Full Size Style

Fashion and style are not just for the skinny and young.  Plus size women of all ages like to look fashionable, too.  And they can now, with more options and with more clothing lines recognizing that beauty comes in all sizes, and so do the women who purchase clothes.

  
One of my favorite shops for larger sized clothing is Catherine’s and catherines.com.  They have surely come a long way over the years.  They now offer clothing that is on point fashion, fits well, comfortable, and for all ages of women.  The picture above is their Dashing Blouse, $69-$74, depending on the size.  Most pieces run in size from 0X, a size 14, up to 5X, a size 34/36.

They carry a couple collections called Perfect Price and Suprema.  These are usually comfortable, casual items in cotton and cotton blends at a budget worthy price.  The Perfect Price tops come in beautiful colors and patterns.  The only con with these is that they are not always included in the frequent sales that Catherine’s has because of their already lower prices.

Now, let’s talk for a moment about purchasing lovely clothes on a budget.  I love clothes and being able to wear nice clothing.  I feel like Catherine’s is a nice quality, but I cannot afford to pay full price for their clothing.  They help with that by having frequent sales.  It seems that nearly every week they have some sort of sale going on.  I wait for the really good ones where I can get clothing 50% off, plus my 10% off with the store’s Perks Plus discount.  That’s 60% off!  They also offer what they call Catherine’s Cash at certain times that you can use for shopping at future dates.  I suspect between now and Christmas they will have some fantastic sales promotions.

Catherine’s carries a diverse line of styles that should appeal to most all ages and styles of women.  My favorite style the past few years is long over lean, as in long tunics over leggings or slim leg slacks.  Because of some health issues I have with my legs, this is a very comfortable option for me, and when a black legging is paired with a black ankle boot, you can’t go wrong.  And pretty much any color tunic goes with the black leggings.  This style is easy and takes me wherever I want to go, whether it’s work, play, or somewhere in between.  It just works for me.

Once you try on some of their clothes in the store, you will get a sense of what styles you like and look best on you.  Don’t be afraid to try on large prints and bright colors.  You will be surprised how great your body will look in them.  I’ve also ordered their clothing from catherines.com in my usual sizes and everything has always fit.

  
This is their Softness Sweater I recently purchased in red.  Do keep in mind when you’re shopping online that their models are usually wearing their smallest sizes.  This sweater looks much different on me, yet still attractive and comfortable.

Ladies, no matter what your size, have fun with your clothing.  Pair a simple sweater with a gorgeously colored scarf.  Make a statement with a ruana thrown over your shoulders.  Even a pair of soft, supple, black leather gloves from  Catherine’s will put the finishing touch to your outfit.  And don’t forget to accessorize!  Make your earrings tell something about your personality.  Carry a handbag that’s going to pull everything together, or make a dramatic pop of color with neutral clothing.

Lastly, but certainly not least, don’t forget that grooming can make or break any outfit.  Give yourself a manicure and pedicure, tweeze or wax your eyebrows, shave any pesky facial hair that loves to start sprouting around menopause, and just enough makeup to enhance those beautiful features.  A little lipstick and mascara can really brighten your complexion and add a little classiness in an easy and simple way.  Or go for a total makeup look!  Just don’t overdo.  You don’t want your makeup colors to compete with your clothing for attention.

No matter what your size, you are beautiful and worthy of dressing to enhance your beauty.

What is your favorite plus-size fashion look?

Please share with your plus-size fashionista friends!

Blessings

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These are the ramblings of a woman determined to prove there is life after 50 for women who are unmarried, divorced, or widowed, and choose to live alone. This is my journey through life. It is filled with memories, dreams, hopes, disappointments, failures, and faith. Walk with me as I explore each day with questions and observations, remembrances and thoughts, all in a jot.