You know what... I love shopping and I love clothes. In my industry though, when I'm working it can be really hard to get out of the office and into the shops. For this reason, I love shopping online... Now I know most curvy girls adore places like the new ASOS Curve and Carmakoma, as well as the online stores for Evans and the like... BUT - have you tried Ebay?
Jen's FashionPlus is an amazing plus-size store on Ebay with an array of clothing for you to look at and enjoy... in fact, it is kind of a one-stop shop for stylish tops, dresses, skirts, playsuits, leggings (and more) for all occassions (My personal fave right now!). The store is innovative and features things which hug, accentuate and ... compliment the curve of your body. Unlike many independent sellers on Ebay, all of Jen's clothes have individual measurements listed and a 7 day returns policy.
Independent sellers on ebay can also contribute some amazing items... these could be things which are brand new, or even quite old - but just needing a new home. I love going to ebay and typing in things like "evans dress" or "torrid corset" and seeing what comes up... you can find great things which are no longer in shops and if you want to narrow what you see, you can always type your dress size into the search too. I constantly search ebay to look for gems.
One of the best gems I've found, is this orange pinafore dress... Now, when I saw the photo and description, I wasn't sure what to think. I knew the shape was right for my body, but wondered about how I would wear the pattern. It was listed as ex Evans and clearly stated that it was "pre-loved" and returns were "not available". It is always a gamble, but at a mere listing price of £5.00, I figured that not a lot could go wrong and if I had to, I could always relist it. Let me make it clear though, it was a sceptical purchase...
I LOVE this dress. This is such an easy, light wear and I am going to adore it through summer. I also love that it's old Evans stock because I know it's a quality garment. I've worn this dress out only a few times, but every time I get complimented on it - I think the vibrancy of the pattern helps. This dress is pretty casual... The detailing sees it cut under the bust, with a tie for the back (which I actually wear at the front to help it cinch in around my figure) and two big pinafore buttons holding the straps in place... casual but really attractive with a black bolero, leggings and knee-high boots.
So... my suggestion is - don't forget EBAY! Check out Jen's FashionPlus and then maybe just do a couple of random searches for items from your favourite retailers... if you buy an item and it's no good - sell it on! Seriously, ebay is a site with plenty of gems hiding away and if you haven't dared to explore it's pages, or haven't for a while - take a quick peek, you will find it truly worth it!
Until next time - Smooch!