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Plus Size Fashion: Are Big Girls too “Picky”?

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There is a nasty rumor going around about plus size women as shoppers… we don’t shop.

Now, when I first heard this rumor a few years ago I was totally offended. Then I began to observe myself as I walked through stores and clicked around online. To my horror, I realized that while my skinny friends would see something they liked and buy it. I had some huge hurdles that made me the pickiest (non)shopper ever! I’ve listed my major hurdles below.

Plus Size Fashion Are Big Girls too Picky CeCe Olisa

It’s too expensive…

A few years ago, if something was over $75 it was really hard for me to purchase it. I hated the idea of spending $200 on an awesome piece when in the next 2 months, I was probably going to lose 100 pounds and then my pricey garment would be too big on me (…yeah, that never happened). I’d tell myself that when I lost weight I’d invest in more quality stuff, but then I had to ask myself, don’t I deserve quality stuff now? Isn’t it better to buy one killer $100 dress than five $20 dresses that fall apart if I sneeze too hard? Over time I realized that waiting until I reached to a certain weight to buy nice clothes is a form of body shaming myself. So now, I save up, use coupons and buy what I like… then I take it to consignment when it gets too big so that someone else can enjoy it and I get a little cash back that I can use to purchase my next killer garment.

I wish…

I wish I could find runway looks in my size… I was a constant wish shopper. I had this imaginary wardrobe full of lush plus size clothes from top designers, but hello– if I wouldn’t spend more than $75 on a dress, who was I fooling with my pinterest board fashion sense trying to act like I would drop coins on D&G? Instead of begging mainstream designers to make clothes for me,  I opened my eyes to the designers big and small who put in work to design fashionable plus size clothing and then, I opened my wallet and I supported them. It felt good to have well made pieces that I could style and restyle each season and shopping with plus size indie designers makes a girl feel like she has one of a kind garments.

Related: How to Wear Plus Size Ankara Prints

I Hope They Get it Right Someday…

I used to take a glance at a new plus size line and if it wasn’t pure perfection, I would write it off completely and hope that the designer would “get it right someday”. My skinny friends don’t expect to find all of their clothing needs from one store/designer… so why should I? Frankly, I spent all of my teen years shopping in a store for middle-aged moms and I still looked fly, so SURELY I can find ONE piece in a plus size collection to purchase and look good in. Maybe my selection will nudge the designer in the right direction… I mean, if their trendiest item sells out and the grey colored tent shirts collect dust on the shelves… that’s a clear message! Then maybe next season they’ll make more trendy plus size pieces (*ahem* ya’ll probably know what situation I’m referring to).

Related: Plus Size Fall Essentials – Ralph Lauren

Once I realized that being a picky shopper was the very reason people are hesitant to make clothes in my size, I purposefully found a way to support plus size designers, retailers and brands whenever I could. I made a choice to support the plus size fashion community and when I figured out what was available to me, I never felt like I was settling. I just bought what worked for me and skipped the rest. The way I see it; when we don’t buy anything, we send the message that we don’t want anything and then the few options we have vanish.

…Thoughts?? When it comes to fashion, are big girls too picky?

Related: Plus Size Dating: Never Settle

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Plus Size Olivia Pope Coats? Its Handled!

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Soho-Mafia

Plus Size Olivia Pope Coat | Floppy Hat (Big Head Friendly) | Wide Width Teal Heels | Plus Size Stockings

After I got my colorful plus size coat game together, I thought I was done for the season, but… I’m a sucker for a chic coat, Olivia Pope style! For me an “Olivia Pope Coat” must be tailored well and have really nice details.

This is a simple black coat but the way its constructed makes it a stand out piece. The high-low hem line and the asymmetrical zipper detail are enough to take this coat to the Olivia Pope level for me. This coat is sized 1X, 2X, 3X so I’d recommend ordering based on your dress size. For example, I’m a size 18 in dresses so I ordered a 2X and it fits well with room for layering.

Also, I found a floppy hat to fit my big head– score!!! Here are a few other plus size statement coats that I’m loving. Click the image for pricing on each item:

Soho-Mafia

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Faux Real: 15 Plus Size Faux Fur Pieces

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Soho-Mafia

Vest (back in stock) Here  | Dress Here | Boots Here | Socks Here | Bag Here

I’m having so much fun with plus size faux fur this season! I took advantage of a rare mild weather day by throwing a comfy shearling vest over a bodycon dress. There are so many ways to spruce up your wardrobe with faux fur pieces. I like to attach faux fur collars to my more simple coats. Layering thick fur vests underneath coats on freezing days is way more fun than a boring cardigan and then when I really want to feel glam its time to whip out a full faux fur coat like I did for the HolidayCurves lookbook.

If you’re looking for cute plus size fur pieces, I’ve got a few options for you below. Click on each image for pricing and store details!

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My Cyber Monday: Plus Size Fashion + Healthy Must Haves!

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Cyber Monday is here and before I share the plus size fashion discount codes I’ve found. I thought I’d remind us all that this is a great time to get set up for healthy living in 2015. Take advantage of the sales and discounts to stock up on clean eating kitchen gear, like a juicer to ensure you get your fruits and veggies,  crockpot for easy/healthy winter meals that last, a nutribullet to keep at the office, a refurbished Vitamix, a food processor and a veggie spiralizer are all supposed to make clean eating life much easier! (click the images for sale details)

The entire LaneBryant site is 50% off + Free Shipping with code CYBERCHICLB . Now is a great time to stock up on plus size workout clothes!

If you’re looking for new workout sneakers, head over to zappos. I’ve been rocking these and I love them

Okay, now for the cyber Monday discount codes! Here are the cyber monday sales from some of my favorite plus size fashion retailers:

Asos 30% off code ILOVEMONDAYS

 

Eloquii 50% off code MANIA

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#HolidayCurves

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I love doing teaming up with my girls because we’re all different shapes, sizes and we all have different styles but its fun to see how we all make different pieces work for our bodies! Today we’re teaming up for a #HolidayCurves lookbook video and we’re all rocking our favorite holiday fashion trends. Sparkles, Fur, Leather, Lace… yes yes yes and yes!

Each of us are wearing pieces from SimplyBe and Indie Designer Jibri. Oh and, SimplyBe is giving away five $100 gift cards! Scroll down to enter and see details on each of our outfits!

Plus Size New Years glamour CeCe Olisa

Coat Here | Dress Here | Shoes Here

Plus Size Holiday Outfit CeCe OlisaSkirt Here | Turtleneck Here | Coat Here | Shoes Here

My coat is the first thing people see when I walk in the door, so I always make sure to have a chic coat that compliments my outfit! Sometimes wool, sometimes fur… always fun. -CeCe PlusSizePrincess.com read more..

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