pic next to woman’s name? This would also help me to understand the body types better. Thanks for great article!
Terry Williams says
I love this. I identify with Janet but would love to know what makes up a styledial Red? I hope you do more like this.