Don’t let size be an excuse not to look fabulous!
In last month’s post, I shared with you my “Style Has No Size” philosophy and tips on how to look fabulous no matter the number on the tag. My message must have hit home, as I got many nice comments from readers. Thank you!
In closing last month, I promised to share in this month’s newsletter my favorite clothing brands and places to shop for “Inbetweenies” (Missy sizes 14-18) like me and plus-size women (sizes 14W and up).
Based on what is in my own closet, these stores and brands for Missy sizes 14-18 and Plus Sizes are my favorites:
I was surprised how many pieces I have bought in Talbots lately. While this is partly because of how close it is to my house (and Starbucks), I know I can find key wardrobe pieces in size 16 in the store. Did you know they also have a “Find in Store” feature on their website?
Just enter what you are looking for and the local store will contact you if they have it and hold it for you. From a style perspective, I find things I like in Talbots, but sometimes they are just too…how do I say this? … “Talbotsy” for my taste. (Can you say Paisley Print?)
Get on their mailing list for coupons and insider savings. I very rarely buy anything full price in Talbots. Don’t forget to check online for items not available in the stores. Talbots goes up to size 20 in Missy sizes and also has a full selection of plus sizes in stores, including Women’s Petite Sizes. I great option when you need to buy something now!
Love! This brand is found in Nordstrom, Saks and Bloomindales, as well as online. My favorite pieces, especially suits, dresses and leather jackets, are Lafayette brand. The price point, however, is not for the faint of heart. However, I’d rather have less clothes or shop more sales for the basic pieces so I can have the signature or WOW! pieces from Lafayette. I recently wore a Lafayette purple leather jacket to a Chamber of Commerce meeting. I was almost embarrassed by the amount of compliments I received. (See picture.)
Lafayette rarely runs sales promotions, except for their end of season sales (though chances are your favorite piece will be long gone before it goes on sale.) Lafayette 148 also has plus-sizes available on their website (www.lafayette148.com).
This may surprise you, but I do find some fun pieces here, especially for the summer. The trick is to be selective and watch out for their oversize tunics (or what they call ponchos) and accessory overload styling. I found a long sweater jacket there last winter that gets mistaken as Missoni.
Sign-up for their Passport Club and save every time you shop. Chico’s has extended sizes up to Chico’s size 4 (equivalent to a Missy size 18-20) on-line.
As you may know, I started my styling business as a Doncaster wardrobe consultant. Even though I am no longer a representative, if you want quality extended sizes, it is a great option. Shop either via trunk show at a local consultant’s home or order online (www.doncaster.com) with a consultant’s ID number. If you are interested in checking out this line of clothing and the personal shopping experience, I still work with several Doncaster consultants.
The availability and selection of plus size clothing has come a long way –as long as you are willing to shop on-line. In addition to the above, a few of my favorites are:
www.gap.com – Extended sizes up to size 20 (XXL) available on line.
www.madisonplus.com– Consolidates plus-size brands.
www.eloquii.com– I have several tops from this brand. They always have promotions, so get on their mailing list.
And last, but not least, the big department stores (Macys, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales). While they all have Women’s departments, their selection and styles range from barely adequate to downright awful. My advice is to go look, try things on, then go to their websites. These stores have free shipping (some with minimum requirements), so order and return to the stores what you don’t want.
One of my favorite store brands, INC International Concepts, is from Macys. I bought several INC items recently from their Missy department and they also have plus sizes.
If you want to keep up with the latest plus size trends and fashion advice, my favorites curvy style bloggers are Marie Denee at www.TheCurvyFashionista.com and Nicolette Mason at www.marieclaire.com/fashion/fashionista-blog/big-girl-skinny-world-nicolette-mason.
If you have any plus size resources you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you.
A few favorites!