Shopping as a plus size woman has never been the easiest thing in the world. Online shopping as a plus size woman? Forget about it. The fear of trying on things that you absolutely loved on the page only to find out that they were actually made for someone that has the figure of a two by four has kept full figured women hiding from online stores for far too long. But we say no more! Every woman has the right to shop from the comfort of her own couch while she wears no pants and blares Keeping Up with the Kardashians in the background. To help make this dream a reality, we’ve come up with some simple guidelines to help make sure that your online shopping experience is stress free. May we present, Plus Sized Tips for the Fashion Majority.
If the model doesn't fit - don't buy it.
Now I know you’re probably saying, “Half the models out there look like I could throw them. How do you expect clothes to look the same on them as they do on me?” But hear me out. Look how the clothes fit the model. Certain models, though itty bitty, still have some essence of curves, and this is what you should look for. If the site has a picture of the item not on a model, that’s even better. Look to see if the piece has curves without anyone in them, this means they will be more likely to fit your curvaceous body, especially jeans. See how these jeans are on a super tiny model, but there's that bum curve we're looking for!
Check customer reviews.
Companies might not be super helpful in giving honest descriptions of their clothes (with our store being the exception!), but people sure are. If a review says that a brand runs small, believe them. If a review says the clothes are way too baggy, believe them. And for the love of all that is holy, if a review says the clothes fall apart after one wash, DO NOT BUY IT. Reviews are there for a reason, so use them to your advantage.
Show me what you're thinking.
Knowing materials is essential to online shopping. It’s easy enough to know the name of materials, but do you know what those names mean? Polyester? Cotton? Rayon? Acrylic? I thought that was a paint. But if you’re ordering things online, know what they’re made of and what that means for the fabric. Knowing these details can be the difference between loving it, and standing in front of the mirror wondering “what the…” So let’s cover the basics. Cotton is going to be light and breathable with a slight give. Polyester is best known for holding its shape. So if something is 100% Polyester, chances are it’s going to stay exactly that size and shape, aka no give. I’ve been seeing Rayon used in more and more clothes, but I’m not complaining. It’s soft and comfortable, and stretchy without being super clingy, which I love. Acrylic is similar to Rayon because it’s incredibly soft, it’s commonly used as a substitute for cashmere, but it has less stretch than Rayon. And last in our commonly used fabrics, Spandex, our friend, our helper. All hail Spandex, especially when it’s stretching across your booty making you look oh so fly.
It's not you, it's them.
As much as you prepare, sometimes clothes just don’t work, and that’s okay. Somethings you can’t foresee, like the body of the dress working perfectly, but the sleeves cutting off circulation to your hands. And for these times, be sure that you’re prepared by knowing the company’s return policy. This does not mean just skimming through it. Read the fine print, know what you’re getting into, because there are few things worse than figuring out you have to spend $150 at a store with clothes that make no sense...well there’s a lot worse things, but you get the point.
Now you are prepared to take on the world of online shopping. So grab your Amex, and slide into your slippers because there are clothes out there just waiting to look fabulous on you.