Thrift Shopping for Plus Sizes

Posted On Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Filed Under: shopping, Thrift Stores

Last week I received an email and the subject line read: What about plus size thrifting?

The message proceeded: Patrice, I love your blog but it must be easy for you to shop since you’re so small. I’m plus size (a 16) and I want to get in to thrifting. Will I be able to find stuff?

I responded to the reader’s email but I also wanted to post it on the blog since I’ve had people ask me this question before.

The simple answer is yes, plus size guys and gals can find plenty of clothing options while thrift shopping. Think about it: thrift store inventory is determined by donations. The average American woman is a size 14, so your odds of finding a 10, 12, 14, 16 are probably much greater than finding sizes on the smaller end of the spectrum. And from my personal experience, I usually end up belting or altering dresses and pants that are too big.

At the last Housing Works Buy the Bag sale, my friend Danielle {aka The Frugal Fatshionista} didn’t just find an awesome halter dress for me, she found great pieces for herself as well. From colorful blazers to print skirts, she racked up {check out her post here for pics}.

If you’re feeling discouraged from thrift shopping because you think you won’t find anything in your size, please remove that thought.

Thrifting is more about patience {finding a good location, sifting through clothing}, not shape or size.

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Spring Skirts Under $50 – Plus Size Edition

Posted On Monday, March 29th, 2010
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime

Today I’m hitting you with a guest post from my blogger friend Alissa on plus size options for fun, flirty skirts. Be sure to check her out at Stylish Curves, where she gives the daily dish on style and news for the curvy fashionista.


Ahh spring, the most wonderful time of the year. No more boots, stockings and most importantly, no more heavy winter coats. A great way to kick off your spring wardrobe is finding the right skirt for your curves. As a curvy girl it’s good to have a variety of styles when it comes to skirts. You should have options that are versatile enough for work and play. Stores are currently stocked with great prints like floral (obvious choice) and tribal prints. I say every curvy girl should own a basic white skirt to pair with a blazer or a colorful tank and sexy heels. Check out some of my favorite picks.

1. Crochet Skirt: Alloy, $28.90. 2. Pink Rose Skirt: Dorothy Perkins, $35. 3. Chambray Tiered Ruffled Skirt: Torrid, $38. 4. Tribal Linen Skirt: Forever 21, $22.80.

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