My post on thrifting tips for the plus size girl has been viewed so many times I have decided to share how I save money on my new plus size clothes as well. You can’t buy everything at a thrift store. I wish you could though.
- Make sure you have the wardrobe basics. The internet is flooded with lots of lists, but I have discovered my basics are different than others. Decide what basics you want. My list includes a little black dress, black gaucho pants, khaki pants, a couple pairs of comfy jeans, black skirt, khaki skirt, jean shorts, and a few other items. Once you have your basics list. Start searching online for price comparisons.
- Go for quality. I get so excited when I see a store offer plus size clothes and then get disappointed. Not every store should. You can’t just take a smaller person’s clothes and just add more material. When you try something on, move around in it. Sit down, stretch, extend your belly. One thing to look for is tighter stitches.
- Avoid Buying Online. Only buy online if you have a lot of experience with how that store makes their sizes. For instance, I can buy certain brands from Lane Bryant and know exactly the fit I will get so I am safe to buy online. I think it is a lot better for a plus size girl to see how the clothing looks on her. Showcasing our curves takes some practice.
- Know which styles flatter your body. Knowing which styles and cuts flatter your body will help you save money. I might find a really cute dress, but if it doesn’t flatter me on days where I am feeling like an elephant,(please tell me I am not the only one to have those days) it will just sit in my closet.
- Sign up for mailings. I get so many coupons in the mail from Lane Bryant (my favorite) and Dress Barn. My favorite coupons are total order coupons like $10/$25. Consider starting a “shopping” email account just to sign up for coupon mailings.
- Shop Clearance. Lane Bryant and Macy’s have great clearance sales. I especially love getting my panties from there Lane Bryant and Torrid. Torrid also has great lingerie.
- Shop End of Season Sales. Buy swimwear in the fall. Winter coats in the spring. Don’t wait too long in the off season though. I find waiting too long gets you a low selection of sizes.
- Shop Discount Stores. I always find a nice, huge selection of clothes from Ross or Marshalls. Since other name brand stores send their items there, you usually get a wider selection of pieces in one area.
- Avoid Store Credit Cards. Though it might sound nice to save such and such percentage for signing up, in the end, you are paying more than you would have saved.