Although the fashion plus size world is blowing up in a positive way, I still believe that people have an image in there mind about the way plus size women should dress. As a teenager I was self conscious, I often tried to cover up due to stretch marks on my arms. One day it was super hot and I took off my jacket to cool off. Guess what? Nobody cared about my arms. From that day moving forward, I decided to be comfortable in my own skin and wore things that complimented my body.
I’m glad that there are clothing stores that cater to plus sizes such as Ashley Stewart, Avenue, Forever 21, Lane Bryant, Rainbow Shop, and Torrid. I frequent these stores often in search of deals, coupons, and sales.
My to do list before each vacation includes a trip to my favorite retail stores. Some people love to shop while on a trip but I prefer to explore, go on excursions and hang out with the locals. In addition, I have visited destination that simply do not have my size unless they are being handmade.
This post discusses my fashion style, the cost of items and the stores I bought them from.
Dress: Off-the-shoulder green and pink floral dress was bought at Rainbow Store.
Shoes: Gladiator Sandals were bought at Torrid. I love Torrid shoes because they cater to women who wear larger shoe sizes both in length and width. These is a shoe blessing as some retailers do not go pass a size 10 shoe.
Accessories: Earrings were $1 from my local dollar store.
I created the design and bought t-shirts for $6 and printed at a local swap meet in Inglewood, California for $25 per shirt.
Skirt: I paired the shirt with a jean skater skirt with criss cross straps in the back from Forever 21. I believe that the skirt is way too short, when the wind blew I accidentally gave a someone a sneak peek of my undies (oopps) .
Shoes: Black and silver t-strapped sandals are from Torrid
Shirts can be worn with jean shorts, skirts or even pants.
Romper: I love a good sale. This black and white floral print was bought at Forever 21 for only $12. The material is cotton and was perfect for the 100 degree plus weather. I love this picture because I blend in perfectly with the leaves and trees in the back ground.
Dress: Forever 21. I was going to wear a black lace romper to dinner but due to the humidity, I decided to wear this sparkly silver dress that was perfect for dinner and the hot weather.
I like the criss cross detail on the back
Blouse: Purchased at Rainbow Shops
Skirt: I had my seamstress make this skirt with a sash out of Kente cloth that I purchased from my first trip to Ghana.
Accessories: Burgundy Earrings and hair bow from Forever 21
Shoes: Silver sandals were purchased at Avenue. I loved these shoes because they were comfortable and can be worn with dresses or even jeans.
Bathing Suit: I purchased this gorgeous one piece bathing suit at Forever 21 for $32.90. I loved the bright bold yellow colors with flowers and the detail of the key hole and strap around my neck.
Bathing Suit: Top: ($15.90, bottoms: $17.90) I was attracted to this two- piece bathing suit because of the colors and design. I bought this bathing suit several years ago at Forever 21 for my trip to Thailand. This was my first real bikini and I loved how sexy I felt wearing it. Initially I was afraid to wear it but by this trip to Cuba, I was completely comfortable. I love it because it shows a little cleavage and a small portion of my stomach. If you are not ready to show off in a 2 piece, you can buy a cover up to wear over your suit.
I brought many more outfits to wear in Cuba but did not have the opportunity to wear them all. I will save them for my next vacation.
Which outfit from the various categories Day wear, Evening Wear & Swim Wear was your favorite?
Are you comfortable in various types of clothing?
Do you prefer to shop before or during your trip?