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New Store Alert: Curve Girl

Curve Girl Banner

There has been a lot of great response to the recent new store alerts I have posted, especially the one for Beefcake Swimwear. And I have yet another new store alert. I am always so happy when I can tell you about a new place to shop that offers plus size clothing, and I think I have one today that will pique the interest of quite a few of you. Today we will be taking a look at Curve Girl.

Curve Girl Logo

 

Curve Girl is one of those companies that recently reached out to me and asked me to join their affiliate program. And as I have said previously, I get invited to a lot of affiliate programs, I only join if I either already use the companies products or I feel they have something to offer that I think will help my readers in some way. You can probably deduce that I did end up joining their affiliate program by the fact that I am writing this, because why would be writing this if I didn’t think they had something helpful to offer.

So what does Curve Girl have to offer? Well they have nice designs, and some are even unique. They have affordable prices. They are designed in the USA and manufactured in either China or India depending upon the item. They have pretty fast shipping times according to their website. And I am guessing you’re thinking, “okay, but you can get all of those things at other places”, and you can. But there are two things that made those things go from meh to OMG in about 6 seconds flat. 1. They make sizes Medium to 9X, which shoots them up to being one of the most size inclusive companies I am aware of. and 2. like eShakti they offer customization, only they do it for free and their prices are about half or less of eShakti. And after the bad experience I had with eShakti earlier this year, I had been on the hunt for other companies that offered customization so I could share with you.

I have placed an order with Curve Girl and will share a review on the items and ordering process once they actually arrive. In the mean time I wanted to go ahead and give you a basic overview of what the company has to offer and their pricing. But first lets take a look at their size chart.

Curve Girl Size Chart

This of course is not their full size chart, I couldn’t get a screenshot of the whole thing because of how large it is. I typically wear a size 20W or 2X at traditional plus size stores like Lane Bryant and Torrid. At most stores like these a 2X is an 18/20W. However occasionally a store will have their 2X be a 20/22W. One of the stores that does this would be JC Penny for Example. I do still wear a 20W or 2X in most of the brands in JC Penny, but there are a couple of exceptions. My measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 42″ Hips: 54″. I take my measurements and look at their size chart and I think it looks pretty normal for a plus size 20 and 2X.

Pants if I were ordering the based on the number size might be tricky, but they usually are everywhere. But. as long as their size chart is accurate, I should be able to order most other things straight from their off the rack sizes and them fit comfortably. But as I said, pants are always an issue for me, and I know a lot of you have said the same as well as dress lengths. So the order I placed I went with the custom sizing in hopes that their service will be something I can recommend for everyone.

When it comes to what they offer they have everything from casual daytime look all the way up to evening wear. Their designs seem to range from average, every plus size store has something similar to things I have never seen before offered in plus and maybe never in small sizes either.  Not everything is my personal taste, but a lot of it is. Over all I think they have a nice variety. I will of course share what I ordered when my order comes in. But for now I want to share with you some of the pieces I think are more unique, whether they are my taste or not.

Their biggest selection seems to be in dresses.

 


The rest of the sections are pretty sparse, but they still have some interesting items here and there.

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They seem to be adding new items on the regular, so if you don’t see what you want, you should keep checking back.

I have found a couple of small negatives. First, I don’t think their website is well-organized. Things are in wrong categories, some aren’t even in their categories, and some categories won’t let you view everything unless you click just the right button. The other issue I found is with the Ask A Question box. I could not get it to function correctly. Of course Curve Girl only opened this year and only time will tell if this is part of their growing pains that will be fixed quickly or if this will be a major flaw for them. In the meantime I highly recommend when using their website to take your time and fully look around. And if you have questions try using their email contact versus their question box.

Now the good news is that while I was in the middle of writing this, Curve Girl sent me an email telling me I could my readers know they are having a Summer SITEWIDE SALE 10% OFF. So if you want to give them a try yourself now is a great time. And I think they always have free shipping for orders over $50.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Have you spotted something you are excited to try?

 

 

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Plus Size OOTD – Jumpsuit 70’s Style

Simply Be Jumpsuit paired with a Worthington Plus Blouse

Simply Be Plus Size Pinafore Jumpsuit

I really love a good jumpsuit. But it is really hard for me to find one that fits me. Most I have tried in recent years (especially from US brands) seem to be only made for women with short torsos. I am always trying to find one with a good fit, so when this one came in and actually fit me comfortably I was ecstatic. This is the Simply Be Wide Leg Pinafore Jumpsuit. It comes in sizes 8 to 22, but they seem to be out of size 22 at the moment. I am wearing a size 20, which is what I typically wear at most traditionally sized plus size brands like Lane Bryant and Torrid. For reference my measurements are Bust:49″ Waist:42″ Hips: 54″. I did have about an 1.5″ of fabric hemmed from the legs.

70's style plus size jumpsuit

I really love the little touches that hint at the seventies, like the pinafore top, the wide flare legs. Even the material feels like the seventies. In addition to those kinds of touches, one of the things I think a lot of people will love is…it has pockets. And I know how much a lot of you ladies love pockets.

Simply Be Jumpsuit paired with a Worthington Plus Blouse

I have it paired with the Worthington Short-Sleeve Tie-Neck Blouse with Pleated Sleeve. They are sold at JC Penny and come in size 0X to 3X. I have on a 2X, and I think it fits true to size. It is no longer available in this red color, but they still have it in a pink. But if you are looking for something in red I think the Worthington Accordian Sleeve V-Neck Bow Blouse would look equally as striking.

Side view of the Simply Be Jumpsuit paired with GAP Platform heels

My shoes are platform heels from GAP. They are no longer available. I think just about any black heels will look good with this outfit. I personally like the wood heel look just because it is another nod to the 70s.

 

Tell me in the comments below if you would rock a jumpsuit.

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What To Wear With A Kilt

Okay, so its not actually a real kilt, but it has the look and feel of one. I was lucky enough to get one of the Outlander Fraser Tartan Plaid Skirts from Torrid. I would love to tell you that you could get one too, but at this moment they are sold and I have no idea if they are going to bring them back. I do think that its highly likely they will if enough people request it, especially considering quite a few of the pieces from this collection sold out within the first three days.

Outlander Collection Skirt from Torrid paired with a high neck top from JC Penny

It doesn’t really stand out in the pictures like it does in person but there is a very distinct line of a berry or wine color running through the plaid pattern. So I paired the skirt with this BELLE + SKY Long-Sleeve Clip Dot Woven Blouse in Deep Ruby from JC Pennys. It is also currently out of stock, however you can sign up to be put on an email notification list for when its back in stock.

Plus size plaid kilt with a high neck top

The top is pretty sheer, so under it I have on a Torrid Foxy Cami in merlot red. It matches pretty perfectly. They look like they belong together.

Torrid, JC Penny, Journee Collection create this plus size fall fashion look.

The wide calf boots in gray are from the Journee Collection that often sells on Zulily. If you don’t find them on there today, don’t give up. These sorts of boots and this collection sell on Zulily pretty often, but the collections only sell for three days at a time. So just check back often and sign up for their emails if you want a good deal on these sort of boots.

So in the comments below tell me if you managed to get one of these skirts, and what did you pair with them?


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Navigating The World Of Women’s Plus Size Clothing Sizing

Female belly with tape measure

Plus size clothes shopping can be hard for many reasons. Its difficult even when you can try the clothes on before you buy it. But when you take your purchasing online, while it does open up a lot of options of where to shop, it becomes way more confusing about what size to buy. Without the ability to try an item on you are now stuck relying on size charts.

Why is this a problem? It gets confusing because: 1. Women’s sizes don’t just start at the smallest and go to the largest. Instead they are broken up into a bunch of categories and sized in those categories. And 2. Women’s sizes, at least in America, are not standardized. So how an 18W fits at one store might fit completely different at another store. And finally 3. To get the biggest variety of options you might shop stores that are either vintage styles or from another country, and they all have their own sizing as well.

For the purposes of todays article I am only going to talk about non-vintage US sizes. And if it is requested enough I will do follow ups with Vintage sizing and Maybe sizing from other countries. You, the readers, will really have to speak up and let me know what you want with this one.

I am going to use size charts from JC Penny’s because they offer all the sizes I am going to talk about in one store and their size chart tend to be fairly accurate, or at least they have been for me in the past.

First lets examine the two sizing differences that get most confused. This would be Plus Size and Junior Plus.

Camparison of Size Charts for Plus Size and Junior PlusKeep in mind that these are all JC Penny's size charts, so while a 1X here is a 16/18W that is not the case for every store. When shopping at a new store always check their size charts before ordering.

When you look at both size charts they look the same at first glance. Both have a 0X to start with, and both 0X sizes are equal to a 14. So let’s take a look at the differences. Obviously there are W’s behind the numerical sizes of plus sizes, but to make things even more confusing some plus size stores and brand have quit including the W on the end. The real difference comes when you start looking at the measurements.

Lets look at a size 18 in both charts. The bust measurement on the plus size chart is 46″, and on the junior plus side it is 44.5″(which is a generous sizing for junior plus, a lot run much smaller). That is a 1.5″ difference. But for some people, if they didn’t realize the store or brand was junior plus they might assume they had put on weight. Or if they were ordering online they might be very frustrated at a item that doesn’t fit. And at times that can lead to pricey returns at the customers expense, or with some companies even worse an all out loss.

There is so much more that clouds the water though. Its not just about trying to determine whether something is Plus Size or Junior Plus. There is also Misses sizes to look at, and some people can fit in both because of an overlap in sizes. So let’s take a look at both the misses and plus size charts next to each other for comparison.

CompareMisses&PlusThis time when you initially glance at the charts they look very different. And your first thought might be that if you where plus size, why would you even look at misses sizes. And for a large portion of plus size women that would be correct, but as we already said women’s clothing sizes in the US are very complicated.

The problem is not with the letter sizing (at least not for the most part, but we will talk more about that in a minute), but you see we again have many of the same number sizes again. Everything from a 14 to a 20 is on both charts, and depending on the brands you are comparing this could be everything from a 10 to a 24.

Lets look again at the size 18 to compare on both charts. Once again on the plus size bust measurements is 46″ and on the misses side the bust is 44″. That is 2″ difference. While 2″ is quite a bit, if you remember the junior plus sizes was 1.5″ different. So the junior plus and misses sizing is relatively close on measurements, at least in the bust. And if you look once more at the plus size 18 and this time compare it to the misses 20 you will see the bust measurement is actually the same. Actually the hip measurement is the same as well. The only variance is that the waist is 1″ smaller on the misses 20. So while it can be very confusing, if you do happen to fall in that zone where you could fit numerous categories, you have so many more shopping options.

Not that we aren’t already confused about the sizing enough, but now some brands have decided that they no longer want to use the sizing we have used for years. So we have brands that have branched off into a multitude of other types of sizing. The easiest to deal with is places like Torrid that often number theirs sizes 0, 1, 2, and so on. Simply add and X to the end and its the same thing as traditional sizes. Then we have brands that have started using S, M, L, and so on to mark their plus sizes. This is obviously confusing since this is the sizes we traditionally connect to misses  or juniors sizes. With the stores that use these sizing methods, if no size chart is available you must ask. And then we have stores that are not necessarily trying to use misses sizes for plus sizes, but they carry both and so they tag them all using traditional misses sizes and it just goes straight from XL misses over to a XXL plus size. And while just looking at that alone seems like a good thing, until we have everyone on the same page it just adds to the confusion.

I am not really going to discuss the difference in sizing, but I wanted to share this with you so you can take a look for yourself. To make matters even more complicated, some stores like JC Penny have added a third category of Juniors sizing. Now there is Juniors, Junior Plus, and the third added option is Curvy Juniors.

Juniors, Curvy Juniors, and Junior Plus Size Charts to compare

But here is the good news. Yes it may be confusing at times, but its not impossible. And there are certain things that can make shopping easier. First and foremost, I hope that I have impressed upon you the importance of knowing your measurements, especially when shopping online. Because no matter what size range the brand may offer, if you know your measurements, you will most likely end up with an item that fits.

Second, if you take some time to find out how a brand or store is categorized you will find your size there quicker. For example I know at most plus size stores I am a 2X or a 20W, but if I go to Junior Plus I am usually in a 3X. So some examples of straight plus size would be Torrid, Avenue, Lane Bryant. And Junior plus would be Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and Wet Seal (quick tip: if you are having a hard time telling if a store is junior plus check their prices, prices are usually quite a bit less and stores targeting juniors since they either don’t have jobs or only part time ones). But beyond finding the right size, I hope this has perhaps helped at least a of my readers to open up to some new shopping options. All I really want to say is don’t limit yourself just because a store is categorized as something you don’t think you are. Don’t be afraid to just try it.

And finally, if you are ordering from online, always make sure to check out the companies return policy. There is nothing worse than ordering from a company only to get something that looks nothing like what it does in the picture and then find out they have a no return policy. Or just as horrible maybe they charge you a restock fee on top of you paying for the shipping. At the end of the day, read everything because we live in a buyer be ware world.

So do you have any useful tip or tricks that I missed about sizing or shopping? If so make sure you comment below and share with everyone.

 

 

 

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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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