Do not fear the huge price tag associated with plus size fashion. You can still dress like a fashionista on a very small budget. The key is to use your saving savviness, persistence, and focus to find quality clothing for an affordable price.
Shop the Clearance Section
Have no expectations when browsing the clearance aisle. Let go of the dream that you’ll find that dress you’ve been eyeing for weeks in this section. It most likely won’t be in the clearance aisle and may even be sold out. Instead, look for versatile items that you can wear to work or out on the town; you want items that pair well with at least five of the outfits that you already own.
Try out items that are very cheap but you only find them moderately appealing. Many clothing items transform from so-so to spectacular when accessorized and layered well.
Most major plus size retailers offer coupon codes on their sites or through third-party sites, like Groupon. Torrid is one of the major plus size retailers that has a Groupon coupon page. Often, you find coupons that make offers like $50 off a $100 or more purchase, free shipping when you spend $25, or buy one get one free. Remember to check Groupons coupon pages before finalizing a buy.
Resolve Bra Problems
A bra that lifts and compresses can solve most of our clothing issues. It helps with fit and makes your figure look a lot more flattering. Before beginning a shopping trip, get the right bra. It saves time and money because you have a better sense of your clothing size, and bras can make you feel more comfortable and confident in what you buy.
Check your favorite plus size store or undergarment retailers for bra sizing events. Lane Bryant and other companies host annual bra fittings. Women can come and get their breasts measured to find out their true bra size. These events are free, but of course saleswomen will try to sell you a bra or two.
Shop Discount Stores
Many major department stores sell plus size clothing. The discount versions sell them for way less. TJ Maxx, Ross, and Burlington are just a few of the major discounted stores with a wide selection of inexpensive plus size clothing. Many of these stores carry high-end designers that make curvy wear: it’s imported from their unsold previous season collection.
Start a habit of visiting these stores first, and then visit your favorite smaller plus size retailer. You’ll save by stocking up on cheap, quality clothing and you’ll be less tempted to make impulse buys.
Invest in the Basics
Pick clothing items that you can pair with most of the clothing already in your closet. Look for quality, breathable material. Stock up on a variety of colored t-shirts and camis, one or two pairs of quality jeans, pencil or maxi skirts, blouses, a cardigan, and a couple pairs of shorts for the summer.
Of course, occasionally splurge on nice dresses, dressy tops, and novelty-trendy wear, but avoid buying too many of these items. Your style may change as you age, so it’s a safer bet to buy clothing that pairs with everything.