Bloggers, Plus Size 24+

bestbloggroll2The Plus Side of Me included Affatshionista on a list of 20 Plus Size Fashion Bloggers at Sizes US 24+ in 2013. I was thrilled to see her list and I of course loved being included. I had been looking for these blogs, and there was now a plethora of new ones to gobble up.

To ring in the 2015, I updated my BlogRoll. In addition, I added some of the Ahead of the Curve Bloggers, that are part of the blogging collective I participate in, and some other bloggers. I chose bloggers that provided information about US Size 24+ clothes, mostly clothes you can purchase, and that somewhat clothing oriented rather than lifestyle or beauty oriented. I eliminated any blogger that had not blogged recently.
I hope you will find it useful.

So check out my new list on the top header:   Blogs Size 24+

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Does City Chic XXL Fit A Size 26/28

citychictop to crop LGEvery now and again I feel like I have to try City Chic again, especially since they have opened some stores in the US and are obviously interested in the US market. They have a lot of fun styles and their Size Guide says an XXL is a generous size 24. Their clothes are often too large in the arms for my apple shaped body and too small in the waist, which was true of this fun top. BUT, I think the average sized 26/28 could wear the XXL.

I have the arms taped up a little and the bottom is just a little snug around my large belly to wear with just leggings, but I love the graphic of letters and numbers.

I had never worn Teggings before, but some of my friends love them, so I thought I would give them a try. I don’t think they would fit anyone who is larger than a size 4X, unless they tried their Extra Longs, and they also carry them in Fleece. The teggings are heavier than the ones I usually wear so I think they would be especially great if you live in a colder climate.

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.

You can click HERE for my prior City Chic post.

They have some amazing sales, you can click HERE to see all of their XXL tops on sale.

Top – City Chic (sold out), Teggings – Re/Dress One Size, Boots – Avenue Size 9.5W

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photo: Leori Gill Photography

First Glance: Eloquii, Extending to Plus Sizes 26 and 28

eloquii extended sizesUPDATE: FIRST GLANCE: Eloquii has just announced their first round of extended sizes. Check them out HERE. AND, they are on sale. What should I buy for my first piece??
Eloqui 1st sz 26 28First Glance: Yesterday was my first sighting of Eloquii’s new extended sizes, 26 and 28, on their site.  You can find them HERE.

I have been loving Eloquii’s new styles since they re-launched several months ago.

They recently announced that they are going to extend their sizes to include plus size 26 and 28. I was thrilled to hear this! I love their clothes, and although I can occasionally fit into a size 24, in real life, I am a size 26/28.

eloquii perforated sweatersSo I have been actively watching for Eloquii’s extended sizes, and when I saw a perforated sweater that I loved and is so new and fresh looking, I wrote them a note, stating I was looking forward to their sizes 26/28.
You can find the sweater HERE (on sale).

 

eloquii fb conversationThey then wrote me a note on Facebook, telling me that they are now carrying a black pant in a Size 26 and 28, you can find them HERE. I love that they responded to my query, that is great customer service, and even more I loved that they have started adding size 26 and 28 to their clothing line. I just have to say YAY!

You will be hearing more from me about Eloquii.

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Z by Zevarra is Luxe

zbyzevarra stole closeupI stole this look from garnerstyle. I saw this faux fur stole and I had to have it. It is a 3X, but it actually fits me well enough. It is quite heavy and warm. I do not know how much I will have a chance to wear such an amazing piece in sunny California, but I am certainly going to try!
It looks like everything Z by Zevarra has is on sale, and they have some great sequins and little black dresses. Very fun clothes.

zbyzevarra stole1

Faux Fur Stole 3X (sold out), Dress ASOS Curve Size 24 (similar), Leggings, Re/Dress, Boots Avenue 9.5W, Belt, Torrid Size 5, Opera Length Gloves, Amazon
Boot Review HERE

Layout 1Don’t stop here. Check out what all the chic, smart bloggers from AHEAD OF THE CURVE had to say about our theme this month, “Lush, Plush and Luxurious”.
Just click HERE.

Ahead of the Curve, is a collective of plus size bloggers that come together to post on the same subject. Stay in the know with Ahead of the Curve by liking us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram as Ahead_of_the_Curve_Bloggers or Pinterest.

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Photos: Leori Gill Photography

Ashley Nell Tipton Unicorn Skirt – Plus Size 4X

sequin skirt at holiday sparkI had loved this skirt for awhile and was excited when I purchased it a few months ago. In my life I can pretty much wear a sequin skirt to most of the evening events I go to, whether it is an art opening or a house party…BUT, I just struggled with what to wear it with. I looked at dozens of tops. Should I buy a sequin top, in beige, lavender or blue? I looked at floral t-shirts that I could perhaps add some sequins. I looked at pastels t-shirts of every hue, and then one day I realized it was really a pink base and decided to take a VERY casual approach with a graphic t-shirt and my trusty black denim jacket. Sometimes you have to just give it a try and enjoy it already.  So off I went to a holiday party.

sequinsI really love the material. And the skirt stretches to fit my 54″ waist, but it is sewn to continue to be gathered slightly even when stretched all of the way. 
The size chart says 49”- 52” for a 4X.
holiday spark with my boys

Skirt - Ashley Nell Tipton Size 4X, Jacket (similar)- to Size 38W, Graphic Tee – Torrid Size 4X , Tights - We Love Color Size C/D, Belt – Torrid Stretch Belt (old) Size 4

To compare my measurements to yours, click HERE.

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photo: Leori Gill Photography

Affatshionista’s 5 Posts You Loved the Most in 2014!

I just want to close out 2014 with a review of the posts you loved the most on Affatshionista this year. Over the course of the year, more than 90,000 readers visited our site. So what were the most popular posts of 2014?

1. 5 Stores That Have EXTRA Wide Calf Boots!
Well of course the post you loved the most was about boots. We are not talking about wide calf boots here, we are talking about EXTRA wide calf boots. Calf widths of 18″ and bigger. And some readers have added some additional information.

Thrift blk wht2. Facebook, The New Online Plus Size Thrift Store – v. 2014
I get a lot of searches and interest about thrifting plus sizes. I actually had several posts this year about thrifting or buying used or vintage clothing. The others can be found HERE and HEREI love thrifting because it means that someone else’s mistake, too small, too big, don’t like, did not send back to the retailer on a timely basis, can be your fabulous, maybe even favorite piece of clothing.

gwynnie bee one dress3. Gwynnie Bee – Netflix for Clothes – A Plus size Review of Sizes 4X+
After boots, Gwynnie Bee is my most common search term, i.e., “Review, Gwynnie Bee”, “Is Gwynnie Bee a Scam?”, “Complaints Against Gwynnie Bee”. Clearly you are interested in Gwynnie Bee, but want to make sure they are legit before you give them a credit card number.

Custom plus fresh prince crop top4. I Want a Plus Size 4X Crop Top
This is the post on my blog that has been shared the most times EVER! I did in fact get a size 4X crop top, and you can see that post HERE!

maxie mouse domino dollhouse5. Where Can I Buy Plus Size Costumes 1X to 3X or 4X to 12X
This is probably my favorite post of the year. I am part of a community that has costume events and fancy parties, so costumes are part of my life. And I especially love “Do It Yourself” costumes, which I think are the most fun.

That is a review of your favorite posts of 2014. I want to thank each of you for reading and commenting, both here and on my Facebook Page. I love blogging and I love sharing how clothes fit me, and how they might fit you.

dali lamaIn case you want to know my resolution for 2014, I am taking a lesson from the Dali Lama.

See you next year!

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Zindzi: Beautiful Jewelry, Beautiful Soul

Zindi.com Handcrafted  Jewelry

                                       Zindi.com Handcrafted Jewelry

My friend Zindzi of Zindzi.com grew up in South Africa, the child of anti-apartheid activists. Then she traveled and planted her roots in San Francisco. She is one of those people you meet and you can see that she has a kind soul.

During her travels in India, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique and Namibia she sought out locally made jewelry and fashion. Now that she is settled in San Francisco, she wants to discover and bring beautiful, timeless, and meaningful designed jewelry.  She personally knows all of the designers and she is excited about their work. Every object is handmade, and some are unique – you won’t see them worn by anyone else.  She only sells items she would be proud to wear, from designers she is  proud to know.  And she is here to share them with you. Just click on the links next to the descriptions below for more information.

1. Teadrop Gold and Black Earrings: $32. Lovely teardrop shape and would match many of the necklaces.

2. 6 Lines Gold & Black Earrings: $32

3. Blue Necklace: $60 – 20 inches. This is my favorite. I think it would fit since the Kleo’s fit and they are 19.5 inches, and the Blue Necklace is 20 inches. I love the design on the beads and that it is so unique.

4. 3 Colors Necklace, Black & Silver & Gold: $60.

5. Kleo Necklace in Silver or Gold: $ 92 – 19.5 inches. Yes that is my neck in the necklace. It is my favorite. I love a great choker and this one fits me with my turtleneck shirt on.

Feel free to contact her directly if you have questions.
zindzi(@)zindzi(dot)com

Happy Holidays to YOU!

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How To Have a Plus Size, Sexy, Happy Holiday!

I am sure you have the holidays on your mind, I know that I do. Just in case you want to create your own little holiday I have some ideas for you! Just click on the links underneath each photo for more information.

If you are looking for a little more coverage, this Babydoll Peignoir Set includes a babydoll nightie with underwire cups, sheer coat and matching G-string, and comes in a variety of colors.

Here is another great babydoll, in a variety of colors, which would also be great for all of those date nights with your sweetie.

I love this pajama top, sexy and comfy, in a variety of colors, but I love this eggplant color. The matching pajama pants are sold separately.

If you are looking for a corset, I love this one, and it comes in variety of colors and sizes. Please notice that it comes in “Bra” Sizes. That means that you order your regular bra size. They suggest going up a size if you are a DDD-E cup.

If you want your order by Christmas, you can order by Express Mail until 10am Pacific time on December 18th, or Priority Mail until December 21.

My readers tell me the sizes run a little small, so I suggest you go up a size.

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I Don’t Wear Plus Size Winter Accessories!

Since I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is fairly unusual for me to need a winter hat, gloves and/or a scarf. For the occasional fire on the beach I have a 10 year old kitty hat and a pair of purple leather gloves. Last night we went to a party and it was warm enough to sit outside for a drink while we were near the fireplace. But, I did live in Minnesota one winter and loved the winter coats and scarves and hats, the weather, not so much.

So I looked around and these are what I would be wearing if I lived in snow country right now. I love a cloche hat and thought the faux mink collar and gloves would be fabulous with either of them. Did you see the collar also comes in leopard print. And they are all on sale!

One Stop Plus has the best selection of plus size hats I have ever seen. Winter hats, summer hats, sunday go to church hats, cowboy hats, silly hats, bright colored hats, they have over 400 hats. A great place to start when you are hat shopping.

And did you know fur collars are EVERYWHERE this year? In fact, I think most of these standard size collars will accommodate plus sizes. The short collars are about 20 inches, which would work for me with a longer ribbon, and the longer “collars” or faux fur scarves, would work at their current 46″ length. I think they are fun and add depth and breadth to any outfit.

Some of them are very fun and others are more conservative, and many of them are on sale.

Leopard Hat and Gloves Quilted Gloves Studded Gloves

Roaman’s Leopard Hat and Gloves
Catherine’s Quilted Gloves
Lane Bryant Studded Gloves

I wanted to bring you one last set of choices. A black leopard hat with several different glove possibilities. The fleece hat and gloves, as well as the quilted gloves are all on sale and would make great gifts.

BOOTS: I cannot discuss Winter without mentioning boots. The hunt for wide calf boots is always with us. If you want to see what I think are the widest calf boots available, please click HERE.

Layout 1Don’t stop here. Check out what Cherie and I from  AHEAD OF THE CURVE had to say about our theme this month, “Brrr…Plus Size Winter Accessories”.
Just click HERE.

Ahead of the Curve, is a collective of plus size bloggers that come together to post on the same subject. Stay in the know with Ahead of the Curve by liking us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram as Ahead_of_the_Curve_Bloggers.

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5 Great Gifts to Give Your Plus Size Friend!

holiday gifts 2Do you have a mother, sister, cousin, friend, gift exchange recipient or neighbor that is plus size, chubby, fat, curvy, heavy, whichever term you prefer, for whom you would like to buy a gift? You know that this year you do not want to buy them a cookbook or placemats or something that does not relate to them. I promise they will find these gifts useful, and you know I do not make promises easily.

Friends and family who are not plus size are often stymied by what gift they can buy that will be loved and appreciated, and most of all, fit. So I have put together a few of my favorite gifts.

1. Floral Statement Necklace: $31.19. I love this necklace, and yes, that is my neck in the photo. It comes in many colors and some other styles (see the bottom of the Amazon page). It instantly dresses up an all black outfit or it can be the finishing touch to an already fun outfit. I have several posts about necklaces, they can be found HERE and HERE and HERE. Watch this space for one more post about beautiful jewelry in the next week or two.

2. The Raven by Poe Book Infinity Scarf: $42. I highlighted this scarf because it was so unusual, but you can buy an infinity scarf anywhere. An infinity scarf is a continuous loop. Everyone is wearing them this year. Warm ones for cold weather, and lightweight ones in more temperate weather. They add interest and depth to an outfit. I often like to start shopping at One Stop Plus, because they carry such a range of retailers in plus sizes. But you can buy infinity scarves from a street vendor for around $10, an exhaustive array on Google, or a Biblical Quote Book Scarf or a whole array on Etsy. This one is monogrammed for $16. And of course for the seamstress there are free “do it yourself” instructions.

3. Get Jane Patient/Hospital Gown: $49.95. They are one size fits all, and that is me in a post I did last year about mine. I love it. I am so much more comfortable having a mammogram or going to the doctor’s office, knowing that I will be well covered. They are a little pricey, but I promise it is well worth the expense to have this level of physical and psychological well being, in an already stressful situation. And I think most women would not buy this for themselves, so it makes a particularly fine gift. To see my measurements, click HERE.

4. SWAK Perfect Leggings: $19.90. These are my favorite. “Where to get leggings that will fit” is the number one question I get on my blog. These fit the best of ANY I have ever purchased. They fit in the crotch, something about the material makes them hug me and never gap, and the ankles fit perfectly, often an issue in my life. They come in four neutral colors. The sizing chart says they fit 1X – 4X, up to a 52″ waist. My waist is easily 53″ or 54″ and I am a 4X, and they are more than comfortable, and I suspect they would fit the next size up.
Length 35″,  Waist 28″ – 52″, Hips 32″ – 60″, and Inseam 22″

5. Heavy Duty Velvet Hangers: $16.99 for 25 hangers. I often hear of plus size women struggling with keeping their clothes on the hanger. These do the trick.

I hope you enjoy them. And feel free to add to the list in your comments.

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