All Season long, I have been looking for the perfect plaid button-down. I can't even express to you how desperately I wanted one. With it being Fall, there is plaid everywhere so it should have been pretty easy to find something that worked for me right?
Except there was one little problem...
I think that every woman probably has trouble with this as some point. For me, button downs are the worse! I love them, but they hate me. The problem is that I have a short torso and my chest is a bit large for my frame. With any other shirt, it's not a problem, but with button-downs, I can never seem to find one that fits.
Case in point!
Picture #1 is me in my regular size and the middle button looks as if it may go flying across the room at any moment. That big gaping hole between the buttons is not good. So in Picture #2: I went up a size. The shirt is baggier now, but it mostly fits well, except that it's still pulling along the buttons. It wasn't comfortable. Let's try this again! Picture #3: I go up TWO sizes. Finally, the shirt no longer pulls in the chest area, BUT it's huge everywhere else! It's much too long now, especially in the sleeves. And there is extra fabric everywhere. Nothing was going right. I felt like Goldilocks in that dressing room..."this shirt is too tight" and "this shirt is too loose"
Nothing was just right
My only saving grace is that I'm a shortie (only 5'2''), which meant I could go with petite sizing. I still went up two full sizes to accommodate my chest area, but petite sizes tend to be shorter in length (both in the hem and the sleeves), plus they fit a lot leaner around the torso and arms. That turned this not so perfect plaid into the perfect plaid, which is great because I love this print.
After trying 20 different shirts at 12 different stores, I finally found my perfect plaid button-down!