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Hot Must Have Accessories For Summer 2017

Merry's Fashion Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses

Accessories are those finishing touches that take an outfit from just looking good to making you look really put together. You can even make the plainest of outfits look outstanding with the right accessories. That is why I wanted to share with you my top picks for summer accessories. Some of these I own and some of them are on my personal wishlist.

VK Accessories Thread Ball Dangle Earrings

Thread ball dangle earrings

These thread ball dangle earring from VK Accessories are available in six different colors including the black pair I am wearing. I love them, and I am considering ordering one of the other colors. Hello turquoise! This look is one of the hottest trends in earrings for this season.

Light Blue Ombre Tiered Thread Statement Layered Earrings

Another hot look for the summer are these ombre tiered thread earrings. They are available in seven color options, but I think this light blue color is especially eye catching. I know this is on my wishlist.

Layered Tassel Drop Statement Pendant Necklace

Don’t forget to pick up necklace to match those tiered earrings. The necklace is available in two color options. This particular color combo would work with two of the earring color options.

Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses

Merry's Fashion Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses

Mirrored sunglasses were definitely hot last year. This year take it the extra step and make it cat eye sunglasses like these from MyBruneiStore. They are available in nine color options, though some colors have a more mirrored effect than others. I have on the C04 BLUE.

Galaxy S5 Case 3D Cartoon Unicorn Soft Silicone Rubber Back Cover Skin for Samsung Galaxy S5

Soft Silicone Unicorn Phone Case

Some people might say a stylish phone case is the only phone accessory you need. And since unicorns are all the rage right now, they might be right with this phone case. My old phone case was wearing out, so I just got this one, and I think its super cute. The link above is to the one that fits my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S5. They are also available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, LG G Stylo/LG LS770/G4 Stylus/G4 Note, iPhone 5 / 5S Case, iPhone 6 Plus / 6s Plus, and iPhone 7. Depending on which phone you have there is also several color options available.

GUESS Flowers Necklace

Another top trend of the spring and summer is denim and white paired together. But what kind of accessories do you pair with that? Try this flower statement necklace from Guess. I don’t have this exact necklace, but I have something very similar that you will most likely see in a fashion post sometime soon.

Denim Dot Soft Headwrap

While we are talking denim and white accessories, why not try out this really cute headband. I love the vintage feel with the bow and the adorable heart print. This will definitely be on my list to buy soon.

 

Tell me in the comments below what’s on your must have list for this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shop My Society Plus Black Friday Wishlist

Society Plus Black Friday Sale comes early

For the month of November, Society Plus is running special sales all month long. And starting tomorrow (Novemeber 11 for anyone reading this late) they are bringing something a little extra special.

First they reached out to various bloggers and asked us to create our wish list of items from the Society Plus website. And starting tomorrow you will be able to shop my wish list at 40% off. That is right, Black Friday starts early with Society Plus! The sale will be from Nov. 11 to November 28.

Now this part is important, you must go ahead and visit the Society Plus VIP Text Registration page now. There should will ask you to join their S+ Text Program. You must sign up for this. You will be texted a coupon code so that you can shop the sale. UPDATE: It seems that coupon is sent via email rather than text as I was told it would be. But you still have to sign up to receive it. Also many of the items on the list below are sold out at the moment or sizes are dwindling due to the huge response to this sale, but I have been told they are restocking. I will be posting on social media to update everyone when they are back in stock. Make sure you follow me on social media if you want to be updated.

Society Plus Black Friday Sale comes early

So let’s get started and you can see what my picks are. I will make sure to list the regular price below, not the discounted price.


 

1.

Society Plus Farrah Cold Shoulder Tunic in Wine

Farrah Cold Shoulder Tunic – Wine $34.99

2.

Isobel Houndstooth Dress

Isobel Houndstooth Dress $39.99

3.

Oversized Poncho from Society Plus

Olivia Oversized Poncho $69.99

4.

Cher Plaid Mini Skirt - Navy/Red

Cher Plaid Mini Skirt – Navy/Red $59.99

5.

Cher Plaid Mini Skirt - Grey/Charcoal

Cher Plaid Mini Skirt – Grey/Charcoal $59.99

6.

Anastasia Lace Jacket

Anastasia Lace Jacket $39.99

7.

Lakynn Faux Suede Scoop Crop - Burgundy

Lakynn Faux Suede Scoop Crop – Burgundy $44.99

8.

 Soiree Midi Skirt - Navy/Pink Floral

Soiree Midi Skirt – Navy/Pink Floral $69.99

9.

That 70s Dress - Burgundy

That 70s Dress – Burgundy $54.99

10.

The Showstopper Sequin Maxi Skirt - Silver

The Showstopper Sequin Maxi Skirt – Silver $129.99

11.

Sheer Luck Long Sleeve Top - Navy

Sheer Luck Long Sleeve Top – Navy $35.99

12.

Warm Hartley Sweater - Charcoal

Warm Hartley Sweater – Charcoal $39.99

And while its not on my wish list, because I already have one, if you don’t already have a Society Plus Five Layer Tutu now is the time to snag one. They are by far the best tutu I have ever tried from any brand. They are most like an actual tutu.

So tell me in the comments below which piece you are going to snag? What are you in love with?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Pick For The Fall 2016 Sephora VIB Sale

Sephora VIB Sale

In case you are for some reason not familiar with Sephora’s VIB Sale, it happens twice a year. Once in the Spring and once in the Fall. It is the only time you can get a discount on any item of your choice, and it’s a hefty 20% discount at that.

If you are VIB Rouge then your time to buy just ended. It was from November 4th to the 7th. Next up are the VIBs, and then followed by the Beauty Insiders. Don’t worry though, you will get notifications when its your turn to shop the sale.

So I wanted to share some recommendations with you. I thought about trying to rush and get these up before my fellow VIB Rouge’s started shopping, but I realized that once you reach VIB Rouge level your pretty solid on knowing what works for you and keeping up with new great products on the market.

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My pick are a decent mix of both makeup and skincare, as well as splurge pieces and great gifts. You won’t find anything over $75 on my list, and there should be something in everyone’s budget on the list. At the end there will also be a few pieces that I will share a picture and the name of the item, but they are sold out online. I wanted to share anyway because many times they are still available in stores.

Skincare

SUBLIME Optical Illuminating Moisturizer from Algenist

Algenist SUBLIME Optical Illuminating Moisturizer $70.00

This is not only a great moisturizer, but it also has SPF included and it has a subtle blurring effect. It’s great for those days when you want something more than bare skin, but you don’t really want to put on makeup.

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing BalmJosie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm $36.00

This is another multi-use moisturizer. It can also be used as a primer for your makeup and can be applied on top of your makeup when you need moisture through out the day.

Algenist The Classic KitAlgenist The Classic Kit $75.00

Even without the 20% discount this set is a great deal to be had. As you probably know Algenist is a pricier brand. If you read my review of the Sephora Play Box, then you know that one of my favorite things I have gotten in the box is the eye balm from Algenist. The full size Eye Balm runs $68 by itself, so for just a few dollars more you get two more products with it. This is defitely something splurge worthy, especially if you have started to develop those fine lines around your eyes.

Clinique Dewy YouClinique Dewy You $18.00

I listed this kit in the skin care area, but technically 1/3 of it is makeup. If you have read any of my past skin care routine posts, then you know that both the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturizer and The Overnight Mask have been long time favorites.

GLAMGLOW Sexy Kissable Lips SetGLAMGLOW Sexy Kissable Lips Set $34.00

I don’t know about anyone else, but I struggle all year round with my lips being dry and peeling. And when the weather starts to turn dry and cold things just get worse. This set from Glam Glow is the perfect thing for the girl, or guy for that matter, that wants to keep their lips sexy and kissable soft.

Makeup

Urban Decay Moondust PaletteUrban Decay Moondust Palette $49.00

This is the only eyeshadow palette I have bought this year. I have considered a couple of others, but for one reason or another never bought them. But this one is perfect for anyone who loves color, glitter, and is tired of a thousand palettes that all seem to look the same. I have no regrets with this palette, and the looks I have been able to create have been endless.

Buxom Buxom Freezes Over 15 Piece Mini Lip CollectionBuxom Buxom Freezes Over 15 Piece Mini Lip Collection $59.00

I must admit I am a little lipstick obsessed and I want all the colors if I love a formula, but I only have one mouth to put it on. That is why I love these mini sets. So much easier to use these up and try a variety of colors. Or if you wanted you could also break them up and use them as stocking stuffers. And just a bit of a warning, if you don’t like peppermint you won’t like these. All of Buxom’s lip products have a somewhat strong peppermint scent and the sensation that goes with it.

Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip DuoLancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Duo $21.00

If you have been dying to try one of the Juicy Shakers for yourself, this is the perfect way to do it. One of the Juicy Shakers usually runs $21 by themselves, but in this set you also get one of Lancôme’s lip liners for the same price. And the soothing oils in a Juicy Shaker is exactly what your lips need during the oncoming winter.

BECCA Glow on The Go Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone SetBECCA Glow on The Go Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone Set $20.00

These mini sets of the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors have been released in the previous years, but this is the first year to my knowledge that they have had this set in Moonstone. While everyone has been raving about Opal for a while, I personally find Moonstone to be more flattering.

Fragrance

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Travel SprayComptoir Sud Pacifique Coco Figue Travel Spray $22.00

I had recently tried many of the perfumes from this particular brand. I would not hesitate to say you can not go wrong with any of them. I have enjoyed all of them. None of them have bothered me or my fragrance sensitivity. And they are all unique. This one has been my favorite out of the ones I have tried so far. They describe it strictly as a tropical scent, and I suppose it is, but it kind of reminds me of tropical mixed with Christmas. And you are probably thinking that sounds horrible, but it actually works and smells wonderful in an unexpected way.

Sold Out Online Sephora Favorites

Sephora’s website is currently saying the following sets are all sold out. But check your local stores to see if they have them. Also check back to see if maybe they restock these online.

Sephora Favorites - Glow For It

Sephora Favorites – Glow For It

Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some LipSephora Favorites – Give Me Some Lip

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Sephora Favorites – Sun Safety Kit

 

Tell me in the comments below what your top pick for the VIB sale is. Or did you already shop with the VIB Rouge group? I would love to hear what you got.

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Places To Find Wide Calf Boots

Wide calf faux fur trimmed boot from Lane Bryant

Finding shoes to fit wide feet can be a hard task to accomplish. And when you add in looking for boots that also need to fit a wide calf, call it mission impossible. And when you do find a pair they are usually so expensive you need a second mortgage on your home to afford them. Okay that is a slight exaggeration, but that is how it feels at times. Thankfully in the last few years more and more options have started to pop up, and some of them are even quite affordable.

In addition to knowing where to find wide calf boots, one thing that will make your shopping for them easier is knowing your calf measurement. Just like any other measurement for clothing your calf measurement is important because wide calf boots come in all sorts of measurements.

But lets get to what you really came for, the best places to find wide calf boots.

1. Torrid

Torrid offers a selection of both practical to the not so practical. From stylish to edgy. No matter which boots you find at Torrid they will always be what is on trend. Here are a couple of my favorite that are currently available.

Torrid Faux Suede Bow Back Wide Calf Boot

Faux Sued Bow Back Boots (Wide Calf & Wide Width)

Available in sizes 6 to 13. Half sizes available. $79.90

70312dbd1a81671989bff5904a7d34dbLace Up Peep Toe Block Heel Boots (Wide Width & Wide Calf)

Available in sizes 6 to 13. Half sizes available. Originally $79.90 now $47.94

 

2. Lovesick

At the moment I am writing this, they don’t actually have any tall boots that cover your calf. But let’s be honest, sometimes you need ankle boots that fit a wide ankle. And they have that. Here is a pair I really think is so cute.

Lovesick wide ankle bootsMulti Buckle Flat Booties (Wide Width)

Available in sizes 7 to 12. Was $58.90 Now on sale for $47.12

 

3. Simply Be

Just like clothing sizes, our calves come in different sizes too. So some people need more than the average wide calf boot has to offer. Simply Be is one of the few places that accommodates that. With shoe widths from D to EEEEE, they also offer calf sizes from standard to super curvy. Just grab your tape measure to see which one fits you best. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Heavenly Soles Wide Calf Boots sold on Simply Be

Heavenly Soles Leather Knee High Boots

Available in sizes 6 to 11 E or EEE. $149.99

Heavenly Soles Wide Calf Boots on Simply BeHeavenly Soles Knee High Military Boots

Available in size 6 to 11 E or EEE. $99.99

 

4. Ashley Stewart

Are you looking for some boots that are sexy or a little bit funky? Then Ashley Stewart probably has the boots for you. From Stilettos to thigh highs, they have them. Here are some of my favorites.

Thigh high wide calf boots from Ashley Stewart

Lattice Over The Knee Boot – Wide Calf Wide Width

Available in sizes 8 to 12. Comes in three colors. Was $79.50 Now $47.70

Fringe stilletto wide calf boots from Ashley Stewart

Fringe Knee High Boot – Wide Calf, Wide Width

Available in sizes 8 to 12. Comes in two colors. Was $89.50 Now $53.70

5. WideWidths.com

For one of the largest selections of styles and brands and calf sizes in the US, WideWidths.com is the authority. Here are some of my favorites.

Naturalizer boots on WideWidths.comNaturalizer Women’s Ballona Mid-Calf Wide Calf Boot (Brown) – Final Sale

Available in size 6 to 11 in Standard to Wide Calf. Was $169.99 Now $99.88

Faux Suede Wide Calf Boot From Widewidths.comWalking Cradles® Aryn Super Plus Wide Calf Boot (Sage)

Currently Available in size 6 to 9 standard to super wide calf. Was $299.99 Now 199.88

 

6. City Chic

City Chic doesn’t usually carry a large selection of shoes and boots, but the ones they do have are guaranteed to be the epitome of stylish and chic. Here is a favorite of mine.

City Chic Gia BootGia Long Buckle Boot

Available in size 37 to 42. Adjustable calf size. $89.00

 

7. Lane Bryant

If you want to actually be able to try on the boots, Lane Bryant is probably the best bet for most people. While some of the other companies might be near you, almost everyone has a Lane Bryant near by. Here re some of my favorites from them.

Wide calf faux fur trimmed boot from Lane BryantTall Faux Fur Winter Boot

Available in sizes 7W to 12W. Was $79.95 Now $55.96

Wide calf faux fur trimmed boot from Lane BryantMulti-Strap Riding Boot

Available in 7W to 12W. Was $89.95 Now $62.96


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Where To Shop Plus Size Halloween Costumes In 2016

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Its that time of year again where there is starting to be a chill in the air and everything has turned pumpkin. And yes it is already October, unbelievable am I right? If you are a Halloween fiend you probably already have your costume all planned out or purchase. But I know there are a lot of people who love it but just don’t plan ahead like that. Where my procrastinators at? Don’t worry, I am a chronic procrastinator when it comes to most things, so I have your back.

Today I wanted to share some places you can find plus size costumes and accessories, and some of my favorite option that they have. I will try and share any coupon codes available for the individual stores. I will link to both the websites main pages and the recommended product pages.

1. Spirit Halloween

Spirit Halloween offers a limited selection of both men and women’s plus size costumes. They do have quite a few coupon codes.

Available Coupon Codes

  • Exclusive Savings at Spirit Halloween! Take 25% Off 1 item with code DONTLEAVE25. Terms apply. Limited time offer. Shop Halloween costumes, décor & more! Expires 11-02-16
  • Take 25% Off Already Reduced Sale Items at Spirit Halloween! Code CLEAR25. Limited time offer. Shop adult & kids Halloween costumes, Halloween décor & more! Expires 11-02-16
  •  Free Shipping orders $30+ at Spirit Halloween! Code SHIPIT4U. Limited time offer. Shop Halloween costumes, decorations & more! Expires 11-01-16
  •  Take $10 Off orders $65+, $20 Off $100+, $30 Off $150+ or $50 Off $200+ at Spirit Halloween! Code HIGHTIER. Terms apply. limited time offer. Shop costumes, décor & more! Expires 11-02-16
  •  Take $5 Off orders $30+, $10 Off $50+ or $25 Off $100+ at Spirit Halloween! Code TIER2016A. Exclusions apply. Limited time offer. Shop costumes, décor & more! Expires 11-01-16

 

Adult Orange Prisoner Plus Size Costume – …

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Price: $34.99

 

Adult Supergirl Plus Size Costume – Supergirl

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Price: $54.99

 

2. Ashley Stewart

They have limited supplies of various women’s plus size costumes. Many seem to sell out as soon as they get them. They have a couple of coupon codes.

  •  Curvy Cash is happening till 10-03-16
  •  Get 25% off your full price purchase with code NEW25, expires 10-03-16
  •  Receive $5 off your $15 purchase when you signup for Ashley Stewart text messages!
  •  35% Off on Full Price Purchase with code ASOCT35 expires 10-03-16

Sexy Maid Plus Size CostumeSexy Maid Plus Size Costume

Flaunt your curves in this sexy plus size maid costume featuring a faux leather peplum dress.

$69.50

 

3. Amazon’s Halloween Shop

Amazon’s Halloween shop has a pretty decent selection of plus size costumes that come from a lot of different stores and brands. The link above should take you directly to the plus size listings. There are no coupon codes that I am aware of, but here are some f my favorite costumes available.

Leg Avenue Disney Plus-Size 2Pc. Classic Snow White Costume Dress and Bow Head Piece


California Costumes Women’s Plus Size Olympic Goddess Costume


Elope Womens Storybook Waldo Where’S Wenda Kit Theme Party Halloween Costume


NonEcho Women’s Halloween Novelty Costume Miss Edward Scissorhands Adult

 

Each of these places also have way more options from so many more stores. Of course when it comes to costumes sizing can be difficult. Sizes don’t always accommodate everyone either. If you find this is the case for you or you find it hard to bite the bullet on paying for something you will only wear once, you might consider going a different direction. No, I am not going to suggest you sew your costume. Something I have done many times is invest in items, real clothing items that is, that I love but you can work into a costume.

Just to give you a quick idea, I really put very little thought in this, just to show you how easy it can be. Say you wanted to be a ballerina. Try these:

Society Plus 5 Layer Tutu

A Five Layer Tutu from Society Plus like this one in blush is perfect. The Champagne or the White color would work equally as well.

Pair it with this WearAll Women’s Plus Size Plain Stretch Bodysuit in white.

Just add a tiara and a pair of ballet slippers and your all done. Want to make it a more intricate, or soft colors aren’t your thing. Turn it into either the black or white swan from swan lake with just a few different accessories. Your imagination is the limit and you don’t have to be tied to the “costume” section just because you can’t sew.

Let me know in comments below what you plan to be this Halloween or if you want to suggest additional places for ladies to shop. I will try and update this over the next couple of weeks as I find new places to buy costumes.

 

 

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Inside The Dressing Room – Forever 21 Fall 2016

Inside The Dressing Room With My Plus Size Life

Inside thedressing room with My Plus Size Life

 

I decided to head back into Forever 21 to see what was being put out for the fall season. Unfortunately my local store didn’t seem to have a lot on the shelves, at least not in my size. But I did manage to find a couple of things to try on for you all to see. Some good, some not so good.

Just as a reference, like always, I am a consistent size 20W or 2X at most plus size stores like Torrid or Lane Bryant. And I wear a 40DDD bra. Because Forever 21 is Junior Plus, everything I tried on is in a size 3X. So let’s get to it and you can see what I tried on.

Torrid dress and Forever 21 Plus size sweaterFirst I started off with the dress I came in with, which was not from Forever 21, but was from Torrid. It is their Floral Lace Sundress. But I found this Plus Size Open-Front Cardigan in Cocoa to try on with it. It sells for $22.90 and is available in sizes 0X to 3X.

I actually really liked this sweater. It’s a lot thicker than you would expect to get for the price. It was very comfortable. I ended up buying it, and expect to see it soon in either a look book or a general outfit of the day post.
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Forever 21 Plus top and faux leather leggings

I then tried on this pair of Plus Size Faux Leather Leggings. They sell for $17.90 and are available in sizes 0X to 3X. I tried it on with the Plus Size Asymmetrical Top in teal. Its sells for $15.90 and comes in sizes 0X to 3X.

This would not be something I would normally try for myself. I don’t typically think the asymmetrical thing looks good on me, however I think this actually was cut in a way that it could flatter any body type. The leggings looked decent with it. I didn’t find them especially comfortable though. They seemed to be made for someone taller, and the slits were at a spot that after a while would really annoy me. While I did, in general like this look, I did not buy it.

Now is where it goes down hill…

Forever 21 Plus Body Suit and Leggings

I decided I wanted to try on some leggings and a body suit. Just so you know what I actually tried on it is the Plus Size Front Tie Bodysuit and the Plus Size Ribbed Panel Leggings. I have to say if I had a different bra on the bodysuit itself would have been okay. But the leggings, I have nothing good to say about them. I am pretty realistic about what my body looks like. I have even posted pictures of me in bathing suits here on the blog before. These leggings created lumps, bumps, rolls, and other weird spots in all sorts of places that are just not there. And quite honestly, they look better in the picture than they did in person. I can’t imagine these looking good on anyone.

But I did try on another pair of what I would consider to be leggings, but they are listed as pants with the same bodysuit.

Forever 21 Plus bodysuit and pants

This was the Plus Size Zipper Trim Pants. They sell for $17.90, available in 0X to 3X.

While I still didn’t care for what they were doing to my body, I did think it was a huge improvement over the leggings. While they were not for me, I can definitely see them being a good fit for some people and maybe even a nice affordable starter pair of pants for an office job. Just needs to be paired with the right items.

Let me know what you have gotten for fall from Forever 21. And don’t forget to tag me on social media with your pics in the dressing room. Just use the hash tag #ITDRwithMyPlusSizeLife .

If you have any special request where you would like me to do my next Inside The Dressing Room post from either leave a comment here or on any of my social media. Or send me a message via the contact page.

On an added note. I get stopped a lot and asked about my new phone case. So I figured I would just go ahead and tell people now, yes it is a cat. It comes in multiple colors. Mine is the 2015 Newes California cat Fruit sister Katy Perry kitty purry Metal Brand Diamond glitter case For iphone4 4s/5 5s/6/6 plus (plus 5.5 Pink).

Also available is the one for the Apple iPhone 6 (4.7 Inch) and the one for the Samsung Galaxy S7

Here is what it looks like up closer.

Each one will look slightly different depending on what phone its made for.

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10 Plus Size Brands You Might Be Surprised To Find On Amazon

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plus size on Amazon

If you ever search the plus size clothing section at Amazon you know it can be a real crap shoot sometimes. A large percentage of the brands are companies no one has ever heard of before or they are in China and using Asian sizing. Can we give a moment of serious side eye to those Asian size charts please? And speaking of size charts, a lot of brands don’t even bother to give us one even though they are no where close to the general size chart posted by Amazon themselves.

It’s seriously enough to give a girl shopping anxiety. But sometimes Amazon seems like the easiest way to shop rather than navigating twenty different websites trying to find that perfect dress or sweater. But long gone are the days of Amazon only being those unheard of brands in plus size clothing. I wanted to share with you ten plus size brands you might be surprised to find on Amazon.

I wanted to make this as helpful and easy as possible. So if you click on the brand name it should take you to the complete listings available from that brand, and I have made all the pictures clickable to take you to those product pages. I tried to pick out a couple of key pieces from each of the companies that I really like, some of which I already own.

1. Torrid

Available in sizes 00 to 6, just like they are in the store and their website. If you are not familiar with Torrid I would be really surprised. They have been around for over twenty years now and have been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. I doubt you will get many of the sale prices on Amazon, but since most of their sales rely on you buying multiple items, if you are only going for one item buying on Amazon may be a good choice for you. It also seems like a good portion of the items have free Prime Shipping.

Sarcastic Never Scoop Tee $28.90

Cropped Denim Anorak Jacket $58.50

2. Hell Bunny

Their plus sizes are available in sizes 2XL to 4XL just as they are anywhere else that carries them. A word of warning though, these are not typically sized. A 4XL is meant to fit a size 18. I personally can only wear Hell Bunny if it’s a stretchy fabric and a style with open hips. But this is a great option for those ladies in sizes 14 to 18. If you are unfamiliar with Hell Bunny, they encompasses a wide variety of styles from 40s, 50s, retro and rockabilly to gothic, rock and punk styles. The reason to shop this brand on Amazon comes down to they have items that seem to be no longer available anywhere else, as well as some items are selling cheaper on Amazon.

Hell Bunny Plus Size Zombie Pin Up Dress

Hell Bunny Plus Size Black Gothic Zombie Pin Up 50’s Ice Scream Dress $59.99

Hell Bunny plus size Lady Moria Tea Dress

Hell Bunny Plus Size 40’s Vintage Style Office Lady Moira Tea Dress $79.00

3. Igigi

Available in sizes 14 to 28. Igigi fits true to size and was one of the first designer level brands made exclusively for plus size women. They have been mostly known for their dresses, but also carry a range of work wear separates. They have lost some traction in the fashion world since the founder and original designer of the brand, Yuliya Raquel, left a few years ago. However some of the original designs are still there and its well worth looking at. Why shop Amazon for this brand? Well it seems to be the only place you can buy it at the moment, at least as I write this. The Igigi website is down and says they are undergoing a major make-over getting ready for a relaunch. Hmmm…. And trust me, the prices listed below are not the average Igigi prices, get them while you can. Plus free shipping for Prime members.

Igigi Fredrica Lace Dress in Wine

IGIGI Women’s Plus Size Frederica Lace Dress in Wine $68.49

Igigi Plus Size Jacket in Camel

IGIGI Women’s Plus Size Notch Collar Jacket in Camel $88.99

 

4. City Chic

Available in sizes XS to XX Large. Those are plus sizes though and are equivalent to sizes 14 to 24. If you have been following me for any time at all you know that City Chic ranks high as one of my favorite plus size brands both for style and customer service. They are an Australian brand that has only recently started opening stores in the US. The only real advantage I see in buying them on Amazon is convenience. Maybe you are already shopping Amazon and you don’t want to take the time to switch sites.

City Chi plus size fit and flare dress

High Quality Plus Size Mono Sheer Panel Fit & Flare Dress $84.15

City Chic Off Shoulder Plus Size Dress

High Quality Plus Size Shadow Stripe Dress $89.00

5. BB Dakota

Their plus size selection is available in sizes 1X to 3X. Sizes run slightly smaller than typical plus size, but not enough to consider them junior plus. While this company does have their own website you can not buy directly from them on their website. You can find them places like ModCloth. So why shop this brand on Amazon? Well if one of those coveted items on ModCloth passed you by, you may just find it here and at a better price. Plus free prime shipping on all their items, no minimum purchase.

BB Dakota Plus Size Midi Dress

BB Dakota Women’s Plus-Size Dorit Rose Revival Printed Crepon Midi Dress $33.13 – $39.84

BB Dakota Plus Size striped ponte midi dress

BB Dakota Women’s Plus Size Jamal Striped Ponte Midi Dress $72.59 – $98.00

6. Avenue

Available in sizes 14/16 to 30/32. This brand runs true to size to slightly large depending on the item. From what I can tell you can get just about all the same things both on Amazon and the company’s website. Amazon does seem to be reflecting Avenue’s sale prices. And while they are not eligible for free prime shipping all items are marked free shipping for eligible orders. So this again may be one to chalk up to convenience.

Avenue Plus Size Chiffon Skirt

Avenue Women’s Scalloped Chiffon Skirt $28.88

Avenue Ruched Plus Size Sweater

Avenue Women’s Windowpane Ruched Pullover $24.00

7. Kiyonna

Available in sizes 0X to 5X. This brand runs true to size in most items, but some run a bit small. Kiyonna, like Igigi, is one of the first designer level clothing brands made exclusively for plus size women. Prices seem reflective of what is available on the Kiyonna website. So why buy on Amazon? No minimum purchase to get free prime shipping. On Kiyonna’s website you must spend $150.00 to get free shipping.

Kiyonna lus Size Daydream Top

Kiyonna Women’s Plus Size Destination Daydream Top $64.00

Kiyonna Charlize Maxi Dress

Kiyonna Women’s Plus Size Charlize Maxi Dress $78.00

 

8. Modamix

Available in sizes 0X to 3X or 14 to 24 depending on how the item is labeled. This brands seems to run true to size from my experience. Modamix relatively young company sold at places like Macy’s, Nordstrom, and  Lord & Taylor as well as couple of subscription service companies. They specialize in both classic pieces with youthful prints and unique stylish pieces. So why buy this brand on Amazon? In addition to free Prime shipping, the price point seems a little better through Amazon. Also Amazon seems to be the only truly accessible to everyone way to get this brand. Every other way requires either membership to a subscription service or living in or near a large enough city to have one of those stores.

Modamix Plus Size Scuba Bodycon Dress

Modamix Women’s Plus Size Printed Scuba Bodycon Dress $18.17 – $27.72

ModaMix Plus Size Long Sleeve Dress

Modamix Women’s Plus Size Mixed Media Long Sleeve Dress $129.00

 

9. SWAK or Sealed With A Kiss Designs

Available in sizes 1X to 6X. Most items fit true to size, though their size chart can be a bit confusing at times. Sometimes when they say bust measurement they mean under bust. So if a measurement seems really small or really large to you, that may be why. Most if not all of SWAK’s items are super stretchy and comfortable. While they do try to keep things trendy, there is definitely a  more casual feel to a lot of their items. Why purchase on Amazon? Once again there is that added incentive of free prime shipping and just a matter of convenience.

SWAK Plus Size Juliet Dress

SWAK Designs Womens Plus Size Juliet Dress $49.99

SWAK plus size maxi dress

SWAK Designs Women’s Plus Size Bonnie Maxi Dress $69.90

10. Yours Clothing

Available in sizes 14 to 34 on Amazon, 16 to 36 on the companies website. They are a UK retailer, so I am sure the size change is to allow for the difference in sizing. Yours Clothing carries not only their own line but many other brands as well, including some of the brands we have already talked about. They have a wide selection from basics to fashion forward pieces. Why buy them on Amazon? It looks like you get quicker delivery time through Amazon as well as having the added buyer protection Amazon gives. Unfortunately when you deal with international shipping you never know what can go wrong.

Plus Size long sleeve swing dress from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Womens Burgundy Lace Up Swing Dress With Long Flared Sleeves $23.00

Plus Size sheer duster from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Womens Sheer Chiffon Duster Maxi Shirt Dress With Front Splits $68.00

So what other brands should we know about being on Amazon? Do you prefer to shop on Amazon over a companies website? If so why?

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Inside The Dressing Room – Cato Fashions Summer 2016

Inside thedressing room with My Plus Size Life

Inside thedressing room with My Plus Size Life

Time for another visit with me inside the dressing room. I previously visited Lovesick and Forever 21. This time you will be going with me to Cato Fashions.

I realize there may be some people out there who are not familiar with Catos, but they are growing and I was really happy to learn recently that they now have a website. So now I can finally share their items with all of you.

A little history of my experience with them. I grew up in a very rural area of Kentucky, a town so small that most of you probably would not be able to comprehend how small it is. This town literally to this day still only has one stop sign and a post office. Over the years its occasionally had a gas station/convenience store, but they never last long. So this meant that we had to travel to the next town of size to shop for clothing and other items (approximately a 25 mile trip one way). I have almost always been plus size, and so even in the largest towns in Kentucky shopping was limited for me. However the town we went to shop most often was not the largest. This meant that I had three choices to choose from. Up until I was about 12 the three choices were a place called Hills, JC Penny, and Cato. Hills was like a Wal-Mart but with less selection (After I was 12, Hills closed and Wal-Mart took its place). JC Penny at that time rarely offered anything but grandmother styles in plus sizes. And then there was Cato. It was the one saving grace. They sell both misses and plus sizes, but often items are offered on both sides. They usually offer trendy pieces. And best of all they are usually quite affordable compared to other plus size retailers. All of those things still hold true to this day.

So without further ado, I am very excited to share these with you guys. I hope it helps some of you on a budget find a new place to shop. As always I will remind you I typically wear 2X or 20 at both Torrid and Lane Bryant. And I wear a 40DDD bra. I can tell you everything I tried on at Cato was either a 2X or 20W. They do run true to size and always have.

Plus Size Boho Pants from Cato Fashions

Top: Pom Pom Trim Flutter Sleeve Top-Plus in Navajo Blue

Available in 18/20 to 26/28. $17.99

 Pants: Scroll Print Smocked Palazzo Pants-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. Was $21.99 now $15.99.

I did end up purchasing both of these pieces. The pants were very comfortable and lightweight. The shirt fit well as well, and it fit well with many of the items I was trying.

Cato Fashions Plus Size Short Outfit

Top: See Above

Shorts: Tasseled Geo-Tribal Soft Shorts-Plus

Available in a 14/16 to 26/28. Was $15.99, now $6.99

I also purchased these shorts. They also were very comfortable. And as you can see they went well with the same top.

Cato Fashions plus size shorts outfit

Top: See Above

 Shorts: Bordered Geometric Soft Shorts-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. Was $15.99 now $11.99.

Another pair that went with the same top. They also were so comfortable. All of these have come in handy so far with the kind of heat we have been having.

Cato Fashions Plus Size Outfit Shorts and Top

Top: Crochet Sleeve Sharkbite Top-Plus in Red Ochre

Available in 18/20 to 26/28. $19.99

 Shorts: Mixed Stripe Soft Shorts-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. Was $15.99 now $11.99.

This is where my luck run out a bit with what I tried on. The top did fit and it was comfortable, but I did not like the way that it looked on my body shape. I think it would look better on someone who is either and apple shape or inverted triangle. And this pair of shorts were a little more snug than the others. Just not a comfortable fit for me.

Plus Size Outfit frm Cato Fashions

Top: See above

Shorts: Patchwork Print Soft Shorts-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. Was $15.99 now $9.99.

I had the same issue with these shorts. Just not a good fit for me. I was a little disappointed because I loved the print.

Plus Size Dress from Cato Fashions

Dress: Perforated Abstract Stripe Maxi Dress-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. $39.99

This dress fit well, but it was very warm fabric. If I lived somewhere that is cooler in the summer, I would have totally bought this. But not for temperatures over 75 degrees.

Plus Size Skirt from Cato Fashions

Top: Essential Tunic Tank Top-Plus in Paradise Orange

Available in 14/16 to 22/24. Was $9.99 now 6.99.

 Skirt: Mixed Chevron Stretch Mesh Maxi Skirt-Plus

Available in a 14/16 to 26/28. $24.99

I loved this skirt. Probably going to save it more for fall. The top I was not crazy about, the length just wasn’t right for me.

Denim shorts from Cato Fashions

Top: Lace Up Side Layered Tank-Plus

Available in 14/16 to 26/28. $21.99

Shorts: Embellished Pocket Jean Shorts-Plusg

Available in size 16W to 26W. Was $21.99 now $15.99.

 There were elements of this I loved. The top had some really cool details that you can see way better if you visit the link, but I just didn’t think it looked right on my body. And the shorts not a good fit, but were really cute. Being the shape I am its hard to find denim shorts that don’t leave a huge gap at the waist in the back. That not cute, but that big booty girl problems. What are you going to do?

This has been another look in the dressing room with me. Cato Fashions are located in 32 states. If you want to go try some on for yourself you can check their Store Locator to find the closest store to you.

I want to see what you have tried on at Cato Fashions and other stores I visit, just tag your pictures on social media with the hashtag #ITDRwithMyPlusSizeLife . Let me know in the comments where you want me to go next, and if I can I will.

 

 

 

 

 

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Inside The Dressing Room – Forever 21 Summer 2016

Inside thedressing room with My Plus Size Life

Inside thedressing room with My Plus Size LifeIf you saw my previous post where I went Inside The Dressing Room With Lovesick, then you already know this is going to be a semi-regular series and you know what to expect. For those of you who are just know maybe reading one of my post for the first time this is part of new series for me. I take you into the dressing room with me to see what I try on, what I bought, and my general overall thoughts on the sizing.

As always I will remind you that at most traditional plus size stores I wear a 40DDD bra and a 20W or 2X. This would be stores like Torrid, Lane Bryant…etc. Since I already know going in Forever21 is a juniors brand, most of the clothing tried on will be a 3X.

So here is what I tried on: 2016-05-24 16.59.012016-05-24 16.59.41

Plus Size Crochet Midi Dress

$29.99 – Sizes 0X to 3X

I tried this dress on in a 3X and I thought it fit quite well. The fabric was light enough that it should make a great summer dress. I did end up buying this.

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It seems that neither of these exact pieces are still available online. You may still be able to find them in store, but if not Forever 21 has tons of items that look similar. I did not purchase either of these items though. I felt the top hit me in an awkward in between spot that I didn’t like. It was suppose to be a crop but it was a touch too long to be that. And it was too short to wear it as a regular top. The shorts were just a tad too tight for comfort. The shirt was a 2X and the shorts were a 3X. If you do want to try something similar on at Forever 21 you might like the Plus Size Lace-Up Top and the Plus Size Floral Gauze Shorts.

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Again I could not find either of these on the site, but you may find them in your local store. I also did not purchase either of these items. The top again hit me in an awkward spot. And this time the shorts were too big on me, but not so big that going down a size would work. I felt the hips fit, but the waist was really big. If you are apple shaped this may be a great pair for you. Both the top and the shorts were tried on in a 3X. If you want to try something similar I would suggest the same shorts I did previously, and I would try the Plus Size Wrap Top.

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$22.90 – Sizes 0X to 3X

I tried this tunic in a 3X. It was a tad loose in the bust area, but nothing that would make it unwearable. It is listed as a tunic, and the model on Forever 21 is wearing it with pants. However, I am 5’8″ and as you can see it is plenty long enough on me to be worn as a dress. I did not purchase this, though I was very on the fence about it.

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And again they are sold out online of this particular romper, but they may have it in your local store. This one was extremely comfortable and the waistline hit me just right, which rarely happens with rompers. I did end up buying this. If you like this and want to try something similar you may like the Plus Size Geo Floral Romper.

Please forgive the hazy pictures on this one guys. The lighting in the Forever 21 dressing rooms were the worst. I took tons of pictures, and these were the best I could get. But I think it still shows enough that you can see how the clothing fits.

Don’t forget to tag your pictures of things your trying on in the dressing room with the hashtag #ITDRwithMyPlusSizeLife . I want to see all your beautiful faces and what your trying.

 

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Inside The Dressing Room – Lovesick Summer 2016

Inside thedressing room with My Plus Size Life

This will be the first of a semi-regular series I want kick off called Inside The Dressing Room. I wanted to take pictures I try on at various stores so you can see what the items look like on a real plus size body. I will let you know what size fit me best and I will try to make sure as always state my normal size. I say semi-regular because I don’t plan on having a particular schedule for this, it will just be when I have a chance to stop at various stores and try on things.

Inside thedressing room with My Plus Size Life

Today’s post is featuring Lovesick. You might have seen my post about them a couple of weeks ago titled “Are You Feeling Lovesick – New Plus Size Store Alert / Shopping Guide / Overall Thoughts“. I don’t have one of the stores close to me, but I by chance was visiting a friend in Dayton earlier this week and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drop by the location there. I tried on quite a few things and took pictures of some of my favorites. I will link to everything I can to make it easier for you to find if you like it. For comparison purposes keep in mind I normally wear a size 40DDD bra and a 2, 2X, or 20 in most clothing from Torrid and Lane Bryant, as well as other traditionally sized Plus Size clothing lines. And as mentioned previously Lovesick is owned by Torrid, and sizing is supposed to be the same.

Plus Size Crochet Trim Textured Skater Dress from LovesickThis is their Crochet Trim Textured Skater Dress in a size 2. I felt it was a bit snug and didn’t fully cover the bust area. So I also tried it on in a 3.

Plus Size Crochet Trim Textured Skater Dress from Lovesick

And this is the size 3. This one isn’t really was a little too loose in the midsection. Looking at the pictures now, I realize that you can’t see the difference as much as you could in person. This dress is currently on their clearance rack for $29.99. While I really loved the color and style, I ultimately did not buy this because of the fit. However if you are interested, it does come in other colors and prints.

Plus Size Frida Kahlo Tee and YMI Side Slit Wannabettabutt Shorts - Olive Wash from Lovesick Here I have on the Frida Kahlo Tee and the YMI Side Slit Wannabettabutt Shorts – Olive Wash. Both are on the clearance rack $19.99. While I normally wear a 2 at Torrid in most things, I usually size up in their tees and go for a 3. This however is a 2, and I felt like it fit me like the 3s I get at Torrid.  The shorts are made of the same material as the Jeggings at Torrid, and are super comfortable. In Jeggings I bounce back and forth between an 18 an a 20 at Torrid. In these shorts an 18 fit me perfect. I ended up buying the shorts, but not the top. At the end of the day I felt like the top was something I could easily get from Torrid in the future or order online from Lovesick. But the shorts, who knows. The shorts are also available in a couple of other color options I believe.

Plus Size Tropical Print Crop Top and Tropical Print Pencil Skirt from Lovesick

This is the Tropical Print Crop Top and the Tropical Print Pencil Skirt. Both seen here are in a size 2. The fabric is a scuba fabric, so a lot of stretch and very comfy. I did bring a 3 in with me, but ended up not trying it on. I ultimately did not buy this outfit. While I thought it was super cute, I realize I would probably only wear it once, maybe twice if I was lucky, and then it would just sit. I am trying to cut back on buying things like that.

Plus Size Tank Top, Vest, and Jeans from Lovesick Here I have on the Paisley Print Swing Tank Top, the Fringe Trim Vest, and the Welt Pocket Flare Jeans. I have on a 2 in both of the top pieces and a 20 in the bottoms. I feel like the picture is a bit deceiving in this one. I felt it was way more flattering in person than it is in this picture. Both of the friends that were with me loved this as well. Obviously I am either going to have to wear really high heels or have this hemmed. Most likely, they will be hemmed. I am surprised they are this long since they were regular length, and I am 5’8″. But anyway, I bought all three of these pieces. I felt it would make a perfect outfit for early fall.

I did try on a handful of other outfits but did not take pictures, or in a couple of instances thought I had but was experiencing issues with my phone and didn’t get them. But I still wanted to share my thoughts on some of them. So here are a couple of other items I found on the site that I know I tried on.

Plus Size Textured Floral Print Crop Top and Pencil Skirt from LovesickThis is the Textured Floral Print Crop Top and the Textured Floral Print Pencil Skirt. While it looks like the same set as I have pictured above, the difference in fabric makes for a very big difference in fit. I tried the 2 first and it was extremely tight and not a nice looking fit at all, which is a shame since I really loved this print. Unfortunately when I sized up it was way too big.

10598724_av1This is their Lace Skirt. I tried in a size 2, and it did fit as I would expect a 2 to fit. However the way the fabric fluffed around the waist and hips did not look good on me in my opinion. It was definitely an item that did not look like it does in the picture.

Between what I previously ordered and everything I tried on that day in the store, I would say about 50% of the items fit like they do at Torrid, and the other 50% ran small. This may be a temporary thing till they get their p’s and q’s in order. But it might also be that Lovesick turns out to be one of those Plus Size stores you always have to be careful about sizing, kind of like ModCloth. If you live anywhere near their stores, I do highly recommend going in and at least checking it out. Try some things on.

I will try to do these post as often as possible when I stop by stores. I have a few saved for other stores, so look for those coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, let me see what you have tried on at Lovesick. You can leave comments here or on any of my social media. If you post on social media make sure to use the hash tag #ITDRwithMyPlusSizeLife so I can find you.

Also if you have any special request about places you want me to visit and include in this series I will try my best, just request down below. Just keep in mind that some places may not be accessible to me ever or may only be accessible on rare occasions.

 

 

 

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