Monday, April 15, 2013

Finding Cool Clothes (or Alfred Dunner Hell)

Being a "plus" size woman, I first need to find the appropriate department in a "Big Box" store.  Once found, I usually shake my head at the location: between Petites and Fitness (at least at my Macy's and Kohl's) - it's usually tucked in the back corner of the store, by returns.  Whose bright marketing idea was that?

Once looking through the racks and being struck smack in the face with "Alfred Dunner" hell:  Oh gods, I hate those clothes....
I understand that some women love these clothes - I must not have those genes 
  • Embroidered necklines (how the heck can someone wear an art necklace with this neckline??)
  • Elastic waist tapered pants (and sadly I know someone who still wears these?)
  • Caribbean resort wear with drinks or flamingos
  • Horizontal stripes - in plus size clothes?  WTF?  (Just stab me in the eye)
  • Embroidered kittens chasing butterflies on the front of the sweatshirt with the picot lace on the collar
  • Stripes with an overlaying print
  • Flowered necklines
Why is it so hard to find cool, artsy clothes at a reasonable price for women?

I have found a few items here and there that are funky and hip.  With a tagword of "lagenlook" I have found some really nice ideas to look for.
In one of my fav pieces, I wore it on a cruise and at a graduation ceremony (and I am still shorter than Dr. Salami) and now to work on a regular basis
The above tunic is from one of my favorite places right now is from Coco and Juan - reasonable cost and quality that will wear well - but at the price, I can replace it in a couple of years.

What are some of your favorite place to shop for fun, funky, reasonably priced clothing? 


Marcia DeCoster said...

I might have been able to help you out until you said 'reasonably priced' that makes it much harder!

The bad Liz said...

It's the reasonably priced part. I understand the cost per wear theory, hard for a whole wardrobe.

coolmoon said...

Thanks for turning me on to Coco&Juan, Liz. I favorited and WILL be shopping! I agree that it's hard to find plus size clothing that is cute too!

Sharon Driscoll said...

Wow - Thank you Liz. I've lerked around your site because I love your work and then the post came with the clothes. I just ordered a tunic. What a wonderful site. I'm the same as you - who can find anything arty to wear that isn't priced out of sight.

Momma Bear said...

you look adorable!
being as i have had this small(and by that I mean large) problem since I "developed"(what am i colorchrome?) I have a hard time finding shirts and dresses that fit because manufacturers DO NOT make cloths that fit a wooman with boobs! agh! I have 2 faves that haven't let me down yet, Pyramid collection on-line, they are a little pricey but worth it (they have goddess sizes ;) and dress barn of, all places, has cute, affordable,dress up and down cloths(also comes in goddess sizes)