March 29, 2012

Plus Size Style

 It's not really news to anyone who reads my blog that I'm plus sized. I don't make that the primary focus on my blog because well, it's not the primary focus in my life but I do understand how difficult it is to try and find something fashionable and not frumpy when you're plus sized. It's also really difficult to read a lot of other fashion blogs and have them post cute things from Anthropologie, Urban outfitters, Ruche, etc and not feel a bit down on yourself. There's a certain look that clothing stores seem to design for plus sized people..and its never the look I want. It's billowy shirts with elastic in strange places (like at the bottom of the shirt...who wants that?!? Lets try to not accentuate my stomach please) capri pants/jeans and baby doll style dresses. The dresses are fine most of the time, but there's only so much you can do with a jersey dress (as comfortable as they are!) But the billowy shirts and capri pants are what get me. You end up looking very disproportionate with jeans with a strange wash to them and a weird butterfly shaped top that has a strange print on it. 

After weeding through quite a few pages of gross clothes (the model doesn't even look good in that)  I compliled a few fun pieces from my "go-to" plus size places to shop while on a budget: Target, Forever21, Old Navy. 

Forever21 Bicycle Print Shorts $19.80

Old Navy Women's Jersey Maxi Skirts $20

Old Navy Women's Ruffled Button-Front Drawstring Camis $15

Forever21 Layered Colorblock Top $15.80

Forever21 Sailboat Zipper Top $19.80

Target Strapless Wrap-Front Chiffon Maxi Dress $69.99

Target - Out of Stock Online - Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Plus-Size Sleeveless Colorblock Maxi Dress $27

Target Mossimo® Womens Plus-Size Multi-wear Twist and Wrap Dress $39.99

Target Pure Energy Juniors Plus-Size Denim Shorts $24.99

Target Pure Energy Juniors Plus-Size Denim Shorts $24.99

Target Mossimo Supply Co. Womens Scoop-Neck Fashion Tank $9.99

Target Mossimo Supply Co. Womens Scoop-Neck Fashion Tank $9.99
Old Navy Women's Pleated Chiffon Tops $22

Well, thats most of it. As I was posting this I found quite a few more things that I liked, maybe I'll save them for next week.  A few things to keep in mind when shopping - Forever21 always has things in their store that they don't have online and vice versa. Old Navy has cheaper sales and better deals in store than they do online (I bought a shirt for $12 there and when I found it online it was on sale at $22). Old Navy also lets you do price adjustments so you can take your item in with in two weeks and get a lower price. This also works if they're having a store wide sale. For target since there are so many locations you can usually find what you need at one of several stores in your size but to save you time you should call ahead and they can find it for you.

Well! I hope that helps anyone who's struggling to find on trend items in their size. There are a lot of stores that carry plus size items now, you just need to find them! Don't forget that some stores have lines that run larger and different fabric types. Make sure you try on everything even if it isn't your number size. Sizes are so difficult. Yesterday I tried on a 2X at forever 21 and it didn't fit but the other day I tried on a size 14 jeans and they were fine. I don't even pay attention to numbers very much anymore, as long as it fits and looks good, I'm happy.


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