PMM welcomes Darlene Lebron-Lopez of the blog Suits, Heels & Curves as a PMM blog contributor. Darlene’s blog is geared towards the professional curvy woman and how she can achieve sophisticated style in the workplace and beyond. Darlene is also a petite plus size woman and offers her experiences shopping as a petite customer. On the PMM blog, she will offer her advice, tips and suggestions on shopping petite plus sizes, career wear, styling, fit and more! Here’s her second article, all about Christmas gift shopping for that curvy girl in your life.
Shopping for a curvy girl can be a little intimidating to some people. First, there is the whole “where to shop at” factor. With less mainstream brands carrying plus sizes in-store and many of the major plus size retailers downsizing, you may not be aware that your best shopping option is actually to go online. Yup, have you ever heard of ASOS, Eloquii, or City Chic? Probably not, but don’t worry, I’m here to help!
The plus size industry has a mecca of options for the curvy chica in your life. From clothing to accessories, shoes and outerwear; you will be surprised at how many options and how much variety you actually do have out there.
So here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Raid her closet and see which brands she frequents. Take note of the items she wears often and their sizing. This will help you narrow down your options.
2. If access to her closet is not possible, consider investing in accessories. Most people may not be aware that there are jewelry designers that focus on just the plus size market. Consider getting her a beautiful bracelet in her favorite color or style. If you’re looking for investment sterling silver and gold pieces, companies such as Isabel Wolfe and Thistle & Bee Too both offer larger jewelry sizes in beautiful pieces that will definitely impress her.
3. Be careful buying shoes. Some women wear wide width and others do not. Unless you are confident in sizing, width and style, move on to a different option.
4. Try to understand what she likes and what she’s been been eyeing. Maybe something she has been talking about ordering for a while? Or something that she may consider a splurge would be a great gift choice.
5. Do not guess in sizing! Avoid shopping from a straight size (“non-plus”) stores. I don’t think I need to get into detail about the problems this may cause. For plus size women, fit is key and this could be a recipe for disaster.
6. If all else fails, consider getting her a gift card to a store she frequents. With holiday and after-Christmas sales, she will be happy to have the ability to focus just on herself without the financial guilt looming over her head.
Here are a few of my top retailers and some shopping notes to get you started:
Lane Bryant – Online and traditional store in most major cities. Many great classic looks, shoes, accessories and excellent undergarments and lingerie. Items purchased online can be shipped and returned in-store.
Eloquii – Online only. Edgy, fast fashion including clothing, outerwear and accessories. Some items are very long, so make sure to take note on skirt lengths. There are some petite options in pants. Clearance items are final sale.
Torrid – Online and traditional store in most major cities. Edgy, fun, party and weekend looks. They carry clothing, accessories, shoes and undergarments.
ASOS – Online only. Offers a wide variety of options – everything from clothing to handbags and in many different styles and price points. Their plus size section is called ASOS Curve and they also carry wide width shoes.
Here’s a few other places worthy of checking out:
- Fashion to Figure
- One Stop Plus
- City Chic
- Forever 21
- Ashley Stewart
- Old Navy
- Monif C.
- Jessica London
Good luck and happy shopping!
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