I know there are many blogs out there devoted to fashion, very few plus size ones get recognized in this saturated niche. Most of the blogs I have come across have great fashion ideas and styles, but most have large unrealistic price tags to go with it.
I’m hoping that my blog will show that a plus size woman can look fabulous and sexy without making her wallet feel strained and tired.
I’m not claiming to be an expert on fashion. I’m still in the process of finding “my style”. During this blogging of trial and error, I won’t regret buying that statement piece that I probably won’t wear again. I have done that in the past with very cute pieces that looked great the first time around, but never had the opportunity to wear it again due to my fluctuating weight.
So, let’s get into size.
I’m currently a size 18. I am a very tall, very busty woman (40H), so finding the proper outfit that is flattering all around and doesn’t make me look like I don’t have the flattering curves is hard. I get frustrated, a lot. Most stores that cater to plus size woman are not available at all shopping centers. There are times I would have to travel more than 15 miles off my usual path to find something modern and fashionable. Lane Bryant, Avenue, City Chic and Mode Plus are the most popular stores to walk into and try to find something that may look good. But not every plus size woman is shaped the same. Lane Bryant and Avenue seem to be the style of the soccer mom or a grandmother. While Mode Plus is geared toward the plus size teen, but seem to be just clothing that was tossed aside from the defective production line. I have purchased many cute outfits there, to have the buttons fall off during the first wear. This is what happens when you try to save on fashion on the fly. I have learned to not rush a style. Maybe waiting that 5-7 business days for something that will last is the way to go.
Now, lets talk about style.
I can honestly say I don’t have a particular style, yet. I usually go out and find something that looks cute as well as comfortable. At times, durability was never a factor I considered. Now that I’m older and need business attire more frequently, I’m ready for something that will make me feel sexy without showing all the goods. In the past couple of years I have either purchased clothes for my waitress uniforms (basic black pants and white button up shirt) when I had a gig, or occasionally purchase something to wear for a night out dancing.
Now I work in an grown up office environment, where style and comfort should come hand in hand. There are some outfits displayed in the office environment that looks good when you’re strutting to the water cooler in your stilettos, but are removed as soon as your blistered feet and balancing act needs a rest at your cubicle.
If i were say I had a particular office clothing style, I would say I like the fashionable school teacher look. Pinterest has given me many inspirations to pull that look off successfully.
Then the most important thing to discuss is a budget.
I work hard to live well. I shouldn’t have to pay so much to look good. I decided to experiment with, What if I had $100 a month to spend on clothes. There is no reason to look like you bought your clothes from the picked over sales rack. I do happen to walk straight in the back of the store and work my way to front. Shoppers tend to purchases the first thing they see and then stroll to the rear until they complete an outfit. The items in the back of the store are not as popular, so you will rock that individuality without having to hunt so far.
I have worn outfits that I have purchased completely from a sales rack and received compliments and inquiries on where I bought it. When I say I bought this dress at Target, some tilt their head and try to recall if they noticed the dress the last time they were there.
Always remember, the sales rack is the forgotten treasures that may have sold out quickly in smaller sizes. This is one of the major advantages of being plus size shopper in a non-standard plus size store. But Target is now expanding on the sizes offered and is now offering their own plus size line, Ava & Viv.
Sometimes splurge, you deserve it.
It could be daunting to constantly scavenger and try to find the great fit and style on the rack. Sometimes, you may have realized that the great fit and style is out there online, but there isn’t a store near by to access it. Then it’s time to give in and spend a little more for something that fits great.
Amazon has been a life saver in a pinch, especially with Prime.
Keep checking back as I try all these methods to find my style.