Buying a Wardrobe from scratch? Plus size edition.

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I live in black leggings & tunic style tops. Dresses with stretch. Bootcut black trousers with stretch. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t usually wear typical leggings, but those thick looks-like-pants-but-aren’t leggings that you sometimes find at Marshalls and the like. I like them because they have pockets and zero chance of being see-through. I wear them with long tunic-type shirts because… leggings are not jeans.
They are, however, not breathable and that can be uncomfortable.

Anyway, I wanted to reccomend this site:
http://into-mind.com/
I’m doing the same thing (revamping my whole wardrobe) and was thinking that perhaps I can build it in a way that grows with me. Might be useful to look through (though you don’t have to be a “minimalist” to have a capsule wardrobe, you sound like a good candidate for one anyway)

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MellowPossum:  they are not like tights there are no feet. They are thick enough not to be see through. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Soon2BD-CBee:  where have you been able to find tunics? I never can. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Stick to basics – a nice black wrap sweater that can be layered, some nice cardigans that can be layered in various colors, scarves, etc. Layer layer layer. I love leggings – I live in San Fran which has a winter not unlike the shoulder seasons in England. A nice knee-length rain coat would also be a good investment – might not happen on your budget at the moment, but keep an eye out for a deal when you’ve got more cash handy! Luckily, the fall/winter stuff all just came out, so you should have some good options!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I was just about to suggest the EXACT same thing as the first poster!

Leggings (or even yoga pants, skinny and crops) with long tunics and flowy shirts.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

How many days are you going to leave the house per week?

I’m pregnant for the first time, so I only actually have 3 shirts that are out-of-the-house acceptable right now.

I would buy one or two pairs of jeans and 2-3 shirts to start with. I would probably get those new, since the tend to be the most worn.

I would then check out a used store, and pick up 2-3 nice tops and 2-3 cardigans.

That should be enough to get you by at LEAST for the first month you’re there!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Forever 21 has plus sizes, and they’re really cheap. You can get a solidly expansive wardobe for $200 without a problem I’m sure. Also, JC Penny’s has completely revamped their selection and has some good stuff!

Or Nordstrom Rack.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Definitely check the sale racks at Lane Bryant if you have one.  They have some cute stuff.  Talbots has plus-sizes and while I won’t pay their regular prices, they have really good sales and quality stuff.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MellowPossum:  My go to outfit for hiding stuff is loose cardigans in bright colors over a black tank. You can get the tank longer to hide your belly. Pair with big earrings or a statement necklace and you will look great!

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