Try Romann’s and Women Within they carry plus sizes and have a website as well as paper catalogue. The downsize is that they don’t always carry what you’re interested in, in petite. Your mom is a petite plus size.
The return policy is easy. However, be careful of their shipping. They try to deliver the package once, and if you’re not home, you have to go to a UPS center to pick up your package. I was miffed when that happened to me. I went to the UPS office and said “I paid for postage,” and I was told that the price was a one time only after that I had to get it directly from the UPS center. That was a pain. And, I returned what didn’t fit my mom to same center. I can’t remember why I did that, but it must have been because I was given those instructions in the package. I wouldn’t ask to be taken out of my way on purpose.
So the moral of the story is, have it shipped to grandma’s house, a friend’s home day care where you know there is always someone home, or someone you know who is home all day, or have it shipped to the office. Make sure you include your full name and the name of the company. Another mistake I made on another delivery is that I didn’t include my company name, just my name and company address. Although we are the only ones in the building, the UPS person wouldn’t deliver the package because there wasn’t a company name on the address.
All this said and done, the dresses and suits were worth it! I got one for mom for the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and breakfast, too.
I think you should not rule out a stunning pants suit with a lovely top and short jacket. There are such nice looking pant suits that are dressy and classy. She could pull it off with a fantastic hat and purse to keep the tone dressy and really make a fashion statement.
I am thinking that plus size women’s clothing at times can look bulky or boxy and the same style and the material isn’t the nicest. With a nice pants suit she can find one in a coodinate so that the jacket and pants fit her perfectly. Often with ‘wedding attire’ you have to get the whole magilla….you have to take the top of the two piece outfit is sold with the skirt or pants and there is no switching pieces to make it fit well.
Your mom is cute and although she is a plus size, she isn’t a bulky woman. She could pull off a stunning pants suit, amazing hat, and fashionable purse that will be a show stopper.
Another place where you can actually shop and try on clothes is Talbots for Plus Size Petite Women [their jackets and suit dresses are amazing] and Dress Barn. If you google Dress Barn they have coupons on line which can save up to 20% and some places have a senior citizen day, and if that applies to a mom or grandma out there, she gets the Senior Citizen price PLUS 20%.
Best of luck.