My Top 5 Plus Size Shopping Problems

Hello, everyone! Now, having curves can be pretty awesome most of the time. But sometimes the same things that make us pretty awesome tend to cause a few issues, especially when shopping. Today, I’m going go through my main five clothing issues as a (short) plus size woman.

  1. “Petite” and “short” my ass! Basically, pants are still too long for us folks shorter than about 5′ 2″ – 5′ 4″. I have so many pairs of “petite” or “short” jeans that you wouldn’t even be able to tell are just that because I’m still stepping on them. (Yes, there is always a way to fix that, but I don’t like that I have to regardless.) Like I always say when I’m shopping: I guess, in order to be fat, you must be at least 5′ 7″!
  2. Shopping for shorts + too much booty = not a fun time. I can’t even begin to go through the process of shopping for shorts; it’s that frustrating. A lot of people can put on a pair of shorts and be all right. But, for those of us with some junk in the trunk, it’s absolutely necessary to perform about seven different tests in the dressing room before committing to a pair (like sitting down, bending over like you dropped something, walking, and squatting) to avoid denim wedgies as well as exposed butt cheeks.
  3. What a weird bra size I have! Shopping for bras is truly an annoying experience (though shopping for jeans is definitely worse). Technically, I’m a B cup, so my cup size would fit in any old store. The issue is my measurement around is a 40, and you rarely find a 40B anywhere except for Lane Bryant and Torrid. (Well, at least from what I’ve tried to look for that’s what I’ve come up with.) Add on the fact that I need some padding to boost the girls, too. Oh, and sometimes the cute bras at Lane Bryant or Torrid are too big for me. That sucks, too.
  4. Speaking of boobs: there’s barely any cleavage! Even when I have on the perfect bra that makes the girls look absolutely perky and fantastic, an issue I have with tops is filling out. On the rare occasions that my shirt needs to be an 18/20, I better pray that the v-neck doesn’t go down to my stomach. For example, I have a nice kimono top I love to wear, but I can only wear it when I have my padded strapless bra on. Big girl with some little boobs *said in a Chris Farley “fat guy in a little coat” tune*!
  5. Store sizes absolutely suck and need to be universal. The only universal thing about this statement is that all of us ladies (as well as thinner ladies) have this same issue with every store we shop at. It always depends on the store, the cut, your measurements that don’t match up to the size guide half the time, blah blah blah. It’s even worse when you’re shopping online and basically going out on a limb and praying for a good result. Hopefully clothing companies get the hint to get cracking on this change soon!

And there you have it. Feel free to share your struggles with me below in the comments so we can have a conversation!

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Favorite Places to Shop

Hello, everyone! Since this is one of my first posts, I want to talk about some of my favorite places to shop (both physical stores and online). I’m sure some of my readers will have some of the same brands, but I’d also love to hear about some other brands I haven’t shopped yet.

  1. Lane Bryant
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    Lane Bryant was the store that first helped me somewhat enjoy shopping for clothes as a plus size chick. The first time I put on Lane Bryant jeans, I fell in love. I’m still in love, since this place is pretty trendy and awesome. However, because of that, I can’t afford it super often.
  2. Torrid
    torridTorrid is another cool and trendy, but expensive place to shop. It’s a little bit edgier than Lane Bryant, which I enjoy as a rocker chick, and its Disney collection is amazing. I just wish I could afford it more often.
  3. Rainbow Shops
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    Rainbow is the store I mentioned in my introductory post (the place where I got the cute tube top). While this place can occasionally be a hit-or-miss (mostly at my local store), I tend to find quite a few cute things there. It’s cheaper than Lane Bryant and Torrid while still remaining pretty trendy for people in their teens or twenties. Cute shoes there, too, though maybe not the best quality for $20-$30.

Those are the top three I can think of right now. I tried Forever 21+ once, but it wasn’t a good experience. (I’ll save all of the places I feel iffy about for another day.) I also want to try Modcloth and Target’s new plus size selections in the future.

Let’s start a conversation! Which places are your favorites?

Welcome! (Featuring One of My Favorite Looks)

Hello, everyone! This is a brand new website and blog I’m creating so I may hopefully get to connect with you as well as share what I’ve been up to in my life. My name is Jessica, and I’m studying Professional Writing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. But there will be more in my “About” page for you to check out.

I kind of decided to also get started with the plus size blogging I’ve wanted to do for quite a while (thanks to women like Tess Holliday promoting self-love and body positivity). Now, obviously bloggers normally take a nice photo with a camera, and I’m going to do that here. However, this was a spur-of-the-moment choice, and I loved this outfit, so you get an Instagram selfie.

I wore this outfit out a few weeks ago when the weather finally was nice here (though now you wouldn’t know it was warm once), and I’m in love with it! I never used to wear shorts or tube tops, but last summer I made the choice to say “Screw it” and expand my wardrobe. Here’s all of the components of my look (with makeup included):

  • Red tube top – Rainbow Shops (pretty similar to now-closed Fashion Bug, Forever 21+, etc.)
  • Shorts – also from Rainbow Shops (brand is Kenneth Lopez)
  • Sandals – can’t remember the brand, but I found them at Kohl’s randomly
  • Lipstick – Maybelline New York ColorSensation lipstick in “Nude Lust”
  • Eyeliners – Revlon Colorstay pencil on the bottom, e.l.f. liquid eyeliner on the top
  • Eyeshadow – NYX “Wicked Dreams” palette

Bit of a long post to get things started, but hopefully you guys will join me and enjoy the ride!