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Defining my personal style

October 20, 2017

I am not a fashion blogger. I repeat I am not a fashion blogger. A lot of folks always get on me about my fashion style but I want to explain why I don’t care. Let me back up a min……

I grew up in an era in the late 90s early 2ks where fashion was baggy pants I thought I was Aaliyah back in the days with the baggy pants and the stomach showing with the tight shirt on my tatas. I always loved the baggy sweat pants look. It’s been my style for a long time. I occasionally dress up if the occasion calls for it but I am the most comfortable with sweats and a tshirt. I am a big girl so I hate having things on my tummy constricting me. The elastic of sweats works best for me.

In college I wore sweats and tshirts with jeans thrown in every so often. If I had a speech or I had to dress up for the occasional date I would do that but I was most comfortable in my sweats. After kids and getting bigger because of life……I have found it hard to define my personal style. It wasn’t until my 30’s that I finally found the courage to say look I wear what I want to wear and I do what I want to do. No longer do I worry about what people think about my fashion style. I like to call myself the queen of sweat pants! So as a big girl what types of clothes do I wear when I want to up my fashion game……

Torrid is my all time favorite for hip and youthful looking clothes. I love that their clothes don’t look like old people clothes. I shop there all the time but they are quite expensive. If I buy something from here it’s always a cute shirt or something dressy. I love their jackets (my arms are big so I always wear a jacket) and their dressy shirts.

Old Navy is another place that I shop at often.  I love their jeans because they fit nicely. I opt for their jeans the most if I do wear any type of jeans. I am not big on their outfits because it seems like everyone and their mama wears old navy but I have a few shirts and stuff from them that I enjoy on occasion

Fashion Nova is a new store and I admit I was skeptical in trying them out because I don’t know how they fit. I bought two pants from there that I liked and sadly one doesn’t fit. The jeans in this pic

I however did buy a green pants that is so cute. I have no idea how I will dress it up yet but I like it

The jeans can’t get past my thighs so I am bummed about that. I might keep it in hopes that I will wear it one day but I doubt it will be anytime soon lol

So that’s just a little of my fashion taste here are some fab places to shop at for big girls

  • TJ Maxx online…yes they have a plus size section
  • Rebdolls love their sets
  • Simply Be…if I want to dress it up…this is where I go
  • 17 Sundays….my favorite place to shop that not many people know about

Of course you know the reg stores like Lane Bryant, Torrid as I mentioned above, Old Navy, Marshalls, Macys, etc. Two of my favorite plus size models to follow on Instagram are Rochelle Johnson and Hayetrida.

So what is my personal style…..anything that I feel comfortable in because I am the one that has to wear these outfits. I am short so it’s hard to find clothes that I don’t have to take up but I am going to find a good seamstress for that. All in all I think fashion is whatever you define as what you like and what you are willing to wear in public. What I know is that fashion comes and goes and what was hot back then does come back around and it’s best to not keep up with the hottest trends but to just be classic in your own way.

Where do you shop for your fashion? How do you define your style?

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    candy
    October 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I will be checking out 17 Sundays haven’t heard of them. Everyone like to be stylish and comfortable. Plus not paying a small fortune is always helpful.

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    Amber Myers
    October 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    These look like some great clothes. I shop at Old Navy as well. I tend to go for the casual look. My outfit is usually jeans and t-shirts. I’m all about comfort.

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    Alli Smith
    October 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I’m pretty casual most days since I work from home, but I do love to dress up occasionally. I always look forward to my monthly StitchFix and I love the Stein Mart boutique.

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    Jeanette
    October 20, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I am also not a fashion type person. I usually am way behind the times because I just wear the same thing as I were last year or the year before. When I do shop Old Navy is probably the biggest place I go. They have a lot of choices and the prices are great.

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    Sheena Steward
    October 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Yes, I grew up in that same era so that type of dress is very familiar to me lol. I’m a thrifter because I love vintage clothing. You definitely gotta wear what makes you feel comfortable and that sounds like exactly what you’re doing.

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    Tomiko
    October 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I’m all about comfort so I completely understand.. if I have to wear heels I’m not interested in going.. I can be cute without being uncomfortable

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    October 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Fashion is not about something that will please others. In fact, it should be something that one is comfortable in and likes to wear. This is what is most important.

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    Saidah
    October 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I used to love shopping but I kinds dislike it now. Don’t get me wrong. I love clothes and looking fly, I just don’t like going from store to store to find stuff. That being said, I love shopping at The Loft. The just always have my size which is small. and x-small. It’s never a struggle in there.

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    Tomi C
    October 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I’m a “Fashionista in Training”. I’m losing weight and enjoying shopping once again. One of my fave places to shop is ELOQUII. I love that store. My style? I’m pretty casual and laid back when it comes to fashion.

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    Sarah Bailey
    October 20, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Hands up I love Simply Be that have some really nice items on sale every time I check. I love your green trousers as well I would love to see how you decide to wear them.

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    Lisa
    October 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I haven’t heard about a lot of these stores. I’m with you, my fashion style is anything I feel good and comfy in.

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    Claudia Krusch
    October 20, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Fashion Nova sounds like a place I need to check out. I like to wear stylish but comfortable clothes. I need to get a few new pieces for my winter wardrobe.

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    Marysa
    October 21, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Looks like you found some great stuff! I don’t really have much style at all.. my wardrobe is pretty simple and consists of comfortable clothes. I dress up for special occasions but honestly I am either at work or at the pool for my kid’s swim team or leading my girl scout troop!

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    ricci
    October 21, 2017 at 4:24 am

    I’m with you on my personal style…if it looks cute and feels comfy I’m all over it! If it’s not comfy then forget about it!

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    danasia fantastic
    October 21, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I guess I would describe my personal sense of style as being minimalistic. I grew up on Aaliyah too- she was so stylish!

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    Amy Smith
    October 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I have never heard of Fashion Nova before. I will have to see if there is one nearby. Comfort is KEY for sure to me!

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    Lauren
    October 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I’m the same way… if the clothes aren’t comfortable, than I just won’t wear it. As much as I try to stay on trend, I need to make sure that I still feel like I can move around in my clothes all day.

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    Sadie
    October 21, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Torrid is my go to for clothes if I’m shopping outside of my house. I have a fashion boutique for plus size women and my favorite brand is Zenana. Affordable and SO CUTE. I didn’t realize TJ Maxx had plus size!

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    Tina Butler
    October 21, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I love Torrid too!!!! They have some super cute shirts at affordable prices. It’s nice to know some stores still make great styles for people who are not rail thin and that is me.

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    Maya Claros
    October 22, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Old Navy is one of my favorite places to shop! Surprisingly, Target has a cute brand called WhoWhatWear that sells pretty chic stuff. Thanks for the tips.

    Maya
    IG: @justmeomaya || @berryandmono

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    Carissa
    October 22, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I LOVE Torrid! It’s a perfect combination for cute and stylish for plus size women. I hate that being plus size you have to shop mostly online! I have looked at Fashion Nova but never purchased anything from there! I may have to check them out! I think my personal style would be cute and comfortable. I was just telling coworkers that prior to kids I always had on heels, but afterward, it was like I need to be cute but able to move! So my style has become very relaxed!

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    Our Family World
    October 23, 2017 at 12:23 am

    We are so alike in many ways. I love my jeans and tshirts, with trainers or flats. My mom always wants me to “dress up” like my sisters but its just not me! I will have to check out these clothes stores too. I may get a few pieces to wear for a family get together before Thanksgiving.

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    Aisha
    October 23, 2017 at 2:28 am

    This is a great post because shopping is really hard for me. I shop at Torrid because it is easy and the clothes are cute. I think everybody has to keep their pwersonal style. I am glad you are comfortable with what you like.

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    Brandi H
    October 23, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I love this post! I like that not only fashion bloggers can also share their fashion stories. I love to shop online for most of my clothing.

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    Elle (CleverlyChanging)
    October 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I’m love dressing, but my casual days need work. I use to always look like I was going to some 9-5 even on the weekends.

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    Kirstin Fuller
    October 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I also love/rely on a comfy everyday style. My favorite stores are JCPenney, Lane Bryant and for blouses/tops only I have begun to shop at Rainbow. They have some really cute, on trend stuff at crazy reasonable prices.

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    Chelsea
    October 23, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve never heard of 17 Sundays or Rebdolls. I’ll have to check them out. Looks like you picked up some great pieces!

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    Tiffany H.
    October 23, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I like Torrid but they can be on the expensive side, so I shop there when I can get items on sale. I also enjoy shopping at Rainbow, Forever 21, Ashley Stewart are my go to places for Plus Size women.

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    Ramona
    October 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Great post. I’ve never really thought about my personal fashion style. I know I have a look that I like, but I’m not sure if it’s an actual style. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree that comfort is important.

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    Aija
    October 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I keep seeing fashion nova reviews and like you I’ve been skeptical. They do have really cute stuff though!

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    Mommy Blogger Pehpot
    October 25, 2017 at 3:39 am

    I love my personal fashion style too. In fact, I love power dressing and I feel confident about it. Nice choices!

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    Candice
    October 25, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I like shopping at Burlington, TJMaxx, Tar-jay and thrift stores. Back in the day before everyone caught on to Ebay shops, I used to love shopping at Bloomindale’s through Ebay. They had a dollar shop with super low bids and branded stores. I was getting boxes every week in college. My style is either sexy Bgirl (weekends), frumpy around the house (m-f) or casual glam (events). Those are my go-to’s LOL!!

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