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Savvy Shopping For Clothing In Plus Sizes

By Chirsty Diaz

Shopping for clothing in plus sizes can often be a confusing, overwhelming chore. With a certain amount of shopping savvy, you can turn your next shopping excursion into a positive, productive experience. The following expert tips will streamline your style and help you select the best clothing in plus sizes for you.

Make A List

Before you head to the local clothing for plus sizes retailer, take an inventory of what you have in your closet. Ask yourself, "What clothes make me feel good?" Remove items that you haven't worn for six months or longer. Make a list of what you are keeping and what you think you need to purchase. Keep this list with you when you head to the stores.

Don't Confuse A Trend For True Style

Yves Saint Laurent had it right when he said, "Fashions fade; style is eternal." Consider what you love to wear. Do you have a flattering cashmere sweater, or drawer full of signature scarves? Build your wardrobe around your favorites. Don't feel tempted to buy every fad or trend. You don't have to subject yourself to those "must-have" gauchos this season. You won't feel comfortable in them anyway if they are not right for your personal style or body type. Stick to your tried and true fashion staples, and build around those pieces. A good rule of thumb is to have seventy percent of your wardrobe classic pieces and the other thirty percent dedicated to the fun, funky items that spice up your look.

Know When To Shop

It's always helpful to remember that stores have sales and seasonal clearances on a regular basis. Many stores will offer "beginning of the season" sales of ten to thirty percent, but they will give deep discounts on the same merchandise by the end of the season. So, if you are looking for a trendy item that will only be wearable for one season, pay the higher price and wear it all season. If you are in need of classic items like sweaters, black trousers, and white blouses, buy them at the end of the season to wear next year. You'll delight in knowing that you paid a fraction of their original cost.

Splurge Occasionally - But Only On The Necessities

It's always a good idea to buy the best quality staple items that you can afford. Don't scrimp on shoes, handbags, or undergarments. You won't be fooling anyone with poor quality pumps, a knock-off designer purse, or an ill-fitting bra. You will feel more confident and special with high quality basics. They also are made to last. One well-made handbag or pair of shoes can last years.

Enjoy Shopping

Finally, make sure to have fun when you shop. Be kind to yourself when trying on different styles (even fashion models don't look good in everything), ask for help when you need it, and remember to buy only what makes you feel special and comfortable.

About The Author

Christy Diaz is a fashion advisor for plus size women. She has been helping women of all sizes look their absolute best while helping them find fantastic deals on plus size clothing. For the hottest tips, secrets and additonal articles, not to mention some great, plus size deals visit


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