6 Best Plus-Size Shopping Sites

6 Best Plus-Size Shopping Sites

Being plus-size, fashionable, and financially stable is seriously difficult.
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Being plus-size and fashionable can be a challenge to say the least, especially if you're tight for cash. Usually the cheap clothes are ugly and the cute clothes are ridiculously out-of-budget. It's not difficult to spend $350+ on a plus-size shopping spree, so how often do you think that happens?

(Answer: Never.)

Anyone who knows me knows I have a ridiculous obsession with online shopping (my roommate has had to stop me from blowing $60 more than once). Plus-size sections in stores tend to be super limited, and it's exhausting to drive around town all day to only end up with a pair of shoes and a sweater. Online I can look at hundreds of things within minutes and oftentimes spend less money than in-store. Throughout my time online I've found a few places that aren't ridiculously overpriced and actually have some cute clothes, and considering how much of a struggle it can be for us plus-size girls, I'm here to share them. Here are my top 6 places to shop for plus-size clothing.

1) Gamiss

Gamiss isn't just plus-size clothing, but their selection of extended sized is massive. Dresses, tops, swimwear, pajamas, just about anything you can think of. Gamiss likely has at least 100 pieces for you to choose from. You can filter items by price, but the vast majority of items are ridiculously inexpensive; I bought eleven chokers for $15 one time. According to their filters, they have 15,171 pieces of plus-size clothing under $20. If I have any criticism, is that processing can take a while, so just keep track of your order. If you have issues, however, they have a live chat and a message-ticket service, and they always reply to you within one business day, usually within a few hours. I've dealt with them before and they're incredibly understanding and kind. I can't recommend Gamiss enough.

2) JustFab

Most everyone has seen an ad about this website on Facebook, Tumblr, or some other social media site. Even though their ads resemble those virus-ridden clickbait you often see online, it's actually a pretty great shop. Supplying sizes 14-24 in their plus section, they have a ton of fashionable pieces. While it's not as cheap as Gamiss (most items are $30-$50) I can promise the clothes are high quality and worth the price. I recently purchased a pair of booties from them and they are so nice oh my god. They're comfortable, cute, and very sturdy, especially considering I only paid $15 dollars. They also offer a VIP program, and when you sign up you get a dramatic discount on your first purchase. Be warned, however; they charge you $40 in nonrefundable store credit each month unless you go on the website and opt out. So if you forget, you're basically forced to spend $40. But you get great discounts on both items and shipping, not to mention points with each purchase that accumulate towards free items, so if you can just remember to opt out when you need to, I highly recommend the JustFab VIP membership. It's totally free and gives great benefits!

3) AdoreMe

Guys, I cannot stress the sheer awesomeness of AdoreMe. It's a lingerie site, supplying sizes 0X-4X, 30A to 46DDD. Their stuff is beautiful. They sell pajamas, lingerie, corsets, and a newly-released activewear line. You can get a full set, that is, a bra and matching panty, for $40-$50. Anyone with boobs knows how insanely cheap that is. It's so amazing, and they're constantly having sales and offering coupon discounts. Oh, and did I mention free shipping? AdoreMe is literally flawless; they have great products, free shipping, free returns, a free VIP membership with a refundable monthly charge of store credit (just like JustFab, you can opt out monthly), and with every five full-price sets you purchase, you get one for free! I can't critique it, honestly. AdoreMe is by far my all-time favorite online shop. I admit I spend way too much time on their website, even if it's just to browse. (It's hard to just browse, though.)

4) FullBeauty

For sizes 12-44, FullBeauty provides a cheap outlet for all sorts of different pieces. From clothing to accessories to beauty, and even men's and home products, FullBeauty provides high-quality clothing for moderate prices. It's a great shop, but I will say, it's not the most fashionable. It's not that the clothes are ugly, more they are quite basic. Solid-color tees, sweaters, etc.; you aren't going to find a lot of print or applique. I would highly recommend it if you need some base pieces or something more subdued, but if you're more avant-garde, you probably won't get much out of FullBeauty. I still think it's a great place, but it's choices aren't going to be very fashion-forward, so just be mindful.

5) Fashion To Figure

Fashion to Figure supplies sizes 12-26, and focuses mainly on plus sizes. Their clothes are exquisite. Gorgeous patterns, faux leather, velvet; just about anything your little heart desires. They're decently priced, too. Not exactly steals, but definitely discounted from retail prices. They're always having sales and offer free shipping if you spend at least $25, which is pretty easy to do. What's different about FTF is that they do the typical categorizing of skirt/shirt/shoe, etc., but they also have situational categories, meaning day/night looks, business casual, travel clothes, etc. It's an easy-to-navigate website with a ton of cute pieces to choose from. I haven't personally purchased anything from here yet, but it's at the top of my shopping spree short list.

6) debshops

I had never heard of debshops until a recent recommendation, but I quickly fell in love. Not only are the prices great, the clothes are super cute and en vogue. The best part, in my opinion, however, are the models. Normally you don't pay much attention to them, but as a plus-size person, I tend to analyze the body the clothing is on to sort of get an idea of how it would fit my own, and no models do this better than the ones at debshops. They're airbrushed, obviously; you won't find a shop without airbrushed models. But it's super cool because their models don't have entirely flat stomachs and they have rolls and cellulite and they aren't always hourglasses and it's so beautiful. The bodies shown are more realistic and they're just as gorgeous, if not more so, than your typical airbrushed photo. The clothes are on a more realistic shape, so you can make smarter purchases. All in all debshops is innovative and stands out from other stores, so it's definitely worth checking out, even if it's just to look at all the diverse and beautiful models.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle: Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay.

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying. What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense. I've heard it all, "He was cute, why didn't you like him?" "You didn't even give him a chance!" "You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous; however, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do. I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well. Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

THIS IS CRUCIAL FOR FINDING A NICE GUY. It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault. If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs." Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him. If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it. He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush. Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling. :)

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Not Wearing A Bra, And 11 Other Things Girls Do That Make Guys Uncomfortable

According to men, we're the biggest enigma.

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As a woman in today's society, it seems like according to men we can do nothing right. We either get over sexualized to the point where we are told "cover up" or over sexualized to the point where we are called prude for not showing enough skin to attract the attention of the men around us. Taking all of this into consideration, guys are still grossly uncomfortable with normal things that women do in today's world. If you're a woman reading this, I'm sure you're already forming a list in your head. If you're a man, well, here are 12 things that you are uncomfortable with that you probably shouldn't be.

1. Not wearing a bra 

First and foremost, whether I cease to wear one out in public or in my home, trust me, buddy, I'm not doing it for you. I'm not doing it so you'll mention the fact that you can tell I'm not wearing one. I'm doing it for my comfort level, and most certainly not for your benefit. At all. Ever.

2. Denying their advances 

Grabbing my ass is not the correct way to ask me to move out of your way, catcalling me will not get my attention, and no, buying me a drink does not mean you automatically get laid. Not only do you look like an idiot to every woman around you with that kind of mentality, but to the girl you're trying to impress by being a pig? Yeah, she thinks you're pretty stupid, too.

I know it just kills your ego when we tell you no. How dare we make YOU feel uncomfortable by denying your lovely attempts at getting our attention.

3. Not accepting a drink they hand us

They offer you a drink, you say no, and suddenly not only are they mad on some occasions, but their poor ego is damaged indefinitely... Until they try that same move with the girl a few places down. They don't understand why you won't accept their drink that they were so nice to buy you.

Uh, you could drug me. If you want to buy me a drink, let me order it, watch the bartender make it, and then you can pay. Please don't expect me to take a drink right from you.

4. Traveling in groups to the bathroom during a girls' night out

We only do that because there is strength in numbers. If it makes you uncomfortable, sorry, but guys like you are probably the reason we do it. I don't know why our safety is any concern to you.

5. Knowing about cars, sports, or anything deemed a "guy thing"

You say one thing about a sports team or a car part and suddenly, according to men, you have no idea what you're talking about and they have to talk over you to explain it all, much better than you could. They only do this because the thought of us knowing anything about "guy stuff" makes their skin crawl.

6. Wanting careers 

How dare we want real jobs and to be paid as much as them! Silly us!

7. Thinking our place is anywhere but the kitchen 

Obviously we are meant to be of total service to the men in our lives, regardless of circumstances, right? We shouldn't have careers and hobbies when our life's purpose is to be a homemaker who slaves over the stove all day while our very masculine husbands do everything.

When will we learn? No wonder you guys are so uncomfortable. We don't know our place yet.

8. Wanting rights to our own bodies 

Uh oh, I think we forgot (again) that men are supposed to be in control of everything about us, including reproductive rights. No wonder they're so confused. They aren't always in control.

9. Not wanting kids

But wait! Isn't our only reason for being alive to mother a baby? It's a blessing to be a mom no matter what, according to men, and we need to fall in line. So, when you look a man in the eye and say you don't want kids, sometimes their eyes about pop out of their skull.

10. Having a menstrual cycle 

Men will never understand the daunting nature of our time of the month. Between cramps, headaches, and the constant desire to pop pain killers, it's grueling. To men, though, the whole thing is gross. Ew, we're bleeding. Forget about denying them anything during this time because most of them will not understand why.

11. Denying them sex of any kind, ever 

We have every right to tell you no. Listen, I know it just totally baffles you when we do, guys, but we owe you nothing. Let me say it again. We owe you nothing. No matter what.

12. Being independent 

By society's standards, even today, we are to allow a man to take care of us meek young women. You meet a man who intends to do that and by the first date when you pay for your bill he doesn't want you anymore. You want to work for your money and not depend on him, know about topics deemed "guy stuff", and stand up to him and he just doesn't understand why.

Let's face it: Guys will never understand.

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