After years of trial and error, I finally have favorite plus size clothing pieces that I wear until they fall apart. And then I buy the same thing over again.
If you're looking to find some clothes and products that, as a plus size woman, you can rely on, check out my list of favorites, starting inside and working out. No doubt you'll find something that you love and buy year after year.
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When I was in my mid-30s, I finally got properly fitted for a bra. Ladies, unless you've had someone who REALLY knows how to fit a bra for big boobs, you don't know how good you can feel and look. Every woman who had ever tried to fit me in department stores, Victoria's Secret (please) and even Lane Bryant, had failed me. Then a woman at Gie Gie's Lingerie in Paoli, Pennsylvania changed my life. I am NOT exaggerating.
She measured me, kind of sized me up visually, and came back with a couple of bras to try on. We found the perfect one and I have never tried another bra since. Nothing gets squished out the top, sides or bottom. My boobs are held high. And my new bra gave me a waist again. I beg you: Get fitted for real. If you have big boobs, those stretchy, thin straps on Cacique bras are going to do NOTHING for you.
Now, a really good bra is a little bit expensive. But trust me. It will last for years and IT'S WORTH IT.
Favorite bra: Wacoal Women's Awareness Underwire Bra in 42H
The only underwear I like is cotton. Those slippery, satiny undies just aren't my thing. And, I don't have time to matchy-match my underwear and bras. I know some women are all about that, and I applaud them.
Instead, I rely on what some may call “granny panties” and I don't care. They're comfortable and they do what they need to do. If I want to get fancy, I go to Torrid and buy some super geeky panties. In fact, recently I bought Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, Batman and Pepe Le Pew underwear from Torrid.
A certain style is the most flattering to my very bosomy figure. When I see Harry Potter or superhero shirts in this style, I buy a bunch.
I like football jerseys or baseball tees, the kind of shirt with a slanted sleeve seam. I also like 3/4 sleeves and a scooped hem.
Favorite tops: Baseball tees from Torrid
One day, in Starbucks, I was telling one of the baristas that I needed yoga pants, but my favorite store, Fashion Bug Plus, had gone out of business. She told me that she worked at Torrid and that I should try their jeggings.
Now, denim had not touched my skin in years. My black yoga pants, which were slightly bootcut, were my go-to pants. However, I stopped in when she was there and she fitted me out with jeggings. Friends, I have never looked back! They're soooo comfy. And they look damn good, if I do say so myself.
Favorite bottoms: Torrid jeggings
It should come as no surprise that I usually find the perfect dress at Torrid. I mean, I've only gone on and on about them. I'll throw out an honorable mention to Macy's, however. I've found some really flattering dresses there in the past.
Favorite dresses: Torrid (various)
I'm an affiliate with several great online stores for plus size nerds. Here's an alphabetical list of the stores I recommend. Full disclosure: I get a small commission from these affiliates every time you click through their links and make a purchase. These commissions are no extra cost to you, and they pay for things like server space, email accounts, ads and new clothes to try on and write about.
I wish I had enough space to buy every cool pair of socks I see. I love socks! Because they always fit. And they're just so fun. My favorite socks are my Hogwarts house socks. There's a pair each for all four houses, plus another pair with the Hogwarts crest. I always feel happy when I wear them.
Favorite socks: Hogwarts house socks
I'll confess that, for a long time, Crocs were my favorite shoes. (Deep down, they still are!) But I got to the point where I wanted to look nice when I was out and about, even if I was dressed casually.
I actually have two favorite kinds of shoes. Where I live in Pennsylvania, the seasons are just too extreme to have only one favorite pair of shoes. For warm weather, I wear Keens. They're very comfortable, my feet don't get hot, and I can wear them when I'm hiking and camping with my Girl Scout troop. For cooler weather, I wear Clarks. I found an absolutely adorable pair of Mary Janes that are now my go to shoes in fall and winter (as long was it's not too snowy).
I have a favorite winter coat, but I don't think they sell it anymore. It's a waist-length, black, quilted, down jacket. You know, the kind that everyone wears, it seems like. It's lightweight and super warm.
However, I have a new favorite thing to keep me warm. A few years ago, my mother bought me a tartan poncho (I'm an avid Outlander fan). It's very simple, but just the ticket. It keeps me warm, but doesn't stifle me. It doesn't have any buttons or closures, so I just throw it over my head. And when I wear it, I look elegant, even if I just have a t-shirt and jeans on.
I don't know which Etsy seller she bought from. But there are dozens and dozens of choices for you.
Favorite outerwear: Tartan poncho
Here's a list of online stores where I like to shop. I am also an affiliate of these shops.