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Catos. They are excellently priced. Wear like iron and have wonderful clearance racks.



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Hi everybody,
I'm new to this forum and I'm actually new to the USA, too - I'm a Spanish expat working in Seattle. I wonder where to shop plus size fashion over here. In Spain I used to shop online because there are no special plus size fashion shops.
Currently I've bought clothes at:

www.maxana.com (the fashion looks quite old-fashioned but their trousers and jackets fit like no others - they are designed especially for chubbies, plus what I appreciate the most - they don't have any problems to tailor the item for my very short legs).

www.igigi.com (I love their dresses but sometimes have problems with fitting in the bust area)

Can't wait for your replies - I need to ruin my credit card a bit :)





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I read your comment and noticed that we have several of the exact same issues...I was 115 pounds in high school and my calves were ALWAYS large and I hate it when you get a pair of jeans that slide over the hips just to have a 10 inch gap at the waist...YUCK!

I have done okay looking for boots that have the stretchy material to fit over my calves and recently have found 2 pairs one was from Avon and one was through Ruff Hewn

As far as Jeans are concerned-The Venezia Brand at Lane Bryant, JMS (just my size), Fashion Bug and Gloria Vanderbilt have worked for me...there are several styles for each brand but for the most part they fit the best.



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If you have a target near you, the C9 line usually has good stuff for me. Hope this helps.



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JMS.. is amazing.. just my size its all ive wor for years plus size yet comfy clothes yoga pants sweats t shirts etc



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I found a new website, iadorefashions.com, that sells some cute plus sized clothes. Check it out.the prices are reasonable!!



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I agree Dana Buchman is just a name Kohl bought and now its not the same. If you like great professional garb you have to try out Lafayette 148. Lots of stuff on Saks but they have their own website so you can shop there too!

Check out my blog cause I addressed just this subject!


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Heres the ones I shop at: Lane Bryant, works well for me and is one place that has good quality bras that fit and last for my size in regular and sports bras, their venezia pants fit well too. Their tops are ok though most are pricey, maurices can be good though the price is higher. I also like Jcpenneys and Gordmans when I cant get to the other. I can find a few favorite jean brands there and awesome tops on clearance or flirty, casual dresses. I have never been to talbots, romans, or macys, I dont know if they are in Iowa and im not an online shopper typically. A friend did recommend a good lingerie undergarment site called hipsand curves.com that is amazing for sexy things that reallly do fit. Other than that gap and old navy too. I also like Coldwater Creek for more dressy dresses and skirts plus CJ banks for sweaters and wraps. They are both good for layering pieces or more dressy ones that young, trendy stores dont always offer the best of.



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Hi all...
According to me the best plus size cloths that make women stylish and beautiful are only leather cloths. Leather cloths are always in fashion and any size women can wear these outfits to look fashionista. In leather cloths women can wear plus size women leather jackets along with plus size leather pants. Leather coats are also can wear as plus size outfits. All these outfits are really high in demand every time and you can wear these outfits in your real life/world.
www.leatherarena.com/ is the world's no.1 online leather fashion store over the internet that deals in all type of leather cloths at reasonable prices and also provide provide free shipping all over the world. Buy women leather jackets just go to www.leatherarena.com/women-wear/leather-ja
ckets.html

Thanks..!

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for good quality and stylish outfits check out boutique www.pionna.com that carries different european and american brands. Majority of their products are made of quality fabric that are soft and comfortable and last really long time (so it will not break after your first/second wash).
also, their customer support is super helpful. www.pionna.com
and you can use coupon PIONNA for 20% off your entire purchase

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Here's where I shop, you can shop online. Probably quite reasonable given the exchange rate
http://www.zebrano.co.nz/new

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Carmakoma has some great clothes that are trendy and cute!

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I've replied before suggesting CJBanks, now for a little tip that I'm using as I'm losing weight. As an incentive I ordered lots of smaller sized clothing from CJ when they were having this awesome sale, 60% off clearance, so I had lots of things in descending sizes in my closet. (I also take gently used items to a local consignment shop and those more lovingly worn are donated.) Anyway, I forgot about some $4.99 jeans and slacks tucked way in the back of my closet and was so upset when I found they were too large when I tried them on. Because they were just a little baggy and because that seemed to make them longer than I wear, I got the idea to cut them off at cropped length. Some I hemmed on the machine and on some lighter pants I just used iron on hemming tape. Now I have several new pairs of pants that look just like some of the looser crop pants I'm seeing everywhere this spring. I've also taken in seams in blouses and jackets on items I'm not ready to part with as yet. I'm also pleased to report that I just ordered a few sale items from Christopher and Banks, CJ's smaller version, that now are my next sizes down.



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I love Holy Clothing, they have really nice dresses, blouses, skirts and slacks, for a more casual, comfortable look, or they can and have been used as wedding dresses. Sizes up to 6X, most available in a wide range of colours, reasonable prices, and decent shipping costs. Most are made from butter-soft washed viscose/rayon which breathes naturally for year round comfort

www.holyclothing.com

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I think that Ashley Stewart and Fashion Bug have the trendiest plus sized clothing. Although Lane Bryant is nice, they can be very pricey. If you don't mind shopping online, Jessica London and Torrid have awesome, trendy plus sized clothes.



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Lately, I've bought most of my clothes from Kohl's. The Gloria Vanderbilt line has nice clothes for large women. I don't know if they sell workout clothes.

If you have a large chest like me, go to Macy's for bras or else buy the Genie (Wow??) bras which have no fasteners, nothing that "bites." (They slip over your head like a shirt.)

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I like Avenue quite a bit, although their underwear has really gone down in quality the last two or three years. Nordstroms is great if you are looking for a pricier dress or business outfit.

I found a website called Kiyonna online that makes a really nice line of clothing. I bought a sweater and a dress from them and still have them. I wear the sweater constantly, have washed it once a week and it still looks terrific. The dress is just to die for and I bought it for a party my daughter and I put on - a Royal Wedding party - last year. http://www.kiyonna.com/ Its the wrap around dress featured on the front page of the website and it is divine. It fits me quite well, even when I was 50 lbs heavier and now that I've lost a bunch of weight - it wraps around, so it just looks even better with the weight loss and I'll probably be able to wear it for quite a while longer. It is of a high quality of workmanship and design. The dress is lined, so it doesn't show the bulges or fatty spots I want to hide. I just wore it to a party a few weeks ago and wow - it looked fabulous.

I also use a website called OneSizePlus to find just about anything. They have combined Avenue, Lane Bryant and a number of stores into one shopping mall and they have a nice selection.

I love this thread! It gives me a bunch of new places to look over, so thanks a bunch Girls!



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I like Avenue and Lane Bryant, but sometimes it's hard to find work appropriate clothes there. Fashion Bug & Dress Barn are good for dress and casual. I love the 8 piece flare skirts that Dress Barn has available all the time. (Not on-line.) I got a steal at NY&CO. when they had a bunch of long skirts dirt cheap, but I don't normally shop there. Walmart has surprisingly started stocking a LOT of work dress appropriate items and I've gotten several inexpensive things there that are quite nice!!

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Oh- and Target, I wanna give Target a shout out. I teach yoga and I found yoga tops that don't let it all hang out, and yoga pants too.

This week I found running bras for my size with the cups and everything, I was going crazy trying to find one, my favorite one, they don't make any more. But Target had a nice selection of them. I've also found a bathing suit. (I got a maternity one once because it was long enough, cute and showed my assets without showing things I didn't want shown.) I recommend two piece bathing suits.

I've also found some skirts and sundresses there and pjs.

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First I cleaned out my closet, got rid of a bunch of junk, and took a six piece in 30 days challenge (you pick six pieces of clothing and mix and match for 30 days) It didn't include work out where which is yoga pants/and tshirts.

After the 6 challange, I found I could make do with a lot less, which if you are dropping weight, you don't want a ton of stuff. Just get some good mix and match stuff and then buy for the occasion (wedding/job interview, etc)

I go the tshirt- sundress/skirt route in the summer (hot and humid here too) and I'm not a fan of shorts.

Old Navy has cute stuff, reasonably priced and they fit.

For dressier stuff, I like Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant never fit me just right.

For Jeans, I went to a consignment shop, we have an upscale one here, and tried on a bunch til I found a style that fit me. The consignment shop has the advantage of you can take your larger stuff there when you get to the next size.

Swim suits?- Lands end/they have a lot of sizes and mix and match.

nicer stuff? soft surroundings (online) and their stuff is made better and fits true to size.
also eshakti custom makes dresses to YOUR measurements. It has dresses for all body types and they are reasonable priced.



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Cato is definitely the best! Also, there is the website Eloquii, by the Limited that has great suits and work attire.

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I always had luck at Belk when I was in the plus size section. But then, that was my style aesthetic. I never had any luck at JCP or at Macy's but I know others do. The day that I had to leave my comfortable plus section at Belk and actually venture to the other section of the store was a big day for me.



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although im not a plus size woman, my best friend is and i found the store Ashley Stewart for her..and took her there for a 'makeover' and she is now an avid Ashley Stewart fan! Every plus size woman should check out hte store...not only are the clothes stylish they are also sexy



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Lane Bryant and Fashion Bugemoticon





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Thank You, REBPM1 in regards to justmysize.com I cannot wait to take a look there. I am also in need of the dreaded swimsuit.



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SKFluffy7 ...I think I'll start there...I love places that require me to actually buy something a little smalleremoticon Recently I've been shopping at resale because I don't want to spend too much on clothes until I lose more weight ....but...an awesome outfit can really help you feel more attractive right?

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My favorite place for clothing is the DAV, which is a resell shop (thrift store). It's my favorite because I don't get a limited selection based on what one store offers, I get a WIDE variety. I grab a whole bunch and spend a good ten minutes in the dressing room, and then I know what brands to start looking for and which to avoid. Then if I fall in love, I can shop the store that carries that specific brand, but I will also pick up the item from the thrift and see how it actually wears first. A few trips out to the garden and I'll know if it rubs wrong, droops in a bad place, or doesn't wash well.



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How long have you been doing this. I just started yesterday and was the same weight as you were so just curious and want to say great job on getting here Dianne



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I am an avid Lane Bryant shopper. I did go to JC Penney last month to buy some tops and they were actually priced very reasonably. The highest I paid for a top was $22, and the only problem I had was the shirts seem to run a little small and I bought them one size bigger. Now I have some jeans from JC Penney and they fit wonderfully. So, I guess it's best to try on the clothes before leaving the store.

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lane Bryant. Some women think they are priced to high but my motto is "you get what you pay for." They have AWESOME sale online at lanebryant.com. Today and tomorrow only online is $20 off of a $40 purchase. emoticon



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I like Maurices. They have a plus size section that includes some cute going out clothes and tank tops that are long enough and look slimming on the sides. They can be a bit pricey so pay attention to the tab, and they usually have some good deals or promotions going on.



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Check out these great sites for trendy and retro looks:

http://us.asos.com/Women-Curve/wc02s/?cid=9577

http://heartbreakerfashion.com/

https://www.bettiepageclothing.com/

http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com

http://www.simplybe.com/page/home/

http://www.maurices.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=3677339

http://topvintage.nl/en/

http://www.daddyos.com/

http://www.style369.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?storeId=13054&catalogId=33555

http://www.very.com/Plus-Size/Women/sc/cat230065.go;jsessionid=dpnTPZnhGCdvQh52tMnXMbVt76PRTQTpvgn15Dy4BTyPdJGvQyQP!1926850281?categoryNavIds=VeryWomens%3Acat230065&addFacet=54016%3Acat230065



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Thanks for the great tips and places to shop I am always send to my sisters abroad and always seem to do the same stores Catherines, Kohls, Dress Barn Macys sometimes. I agree I love Walmart for Danskin sweats I love them in big or small wonderful.



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I have always preferred Cato myself. They make really good quality clothing for many sizes, and it is all so cute. When I shop there it makes me feel like I can were pretty clothes too, not just what fits!

Wishing everyone the best of luck!
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As a professional woman, Nordstrom's, Salon Z (Saks) and Talbots are where I get my wardrobe. I loved Dana Bachman before she went to Kohl's, that line is nowhere near as fabulous as her private line was. I so miss that store. She was the only designer that began designing all her clothes from 0 to 24w. Of course Ebay is wonderful, not only for clothes, you need designer shoes to match that wardrobe. I'm lucky we have a Nordstrom's last chance here, so I get to dress designer for pennies, OK, so I have to admit to being a clothes horse, is there a 12 step program for that? LOL



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My favorite brand is Only Necessities which is carried by Roaman's and Woman Within, although they don't seem to have as much of it as they used to. I hope they're not discontinuing that brand as it's well made, reasonably priced and generously cut. I love the variety of styles and colors--mostly casuals or business casual knits. I weigh 350 lb. and bought all my clothes from them, but I also bought some for my mother who weighed 160 lb. She used petite size and I wear regular and sometimes tall for pants. O.N. comes in all 3 height ranges for many items.


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WORKOUT CLOTHES ESPECIALLY? Champion at Target plus they have long length! Order $50 or more and it's free shipping...

Champion Mens if you want really baggy but functional microfiber t-shirts for working out

Danskin Queen size-generally only mail order

Not My Daughters Jeans, mail order but long length, kinda pricey but I'd rather have one great pair than a couple ill-fitting.

Nicely made Women's sized clothes for work/special occasion? Nordstrom's has the best selection and I'm partial to Karen Kane...

Hue makes great tights, pattern stocking for long legs, quen sizes. Hope that helps!



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I don't see that anyone has mentioned C.J.Banks?! I have really good luck with their Tall pants. (They used to carry Talls in the store but now you have to get them online.) If the store orders them for you (and you pick them up there) there are no shipping charges.
I like Avenue and New York for Tall pants also!



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I order online from a store in Australia. Very classy, flattering clothing that's good quality.

They ship internationally.

http://www.ts14plus.com.au/

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SUEBARTKOWIAK10,
I'm tall too- 6' and haven't found anything better than avenue and LB, but I agree the tall sizes are getting far more difficult to find. I've brought it up when shopping in those stores and didn't get any good information, one store manager kept trying to convince me the regular / average would be fine - stating she wore them, (she was about 4 inches shorter than me). More incentive to get down to a size 20 and below for more options, but I'm really careful of my current dress pants, apparently they need to last, and the quality isn't great for either of these stores.

Other than pants, I like Lord and Taylor for tops, sweaters, jackets.

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Roamans, and Woman Within is a nice place to buy clothes, and sometimes you have to get a size smaller.

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4/25/12 6:31 P

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I've done well at Penney's for tops, but not for pants. In fact, the only jeans I ever found that fit me right were the Right Fit 2 Blue petite - they were perfect. I say were, because they stopped making them, then started again - but changed how they make them, and they no longer fit.

I have the problem of a (relative to hips) small waist, big hips, and big thighs and calves (even when I was 120, my calves were larger than most people that size.)

Any jeans suggestions for a dysmorphic gal?



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4/25/12 3:42 P

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I love some of the stores that have been mentioned here (Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Avenue) but I have a hard time buying items in store because I am about 5ft 8in and everything is short on me. These stores are carrying less and less tall sizes and more average and petit. I don't like buying things on the internet because I have a hard time finding jeans and pants that fit me. Does anyone know beside the ones above a store in the Northeast that carries tall plus sizes.



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4/25/12 3:02 P

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Yes Torrid is very stylish and they have a Diva Rewards program. I live in So Cal to near West Covina Plaza where there is a Torrid store and an Intimate Basics Which carry some of Torrids designs heavily marked down as well as other lingerie etc for larger sizes. Also in the same mall they have a store called Mode Plus which also has very up to date styles at very reasonable prices.That store has been in that mall for 15 years!

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4/25/12 2:37 P

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I just fo some awesome plus sized clothing at Sears-their were several brands I hadn't heard of with stylish and affordable options. I am plus sized petit( 5ft 0in) so I can't shop at Lan Bryant etc cause everything is made for plus sized woman with larger frame or who are 6ft tall or something.



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4/25/12 1:41 P

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I've gotten sick of the poor quality at some of the stores mentioned here (Old Navy, Avenue, Dress Barn, Kohl's) so I found a couple of places online that are fabulous for trendy and vintage inspired clothing that are plus size: Kiyonna and ModCloth.

I also do Talbots for work clothes. Great quality. $$$ though, but they have a lot of sales that are like 40% off.

I have been buying Calvin Klein dresses for work at Marshall's and TJ Maxx in plus sizes too. Very becoming and good quality, for about $60 a dress.



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4/25/12 1:35 P

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I'm not a big fan of Walmart, but I do like Danskin active wear, and Just My Size casual wear. Both are very reasonably priced and fit me well. The JMS line in tops fit a bit longer, which works well to hide my butt and hips.
If you have a Ross' near you check them out for dressier stuff. I recently went to a wedding and found a dress, shrug and shoes for under 50 bucks.

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4/25/12 1:05 P

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I live in So Cal and we have a store here called Torrid. They specialize in plus sizes and they have all of then newest fashions in sizes for larger women. They are a bit pricey but well worth the spend if you have it. Good quality and very cute.



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If you live near a ScholarShop, you may be able to find some great second-hand items there, too. We give lots of clothing items to them through the years. It makes us feel good knowing that the proceeds help needy kids get college scholarships.

I scored once a few months ago when I got a pair of Talbot's jeans for only $7. They looked brand new! I've been wearing them all winter and now they are getting loose on me. So, I'll be taking them back to the ScholarShop when I've officially shrunk out of them.

Where I live is a very Catholic community and so many second-hand stores are popping up recently to help all levels of the various demographics in the community. For example, another second-hand store in my area is St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Stores. They serve many purposes in the community:

1. A location for people to drop off unwanted household, furniture, toys/games, small electronics, and clothing items in good shape for a tax write off.

2. If the rent is low, it's a cash cow for the charity. They are open 6 days a week and it's always busy in there!

3. Those who receive services from various St. Vincent dePaul Chapters can also work for vouchers to spend in the store. So, that practice limits salaries paid out when most of the workers are volunteers. AND it makes it a valuable retail work experience for those earning the vouchers, which gives them a leg up if they are unemployed or underemployed.

Not so sure that Goodwill operates like this, but someone may be able to correct me if I'm wrong.

You can look-up thrift stores in your community and support any of those you choose.

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4/25/12 11:28 A

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4/25/12 9:29 A

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I love, love, love Avenue. Cute stuff, well made, lots of pretty little accent touches. I find their website has a much better selection than their stores. Old Navy has some cute plus size stuff but you can only find it on their website. Their stuff isn't as well made as Avenue though.

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I live in New York City so I have Ashley Stewart (AshleyStewart.com) Lane Bryant, Talbots Conway, Avenue and since I live close to New Jersey I live in Kohls, Burlington Coat Factory ( yes them too!) K&G and my local Goodwill too
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4/25/12 7:09 A

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Thank you for all the great suggestions--esp. Macy's, Nordstroms, Chico's, Catherines.



 
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