Can a Plus Size 26/28 Wear a City Chic XXL top? Sometimes!

This is my color, which I was thrilled to discover was Radiant Orchid, the Pantone Color for 2014, which means there should be more choices of clothing in this color. You might have noticed it matches my glasses, yep, I love it.  BUT, it was $64, which is a little steep for a top I am going to wear with leggings. So I posted it on my Pinterest Board, and after a few weeks I got a notice from someone who had viewed my Pin that the shirt was now on sale, and it still is (but this color only comes to a XL, but they have the black in XXL). Shipping to the US is free, as are returns, so there was very little risk.

Then the questions was, would it fit? City Chic is an Australian company and their XXL is a US Size 24, since I am a Size 26/28, I was concerned, but I loved it so much, I ordered it anyway, and YAY, it just fits.


City Chic XXL

City Chic XXL

And I forgot to mention that it has one of those romantic lace up backs, Love it!

Every time I wear it I love it and get compliments on the color. I do wear a black cami and black tights with it as it is quite sheer.

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.

So I am so happy to have checked out the sizing of City Chic, and they do have some great sales (lots of items are less than half price), so I suspect you will see some City Chic here again.


Photo: Leori Gill Photography

Review of Plus Size 28 or 4X at Target

I am always interested to see what I might wear from one of the big box stores, and their largest size. Target carries up to a Size 28 (see Size Chart below).

Of the dresses above, I could wear most of them and be happy about it. I tend toward sleeveless, strappy dresses, and I was surprised by how many of those there are.

I was also impressed with the array of bestselling tops in a size 28, but these top sellers were much more casual than the dresses, but included several cute styles.

Target Size Chart

Target Size Chart

I would definitely call these choices a win, and even the Mossimo Brand size chart looks quite generous, especially in the waist, where I am quite large.

Maybe it is time to check out Target.


Photo: Leori Gill Photography

Can a 4X Fit Into an Eloquii Plus Size 24? Well, Yes, Sometimes!

Elloquii Size 24 Studded Top

Eloquii Size 24 Studded Top (no longer in stock)

You may know that Eloquii relaunched their line in February, and I agree with many other plus size fatshion mavens that the new look is much more luxe and fun and trendy.

BUT, their largest size is a 24, and I really wear a size 26/28. I decided I would take a chance and see how Eloquii’s sizes run, so I ordered a studded top. It fit fine, partially because there happened to be a little stretch, and I loved that the armholes fit, because they often run large on me. I will try Eloquii again, but I doubt you will see me in a pencil skirt, or bodycon dress from their line.

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.


Photo: Leori Gill Photography

Do You Have Knee Pain? Cinder Can Help You Get Healthier Knees!

cinder pose1This post is not about plus size clothes. It is about your knees. Some of you know I had knee surgery in February. I am doing well, but it is a much bigger deal than I expected, and at five months post surgery, my knee is still a little stiff. So what are the alternatives?

My friend, aerobics teacher, and trainer for over 20 years, Cinder Ernst, is starting an “Improve Your Mobility” Extravaganza teleclass on Tuesday, July 15. Check it out.  I cannot even tell you the difference she made in my life through the years, creating more mobility, strength and especially happiness.

Cinder is also going to be my first advertiser, starting on August 1st, so I wanted to introduce her and let you know that she knows all the ways to help you be more mobile and able.

And guess what, if you sign up for her free teleclass she will donate $2 to Soul Shoppe, an organization that helps keep schools safe and bully free.

So read more about it HERE and register soon!


This is not a sponsored post

Bare for Summer in a Plus Size 4X Crop Top

A few weeks ago I woke up wanting a size 4X crop top.

Crop Top Evans "Cut" Pencil Skirt - U.Si Size 28

Crop Top
Evans “Cut” Pencil Skirt – U.S. Size 28

So during my research I fell in love with this crop top, I am a big Will Smith fan and I thought the colors would look great with a wild patterned skirt I have (in real life the hues of the colors did not work at all).

And speaking of Will Smith, I could not help being amused that he made a video, as The Fresh Prince, in 1991, called Summertime. How is that for a “Bare for Summer” theme.

beingseencollage.jpgSince I wear strapless, strappy camis, shorts, bathing suits or whatever I feel like, I felt like it was going to be difficult to expand my boundaries when I learned that our Ahead of the Curve bloggers collective topic this month is “Bare for Summer“. But then I thought, oh, my tummy, show my tummy, OMG. So a crop top it is.

Crop Top With T-Shirt Underneath

Crop Top With T-Shirt Underneath

  • I tried the crop top with a t-shirt underneath, the crop top rode up immediately and was not very becoming.
  • To be honest, I don’t think I will be wearing this much in public, but I am grateful for my fellow size positive fatties who are doing so for me.
  • I ordered the shorts in a 5X and they felt too large, but the 4X rides up and are VERY short when I sit down.
  • I had been wanting gladiator sandals since we went to Italy two years ago and they were everywhere. I am so happy to have found a WW width.

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.

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photos; Leori Gill Photography

Fun Wide-Legged Pants for Plus Sizes!

in full swingI met Sharon Silverstein, owner of In Full Swing, in 1989, while I was shopping. She was a delight, and we became friends. Here we are 25 years later and I am still shopping with her, now in Oakland, CA.

When I saw these pants, I just had to have them. If you have been following along, you know I love both words and graffiti and these pants have a little of both. They only came to a size 3X, but they are 92% polyester and 8% spandex, so they have lots of stretch, and I would be comfortable suggesting them to anyone who wears a 4X or Size 26/28. And you know these wide legged pants are all the rage this summer.

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.

crop for beltI love a little DIY (do it yourself project). A friend gave me two belts like the one I have on in the photo, size 4X stretch belts, but both with gold snaps. I decided I HAD to have silver, so I silver-leafed them. What was I thinking? The first time I wore the belt, and leaned against a table, the silver leaf started peeling. Using the wrong materials will get you every time. I should have used a silver Sharpie. LOL


photo: Leori Gill Photography

She was Plus Size, Dressed in Black, Wearing Fabulous Fluevogs

Great Closing Party for Sean Orlando at his De Young Show last night. Fabulous sculpture inspired by sea creatures, nature and drawings of Ernst Haeckel. If you missed it, check out these images and see Sean's work at his Oakland studio, Five Ton Crane. photo: Fannie Allen Designs

Great Closing Party for Sean Orlando at his De Young Show last night. Fabulous sculpture inspired by sea creatures, nature and drawings of Ernst Haeckel. If you missed it, check out these images and see Sean’s work at his Oakland studio, Engineered Artworks.
photos: Fannie Allen Designs

We stopped by the de Young Museum the other night because our friend Sean Orlando was having a closing reception of his show.

I turned, and there was this fabulous woman dressed to kill.

bondeA jacket from Torrid in mixed faux leather, with a pair of pleather pants.

She looked amazing, but the pièce de résistance was a fabulous pair of lace up Fluevog boots. Could I wear them? Might they fit in width if I got a size 10 for my usually size 9.5 foot? And they lace up so the calf size should not be a problem. I may just have to check them out. This is what Fluevog says about them:
Go on, fall in love. We dare you!”

bonde ringIn addition to looking stunning, it turns out that she is a jeweler, and her friend had an engagement ring on that Bonnie had designed for her. Her business is called Bonde Jewelry, check her out sometime.


OMG, Hell Bunny 2X – 4X on Sale: AND Buy One – Get One for $1

I have not shopped at Hot Topic in years, BUT I saw someone post a Hell Bunny dress that they had gotten from them. When I went to check it out, most of them were on sale AND, SOME OF THEM ARE, Buy One Get One for $1. OMG!

Hell Bunny Plus Size usually cost about $90.00 apiece, at Amazon, for example.

Hell Bunny runs a little small in the waist for me, since I am an apple shape, but I just bought one from a friend that I know is going to fit because it has elastic all across the back, and I am going to look for other styles that are similar.

Although not my favorite print, I can see from the “bacK” photo that this one has an elastic panel in the back, that may make it my first choice.

Hot Topic also has some great graphic tanks to a 3X, but probably too small for me.

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.


Review: Custom Styling with eShakti


A lovely addition to our portfolio on eShakti from Rebecca at The Plus Side of Me. eShakti continues to be the best bet for getting JUST what you want with customization.


Originally posted on theplussideofme:

About a month or so ago, eShakti approached me to see if I’d like to review one of their designs. After buying and loving one of their maxi dresses in the spring, I knew I wanted to try out another style and customize the look. eShakti is unique for their size range (0-36w!!!) and their ability to customize to specific measurements, heights, and styling choices. It takes a little longer than a typical store to receive an item (within 14 business days of the order), but you get the luxury of buying an item that will hopefully fit perfectly. eShakti always has a lot of designs to choose from, but I find myself always looking to their interesting prints, patterns, or cuts. Usually I find items that I can’t find in other plus size stores. Cue to the dress that I chose to review. This dress is made out of a…

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