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Amazon Prime Wardrobe Plus Size Try On August 2018

Amazon Prime Wardrobe Plus Size Try On

Its been a minute since I showed you my first Amazon Prime Wardrobe. They seem to have added some more options in the plus sizes since I last picked items to show, so I thought now was a good time again to show some more selections. I’m still not feeling my best, so the pictures are not in my usual style or place. I just did a casual try on in my bedroom. No makeup or hair done. No shoes on. Just me.

Amazon Prime Wardrobe Plus Size Try On

And while I say they have added more options, and they have, I will say their selection is still greatly lacking for plus sizes. I initially set out wanting to order pants and swimsuits to show, and as you will see I got neither of those. They did have pants as options, but the selections were extremely limited and many were gone in my size. As for bathing suits, there was a category for them, but nothing was listed. So I just reverted back to my typical choice of dresses, tops, jewelry, and shoes.

Just as a FYI for those of you not familiar with how the Amazon Prime Wardrobe works, not all sizes or colors are guaranteed to be offered for home try on. I will be posting the stats for each item as they are available to purchase, but you will have to check for yourself if they are still available when this post goes live and if your size is available for at home try on. If you wear the same size as me then you are golden, these items are definitely available for at home try on. For reference I generally wear a size 20W or a 2X at most plus size women’s stores like Lane Bryant or Torrid. My current measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 42.5″ and Hips: 54.5″. I wear 40DDD bra and 9W shoe.

I ended up getting mostly dresses, so let’s start with them first. I picked up four of them. I don’t work outside of the home, so most of my dresses aren’t really work appropriate. So I got two dresses I thought would be great for work for those of you who need it. And the other two dresses are more of my style.

 

Calvin Klein Women's Plus-Size Sleeveless Solid Fit-and-Flare Dress

This is the Calvin Klein Sleeveless Solid Fit-and-Flare Dress. It is available in sizes 14 to 24 and it comes it is available in three colors. I am wearing a 20W in the color RED. It sells for $99.00.

This dress fit me about as perfect as I could ask for. Calvin Klein usually is a good fit for me. Most of their designs are with the hourglass shape in mind. It’s really a beautiful well made dress. I think it would look equally great on you pear shaped ladies as the hips are pretty open. It might be a challenge for anyone who puts their weight on in the middle as there is no stretch in the material. But there is no harm in trying, that is the great thing about the Amazon Prime Wardrobe service. If it doesn’t fit, just put it back in the box and ship it back.

 

Sangria Women's Plus Size Palm Print Chiffon Maxi

This is the Sangria Women’s Plus Size Palm Print Chiffon Maxi. It is available in sizes 16 to 24. I am wearing a size 20W. It sells for $85.00.

I feel like I have a lot of things to say about this dress, some good, some bad. I was initially hesitant to put this in my Prime Wardrobe cart because the model looked very thin added to the fact that there was no size chart posted for the brand it had me worried that it would run really small. I wasn’t sold on the fabric either. When I took it out of the package I was really pleasantly surprised at the fabric and pattern. It was really much prettier in person.

My feelings started changing once I had the dress on. But instead of my fears of the dress running really small, it was quite the opposite. I know you can’t tell much from the picture above, but this dress actually runs one to two sizes too large. There were also some fit issues that unless I eventually try on the smaller size I won’t know if it was caused by the size issue or if it is a problem with how the dress is made.

I did take some additional pictures with my cell phone so you can get a closer look at the problem areas.

You can see obviously the arm holes were way too big. And in the bust you can see my bra peeking through where it’s too large and gapes open. There was no way to securely close it. There were also issues in the waist, but no way to get them to show up in a picture. If this dress is still available in a smaller size when I get back from vacation I may give it another shot, but that is a big if.

 

Lark & Ro Women's Plus-Size Sleeveless Printed Scuba Sheath Dress

This is the Lark & Ro Sleeveless Printed Scuba Sheath Dress. It is available in sizes 14 to 24. It sells for $35.76, making this the most affordable dress I tried on this time. So shout out to the plus size ladies on a budget. I am wearing a size 20W here.

This dress was also slightly large on me, but not nearly as large as the previous dress. It was mainly large in the middle and at the neck. But this dress is in a ponte material, so I think that I could easily size down even though it wasn’t big everywhere. I also think that not everyone would need to size down. It will depend on where you put your weight on and how fitted you like your clothing.

 

London Times Women's Plus Size V Neck Halter Fit and Flare Dress

The fourth and final dress I picked out was the London Times V Neck Halter Fit and Flare Dress. Its available in sizes 14 to 22. And it sells for $46.15. I have on a size 20W.

I’m not entirely sure why they are calling this dress a halter, it is not a halter neck. Maybe they meant mock halter neck. I’m not entirely sure I even would consider this dress a fit and flare. But no matter what it’s called, it is definitely beautiful and it fits me quite well. I don’t think my pictures do it justice. It is a thinner material though, so this is not going to be something you get for cooler weather.

 

Since that was the last dress we will move on to the tops next. Since I did not get any pants in this order I used a pair of my own jeggings from Torrid.

Lucky Brand Women's Plus Size Hamsa Doodle Tee

This is the Lucky Brand Hamsa Doodle Tee. I can’t really tell you a size range or price because it is now saying it is currently not available as I am writing this. I am linking to the top just in case incomes back in stock.

The one thing I can tell you is I have on a 2X, and it seems to be fitting the slightest bit large. It’s not uncomfortably large though, so I could make it work.

 

Vintage America Blues Women's Plus Size Sofia Vneck Textured Elbow Sleeve Printed Top

The second top I picked was this Vintage America Blues Sofia Vneck Textured Elbow Sleeve Printed Top. It is available in sizes 1X and 2X. It sells for $74.50. I am in the 2X size.

So I definitely though the print on this top was very pretty, but I had a couple of issues with it that are for the most part personal preference. The biggest thing for me is I just don’t like the way this lies on my body shape. It didn’t really show this well on the model shown. The other thing was the sleeves. It has a band about half way down the arm. It doesn’t have any stretch, and while it fit me it was uncomfortable. If anyone has larger upper arms than me I doubt it will fit them.

 

That is all of the clothes in this box. I do have a couple of accessories to share.

Propet Women's Aurora Wedge Sandal

These are the Propet Women’s Aurora Wedge Sandal. They are available in sizes 6 to 12 and widths of Narrow all the way up to XXWide. It comes in 10 color options. I am wearing 9W in the color Brown. This particular shade and size sells for $69.95. However other colors and sizes are priced differently.

These are actually really great sandals. I liked them more than I expected. If you have a hard time finding a sandal with a comfortable fit because the straps are too tight or too loose, then this might be a great pair to try. Each individual strap on this shoe can open and adjust with velcro closures. It is a leather upper and a synthetic sole. Very comfortable foot bed with added arch support. This would make a great sandal for walking all day at a festival.

 

Panacea Silver Teardrop Drusy Drop Earrings

And my very last item are these Panacea Silver Teardrop Drusy Drop Earrings. I once again can’t give you the information on these because it says they are out of stock. But I have linked them in case they come back in stock.

I do think my picture more accurately depicts these earrings than the one shown on Amazon. Their stock photo looks very flat and one tone. But these earrings are multidimensional. They are very pretty.

 

At the end of the day what I ended up purchasing was the London Times Dress and the Panacea earrings. And while I technically did not purchase the shoes, I also sort of did. The color I wanted was not available for at home try on, so I did the try on with this color and sent those back. As soon as I saw that I really liked the shoes I purchased the ones I wanted which also happened to be drastically cheaper. I think I would have been more  tempted by the Calvin Klein dress if I worked in an office. I also really wish the Sangria dress fit better because the fabric and movement of it is just beautiful.

For those of you interested in seeing how the dresses move on the body make sure you are following me on my social media. I will be posting some short vide clips of each of the dresses and me moving in them.

Let me know in the comments below what you want to see me try on next. Also let me know how you feel about the change in the way I did the pictures this time.

 

 


 

 

 

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What You Need To Know About Amazon Prime Wardrobe – A Review Of My First Plus Size Order

Amazon Prime Wardrobe

Amazon Prime Wardrobe

I have been talking about Amazon Prime Wardrobe here on the blog since the news first came out this past fall. I knew this could mean something big for plus sizes, especially for those of you who live in areas where plus size clothing is just not that accessible. I know from personal experience that if you have a limited budget for clothing, it can cause a lot of anxiety when you want to try a new brand but have no way to try it on before buying.

So I wanted to make sure I shared my first experience with Amazon Prime Wardrobe so you can see exactly how it works and what I thought of the options available. So this will be part review and part explanation. I will also be sharing more in the future, but most likely those will just be strictly about the clothing and not as much about how it works.

How Prime Wardrobe Works

Prime Wardrobe works pretty simply, but you must have a credit card on file with Amazon to place an order. Unfortunately a debit card or prepaid debit card will not work, it must be an actual bank issued credit card.

First you can either search directly through Prime Wardrobe available items, or you can just look for the Prime Wardrobe badge on items as you shop. You need to add at least three items to your cart that are Prime Wardrobe eligible. And I believe eight items are the limit. There is actually a separate cart that your Prime Wardrobe items go into. So don’t be surprised when they don’t show up in the regular area that you check out in.

Once you have selected your items and checked out, they will be shipped to you. Some items may be shipped separately, but your try on period does not begin until you have all items in your possession. The try on period is seven days. Just be careful not to remove any of the tags. And this is just for try on. They are not meant to be worn.

During the seven day try on period you can decide what you want to keep and what you do not. Though you can absolutely send things back before the seven days is up. Once you decide what you want to keep, you wrap everything back up and put it in the easy seal reusable box it was sent in. Put the provided return label on the box. And then simply drop the box off at your local UPS or UPS Store.

 

What I Ordered

I want to share here what I ordered to try on. In this section I am sharing the pictures from Amazon, and I will share my own pictures a little later.

 

 

 

How Your Package Arrives

Your Prime Wardrobe order doesn’t come in the typical Amazon box or bubble mailer. All items come in a box like this:

Amazon Prime Wardrobe Boxes

Now you want to make sure you open these the way Amazon intended because you will be reusing these boxes and if you don’t open them the right way it could ruin it. There is actually a pull tab that you rip on one side. Then when you open it up you see there is a second sealable closure so the box can be reused for shipping items back.

Inside the box, here is how it is packed:

Packing materials inside the Amazon Prime Wardrobe box

You get the little booklet telling you what to do with the items and how to return anything. And inside is also return labels, so make sure you don’t toss this in the trash. And as you can see there is also plenty of the air packs included to keep items from shifting around too much during the shipping process.

You see that I received two boxes. My order was shipped in two parts. Now I don’t really have a problem with them shipping these items separately, but I do have a problem with what was shipped in the second box. In the second box was my necklace. That is all, just the necklace. The reason I have a problem with that is these are big boxes, and not just big but thicker than the average Amazon box. I really dislike being wasteful like this.

Trying Everything On

I have pictures of everything except for the Jessica Simpson dress, in this case I was sent the wrong item and in the wrong size. Most items I have pictures of it on me, but there is one pair of shoes I did not put on for pictures. If you have been following my All Dress April posts, then you may have already seen some of these pictures.

Amazon Prime Wardrobe Plus size dress

Here I have on the Tiana B dress paired with the Naturalizer Sandals. And here is a closer look at the Sandals:

Naturalizer Sandals from Prime Wardrobe

I did not keep either of these items. The shoes, while extremely comfortable were just a little too loose on me. I ordered them in 9W, and I think I would have needed a medium width in these. If they are still available when I get my next box I may try them in the medium width. The dress fit comfortably, but I felt it just wasn’t the best look for me. If it had been cut a little different I probably would have kept this.

Plus size dress and necklace available through Amazon Prime Wardrobe

Here I am wearing the Lark & Ro dress with the Panacea Necklace. And here is a closer look at the pendant on the necklace:

Panacea pendant necklace available in Amazon Prime Wardrobe

Again, the pictures are just not doing this justice. It is an unbelievably beautiful necklace. And I did end up buying the necklace. The dress I thought looked great on, but the fit just was not good for me. It wasn’t tight or anything, but because of the cut combined with the type of fabric used it didn’t work well with a larger bust. So if I raised my arm the whole dress raised up way too high. I think this would be perfect for someone with a smaller bust than me.

Bella Vita shoes available on Amazon Prime Wardrobe

This is one of the two items I did not take pictures of on me. That is because even though I ordered a 9W, as I did with the other pair, it was extremely tight. The other item was the third dress ordered, but as I said earlier, they sent the wrong dress and wrong size.

Sending Things Back

The process of sending things back is really quite easy and does not cost you anything. You just pack everything back in the box provided. And if you got your items in multiple shipments you can totally put all of your items in one box, assuming they fit. You seal it up using the easy seal strip, simply peel off strip the plastic strip and then press the box lid down. Affix the label, and it is ready to go. You just have to drop it off at UPS. This part was super convenient for me since my mail box is at the UPS store.

Before your try on period ends, and before sending everything back I do recommend you log in and use the checkout. This is simply you letting them know what you are keeping and what you are sending back. If you do not do this you will be charged and then refunded when they receive the items back. But if you use the checkout you are only charged for the items you are keeping and don’t have to worry about waiting for a refund.

Final Thoughts

Before I tried Amazon Prime Wardrobe I thought this had the potential to be great. After trying it, I think it is currently a good service that still has the potential to be great. I think this works better for me than similar services out there right now.

I have tried a couple of clothing boxes where you try on and send back, but they all choose for you and charge $20 styling fees each time. After trying those multiple times I have yet to receive items I actually would purchase from either of the ones I tried. But with Prime Wardrobe you choose what you want to try yourself, and there is no additional fee beyond what you pay for a Prime Membership.

There are definitely areas Amazon could improve on. The plus size selection is slim, especially when it comes to the more affordable options. I have been told they are planning on increasing the selection, not just for plus size but all sizes. I would like to see them have an option for post office drop offs for anyone who may not have a UPS in their town. And I hope they work out a way that would make it possible to use a debit card for the transaction, that way it could be more accessible to everyone. But only time will tell what sort of improvements are actually going to happen with this service.

 

Let me know in the comments if you have tried Amazon Prime Wardrobe yet and what you thought.

 

 

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Why Amazon Prime Just Became A Necessity If You Are Plus Size

Amazon prime membership

Amazon prime membership

I am sure at this point that if you use Amazon, or maybe even if you don’t, you have at least heard about Amazon Prime. And the majority probably know at least the basics of what you get with it. But for anyone who is not familiar some of the more popular features are:

  • Prime Delivery – FREE Two-Day Shipping
  • Prime Video – Stream thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost
  • Kindle First – Choose one Kindle book of the six Picks each month for free
  • Prime Reading – Enjoy unlimited reading on any device

And they have so much more. For a complete list of what you get with Amazon Prime, you can view that here.

It seems like Amazon is constantly adding new features for their members, and surprisingly not raising the price of membership. If you are not already a prime member, Amazon’s latest announcement of what they will be offering soon should have you running to sign up if you are a plus size woman. Coming soon is Amazon Wardrobe, where you try before you buy and free easy returns. Currently it is still in the beta stage and by invitation only, but you can sign up to be notified when it goes live.

It will work very much like many of the online styling boxes, except you will be the one picking what you try, and there is no extra cost over your prime membership. Here is how it is going to work.

  1. Pick three or more items from across clothing shoes and accessories.
  2. You have a seven day try on period to find the best fit at home.
  3. Only pay for the items you keep, and return using the free label and box provided.

As someone who hasn’t had great success with those subscription styling boxes, I can’t wait to see how this service plays out with Amazon. I really think its a must have for plus size women because of the doubt it removes in the purchasing process. No longer do you have to worry about sizing being wrong on Amazon and the difficulty of trying to return it. What a relief it will be to so many people. I do hope that name brands will be included, but only time will tell.

Tell me in the comments what you think about this new benefit from Amazon Prime. Will you be using the service? Has this convinced you to sign up for Prime?

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Product Review – Sole Patches

Sole Patches

I was recently sent a box of Sole Patches to try out. I was pretty excited to give these a try, and let me tell you why. I love shoes, especially heels. As someone who has had to cut back on how often I wear my heels due to the foot and back pain they can cause, I would love to find a product that would enable me to wear them more often.

Sole Patches are a cushion that can be worn in one of three way with your heels to make them more comfortable. You may be thinking to yourself that there is nothing new about that, there are already lots of cushions made to go into your shoes for comfort. And if that is what you are thinking, then you would be partially right. There are a couple of big differences though, and those differences play a part in why I was so excited to try Sole Patches.

With most traditional cushions for your shoes, you have two options. You can go with the insert type, which only works with closed toe shoes and rarely works with heels because they won’t stay in place. Or you can go with the pads that stick to bottom of the shoe. You place them where you think you need them. While these can be worn with any shoes, I always found the adhesive to be lacking and the cushion slides out by the end of the day. And while Sole Patches says sticking the patches to the shoe is a option, and a permanent one at that, it is not the main recommended use.

Sole Patches are actually made to be stuck directly on to your skin and then can be disposed with at the end of the day. If you use them in this fashion versus sticking them to your shoes, then you can easily switch shoes throughout the day with ease and still have the comfort of the cushions.

Sole Patches out of the box

I was sent the same box they have available for sale on their website. Each box contains six patches or three sets. Since I had three sets to test out, I wanted to be as thorough as possible in my testing. I thought the best thing to do was try each set out in very different types of shoes to see if it made any difference in how they wore and stood up through the day.

Three pairs of shoes I tries Sole Patches with

So the first thing I did was check out the directions to make sure I applied them properly.

Back of the Box of Sole Patched with Directions.

Directions:

– Make sure your foot is clean and dry.

– Flex your foot. This will ensure pad sticks to optimal surface area.

– Aim for the ball of your foot, the heel, or wherever you find pain/soreness to be a problem. (Optional: Stick to shoe for permanent fixation.)

– Remove adhesive backing from Sole Patches and apply.

That is all there is too it. Pretty simple.

 

Now before we get into how they worked with each of the shoes lets take a look at what the product claims are. Here is what the box says:

The moisture-repelling, odor-repelling, anti-microbial, shock-absorbing properties cushion your feet while walking in uncomfortable shoes, eliminating the pain and soreness you once felt after a long day! Prevents feet from sliding forward. Medical-grade adhesive is super durable and will withstand up to hours of wear, giving you the flexibility to change into multiple pairs of shoes! Don’t commit to just one pair.

Day 1 Of Testing

Botties from The Avenue.

For the first day I wanted to try out the Sole Patches in this pair of booties from the Avenue. While they are not the most uncomfortable shoes I own, I can never seem to where them to really walk in. They are mainly a put them on go out to dinner come home kind of shoes. Or occasionally I will take photos in them. Anything more than a couple of hours and I am not a happy camper in these.

So after I adjusted the Sole Patches on my feet I then, I then tried to slip my booties on. Unfortunately it was a bit of a struggle with having the patches on my feet and trying to slip them in the narrow neck of the booties. After it was all said and done I never could get my foot into the boots comfortably with the patches on. I could get my feet in, but it always felt like the patches were bunched up under my feet. After 15 minutes of trying to make it work, I gave up. I ended up taking them off and going with my comfortable shoes for the day. I had places to be.

And I do want to offer a bit of fair warning to anyone who may have sensitive feet. If you decide to take a pair of these off soon after putting them on, they aren’t super easy to take off. I wouldn’t say they are painful, but it was a bit uncomfortable. I would say that it was a similar sensation to that of yanking a Band-Aid off.

Day 2 Of Testing

TUK cat shoes I bought on ModCloth

For the second day I chose this pair of T.U.K.s I bought from ModCloth a couple of years ago. Again, they aren’t the most uncomfortable ones I own, but I would really like to increase the amount of time I can wear them. In the past two hours has been the maximum I could go in these.

I had a much easier time sliding these on with the Sole Patches on my feet. So I already felt victorious there. I almost instantly felt a difference in the comfort level. I did take a change of shoes with me, just in case, because I had a really long day scheduled full of running errands. I wanted to make sure there was a backup in case the Sole Patches didn’t work for me. Just like with the last pair, my longest run of wearing them was around two hours before my feet started to hurt, and that was without a lot of walking.

As I moved through my day I noticed at the two hour mark that I was still feeling pretty comfortable. Of course at that point I had done minimal walking, but I would normally have been in pain at this point with the same amount of activity. This had me feeling quite hopeful. From that point on I was quite a bit more active, my day involved a lot more walking. And I am happy to say at the four hour mark I was still feeling relatively comfortable.

However it was after this point that things started slowly breaking down. Around the five hour mark I was starting to hurt a bit. And by six hours, when I made it home, my feet were starting to ache. I had noticed for the last hour that the Sole Patches were feeling a little loose, and when I took my shoes off I could definitely tell they were indeed coming loose from my skin. (See picture below to see it coming off after wear) I also had started to slide down in my shoe a bit in the last hour, and I notice when I took my shoes off my right foot had developed a blister on the small toe from all the walking.

Sole Patches pulling away from my skin at the end of the day.

Even though it didn’t have me dancing in the street for a full twenty-four hours, I still found the increase wear quite impressive. I seriously doubt I would ever be able to walk in any shoes a straight twenty-four hours to even test it out.

Day 3 Of Testing

Eva & Zoe platform heels

On the third day I decided to try the Sole Patches out while wearing these Eva & Zoe platform heels. This particular pair of heels have always been those shoes that you wear a different pair of shoes to the restaurant of choice. You put this pair on right before walking into the restaurant. You go get seated, eat, and leave. And then you immediately change back into the other shoes once you are out of the restaurant.

I didn’t really have any errands to run for the third day. I was only cleaning house. So this unfortunately prevented me from fully testing them out, because its just not possible (at least for me) to clean in these. However I was able to put them on for a while and test them. For this pair they slid on find. I did find that it made them a little uncomfortably tight though. The comfort was there, and I was able to walk around fine. I only had them on for about a half an hour, but that was already well past the usual breaking point in this pair of shoes.

Overall I really like these. I think they are worth a try if you are a shoe lover who would like to extend the wear time of your shoes. Though as you saw from my experience they may not be wearable with all shoes.

I you would like more information on Sole Patches or to find out where to purchase them you can find that on their website.

Tell me in the comments below, have you or would you give these a try?

 

 

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