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Athletic builds present fashion frustration

NEW YORK--Fitting a fit frame is not always easy.

While clothing designers and retailers have given more attention lately to finding solutions for their petite and plus-size customers, those women with athletic builds, who could be tall or short, more narrow or wide, have their own set of dressing challenges that certainly do not have a one-size-fits-all solution.

Rosy Hodge, a pro surfer, has “buff arms” that she tries to balance with colorful scarves, while fellow surfer Kassia Meador wears a lot of oversized tanks and T-shirts even though she is unsure they flatter her body type.

Rachel Roosevelt, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, now wears mostly skirt suits to her job as a macroeconomics researcher, but nothing too short, considering her conservative career environment. She also stands 5-foot-10 (1.77 meters), and that has meant having to curl her legs in awkward positions under some conference tables.

Still, she says, she's most comfortable in sneakers and her gym clothes.

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Athletic builds present fashion frustration
This undated photo courtesy of Sergio Kurhajec shows Rachel Roosevelt in an image which appears in the August 2011 issue of Oprah Magazine. Roosevelt is wearing a Michael Kors ...

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