After confessing to you last week that I’m going through a frumpy phase, I’ve become more obsessed with boots than boobs in my attempt to remedy my shoe situation. I’ve wasted hours looking for the perfect pair (scroll to the end of today’s post to see my favorites) because I’m caught up in the myth that a single item of clothing is the answer to all my problems. Fortunately, reader comments to last week’s post have broadened my perspective, and I want to try pendants, patterned tights, stacked bracelets and grouped brooches–just as soon as I have the right shoes.
High quality boots, like winter coats, are a big ticket item for me. They should last for years, which makes spending $300-$500 on them justified. However, preparing to spend that much money on a single item also makes me giddy–like I’ve just stepped into a department store with a gift card and can choose to get something I need or something I love. If I didn’t have to be so practical and could purchase anything I wanted from big bust friendly stores this season, here are the top two items I would choose.
Perfectionist Dress in Stretch Silk Satin from Saint Bustier
I love the lines, the draping, the sheen and the seams of this dress that fits up to a G cup. If I worked in an office during the day and had holiday parties ahead of me in the evenings, I could completely justify spending $275 on it. Lately Saint Bustier has seemed overrun with form-fitting Miranda, Nigella and Paloma dresses and a large contingent of knot-ties and wraps. However, there are a few original options sprinkled in the mix that make it worth visiting again. Do you have any favorites from their current offerings? If so, I’d love for you to share links to them in the comments.
Quilted Leather Jacket from Pepperberry
Based on the early positive reviews by three customers who wear super curvy, I have a feeling this is a jacket that I’m really going to regret not finding the funds for. Three years ago, Tina wrote about the challenges of finding a bust-friendly leather jacket, especially in a timeless style with a little edge from Pepperberry (I’m sorry that most of the photos in the linked post have been deleted, but Tina’s Pepperberry example at the bottom remains). If this year’s jacket zips over the boobs without flattening the quilting at the bust line, then it’s as good as a new pair of boots.
Speaking of boots, here are the two pairs I’ve fallen in love with.
John Fluevog Sherry Boots
Ultimately, I decided I need something a little less memorable since I’ll be wearing the same pair over and over again. But even hidden beneath pants, these boots looked amazing.
Zarah Boots from Apia and AutoGrafNewYork
This pair has the “classic with a twist” look that I’m looking for, and the size 39 that I found at Eneslow were the last available pair in that size in the United States. Not only are these handcrafted Italian boots amazing, but so is the story of the designer behind them.
I was so disappointed to discover that I need a slightly wider toe box than these offer!
Have you looked at Frye? I heard they have wider(ish) toeboxes. Actually you might want see what Barking Dogs has recommended on the blog for boots https://www.barkingdogshoes.com/roomy-toe-box
(these days the only expensive boots I’m buying are for the barn since I wear sneakers at work, which is a shame because I know the boots I just bought aren’t going to see three show seasons most likely.)
Those boots are beautiful, and I LOVE that Pepperberry jacket!!! I am so wary of ordering jackets and coats online though, as I have very long arms (wingspan is greater than my height!) so, sleeves are often too short on me. I can deal with this for long sleeved tops and inexpensive coats/jackets….but if it’s an investment piece I don’t want to risk cold wrists! 😉
I was just going to suggest Frye! They are such good quality. Amazon even sells lots of them at a discount, and ALL their Frye boots were included in the past two years’ Black Friday sales. I now own three pairs (two from Amazon and one I bought gently used). All the styles have different calf circumferences, so pay attention that part for sure.
FYI, that Pepperberry jacket just went on sale for 30% off! Looks like all sizes are still available and I’m REALLY contemplating getting this one!