Time for some shopping?
Recently I went to a Westfield Shopping Centre in Eastern Sydney. I needed to buy a pair of shorts to take on holiday. I went to Myer, where I was told that they had got rid of their plus-sized section 12 months ago. Fine, I said, and stalked off down to Target, where their usual plus-sized offering was strangely bare. In David Jones too, I was told that they didn’t carry their usual plus-sized lines at that store, but they could show me some clothes that had a lot of stretch. Despite walking all over that (huge) shopping centre I couldn’t find any retailers there that could sell me a pair of shorts above a size 16.
It’s been a while since shopping for clothes brought me to tears, but it did that day.
Anyway, I ultimately found some shorts online and recovered. But so much of finding out about retailers who sell clothes above a size 16 is through word of mouth, so here’s a list of what I am loving at the moment (and if you’ve made any new discoveries, bought some excellent pieces lately or stumbled on a new online retailer, please share your tips in the comments).
1. Light weight denim long sleeve shirt from Myer.
RRP $69.95 SALE $34.00
I’ve bought this shirt twice: once when it was full price and now that it is on sale. I wear it everywhere. It’s the perfect light denim shirt with pearl cowboy buttons. Chances are, whenever you are reading this, I am probably wearing this shirt.
2. Ampersand t-shrit from Ruby and Lilli.
It’s hard to buy flattering tshirts when you’ve got big boobs. You either have to buy men’s sizes (that tend to be too big in the shoulders and too lean through the middle), or wear some be-spangled synthetic thing that clings horribly and makes you sweat. Ruby and Lilli are a small, web-based company who sell soft, flattering tshirts – I’ve got this one with a big ampersand on the front. You can check out their Instagram here for styling inspiration.
3. Feather print Kimono from Target.
If you told me a few months ago that I would own, let alone wear a kimono, I would have told you that you were insane. But I bought this Belle Curve kimono from Target at the start of summer for $20 and have been wearing it non-stop. I don’t normally wear colour or flowy things, but this piece has had such a work out. It was cool in summer and now I’m wearing it over long sleeve tops. I don’t even know who I am anymore.
4. Super chic hooded dress in olive from Hope and Harvest.
I bought my first Hope and Harvest dress just recently (Rebel Wilson is apparently also a fan) but it’s this hooded dress that’s on my list for winter. It has a hood and pockets. ‘Nuff said.
5. Stripe scoop neck tee from Myer.
RRP $29.95 SALE $20.00
Again, I own this striped top from Piper Woman and have worn it all season (I actually have two: one I bought at full price, one on sale). It’s got the right amount of length, a curved hemline, and most importantly, it’s still on sale for $20. I wear it all the time under the denim shirt listed at 1 above. An unbeatable combo.
6. 3/4 sleeve stretch poplin shirt from David Jones.