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I've never found anything at Kohl's, no matter my size at the time, and I was hoping I would. I wind up with Wal Mart, Target, simply because I'm usually at home, and don't go to a job. Thrift stores are ok if you have time to go often, have found nice, newer stuff there for $4 a top. Catalogs are good, if you order once and pay attention to how their sizing goes, it's different than in a store. I stay away from mall stores, where you see only one clerk standing there, too expensive for the average gal. Have fun looking!
I used to shop at Catherine's - and yes, you *can* find clothing with younger appeal there. They have some good deals on their clearance rack, usually.
I've bought a *lot* of things online. You do have to measure carefully and check the measurements they list for products. Some very nice additions have come from eBay, of all places.
I also will check thrift shops. Many items there still have their original tags attached (it's not all "used" clothing - and even a lot of preowned items are like-new). I've picked up very nice pieces for $1 - $5. Can't do much better than that, IMO. Some will even make trade deals with you.
I lean more toward online shopping simply because I'm unable to get out much, and trying clothing in stores is a real challenge for me. For casual things, sellers like Woman Within and Roaman's and Lane Bryant are possible sources. I've looked through the offerings at Junonia, and they carry a range of very large sizes... but I'm less enthused about their styling than some of the others. A seller who goes by the name of "Mizrak" on eBay sometimes has a good variety and an extensive range of sizes. Catherine's also sells online, although it's not as good as perusing their clearance rack in the store.
What I REALLY need to find is someplace that makes custom footwear. Someplace I can get a decent pair of comfortable shoes for less than $150 a pair. :sigh:
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If you haven't already, get yourself re-measured for bras, and buy one or two new ones that fit just right. I have found that bras and other supportive undergarments have gotten more important as I've gotten older. You will look like you have a whole new wardrobe even if you don't buy anything else!
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I really like the Limited.
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I like Kohl's, they seem to have something for every age.
I tend to find clothes randomly. TJ Maxx or Marshalls usually have something. Because of weird body measurements I buy pieces from different places. Probably the first thing to do is to decide what your style is, then start looking around. You might have to try lots of clothes on to find what you're comfortable in. If you're close to the size you want to stay, it may not be a bad idea to invest in a few more expensive pieces if they're classic and can be used in a lot of different ways.
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507 10/27/13 8:37 P
I do a lot of shopping at the "off" stores like Nordstrom Rack, Off Sacks 5th Ave, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx. If you have the time to look, you can usually do a great job finding good deals on designer clothes that look classy, rather than buying the run-of-the-mill stuff from other stores that just don't have the same quality or flare. I also really like Banana Republic and Anthropologie, especially for work clothes and fun dresses! My first priority when shopping for clothes is whether they make me feel good about myself and fit my lifestyle. Second to that, I always look for a good deal. I use Ebates (http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=uI BQzltCIwq50Y/LJ775GQ==) for anything that I purchase online so that I can earn cash back on all my purchases and have access to additional coupons that aren't always available in stores.
I'm in my late 20s and it's tough to balance what's trendy and sophisticated vs what's trendy and teenaged. Work-wise, especially, you want to make sure that you're taken seriously and that you're dressed for success, but I think keeping a chic element or two (fun shoes or accessories) can make the difference between looking old and boring and looking like a polished and innovative professional.
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Anthropologie has cute clothes and accessories. I don't buy from them much since they are so expensive, but it's a good place for inspiration.
Have you ever been to Francesca's Collections? I LOVE their accessories and they are very reasonably priced. Unfortunately the clothes are sized very small and they don't have a full range of sizes--they only go to L, and their L is more like an M.
White House/Black Market is good for going-out clothes.
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3,293 8/30/13 3:28 P
Well, I'm in my late 30s. I've found nice clothes at Ann Taylor/Loft that are not necessarily for work. There is an outlet store near me that has really good stuff for very reasonable prices.
I do a lot of catalog shipping--Land's End, Boden and Garnet Hill are my go-to places. I also buy online from Banana Republic and the Gap since you can get tall sizes on their website. Macy's and Kohl's, plus the TJ Maxx-type places are OK for basics too. Target sometimes has cute clothes that are good for casual situations--I get tons of compliments on a $20 sundress that I bought there earlier this summer.
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I like Kohl's, TJ Maxx, and Marshall's for the most part. I love Ann Taylor (when you catch a sale at the outlet stores, it's great!)
I like what I've seen at H&M, but my only trip there was 'just browsing'. That's my planned reward for reaching my goal weight - a shopping trip to H&M
I generally stay away from malls except for holiday clothes, which I usually buy from Dillard's. Mall clothes usually catere to young, size 2, crazy fashions types (at least IMO). I look for clothes at other stores around town or on-line.
I love shopping at stores like Marshall's or TJMaxx, you get a nice blend of age range and styles. I love Eddie Bauer for casual clothes and jeans, and do a lot of shopping online (Modcloth, zappos, nordstroms).
If you need ideas I suggest that you go to Macy's or Nordstroms (if you have one close by) and set up a personal shopper appointment. The service is usually free and it is fun.
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I find that I have to pop down over the border to find decent clothing. I love Macy's, and we really don't have anything that compares to it here. I find myself drawn to the H&M clothing but the stores here don't carry the plus sizes. I anticipate the days I can wear what I want, and the pleasure of that thought helps keep me on track. Congrats! I can't wait till I'm in your shoes :)
I am 35 and H&M is my absolute favorite, very affordable, and their clothes hold up well even after multiple wearings/washings.
It sounds like you may be trying to figure out a whole new style/wardrobe at this point...may I suggest a personal shopper at a department store? The one I have experience with is Nordstrom, but I believe Macy's also offers the service, as well as other higher end department stores. It is a free service, and when you call ahead to set up the appointment they will ask questions like your color preferences, size, budget, occasions you are dressing for, etc. Then when you get there the shopper already has a fitting room started and will continue to pull more things for you based on what you like/don't like/need different sizes in/etc. My shopper pulled from both the juniors and misses departments, stuck to mostly store brands and clearance items due to my budget, and I didn't feel pressured to buy anything I didn't like. I can't wait to do it again when I'm ready for some new clothes!
I also like reading style blogs for inspiration, Already Pretty and J's Everyday Fashion are 2 that come to mind that feature looks appropriate for your 30's, and they always list brands and prices of what they are wearing.
Congratulations on your progress and happy shopping :)
For me, it depends largely on the style I'm trying to pull (under a "frugal" budget) and the mood I'm in. For long-lasting basic pieces that I can adapt for casual or more formal (solids in conservative cuts), I go to the Gap, Macy's, sometimes Target (for t-shirts), and when I'm ambitious, I invest more time on a trip to Marshall's. Day to day (Btw I'm 32 and work at a community college and as a private tutor), I usually wear a mixed style of trendy pieces too, for which I might also go to H&M or F21. And no matter where I go, I ain't too proud to make a beeline for the sale racks right away!
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86 8/28/13 10:40 P
I'm wondering where people my age go shopping? (Early 30's) I can finally fit into misses sizes, and I'm having a hard time finding fun clothes. I can't find "middle of the road" clothes - all I've been finding is clothes for teenagers (forever 21) or very professional/work type clothes (Ann Taylor). I want fun clothes that are "age appropriate".
I've been to Forever 21, Express, department stores, the gap, old navy and charlotte russe. Some of the clothes are downright ugly. For example, in one store, there was a t-shirt that said "geek" and had a picture of a cat with glasses on it....no offense if anyone thinks this is cool. But I AM a geek, and don't necessarily need to advertise that. People will know that just looking at me, I don't need a label :)
These are the stores I shopped at before I gained weight, but I realize I'm older now and they seem to be for more younger people. Where do you girls go shopping for fun, cute, but still kind of grown up clothes?
I've found some things at Ross's, but that's about it so far.
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