Which size sequined tank to keep?

I've been on the hunt for just the right sequined tank for a couple years now, and finally found one that I really like: cream with white semi-matte sequins (yummy white on white!). However, I just can't decide on which size to keep! Both sizes seem like they would work in my wardrobe ><

I promise that both of these are roomy. The smaller size has some semblance of shape (I'm IT/Hourglass) and feels roomier than it looks here. The larger size is waist (and a little bust) surrendering and while I am feeling a bit swamped in it, perhaps it would be more on-trend to have this top be more clearly oversized? I do wish the size difference showed as pronounced on camera as it looks in person. Sorry for the I-just-woke-up hair and face, they are accurate for when the photos were taken ;)

#1, 2 - Smaller size.
#3, 4 - Larger size.
#5 - Gaping armhole in both sizes (smaller left, larger right), but more pronounced in larger size. I am guessing I'd have to have the shoulder taken up to fix this? I've never had this issue before!

Shown with very basic styling. Which size looks best to you gals? Thanks for the input!

EDIT: Had to add what I mentioned in my reply to AJ below regarding movement: they actually both feel good. The smaller size feels "comfortably loose" and the bigger size feels "breezy", if that makes sense.

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  • Zapotee replied 6 years ago

    Smaller size. I think it fits you better.

  • Spiffy replied 6 years ago

    Smaller size. The drape at the waist is better and more intentional looking in the smaller.

  • Jjsloane replied 6 years ago

    Definitely the smaller size. I have one in a larger size, but it's a scoop neck and I wear a button down under it. If you plan to wear alone go with smaller and leave roomy for the bottoms.

  • kellygirl replied 6 years ago

    Smaller size, for sure. There looks like there is too much gapping in the armhole in the larger size. Love the way you styled it. I wish I looked that good when I woke up in the am! DH is not that lucky :)

  • AJ replied 6 years ago

    I vote smaller. Cute wake-y face!

    What brand and style of jeans are you wearing?

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Interesting! This is the first time the smaller size of something I post has gotten so many votes up front. That larger size must really be big! Would love more input if it's out there :)

    Kelly, well at least I managed a meager smile for you gals, poor hubby has to deal with Very Grouchy Aida every morning (I'm not even a little bit of a morning person!).

    AJ, the jeans are selvage GAP relaxed straight leg jeans, 100% cotton and zero stretch. Not "proper" BF jeans, but that is what I bought them for.

  • Sona replied 6 years ago

    smaller for sure.

  • AJ replied 6 years ago

    I don't think the larger size is really big. Just the gaping at the arm hole is more noticeable. Pick what feels better movement wise.

    I always size to fit the accordian action of my mommy tummy!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    AJ, good point. They both have that gape, so either way I need to get the shoulder altered to take it up. It just gapes more on the bigger one :) Movement-wise, they actually both feel good. The smaller size feels "comfortably loose" and the bigger size feels "breezy", if that makes sense.

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    I think the smaller looks good and still has some drape. I think it is harder to try to.go too roomy in a tank, compared to what you can do with sleeves.

  • DonnaF replied 6 years ago

    Also, how is the Sit Down Test at the hips and the view with the Lean/Bend Over Test? I'm assuming the smaller one is still the winner.

  • sarah replied 6 years ago

    I like the smaller size on you. Cute top!

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  • Charmian replied 6 years ago

    If you wanted a "trendier" look, you could always pair this tank with trendier pieces (those BF jeans, for example). Since you've waited this long for the perfect sequined tank, I see no problem with going for a more classic fit so that you can wear it more often!

    ( and yes, my vote is for the smaller one :) )

  • Echo replied 6 years ago

    I think the smaller size definitely looks better. It provides some shape while still maintaining a comfortable amount of room. And I don't see the gaping at the arm as being an issue in the smaller size, TBH. I love the top, though, and it looks great on you!

  • Adelfa replied 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness, smaller! Plenty of ease and drape! And thanks to AJ, because I was going to ask what those jeans were too--and thanks to you, I'm going right over to check on them!

  • Sarah A replied 6 years ago

    I think the smaller size. Trying to change the armhole too much on the larger sounds like a recipe for trouble and why... when the smaller size is so fab already? It is a much smaller alteration and thus more likely to be invisible upon completion.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Yep - I agree with the smaller too - and that gap is easily fixed by taking up in the shoulder seam (shortening the straps) a big.

  • Debora replied 6 years ago

    Definitely the smaller size! I feel that if this stretches at all, the larger size would be too big.

  • Adelfa replied 6 years ago

    Aida, are your jeans women's? I can only find men's! Thanks!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Love this kind of understated sequin! Guess you're sorted on the size!

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    Smaller sized tank looks better to me, and I love those jeans on you. To remedy the gaping, try pinching the underarm seam and the shoulder seam, to see which alteration gives the effect you want.

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    They look so similar to me, but I would go with the one with the better armhole fit. I don't think you need to alter the smaller size. It looks fine to me and you can't see any bra action.

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    I think it is down to how relaxed or slouchy you want the top to fit. I'm inclined towards the small though.

  • La Belle Demimondaine replied 6 years ago

    My vote is for the smaller size. It still looks relaxed, but it fits you beautifully and shows off your slim figure :)

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    Smaller size - and maybe get 2 if you really love it!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Smaller size is gorgeous! What BF jeans are those? Killer wash!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    I can barely see the difference on the photos so either way is fine in my book. You look fab in this style of tank!

  • Kalli replied 6 years ago

    Both sizes do look fab. However if you did take up the shoulder, I'd opt for the larger size.

  • Tina.b replied 6 years ago

    The tank looks amazing on you! I vote small too.

  • cinnamon fern replied 6 years ago

    I agree with everyone else! Where's the tank from?

  • harmonica replied 6 years ago

    I'd say smaller, but the difference is really small, so maybe both - one breezy and one comfortably loose ;-)

  • bj1111 replied 6 years ago

    no difference so go with what is comfy.

    a most important question...where did you fet those amazing jeans and do you think a pear would do well with them?

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    I pick the smaller tank and love the outfit with the bfs and black jacket! Gorgeous!

  • annaj replied 6 years ago

    I can't see a lot of difference, but given that you plan to alter it anyway due to the armhole gape, I'm going to go against the flow and get the bigger size. I think it gives you more options given that current fashion tends towards a loose fit. You can do a semi-tuck with a looser fit, that won't work as well with a tight fit.

    It's a lovely tank, so as long as you buy one...!!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    THANK YOU all for the great feedback! I guess I should've trusted my instincts; I was thinking the small was better, but seem to be having serious sizing issues this season.

    Details on the jeans: They're relaxed straight leg jeans from the GAP, 100% cotton and no stretch (my wash isn't available any more, though), "1969 original fit selvage jeans", link to similar:

    Details on the tank: It's from JCrew Factory and comes in 4 colors, link: http://factory.jcrew.com/women...../50549.jsp
    Also in stripe: http://factory.jcrew.com/women...../36502.jsp

    Angie, thanks! I love tanks, and I know I have a good shape for them... unfortunately we have very little hot weather to wear them *sniffle* Like you I have to be very stern with myself and not buy more than I can realistically wear at the start of the season!

    BJ, I do think a pear would work these jeans! I have a proportionally ample seat heh, and sized up in these to get a really relaxed fit (they're already relaxed to begin with). Info about the jeans up above!

    Annaj, no worries the smaller size is loose enough to semi-tuck :)

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