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How to Go Shopping With Your Straight-Size Friends

Posted by on December 12, 2013

I really have a love/hate relationship with shopping. I absolutely love hanging out at the mall and scrounging the clearance racks for great deals, but on the flipside, when you are a plus-size shopper, it can be rough finding cute, affordable clothing options at your local stores.

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Sometimes local boutiques can have more variation in sizes than the mall. Credit: Steve Snodgrass

That does not mean that plus-size shoppers should or can only shop online, it just makes it that much harder for plus-size women to have the same fruitful, enjoyable shopping experience as straight-size women.

Speaking as someone who has relatively few friends who are in the US size 16 range and above, it can be a little disheartening to go shopping with people who can essentially walk into any store they want and buy an outfit off of a mannequin (and I don’t mean the amazing mannequins at Debenhams).

In honor of that struggle, I have made a list of my top six shopping tips to help you shop with your straight-size friends at stores that might not stock your sizes.

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The Trials and Tribulations of Shopping for Formal Plus-Size Dresses

Posted by on November 18, 2013

While scanning the Internet looking for a new dress to wear for my upcoming birthday, I came across a Daily News article about Mielle, a plus-size, appointment-only boutique in Tribeca that specializes in formal gowns. The reporter spoke to a few shoppers and included pictures of the pretty, open-looking shop and some photos of women in various dresses available on-site. She also, to some extent, discussed how crappy it can be trying to find a really great formal dress as a plus-size woman.

Jay Miranda

If you’re looking for great formal wear, it’s always a good idea to check out some plus-size fashion bloggers to see what they’ve got going on. Credit: Jay Miranda

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