Plus size fashion is an ever growing market, especially since clothing merchandisers are beginning to realize that curvy women comprise a large part of the market. Unfortunately, unless there are specialty stores in your region, such as Lane Bryant, you may find your options for plus size clothing very limited. The internet, thankfully, provides many convenient shopping options for todays plus size consumer!
As with anything ordered sight-unseen, it’s important to be sure that you’re buying exactly the item you want. The good news is that several of the plus size online catalogs, like Lane Bryant, allow you to create a mannequin that’s about your size and body type, and see what a digital image of the clothing would look like on it. Even online stores that don’t have this benefit show clear photos of the clothing they offer and list size charts, so you’ll know what sizes should fit you. Other stores, such as Catherine’s, have a line of ‘right fit’ sizing for different body types.
Trying on formal wear before you buy it is essential. This can be the problem with online shopping. Since it doesn’t allow this, it makes the most sense to order well in advance just in case the items do not fit. Read the online retailer’s return policy carefully. Also, if you are a plus-size woman, you may have more problems with fit. Many manufacturers do not take into account the differing proportions of plus-size women. They instead just up-size their normal clothes, which won’t always work on a larger size woman’s body.
The biggest advantage of shopping online is that you have a much wider variety available to you than at conventional stores. You can look through all the styles, not just the ones that your local store hopes will sell. This allows you to more easily find clothes that are flattering and in style, and skip the dowdy sack-dresses.
Lane Bryant, Catherine’s, Torrid, and many other retailers all have websites available to offer the best plus size fashions. Shopping online gives us the freedom to select the styles we want, without having to drive out of our way to find a store. Be sure to shop carefully, and you’ll find just the right clothes for your shape, tastes, and budget. We all want to look our best, but sometimes it’s hard to find a place to shop. Look online for your next special occasion outfit, and stand out.