Sorry I’ve been out of the blogging loop lately. A week ago I had to make the heart wrenching decision to have my beloved cat Picachu euthanized. So needless to say I wasn’t in the mood to blog about anything. I miss my baby but I know she is in a better place and is no longer suffering.
Today I’m sharing my tips on how to buy from my favorite “plus friendly” retailers. My favorite big girl friendly stores are the Gap, H&M, Old Navy and Loft. Why? Because I try not allow my size to limit my fashion choices. As plus size women we have to get creative with our wardrobes so branching out to non plus size retailers was inevitable. Once you know how to look for plus friendly clothes, you’ll waltz into your local stores without any hesitation (P.S. J Crew, Boden USA and Ann Taylor also carry sizes 18-20 online).
Here are some of my tips:
1. Elastane : stretch in clothing is key so look for items that have more than 2% elastane in them. The higher percentage of elastane in a garment, the more stretch it will have.
2. Elastic waists: I know elastic waists are frowned down upon but they comfortably adjust to your waist. In the pic below I’m wearing an XL elastic waist skirt from Loft which fits my size 20 waist just fine. Also Old Navy XXL elastic waist skirts can easily accommodate waists that are above a size 20.
3. Dolman sleeves: Dolman sleeves are defined as a full sleeve that is wide in the armhole and narrow at the wrist. This cut is very forgiving for big arms . Many dolman sleeved tops are made with stretchy materials so you’re not constricted.
4. A Line Skirts: An A line skirt can be your best friend. When I shop “straight” stores pencil skirts don’t fit of because my juicy hips BUT an A line skirt does because it skims (not hugs) your hips.
5. Read The Reviews: I always read the reviews when I shop online. The reviews give me insight on how others are experiencing the garment. Reviews that talk about an item being roomy or “size down, it’s big”, I zone in it and order the largest size because 9 times out of 10, the garment fits.
6. Try It On: What do you have to lose? The only thing that can happen is that it doesn’t fit! Over the July 4th weekend I went into H&M and tried on this size 14 palm print shirt (in the pic below) and guess what…it fit perfectly!
What are some of your favorite “plus friendly” stores and tips for shopping non plus size retailers?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Skirt: Gap (sold out in XL & XXL)
Shirt: H&M (size 14; not online; in stores)
Sandals: New Look via ASOS
Bag: Old Navy (old)