Originally Posted by dogberry
Another random thought....
Is anyone as surprised as I am at the vast quantities of sleeveless clothes in plus sizes?? I mean, I *cannot* be the only plus sized woman who's not into flapping her arm flab around for the whole universe to see, can I?
Maybe I am, judging by the number of sleeveless things I see...
Very true. There are a lot of sleeveless tops. And everything seems to have really deep necklines so lots of cleavage shows. I have more than ample cleavage so I don't really need to draw extra attention to it.
Otoh, I also note that when there are short sleeves on a top, those sleeves are really looooooooonnnnnnng, like to the elbow always. And wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide too. Which isn't very flattering on me either. Especially when the current styles are showing much shorter, trimmer-fitting cap sleeves. I'm not excited about showing off a ton of arm flab. But at the same time, nothing screams "I bought this in the plus size dept" like big, loose, elbow-length sleeves. Something in between would be nice, ya know? A sleeve with a tad more coverage and loose enough to flatter, but not big fugly sleeves.
I went to the mall yesterday with the kids and we checked out Lane Bryant. They had some cute stuff in there, but the things I liked were really expensive. I can't afford $48 for a top! They also had a lot of plain, basic things and those were affordably priced. But I don't need any more plain solid color t-shirts. I need something with some style to it! Guess I better start looking for those sale coupons someone mentioned.
I have been enjoying checking out the links people are sharing. There are some cool clothes, even ones I could afford! But I'm wary about buying when I can't try on. I may have to do an internet shopping spree from one of the stores and buy a whole batch of things to try on at home, with the expectation that I'll be returning most of it. I'm not crazy about doing it that way, but sometimes I resort to it. I used to do that with Motherwear all the time when they'd have a sale or free shipping. I knew most of their things wouldn't fit or flatter me but if I tried on a dozen or so items, there would usually be one or two "keepers" in the lot. And the rest would go back. I would just have to warn my DH so when he saw the credit card statement he didn't flip out on me.
As soon as I placed the order, I'd warn him and promise that 90% of it was going back.
I still have a couple local stores to try too. I looked in the phone book and there's a Catherines in a nearby town and also a TJ Maxx that has plus sizes. And I haven't had a chance to look at Macy's for the jeans everyone seems to love. I hope they have cute tops too! I couldn't stay at the mall long enough yesterday though b/c I had all four kids w/ me and my 4 yr old had a potty accident.
I will have to arrange w/ my DH to get some solo shopping time for me!
One more question. There are several discount stores in the same town where I go to shop. Is it worth my time to check out Target, Shopko or K-Mart at all? I know they're cheapie stores, but they all have plus sizes in their ads. And judging by the quality of the stuff in the mall stores, I can't imagine it could be much worse.