5.1.21

Makeup masterclass: my favorite products

 I started this blog a year ago, and today I’m teaching a makeup class for my sorority’s Volunteer Appreciation Week! I am so excited to share my tips and tricks for applying makeup with my sorority sisters. I’ve been asked several times if I would ever host classes. I’m excited to try hosting more classes in the future! Here are the products I’m using in my class that I use on a daily basis! **Some of the links below are affiliate links. If you purchase through the link, I make a tiny commission that helps support my makeup habit with no cost to you!**

Makeup prep: 

I won’t go too much into skincare because that could be its own post/class, but good skincare is important to prep your skin for makeup! I don’t typically use makeup primer because when you prime and prep your skin, I don’t think you need it. The only primer I use on a regular basis is this one from Makeup Forver to cancel out redness: https://rstyle.me/+OKB8CSggZyszlDfpb2a4ow

Products/steps I use to prep my skin: 

  • Cleanse: I wash my face with this philosophy cleanser: https://rstyle.me/+cvTUezKPbuEVJVWa4a05qg.  It’s gentle but leaves my skin feeling clean. I alternate days where I will exfoliate my face with this philosophy daily face scrub: https://rstyle.me/+ftej7Lj5lYlLDJWPCyzTww.  It’s gentle but works really well! 
  • Tone: I’ve been loving this toner from Good Molecules: https://getgoodmolecules.com/products/niacinamide-brightening-toner. At night, every few days I use this glycolic toner from the Ordinary:  https://rstyle.me/+3VFiKyKCzfzicEdQU5y7jA
  • Serum: I have been using this hyaluronic acid serum from The Inkey. It’s inexpensive and works great to put moisture back in your skin. Make sure your skin is still damp! There has to be moisture there to lock in: https://rstyle.me/+9mHHcMSoW1UuCZYLJf2D_g
  • Facial oil: Before I apply makeup, I love getting my skin as hydrated as possible. I use this facial oil from Colleen Rothschild in the morning before my moisturizer to help keep it super hydrated: https://rstyle.me/+PqeIMbWTorTjCD9lIn1V7g. At night, I put this on and then add the Colleen Rothschild hydrating mask on top and sleep in it so I wake up to super moisturized skin: https://rstyle.me/+2HB2DXOapFZEGtQLVPfiWw
  • Moisturizer: My holy grail moisturizer is the Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb (not the aqua bomb). I have combo skin and it leaves it super hydrated. I’ve repurchased this over and over! https://rstyle.me/+z3vlfLluy3tShqE8KbRkGw

I let my skincare sink in and then move on to makeup. 

Makeup products:

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4.16.21

Daily Style Sessions: Jeans

There’s nothing better than a great pair of jeans, especially when your plus sized! Finding a great pair of jeans can be tough when you are a plus sized gal, but I’ve found some really great pairs that can be styled so many different ways.

This week, I’ve been participating in daily style sessions with some other awesome bloggers. Each day, one of us shares how we style our favorite jeans. Today is my day to share!

You can click here to watch my try-on on IGTV:

You can shop all of my looks here:

Graphic tee and plus-size skinny jeans

Graphic tee: http://tshirtshopar.com (size 3X)

Jeans: https://bit.ly/3wTfIBE (size 22)

Booties (similar): https://bit.ly/3axJrqv (size 11.5)

Body suit and plus-size boyfriend jeans

Bodysuit (similar from Torrid): https://bit.ly/3uTnhX7; wearing a 4

Bodysuit (similar from Maurices; comes in black and white): https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e9jvv2cxbgf. Would wear a 4

Bodysuit (similar from Forever21; comes in black, white and taupe). https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e9j2rpcxbgf. Would wear a 3X

Jeans: these are sold out at Kervology. Keep checking to see if they come back (they are the James Jean). They also have other great options. Use this link for $10 off your purchase.

Other boyfriend Jean options:

Torrid: https://bit.ly/3ttwHZe

American Eagle: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e9jufvcxbgf

Target: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e9jux6cxbgf

Sandals: https://bit.ly/2QyO6Bm

Gray tee and black plus-size ripped skinny jeans

Tee: https://bit.ly/32gqDr8

Jeans (similar from Madewell): https://rstyle.me/cz-n/e9jw79cxbgf. Size 36/22W

Jeans (similar from Torrid): https://bit.ly/3spo2pt. Size 22

Wedge booties (similar): https://bit.ly/3e6vy3o

I hope you loved this try-on and found some inspiration for how to style your favorite pair of jeans!

3.12.21

Plus size swimsuit try-on

I have a love/hate relationship with plus size swimsuits. I love swimming and going to the beach, but I want something cute that I feel comfortable and confident in. Here are two swimsuit options that I love! They fit so well and make me feel confident. Check out my YouTube try-on: https://youtu.be/HQO75DRZQO0

I highly recommend these two brands:

Torrid:

They have the cutest swimwear options in a ton of sizes. These are 35% off today! I’m in a size 4 in the top and bottoms. I wear a 44 DDD bra and this holds me in really well. The bottoms are high waisted and are comfortable but hold me in. These will mix and match with tons of other tops! I normally don’t go for a swim top that shows my mid-section, but I thought this was really cute and wanted to try it. I was pleasantly surprised but how much I liked it. I can’t wait to rock this at the beach!

Click here to shop the top and here to shop the bottoms.

Swimsuits for All:

I have loved the plus size swimwear I have purchased from Swimsuits for All! They have so many size options and cuts available. I’ve had one of my suits for two years and it still looks great. I’m obsessed with this tankini and have it in two different colors. They have a ton of patterns and colors. Even better? It’s on sale for $38 this weekend! The bottoms are also great! High waisted and match any of their tops perfectly.

Click here to shop the top and click here to shop the bottoms.

2.12.21

Chic plus-size date night outfit

Looking for a chic plus size outfit for a date night? I love this look from Torrid!

This nude top fits so well and looks great tucked in or out. I love these sleeves and feel like this is so flattering on! Shop it here: https://bit.ly/3aV4SRu

These sky-high skinnies are my absolute favorite fit of denim from Torrid. They are high waisted, hold everything in and don’t bag out by the end of the day. I am obsessed and hope they release more washes/styles in this for! Shop it here: https://bit.ly/375sgLc

I’ve worn these booties all fall and will continue to wear them through the spring. I love Torrid shoes because they are all wide widths and fit so well! They are really well made and I have so many pairs that have lasted for years! Shop these here: https://bit.ly/2LOjg5G

The best part of this neutral outfit is you can dress it up with pops of color or pair the top and boots with black jeans. The options are endless! I would love to hear how you would dress this plus size up for date night!

1.29.21

Torrid haul

Plus-size Torrid haul

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I picked up some cute items from Torrid recently. Check out my Instagram highlights for a video try-on. 

Heart tee

I love this heart tee! It is super soft and long enough to tuck it in or tie it. This will be cute for a plus-size valentine’s day look but I’ll also wear it year-round! 

Black cardigan

I was looking for a plus-size lightweight cardigan that only had 3/4 length sleeves that I would be able to wear now and into the spring. This is so comfortable and hits at the hips. 

Tan booties

I’ve had this pair of booties for some time and I absolutely love them! They are so comfortable. I have so many shoes from Torrid because they are all wide widths and I wear an 11 or 12, so I love all of the great options they have in so many sizes! 

Black leggings

These plus-size leggings are so, so comfortable and I’m kicking myself that I haven’t bought these before as long as I have shopped at Torrid! The leggings are thick and not see-through, and I love the thick waistband that holds everything in. 

Color block rain jacket (this one is out of stock but they will hopefully restock this one!) Here’s another option. This is so comfortable and lightweight. It’s perfect for all of the spring rain headed our way! 

Huggie and hoops earring set

This earring set is perfect if you have multiple piercings. 


Double strand love necklace

This is such a sweet necklace for valentine’s day! I love that the necklace is plenty long for a plus-size person. 
Tie-dye tee

I really like this tie-dye tee! It’s a relaxed fit and perfect to tie up or tuck in to a pair of jeans. It wasn’t quite as soft as I thought it would be, but I love the vintage look and feel of this tee. It will look great on it’s on or under a denim jacket. 

The only thing that was a miss for me were these shoes. I love them and they are so comfortable, but they were too loose in the back yet almost not long enough. These are going back but definitely worth a try if you are looking for a cute flatform sandal for summer! 

 

Let me know if there are other plus-size clothing hauls you want to see in the comments! 

 

 

 

9.16.20

Summer to fall wardrobe: black skirt

 Take pieces in your wardrobe from summer to fall

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for fall! I keep buying all these cozy sweaters and long-sleeve cardigans, but I am quickly brought back down to earth by the hot temps we’re still experiencing in the south. While the weather isn’t quite as fall ready as I am, it’s not to early to start working new fall pieces into your wardrobe, or transitioning some of your summer pieces into fall. 

This week, I’m styling a cute black skirt I recently picked up from Torrid. I love this for my fall wardrobe, but it can work right now in these hot southern temps, too! 

Style 1: Tee and sandals. I love pairing a simple tee with this skirt. An olive-colored top is such a great fall color. You can pair this with flat sandals for a cool end-of-summer look that won’t be too hot! 

Tee from Target (true to size; wearing a 3X)

Skirt from Torrid (wearing a 4 for a looser fit)

Sandals from Torrid (wearing an 11; these are wide!)

Style 2: Graphic tee and booties. Amp up a cute fall graphic tee by pairing it with a skirt and booties. I typically buy my graphic tees a size up so I can knot them with no problem. I feel like this helps give me some shape. 

I also love accessorizing with a hat for fall! I have a huge head…I’m talking huge. I never have any luck finding hats that fit, but this hat is perfect! 

Graphic tee from The T-Shirt Boutique (I’m wearing a 3X so I can tie it)

Skirt from Torrid (wearing a 4 for a looser fit)

Booties from Torrid (wearing a 12)

Hat from Torrid (comes in S/M and M/L. I have a large head and I’m in the M/L and it’s loose)

Style 3: Knotted tee and booties. Take your summer style to fall by repurposing what you already have. Knot your tee to give it a different style. Trade out your sandals for booties and you have a cute fall outfit! 

Tee from Target (true to size; wearing a 3X)

Skirt from Torrid (wearing a 4 for a looser fit)

Booties from Torrid (wearing a 12)

Style 4: Cardigan and booties. You can’t go wrong with a cute cardigan to change up your look. I love picking up lightweight cardigans to take me from late summer to fall. This color block one from Kervology is so cute. I love that it’s lightweight and a fun pop of color for your outfit! I also love this one from Torrid (not pictured). It’s olive green and super lightweight. It’s perfect for fall! 

Cardigan from Kervology (wearing the 2X; it’s out of stock but check back in case it restocks. There’s also a ton of other great plus size pieces!)

Tank from Maurices (wearing a 2; these are my fav tanks for layering!)

Skirt from Torrid (wearing a 4 for a looser fit)

Booties from Torrid (wearing a 12)

Comment and tell me what items from your wardrobe you are taking from summer to fall! 

8.17.20

2020 Nordstrom Sale picks

Nordstrom sale picks for 2020

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale always seems somewhat controversial. The sale typically starts around the first of August for Nordstrom credit cardholders, then opens to the public two weeks later. There’s definitely an incentive to apply for/have a Nordstrom card, and the frenzy around the sale can definitely make that worse.

I don’t have a Nordstrom card, so I have only ever shopped the sale when it opens to the public and I typically get most of what I want doing it that way. I in no way want to promote overspending or getting a credit card to do so. I’m in the process of buying a house, so I have learned a lot about credit and balances and all of those things that can affect your credit score. Make smart decisions when considering shopping the anniversary sale! 

Now, on to the fun stuff–my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and a giveaway! I’ve broken my picks into a few categories below. I am also participating in a Nordstrom gift card giveaway with other awesome curvy bloggers! Head to my Instagram @danikloap to enter. 

Beauty items to restock

I like to search through the beauty items in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to see what I use regularly and what I can restock on during the sale. Here are my picks this year: 

Beauty Blender set, includes two beauty blenders, a silicone cleaning pad and cleaning soap for $35. Beauty Blenders are my go-to for applying foundation and cc cream. These beat the off-brand ones you can find other places and are worth the investment, in my opinion! You need to replace these about every 3 months, so it’s great to keep a stock of these. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bae-sics kit, comes with a brow wiz pencil and full-size brow gel for $24. This was my first brow product I ever purchased! It’s a great product, and I love the spoolie on one end of the brow wiz pencil. The brow gel is my favorite product to set my brows and it lasts all day long. 

Urban Decay all-nighter setting spray duo, comes with a full-size and travel-size spray, for $42. This is THE best makeup setting spray! I love having a travel-size one on hand when I’m taking a carry-on bag when I fly. 

Becca hydra-mist setting powder, on sale for $23.40. This setting powder is fantastic! It isn’t cakey. It’s truly like a Snapchat filter for your face. This is a great price point if you’re looking for a new setting powder. 

Becca backlight primer, on sale for $23.40. I love this primer for a dewy glow without looking greasy or oily. This is a nice primer to have in your makeup bag. 

Mario Badescu the essentials set, on sale for $23. This set comes with the facial spray, drying lotion and lip balm. The drying lotion alone is $18, so this is a great deal! I love the facial spray to calm and soothe my skin at night, and the drying lotion works so well to dry out nasty pimples quickly. 

Mario Badescu jumbo size enzyme facial cleanser and witch hazel rose water toner, on sale for $30. Both of these products work so well to get your face clean without feeling dry! 

FAB and Flawless Kit, on sale for $49. I love First Aid Beauty products, and when I saw this set, I instantly knew it was a great deal! You get a travel-size FAB Skin Lab 10% AHA Resurfacing Liquid; a full-size Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask; a travel-size Ultra Repair Cream; a travel-size Pure Skin Face Cleanser; and a travel-size Fab Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream.

New Beauty to Try

I’ve had my eye on some of these products and these are all great deals if you are looking to try something new! 

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Secrets set, on sale for $68. This set includes 3 full-size lip products and is a great way to try out some of this brands lip products. I love their lipsticks and lip liners!

Mac Haute Gossip Mini Lipstick Set, on sale for $32.50. This is such a great deal if you’re looking for new Mac lipsticks to try or a gift for someone’s birthday! 

Lancome Lengthening and Defining Mascara Set, on sale for $59.50. This is such a great deal! I just started using the Cils Booster XL lash primer, and it makes a huge difference in the length of my lashes. This set includes 2 mascaras, 1 primer, and one eye makeup remover. 

Nars Vacances Face Set, on sale for $49. This set includes a palette with three eyeshadows and a large blush, as well as a mini Climax mascara. This would be great for travel (once we can do that again!). 

Bobbi Brown vitamin enriched face base duo, on sale for $60. This is an incredible deal because you’re basically getting one for free! These are full-size jars. This product helps moisturize your skin and serve as a primer before you apply your makeup. Find a friend to go in with and you could get this for $30 each! 

Charlotte Tilbury Three Beauty Secrets for Glowing Skin set, on sale for $75. I’ve always wanted to try Charlotte Tilbury’s skin care, and this set is a great way to do it! You get the magic cream, magic serum and wonder glow face primer. 

Kiehls Day-to-Night Hydration Duo, on sale for $34. With this set, you get the midnight recovery concentrate and the ultra facial cream. This is a great way to try Kiehls if you haven’t before!

Beauty/Hair Tool Splurges

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great opportunity to pick up a more expensive hair or beauty tool you have had your eye on. This year, I didn’t feel like there were a ton of great options, but here are some of the ones I think are the best deal: 

NuFace Fix and Mini Facial Toning Devices set, on sale for $233.16; this is a savings of over $100. I have the NuFace Mini, which fits my face well and I don’t feel like I am missing anything without having the full-size Trinity device. I have definitely seen lifting and toning, especially in my forehead where I have skipped getting Botox since using it! I have wanted to try the Fix; a device to address wrinkles and dark circles under your eye. The set comes with the primer gel (to help conduct the current) for both the mini and fix devices. This is a great deal if you’re ready to try microcurrent for your anti-aging routine! 

PMD Personal Microderm Device, includes hand and foot kit, on sale for $99. This device can be used all over your body to exfoliate and remove dead skin to help reduce fine line and wrinkles, brighten the skin’s tone and texture, reduce the appearance of pore size and diminish the appearance of dark spots. I have been dying to try this, so I’m definitely adding this to my cart when the sale opens to the public!

The Dry Bar Smooth Crew Kit, on sale for $165. This kit includes the Brush Crush heat brush, a Dry Bar brush, and then full-size and travel-size Triple Sec and Prep Rally products. This is a great deal if you’ve been wanting to try Dry Bar’s heat brush!

Dermaflash, on sale for $99. If you’ve wanted a device to dermaplane at home, this is a great option! This removes peach fuzz (no, the hair won’t grow back darker or thicker) and that helps your skincare absorb better and your makeup go on smoother. 

Moroccanoil Hydration Deluxe Set, on sale for $85. You get half-liter shampoo and conditioners with a pump, plus a ceramic round brush and a Moroccanoil hair treatment. 

Jumbo Size Perfect Hair Day Set, on sale for $99. This comes with shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo. If you know you love these products, this is a great time to stock up! 

Accessories

I love using the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to snag a great pair of sunglasses at a discount. These were my favorites that I thought were well-prices and a good deal. 

It’s My Way 55mm Cat Eye from Quay Australia, on sale for $35.90. These are so cute and all of my Quay Australia’s have held up so well! The last ones I bought from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale lasted three years! 

Sweet Dreams 51mm Square Sunglasses from Quay Australia, on sale for $35.90. These are another cute option from Quay Australia! 

Tory Burch 57mm square gradient sunglasses, on sale for $99. These are a cute option and a great deal on Tory Burch!

McQ by Alexander McQueen 56mm square sunglasses, on sale for $99. I love the shape and color of these black sunglasses! 

Tory Burch Zip Top Crossbody Bag, on sale for $149. This is such a gorgeous and timeless bag, perfect to use on the go!

Tory Burch Carson wallet, on sale for $134. This matches the crossbody bag above. Such a timeless wallet option to pick up during the sale! 

 

Madewell leopard genuine calf hair tote, medium on sale for $119, and small on sale for $99. These totes are classics and this is a great time to pick one up if you’ve had your eye on them!

 

 

 

Tory Burch croc embroidered crossbody bag , on sale for $299. OK, this is for sure the most expensive thing I linked to in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but dang this bag is gorgeous! The gold hardware with the bright red bag is so beautiful.

Jewelry

There are some pretty good jewelry deals in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Here are my picks! 

Kate Spade mini confetti stud, on sale for $15. These are so cute and such a great deal! 

Kendra Scott Ellen Hoop Stud earring, on sale for $28. I love finding good Kendra deals during the Nsale! 

Kate Spade pave studs, on sale for $24. These come in several different color options and are so pretty and dainty! 

Madewell arc wire earrings, on sale for $17. These are so unique and cool! 

Kendra Scott Addison charm choker, on sale for $28. This is a cute necklace for layering! 

Kendra Scott Davis drop earrings, layered necklace, and long necklace. All great matching options if you are looking for earrings and necklaces that match! 

Kendra Scott Lola mini front-facing hoop, on sale for $28. These are cute and dainty if you aren’t into some of the bigger Kendra earrings. 

Another Kendra set option if you’re looking for something different! I think these Sydney earrings and bar necklace are so nice and dainty. 

Madewell Fringe Hoop earrings, on sale for $20. These come in several fun colors and are a steal! 

Tory Burch watch, on sale for $129. I know a lot of people have Apple watches, but if you’re looking for a gorgeous, classic watch, this is it! 

Plus size clothes and bras

Y’all, I have to be honest. I was pretty disappointed in the selection of plus size clothing options in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I have to wonder if some of the small selection is coming from COVID-19 and production ceasing during parts of the pandemic. I’ve linked my favorite choices below: 

Wacoal Red Carpet convertible strapless bra, on sale for $39. Wacoal bras are, hands down, the best bras for plus size gals. I have had such great luck with my Wacoal bras. No underwires breaking or poking me and they hold up for a long time. I wear a 44DDD and I can’t say enough about how great these bras are. 

Wacoal Underwire Sports Bra, on sale for $45. I didn’t realize Wacoal made sports bras, so I was excited to see this in the sale! For sure adding to cart on this one! 

Madewell 9-inch high waist skinny jeans, on sale for $85. Madewell jeans are some of my absolute favorites! They hold their shape so well while still having a lot of great stretch. These normally retail around $135 or higher, so anytime I see a sale on Madewell, I try to pick up a pair. This is a great black jean for fall/winter! Madewell also has this vintage high waist option for the same price on sale! 

This leopard dress is perfect for fall, and has an even more perfect price tag at only $31! 

Great American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans, on sale for $99. This is another brand that has quickly become one of my favorites. Great stretch but yet they don’t bag out by the end of the day. These normally retail around $150, so this is another brand that I try to pick up only when they are on sale. These black crops are also cute and a great piece to have in your denim wardrobe. 

This jumpsuit is on sale for $60 and is such a sweet print that could work for any season. 

Faux leather jacket, on sale for $79. This is so nice and would get a lot of use in my fall and winter wardrobe!   

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings, on sale for $64. If you’ve wanted to try these, they are available in 2X in the Nsale. I have heard you should size up since they run a little small. 

If you want to try the leather leggings look at a better price point, these are on sale for $29.

 

 

 

 

 

Those are all of my picks and recommendations for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! While I feel like there are fewer options this year, I do think there are still some great options for items you can stock up on or try out. Don’t forget to head over to my Instagram and enter to win a Nordstrom gift card! Comment and let me know what you’re shopping during the Nsale! 

 

6.21.20

Sweet summer dresses

Plus size summer dress options

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I live in the south, and it is already 100% too hot for pants! Who else can relate? 

I love finding versatile summer dresses that keep me cool and that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. These days, going to the grocery store can feel special, so why not get dressed up a little? 

I recently found this coral, ruffle hem dress from Target. It’s a steal at only $24.99! If you have a RedCard (I have the debit card option), you get free 2-day shipping. That’s an even better deal!

The dress is flowy and oversized, so I recommend sizing down if you want it a little more fitted. Beware though that the smaller you go, the shorter the dress will be on you. I got my regular size and like the flowiness. I think this dress is cute with gold wedges, but would also be cute dressed down with flat sandals or even cute tennis shoes.

There are also other color options, including a leopard print! I think that would be such a great transition piece. You could wear it with sandals in the summer and pair it with a denim jacket and booties for fall. 

The material feels expensive and not cheap. It does not stretch, but I didn’t feel like I needed any stretch since the dress flows so well. 

I’ve linked this dress in plus and regular sizes, along with some other ruffle hem dress options! Every dress is priced below $50, making those such a great deal to add to your summer wardrobe. I’ve also linked wedge options (these are old from Torrid) and my favorite casual tennis shoe option. Happy shopping!  

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5.24.20

Favorite Madewell deals at Nordstrom Rack

Plus-size Madewell Steals

I have struggled over the years to find a great pair of jeans. If I found a pair that came up high enough, they were too loose in the hips/butt. If I found a pair that fit in the butt area, then they were too loose in the waist. Some seemed to be a good fit until the thighs wore out quickly. 

Then I discovered Madewell jeans. While I hate that the plus sizes aren’t in stores, I’ve had really good luck ordering online! The denim is structured without being too stiff and stretchy without bagging out. They recommend you wear 10 times before you wash. While I don’t ever make it that long, all four pairs I own have held up so well. No wear in the thighs. After a year or more, they still hold their shape through several wears. 

Madewell jeans are absolutely an investment. They run around $135 per pair, but if you keep an eye out for sales, you can get lucky and find a great pair for not too much money. 

The ones I’m wearing here I got two summers ago for around $40 when they were on major sale on Madewell’s website. 

Another great place to find Madewell deals is at Nordstrom Rack! While every store is hit or miss, depending on their inventory, I love checking out their website for great deals. And Nordstrom Rack has some great deals on Madewell styles that come in plus and straight sizes!

 

 

Click here to access these plus-size Madewell steals!

Here are some of my favorites from this sale (click the photos to go directly to the item):

 

Comment and let me know which looks you love and if you make any purchases! 

5.24.20

Summer Wardrobe Staples

 

Plus-size summer wardrobe staples


If you’re looking for good plus-size summer wardrobe staples, there a ton of great sales going on this weekend! I know that sometimes, summer can be tough if you’re plus size. You might have insecurities about your body. You might not know where to shop. You might be struggling with weight gain (or even weight loss). You might be frustrated you can’t go to the same stores/shop in the same sections as your straight-size friends.

I get it, I’ve definitely been there in every one of these scenarios. My advice? Try to work on pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and wear what makes you feel comfortable. Life is too short to spend your summer covering up parts of your body you worry about. Wear the shorts! Wear the tank! Expose your arms! Do what makes you feel good and comfortable. 

Here are the items I’ve either purchased before or added to my cart–okay, carts–this weekend. 

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Bras

The summer is a STRUGGLE for those of us blessed with a chest. I want to wear the cute off-the-shoulder tops and dresses without constantly tugging on a strapless bra all day. Here are some of my favorites or ones I’m ordering this weekend:

Curvy Coutour multi-way strapless bra. I just ordered this one and can’t wait to try it! It has great reviews and is on sale for $37 plus you get free 2-day shipping! Excited to add this to my plus-size summer wardrobe

 

 

 

 Torrid nude microfiber lightly lined strapless bra. I have this bra and what I love about it is that it’s not a push-up bra and it has silicone piping on the inside of the cups and band so the bra stays up better. I also love that Torrid’s website has different fit models so you can get a better idea of how different items will look on your body style! 

 

 

Lane Bryant Bandeau Bra. I’m intrigued by this one because it has great reviews and while it doesn’t have molded cups, it does have underwires to provide better support. It has excellent reviews and I’m excited to try this one out!

 

 

Maurices lace bandeau bralette . This comes in plus and straight sizes! It does have molded cups and while it’s not the most supportive bra I’ve ever had, it is super comfortable. I wear these under tanks around my house. When I have sunburns, I’ve worn these out in public and feel comfortable. I wear a size 3 and am a 44DDD. This is a great price normally, but this weekend you can use a code on the website to get it for only $12!

Skims bandeau bra. OK, so while this isn’t going to be as supportive as a more traditional underwire strapless bra, I love having bras like this on hand for sunburns. I’m currently healing up from my first sunburn of the summer when I thought I didn’t need sunscreen while cleaning our pool (stupid move), and I haven’t been able to wear a traditional bra for a week now. I’ve been wanting to try Skims and this bra goes up to a 4X and has great reviews. 

Shorts

Eloquii distressed denim shorts . I hate these are sold out! They’ve gone out of stock a few times, but it’s worth following the link to get on the waiting list! These are so stretchy and comfortable. I have worn them so much since getting them and they aren’t wearing out in the thighs and the distressing has held up well in the both the washer and dryer. Here’s a link to the white version of these shorts. They are $29 with code summertime! Such a good deal that I definitely have to order this pair, too! 

Here are some great dupes for the Eloquii shorts I love so much that you can add to your plus-size summer wardrobe from Target and Maurices. Both stores have these on sale! 

                 
Maurices
, $27              Maurices , $33       Maurices, $24              Target, $12!

American Eagle Mom Short. AE has some really cute plus-size short options! I love that you can shop sizes 000-24 womens all in the same section of the website. This mom short comes in a variety of washes and some are distressed. Some of the sizes are sold out in different washes, but you can see all of them at
he link. They are half off for $25!

 


Target paperbag waist shorts
. If you like a soft short, this is a great option! I ordered this leopard pair, but it is now sold out in plus size but still available in straight sizes. This Ava and Viv version comes in black, navy and red and is very similar to the leopard pair. They are super comfortable and I love the little belt you tie in a bow! These are a steal for only $15!

 

 

 

Torrid drawstring linen stripe shorts. This is another fun option for shorts that aren’t denim. I love this print and think it would pair well with a white or coral tee. These are $45.50, but would be cheaper with Torrid Cash (going on through May 25)! 

 

 

Jeans

Wait…why would we be talking about jeans for a plus-size summer wardrobe? While I don’t always want to wear jeans in the summer, sometimes you need a good pair to wear on a date, to a more casual work meeting, etc. Here are a few of my favorites!

I am obsessed with these American Eagle jeans and I’m so glad they’ve added plus sizes. These are so sft and stretchy. They really feel like yoga pants! I couldn’t find this exact style, but here’s a similar AE style for $35, and here’s a non-distressed pair for $37. These go from size 00 to 24 women’s. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wear these Madewell jeans CONSTANTLY and the thighs still haven’t worn out and they don’t bag out over the day. Madewell jeans are not cheap, but I think they are a great investment. There are only a few sizes left in this one, but they are on sale for $35! I also live in these Madewell jeans. They aren’t on sale, but I’ve worn them often over the last year and they still look brand new! 

 

 

Tees/Tanks/Tops

Old Navy EveryWear Tee. Old Navy has the BEST basic tees for a great price, especially when you can catch them on sale! I order up a size in these and tie them up. I wear them on their own or under a flowy cardigan or kimono. It comes in white, garnet and black. These are a must for your plus-size summer wardrobe!

 

 

 

 

Old Navy EveryWear tank and Old Navy textured lightweight cardigan. This tank/cardi combo has been my go-to this spring and (almost) summer! I love these tanks and have bought them in the different colors that have rotated through the seasons the last few years. Right now they have a cool mango color, black, and a red floral print in stock. These are such a great deal at only $8! I love these to wear on their own with shorts and jeans, or styled like I wore it here tucked into shorts with a loose cardigan. 

 

 

 

Torrid floral cold shoulder tee. This is so pretty for spring and summer! You could dress this down with shorts and sandals or dress it up with jeans and wedges. Torrid currently has Torrid Cash going on through Monday, but if you don’t have cash, this is still a great deal at $38 and free domestic shipping! 

 

 

 

 

Lane Bryant sleeveless sweater tunic. Does everyone else feel like they are seeing sweater tanks everywhere? I know I have. I love this one because it has wider straps at the top so your bra straps won’t show, plus I love the length of this top. It comes in red and black, and is on sale for $29! 

 

 

 

 

Lane Bryant tie-front button top. I love this blue color, and I love a tee that ties up! I feel like it gives you great shape and looks more polished than a shirt that hangs and has no shape. I have definitely gotten more comfortable tucking in shirts over the last few years, but if you aren’t, tees that tie like this can help give you that same shape without tucking your shirt in. This would be so cute with a pair of white shorts or jeans you already have in your plus-size summer wardrobe! It’s on sale for $26! 

 

 

 

Lane Bryant tie-front tee. This is such a cute tee and comes in several different color options and it also has a long option in several sizes. This tie-die print is my favorite! Another great option that you could dress up or down. On sale ranging from $17-20, depending on the print. Free shipping at Lane Bryant for orders over $49!

 

 

 

 

Torrid navy and White star button front dolman top. I think this is such a cute top, especially for Fourth of July, but this is something I would reach for over and over. It would be so cute with white shorts or jeans, and you could pair it with sandals or wedges. I have tops like this from Torrid in this same cut and they are so flattering! This top gives you a great shape. $39.50, but would end up being cheaper if you have Torrid Cash! 

 

 

 

 

Torrid red dip-dye challis tank. I am OBSESSED with this tank and just added it to my cart. I love the dip dye and I think it’s so fun for any season. Pair with with shorts and sandals for summer. Throw a light cardigan over it for spring. Wear it with a denim jacket for fall. The options are endless and will go well beyond your plus-size summer wardrobe. Tank is $39.50 and can be purchased using Torrid Cash! 

 

 

 

 

 

 Torrid mint blue textured satin pullover tank. This would be another great staple for your summer wardrobe, but would pair with other items for other seasons (think denim jacket, cardigan, blazer). I have these black paperbag ponte pants that I would pair this with. Throw on a pair of heels and that would be a cute work outfit! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torrid harper white pullover tank. I love the button and pocket details on this white tank. You could dress this up or down with shorts or jeans for tons of different looks. I know this will get a lot of wear in your plus-size summer wardrobe! It’s $45, but would be cheaper with Torrid Cash. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dresses/Jumpsuits

Anyone else miss going to brunch? I think these dresses and jumpsuits below would be so cute for a fun brunch, date, the office and more! 

Old Navy chambray dress. I have last year’s version and I love this dress so much! I’m about to order this one because I feel like you do so much with a good chambray dress. You can dress it up or down. You can add different accessories and jewelry to make it a different look. The options are truly endless! I’ve worn mine for work, to brunch, on a date and running errands. This is $38 but you do get free shipping! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Navy black print off-the-shoulder jumpsuit. I love everything about this jumpsuit! The tie waist gives you a great shape and the print is so fun, but not too much print if you’re afraid of print. This version is on sale for $38 and qualifies for free shipping. There’s also a plain black and teal print at regular price. 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Navy embroidered jumpsuit. This is another great jumpsuit option for your plus-size summer wardrobe that is comfortable and fashionable! Comes in navy and maroon with embroidered detail. On sale for $35 and free shipping! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torrid black studio knit wide leg jumpsuit. This lightweight jumpsuit will keep you cool in the summer and can be worn year-round for everything from brunch to work to weddings and more! On sale for $55 and is eligible for Torrid Cash! 

 

 

 

 

 

Torrid tie-dye button down dress. This is such a chic way to wear tie-dye! Sadly this one is sold out in everything but a size 30, but wanted to share because that’s such a great size range! On sale for $45 and eligible for Torrid cash. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes

Here’s a quick roundup of some on-sale shoes I think would be great for summer! If you worry about wide widths, I love Torrid for those. All of their shoes are wide, so you don’t need to size up and pray they fit! 

 If you know me, you know that I am pretty much always in flip flops or sandals, but I love love love these tennis shoes! You can get them in medium, wide or extra wide in a variety of sizes. They are on sale for $23 and are a steal! 

I don’t have an affiliate link for my tie-dye top here, but it’s from an amazing plus-size boutique called Kervology! I love the founder and her mission to provide cute, boutique-style clothing for plus-size women.  Click here to snag it for your plus-size summer wardrobe; only 1X left! 

 

 

 

 

Sketchers black flip flop sandals. They’ll go with everything and be super comfortable! $20 on Amazon with prime shipping and you can try these on through Prime wardrobe. 

 

 

 

 

Torrid cognac mules. Great Madewell dupe, especially if you need a larger size/wider width! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torrid black flatform sandals. I have last year’s version and the footbed on these is so soft and comfortable. I wore these all over Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas last summer. I can’t wait to order this year’s version for my plus-size summer wardrobe! They are $49.50 but are cheaper with Torrid Cash. 

 

 

 

Torrid gold-tone cork platform sandal. So cute, would go with everything in your plus-size summer wardrobe and on sale for $20!

 

 

 

 

Torrid taupe slingback sandal. I have several versions of this sandal in other colors. They are so comfortable and fit a wide foot perfectly. Can’t wait to order this nude pair! $39.50; will be cheaper with Torrid Cash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Cole Reaction wedges. These are a steal at $37.48 and come in black and brown! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sofft reston smooth sandal. These are over 50% off at $37 and look like they would be so comfortable and go with everything in your plus-size summer wardrobe!

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Madden platform sandals. These are also a super steal for $37 for the black and brown, and $49 for the snake print! 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael by Michael Kors blue wedge sandal. These scream spring/summer to me and would go with all those cute sundresses in your closet! I have the cutest white sundress I would pair this with for a fun brunch or date day. Huge steal at $45!

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my summer wardrobe recommendations! Remember, buy what makes you feel comfortable and enjoy creating the style you want and you feel comfortable in. Comment below and let me know what you get! Is there something else you’re looking for? Something you need help styling? Comment below. I would love to help you out!