A Fitting Conversation About Fit – Part II

Carissa Rose Pintuck Blouse in Indigo
Black Pencil Skirt: Dillards
Pearl Necklace: Kohls
Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft
Pearl Bracelet: Premiere Jewelry

It’s exciting to find designers who actually understand the challenges of a full figured woman and want us to look our best. Carissa Rose out of Dallas is one of those designers. Take a look at the ad from yesterday’s JCPenney’s circular! Typically these are the types of options retailers offer a curvy woman over 50. This is a crime!

So wrong on so many levels!!

Now, look at the blouse I am wearing with my pencil skirt! The structure and fit is incredible!! After I opened the box and looked the blouse over, my first thought was that all of the hook & eye closures would not be worth the time….believe me, they are worth the time! I can remember the day that one of my students thought I had missed buttoning my shirt because it was gaping open…I hadn’t missed a button! After that if I wore that blouse, I had to cover the button area with a scarf. Does this sound familiar to anyone out there?

If it does, then you need to check out the Carissa Rose line. It is worth it to pay for these beautiful, quality pieces rather than waste tons of money looking for the same effect….you’ve got it right here.

The dress structure is just perfect!

Carissa Brown started sewing with her mother, Helene Rose, at age eleven and eventually would begin this company as a tribute to her. Helene struggled with the same issues that many of us do….but, Viola; her daughter has solved some of these problems with perfectly designed clothing.

Carissa Brown, designer!

I have done a thorough job at bashing the retailers who are offering junk to women my age; therefore, I thought it was about time to send kudos the way of someone doing a great job. Here is the link to the blouse I am wearing…I highly recommend it…if you want your body to look fierce!  Portia Pintuck Blouse

An excellent professional look…I love the fact that
it does not wrinkle, bunch up, or gap open!
No wardrobe disasters here!


  1. Oh Pam! You look sooooo pretty!! LOVED you in the Cuffington Post! I'm with you on the styles that some of these stores are coming out with. Women of a certain age want to highlight themselves and express themselves with their wardrobe…that ad from JC Penny was just HORRENDOUS! is that what they really think of us? Well, girly, let's not go quietly into that good night!!! LOL Hugs! ~Serene

  2. I'm glad I didn't look at the Penny's ad, since our store closed why bother? You'd think that with our society aging that desingers would pay attention and cater to us. I am so glad that the shapeless, 'sack' dresses are out. Unfortunaley in small, midwestern towns there often isn't much available. Many of us work at jobs where jeans & t-shirt are appropriate. But I still like to look sylish in jeans and may even 'dress up' for a special event.

  3. Well…I wouldn't buy the Penny's outfit for myself, but I'm guilty of having bought something like that for MIL when she was in Assisted Living.

    The gray looked good with her hair, which was also gray. The elastic waists were easy for the aides to help her with when dressing or attending to her personal hygiene. It was chilly in the air conditioned building so the overblouse kept her comfy.

    The outfit was washable and held up pretty well in the industrial laundry they used to torture clothes. Believe it or not, if you wanted a matched set you needed to get over there before they started advertising it because the pants that went with the shirts… would be all sold out!

    If you aren't confined to a wheelchair it's probably not a good look!

  4. I love the idea of hook-eye closures for a blouse – genius!!! I always have to buy a size up and tailor so that I don't get the dreaded gap!

  5. shame on jc penney…and major kudos to carissa and her mother! i love the scarf you are wearing…a very flattering and fabulous professional look.

    and, i'd love to rock the feathers-in-hair…but not sure i'd be able to pull it off either!!


  6. You look great and by the by, Penny's is offering free shipping on all shoe purchases ( no limit!), thus i now have another pair 😉
    I like Penny's clothes, they are great quality and I really like the new line "American-something", but it is a bit pricey so I buy those when they are on deep clx!

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