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Posted By debralebel on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:56AM

I have had lots of luck over the years shopping at Lane Bryant (over 20 years, omg)  One thing I can always find there are great bras. They have so many different fits and styles in every size imaginable.  Including sexy, lacy, bras and mathcing panties that actually have support!  I just purchased 4 bras for around $70. It was Buy 2 Get 2 free. They are well worth the price because they last a long time.

I also looked for jeans while I was there. I usually like Seven brand but have been dissapointed in their selection this past year. Sometimes they get a little too trendy. I don't think acid washed or destroyed jeans are appropriate for a 37 year old and I didn't see anyone under 20 shopping there.  I'm also not crazy about their Venezia brand jeans. They either have too much lycra, make my but look funny, or look old after a couple of washes. I think this is due to using ramie in the fabric content. Ramie is good for sweaters but not jeans!

I can always find a cute top or sweatshirt here. They have tons too choose from. Just purchased a dark blue, Seven brand , long sleeve hooded tissue shirt with a few black beads along the bottom. Can be worn casual or night out. I'm sure it will become my favorite.

I'll check out Lane Bryant again in a couple of weeks. They are constantly getting new things in.


Posted By debralebel on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:42AM


My most recent finds were from Alloy. My teenage daughter started getting this catalog after she ordered something from their sister company, Delia's. I was so excited when I found out alloy has Juniors style clothing in up to 3x! Not all of their clothes are available in plus but the quality makes up for the lack of quantity. I purchased 2 long cardigans (grey and black). They fit perfectly and are so soft. Great for fall or spring days or chilly offices. I also got a funky layered tank in grey with a silver metal mesh pocket. Super cute and long enough to cover my fat tummy (thanks to having 3 kids). The third item was a pair of Decree jeans. Too big in the waist and too much spandex for my taste. They bag out when they have too much spandex. They were the perfect length, though. Alloy has a huge selection of jeans- Truck, Decree, Vigoss. Most are available up to size 25 and all come in 3 different lengths. I'm 5'8 and have a hard time finding jeans long enough to wear with boots or heels. The 33" inseam was perfect. I will definetly shop at Alloy. com again. Wish they had a store in Fresno!


Big Girls Shop Too!

Posted By debralebel on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:27AM

So glad I found this group! I'm constantly on the search for a great fitting pair of jeans, or great fitting anything! I'm excited to try some of your recommendations, although I've shopped at most of the places already.  I'm 37 years old and a size 20. I love fashion and don't think I should have to dress like a granny to find something that fits. The fashion industry is slow in catering to the needs of plus sized women. You'd think they'd be all over it, considering how much $$$ we spend on our clothes!  I think I'll spend my day off posting my opinion on my fashion finds instead of actually shopping today. It will probably be more satisfying.

The OverBra Provides Ultimate Lift and Support

Posted By Fashion on Jan 21, 2010 at 9:00AM

The OverBra is the new shapewear idea that shapes your bust and accentuates your cleavage. Think of it as a vest for your bra — only it's not meant to be seen. It comes in four styles — original, midriff, longline, slip — and each does a slightly different task. The original, pictured below, is mainly to flatten back bulges and enhance cleavage. The midriff takes care of tummy creases, the longline is good for tummy and hip coverage, and the slip is perfect for under dresses. Since it's a brand-new concept, it's slightly confusing; check out the how to wear it section then see where to buy it. Intrigued or insane?

Fab Body Guide: Dames & Broads Lingerie For International Body Types

Posted By Fashion on Oct 23, 2009 at 12:34PM

It's a known fact different countries have varying ideas on what body type is sexy. Lingerie company Dames & Broads has capitalized on that truth by offering lingerie from all around the world. Like any other site, you can shop by category and body type; but here, you can also shop by country. For instance, if you want to impress Brazilians — i.e. downplay your breasts, play up your behind — shop Brazilian bras and panties. For a demure, proper look, stop by the United Kingdom section for lingerie with lots of embellishments like ruffles and pleats. France, Colombia, Netherlands, Turkey, and the US are also represented. Learn about each country's ideal body type and par avion!

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Fab Body Guide: Plus-Size Shopping Websites

Posted By Fashion on Jul 25, 2007 at 4:50AM

Like Liv Tyler's sister and plus-sized model, Mia Tyler (pictured), most girls aren't rail-thin. In fact, many have beautiful, womanly curves! True, models are super-skinny (except for this plus-sized model who walked the Jean Paul Gaultier catwalk for Paris Fashion Week) but they have people commanding them to stop eating, to eat less, to not eat. Nonetheless, in the words of SJP: "Fashion is not a luxury" and we all deserve to wear cute stuff! And so, I put together a list of favorite shopping sites that carry fabulous plus-sized fashions - enjoy!

  • AgentProvocateur.com - Sexy lingerie is sold in 38D and extra-large.
  • LaneBryant.com - Fun casual and dressy clothing, and lingerie, for sizes 14-28.
  • BananaRepublic.com - Order made-to-fit trousers online.
  • DKNY.com - Most of their city-savvy merchandise comes in size 14.
  • Gap.com - Pants in sizes 18 and 20 are sold exclusively online.
  • JCrew.com - A size 16 section on the site features dresses, trousers and swimwear.

  • Macys.com - How exciting! This is the only site that currently sells O Oscar, Oscar de la Renta's secondary sportswear line, in sizes up to 16.
  • MichaelKors.com - Michael by Michael Kors items can be found in extra-large.
  • Torrid.com - Find all the latest trends like leggings in plus sizes.
  • RalphLauren.com - Lauren by Ralph Lauren carries select items up to size 22.
  • SaksFifthAvenue.com - Saks has a special web plus-sized section called Salon Z that carries sizes 14 to 24.
  • VictoriasSecret.com - You can find size 40DD bras, as well as other items in size 16.


Fit vs. healthy

Posted By MichyPanicky on Jul 13, 2007 at 3:18PM

I used to think that being fit was the way to be healthy. We live in a world that is driven by appearances, we have to look a certain way to be accepted. I'm a 19 year old girl that should be into all of that, looking hot and fit, but i'm not, i'm into being healthy and happy no matter my size.

Being healthy is being fit and beautiful in my opinion, never let anyone make you change who you are because that's a waste of the person you're meant to be.

Whats your type?

Posted By Chellard on Jun 12, 2007 at 7:29PM

As a plus-size woman that is fashion conscious, it is so hard to find things that are in style, fun, fresh, and fit my body. I tend to be a more classic dresser, but from time to time I'll through in a funky find. It suits me well and most people are impressed with what i get away with - I even have skinny girls ask me "where did you get that - and does it come in my size?", always feels great. :)

How funky or classic do you dress?

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Lane Bryant 30% off sale

Posted By HistoryGeek913 on May 3, 2007 at 11:04AM

Lane Bryant is having a 30% off sale this weekend - off of most everything in the store. I think it's also good online. www.lanebryant.com

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Posted By Ashes22 on Feb 26, 2007 at 7:58PM

http://www.igigi.com/ is another great site for plus size girls. they have a great section where you can pick your body type and they tell you what works for YOUR body.

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