Playing It Straight

March 27, 2014

Shopping for plus size curves can be frustrating because it may seem that all of the cute and trendy styles come only in size 0-12.  The plus size fashion industry has come leaps and bounds as far as offering the curvier woman more stylish options but I have learned over the past few years a very enlightening notion.  Just try it on.  I have too often dismissed the idea of wearing something because I fear my 3XL bum won’t fit in straight sizes.   But you never know until you try.  Following other bloggers like GabiFresh, Garner Style & Nicolette Mason who frequently feature straight sizes on their curvy bodies is inspiring.  I have learned to stop stressing and just start dressing.  Now don’t get me wrong I’m a big advocate for dressing fashionably for your body regardless of what number is on that square little tag but with that being said what works for one plus sized body might not work for another.  It’s a process of learning what works and what looks good on you.  I don’t suggest squeezing yourself into something and thinking just because the zipper zipped that it will work.  Here are my Three M’s that will help you curvy ladies shop straight.

Measurements:  Your body is unique so make sure you have a realistic idea of what will work for you.  Knowing your measurements will help make online shopping so much easier and stress free.  The small investment in a tape measurer will have a big impact on your shopping.   Have someone help you take your measurement for the most accurate numbers.

  • Bust – Place tape across your nipples and measure around the largest part of your chest
  • Chest – Measure under the bust
  • Waist – Place tape at the narrowest part of your waist or about 1/2 an inch above your navel
  • Hips – (They don’t lie) measure at the widest part of your hips and butt
Materials:  They are certain keywords to look for when shopping straight — like “stretch poly blend”, Spandex & Lycra.   These blessed materials have a little more give that can allow you to wear straight sizes.  It’s important to read the product information when shopping online.  It makes a big difference in fit.  Just imagine the difference between a pencil skirt made out of linen (which has little to no give) and a full skirt in scuba.
Merchants:  Know what stores provide options that will work for your plus size frame.  I have a few go to stores that I know I will have success with their straight sizes.  Old Navy, Top Shop, H&M, ZARA, Dorothy Perkins, River Island and my ultimate is ASOS.
ASOS has to be one of my favorite retailers because I can always go on their website and find something regardless of what fashion mood I’m in.  It can be dramatic, chic, trendy, classic, edgy, or romantic.  ASOS’ plus size line CURVE is full of beautiful pieces that can be remixed into your wardrobe for seasons to come.  But I have recently tapped into their straight sizes and have had great success with their scuba skirts.   The look below features an ASOS dress from their regular sizes.  I’m wearing a 14 and it’s a perfect fit for a dress that will get plenty of wear.  It’s easy to style and wear this spring and summer.  To help you get a head start on your spring wardrobe I’ve teamed up with ASOS to give you guys an awesome giveaway!  Make sure you like me on Facebook and follow me on Instagram and tell me what your favorite item from ASOS or ASOS CURVE and how you would style it in a comment below! You can shop ASOS CURVE by clicking here: http://us.asos.com/Women-Curve-Plus-Size/1122im/?cid=9577
Giveaway ends this Sunday March 31st!
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Dress/ Wide Bracelet/ Sunnies ::: ASOS
Shoes ::: JCP (old)
Necklace ::: Shop Lately
Spiked Bracelet ::: Deb
Clutch ::: Bought in Greece
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26 Comments

  • Reply annabarry March 31, 2014 at 1:29 am

    My Favorite ASOS Curve item that I own is my black and white striped midi dress, I’ve yet to wear it out though because of the lack of stylsh shoes I have, If i win the gift card shoes will be the first thing I buy!

  • Reply Cicely March 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve been an ASOS Curve fan for a few years now, and I also recently decided to take the plunge into their straight size line on the advice of other bloggers. I am (im)patiently awaiting the arrival of the ASOS shift dress with asymmetrical hem. This dress is also offered in Curve, but I decided to go with straight sizes because of the color options — I ordered taupe. I got it in a 14 (I am a 22 dress size), and I’m hoping it hangs similarly to the dress you’re featuring here. The color of your dress is so much more vibrant than what’s pictured on the model. Very cute!

  • Reply Mommy B March 30, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I haven’t bought anything from ASOS yet but I can’t wait to make my first purchase. Everything on the website is so trendy. Like most curvy girls I was concerned about the size I order fitting me. Curvy Lady you have convinced me 🙂

  • Reply Me March 30, 2014 at 2:48 am

    My favorite item is the Believe in your selfie t-shirt, I would pair it with white skinny jeans, a mustard blazer or cardigan and red pumps or sandals. A t-shirt and jeans is such a classic combo, but you can dress it up or down. I also like the message of the shirt and how it blends an old adage with modern pop culture.

  • Reply April White March 29, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I love the scuba skirts!

  • Reply Dangerously Dark March 29, 2014 at 2:31 am

    My favorite piece now is a military inspired blouse in mint green and also the black and white striped coat, teal bomber and several peplum tops. I might as well add accessories like belts and necklaces! I want it all!

  • Reply FlyingPurpleHippos.com March 28, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    My favorite thing at ASOS is that awesome red scuba skirt you featured in the last couple weeks. My favorite thing at ASOS in the Curve line in this black peplum shirt:

    http://us.asos.com/ASOS-CURVE-Exclusive-Top-With-Peplum-Hem/11r5lo/?iid=3430117&SearchRedirect=true&SearchQuery=asos%20curve%20exclusive%20top%20%20with%20%20peplum%20hem&mporgp=L0FTT1MtQ3VydmUvQVNPUy1DVVJWRS1FeGNsdXNpdmUtVG9wLVdpdGgtUGVwbHVtLUhlbS1Jbi1Qb250ZS9Qcm9kLw..

    I just received it this week and I love it. The “waist” seam falls at my narrowest part and the peplum is not too full; the material is cozy and thick enough to skims over my lumps and bumps.

  • Reply ManisbyMoore March 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I love the watermelon print skater dress! So great for summer!!

  • Reply Hannah Barta March 28, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I like the ASOS CURVE Midi Skirt in Cotton Cutwork 🙂

  • Reply Nannette Campbell-Stenberg March 28, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I am loving the watermelon print skater dress.

  • Reply Stephanie March 27, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Definitely love this post! I have my eyes on asos’ lipstick boutique floral dress!!!

  • Reply Marte March 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    ….the opportunity to win 🙂 xo Marte, Norway

  • Reply Marte March 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I’m so in love with my black lace dress I bought as my christmas/new years dress from Asos Curve. It had also become my “mother in laws 60th birthday party dress” and my “looking hot for datenight with my husband” dress.. Styled simple with a papir of tan boots and a natural looking makeup, I think i never have gotten so much comments on a simple yet elegant dress before.. 🙂
    Thank you for

  • Reply Swordlily March 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I love your look, love bright colors 🙂
    One of my favorites from Asos is this dress, a real bargain now – http://www.asos.com/ASOS-Curve/ASOS-CURVE-Midi-Dress-With-Leather-Skirt-And-Jersey-Top/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3185567&SearchQuery=curve%20dress&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Black
    Karina V

  • Reply Melissa March 27, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Love it

  • Reply mia jones March 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Love the look.

  • Reply Shaquanna Pierre March 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I luv this dress on you!!

  • Reply La Pecosa Preciosa March 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    My favorite piece right now is the ASOS CURVE Exclusive Coat In Stripe. You can style this in so many different ways! Plus u can’t go wrong with stripes!

  • Reply Lily Leary March 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Love the color and style of this dress, it looks fantastic on you! I love ASOS Curve and I’m currently addicted to all of their 90s button through dresses and skirts.

  • Reply Kirstin Marie March 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Love!! You know I am an ASOS Curve fanatic. Congrats on the collab!!! My fave item (this is SO hard) from them is the maxi dress in boho paisley, the safari print skater dress, and the oversized check floral print dress (to name a few – hah!) xoxo

  • Reply MizLiz BBWGeneration March 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Can I say it again…. LOVE this look <3

  • Reply Katie Hanson March 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    oooh! I love ASAO Curve! I’ve had my eye on the Little Mistress Printed Panel Pencil Dress for a while now and I think it would look amazing with a pair of bright heels (maybe hot pink… or yellow!). kateandoli@gmail.com

  • Reply Jaleeza March 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I love that this dress is high low. I plan to wear a lot of the this summer

  • Reply Rachel Cathleen March 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I adore your blog and my favorite item online is the ASOS Midi Skirt In Scuba With Full Pleats. I’m a very pink kind of girl so I really wish I could say that I prefer the pink to the black version, but the black version is just so practical. This upcoming fall I’m going to have my first internship and a practical black midi skirt is perfect to style for the internship with a white button down and with just adding a glamorous necklace, I could be ready for a night on the town

  • Reply Laquetta allen March 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I have always been a plus size women but I just recently begun to embrace my beauty. I love ASOS Curve. I first learned about ASOS curve from a plus size blogger by the name of passionjonesz. I have one item that i absolutely love from them and that my black and white checkered pencil skirt. I recently found a black cami from forever 21 to pair with it along with some nude wedges from dillards with, black and gold bangles and gold and black bid necklace and simple gold hoop earrings. To finish it off i purchased the cutest black and white clutch from the goodwill. I hope I win because I really love me some ASOS curve. 🙂

  • Reply Zara March 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I love the black and white striped jacket. Thanks for the giveaway. zvwillis@hotmail.com

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