Size 16/18 peas - where do you shop? desperately need some new clothes and

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Posted 10/12/2012 by *Lisa Dale* in NSBR Board

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:24:03 AM
I also need a new style! I'm a sahm/homeschooling mom and I'm also a 31 consultant part time. I'm a church going girl too. I attend co-op with my kids one day a week. So, not anything too fancy for everyday wear - jeans, shirt, and a cardigan or jacket...our church is casual but I do like wearing a skirt every now and then.

Wear do you shop? online stores would be great!

Oh, and I need it to be very affordable.

Thanks so much!!!

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:38:53 AM
I'm not a 16/18, but I'm pretty sure Old Navy goes up to a 16. They have free shipping online once in awhile. Kohl's would be another option. I'm not positive, but I think their shipping is free for orders over $75. My sil really likes Christopher & Banks. I've never shopped there, but she said they have a variety of sizes. She's a librarian, so her clothes are work casual. Have fun shopping!



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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:40:31 AM
I shop a lot at Dress Barn. Horrible name, pretty cute clothes.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:43:55 AM
Layne Bryant. Old Navy.


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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:44:33 AM
One Stop The specialize in clothing in the 12 to 5x sizes. There are a variety of styles and they run seasonal sales. Everything I've bought from them as been good quality for the price.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:45:14 AM
I have found a lot of cute stuff at Kohls & old navy. When kohls has sales & you have a coupon you can get some great deals! Oh and watch for the old navy jean sale. Got a pair for cheap! And they gave out a coupon you could use to get 3 more pairs at that price later

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:47:45 AM
I shop at JCP, Kohls, Maurices, The Loft, Gap, Lane Bryant, Torrid, WalMArt online, Old Navy, Target, Dillards, Macy's, Eddie Bauer, Lands End. There a couple good Thrift Stores here that I have found great pieces at.
I love this blog for outfit ideas, She also has a list on her side bar of where she shops. Blog

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:51:01 AM
On-line lately, I've gotten some great stuff from Zulily. They are close-out deals, so they only last a day or two, but I have not been disappointed.

I usually shop at Kohl's, or on-line at Old Navy or sometimes NY&Co (they usually go up to 18 or 20.)

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:54:41 AM
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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:55:12 AM
Eddie Bauer
Nordstrom (their sales are great!)

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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:00:11 AM
CJ Banks

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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:01:41 AM
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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:02:33 AM
I have to second (third?) Maurices. Even though I've read more than once that it's a "young" store, I've found very age appropriate clothing there and I've been pretty impressed with how they have held up.

I stopped going to Lane Bryant completely - their prices have gotten outrageous.


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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:06:15 AM
What is your body type and how to you want to update? I'm out of plus size for bottoms and borderline on top, but I was plus sized for twenty years. I'm an apple shape.

If you want to go more fashionable/modern, I'd check not Maurice's and Layne Bryant and check out Torrid.

If you want more mommy-wear conservative type clothing--but still stylish, I'd check out DressBarn, department stores like Macy's and Nordstroms and possibly Gap/Old Navy.

A bit more matronly/cutesy, but CJBanks is a decent option too.

I personally don't care for most things at JCPennys, Kohls, OneStop, etc... But if you want very affordable, they are better options; however, all those places I've mentioned above have clearance and discounts, so don't count them out.

Target and even Wal-Mart can have some decent pieces too.

I personally feel you should spend some money on a handful of things you love and then fill in with clearance/cheap clothes. Better quality clothing just looks better and wears better.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:06:31 AM
Maurice's and Gap. I also love Downeast Basics, I'm pregnant right now and so wish they made maternity clothes. I love their tops.


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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:08:21 AM
I agree that LB has recently become too expensive for what you get.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:17:10 AM
I'm apple shaped, my tummy is my largest area, and my bust.

How I want to update...well, I never buy myself clothes! I look at old photos and I'm wearing the same clothes then that I am now!! so sad! Need/want some new tops that I can dress up or down, black slacks, jeans, a few skirts, maybe a dress, some new shoes...heck, I need everything!

Thanks so much for all the recommendations so far! I'm busy checking things out!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:44:51 AM
You guys have WAY more options down in the US, but for those that overlap, I really like Old Navy. They aren't great quality clothes, but they are cheap and they last me a season, so I can buy trendy pieces there. For kicking around, I like their Diva jeans a lot. I always see things that I love at Avenue, but they don't ship to me very reasonably!

For dressier pieces, I LOVE Kiyonna and Igigi brand dresses and skirts. They are a bit pricier (but not unreasonable), and they are terribly flattering and they wear really well.


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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:53:32 AM
Hanes JMS shirts sold online and at Walmart . Great deal and comfy.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 10:18:41 AM
Where is your bust line? Higher or lower? That changes where you should look.

While Old Navy, Eddie Bauer, Lands' End and other chains have sizes up to 20, many of them have the "fullness" in the wrong area for me. They have their fullness higher up.

I have had better luck with Appleseeds, L.L. Bean, and Dress Barn lately. Closer to mid-point where gravity has moved me.

In a department store, it's hit or miss for me, enough that I seldom go unless it is for something special, and I have all weekend to look and try on dresses.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 10:22:58 AM
I recently found "Woman Within" -- a online site and was very impressed ... with the products, the speed of shipping, the prices, and the sizing. Suggest you take a look at that.
And, I will second Dress Barn -- bad name, cute clothes at reasonable prices

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Posted: 10/12/2012 10:25:53 AM
I have been buying stuff on and it is awesome!!!

This month I got a $15 credit bc a friend of mine signed up and bought something. So there were 2 tops I liked, great for work. Both were $15.

I bought one for $15 and used my credit and paid just 5.96 shipping

when you buy something And pay shipping once everything else you buy is free shipping the rest of that day! So I did 2 transactions, bought a second top for $15 and no shipping.

Each came out to about $10 and these are $40 tops. Zulily sells only brand names and cool designers I have not heard of. Not everything is plus sized but some is. And they only sell each designer for a week or so and they change all the time.

I have gotten some really high quality stuff there at low prices and best of all it's not the same Lane Bryant stuff everyone else has.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 12:59:48 PM
I really like the Lands End clothes at my local Sears - and of course, online. Good quality and styles that cover me! lol!

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Posted: 10/12/2012 2:16:40 PM
Lane Bryant and CJ Banks are my go to stores.


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