I'm about 9 weeks away from my first cruise (Belize, Cozumel & Key West). I've put off shopping because of weight loss and money. Now I'm concerned about buying "summer" clothes in the winter. I've tried Lane Bryant online but the summer selected is very limited. I need a bathing suit and some nice dinner clothes. Any website suggestions? It would help if they were for plus sizes! Thanks for the input!
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Umm, this may be a little o.t. but I have purchased some very nice clothes for cruising( and other summer type vacations) by going to a nice consignment shop here. It has nice clothes in great condition( better than a thrift store) . We even have a plus size consignment shop in town, This is especially helpful for " formal attire" as there are some beuatiful gowns that have obviously only been worn once or twice for a special occasision and are such great prices. Just a thought.
If you have Ross go there. I went there for the first time today and saw a dress for formal night black, for 29.00, beaded etc. that would be perfect for formal night. Of course it depends on where you live, but we still have summer clothes out and on sale.
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I first found a carwash skirt for $10 on clearance and a silky white shirt to go with it for $10, very classy and formal.
Well, today, I went back to Ross, to "just look around" and I found an even better formal dress on clearance for $20.99 and because it was missing the scarf (that didn't even match or look good), I got 25% off. And it matches my $10 heels that I got on clearance at Avenue.
I am a big girl and I think Ross has the best selection for the price. The only thing is, you really have to take your time and look. Well, at least in my area of Texas you do. Like the dress I found today on clearance was mixed in with the regular stuff.
I got my bathing suit on EBAY and I could not be happier with it! It is a skort tini, very figure flattering if that's possible, lol. I am EBAY addict as well.
Thanks for the input. I'm in Michigan and not familiar with the store "Ross". Sounds great though...wish we had it here! We do have a good, inexpesive plus store called Catherines. I may go there to see about dinner outfits.
I found a suggestions on another message board. The site sells long, short & jacket dresses and men's hawaiian shirts. The prices are fantastic!! If you haven't been there...you have to check it out!
that is the website for Ross, you can see if there is any near your area. Have you tried TJ Maxx? They do not have the selection, I do not think that Ross does but every now and then you will find something good.
LandsEnd catalog and LandsEnd.com still have a good selection of swimwear. As for monkiebusiness - i don't like them personally, the clothing is very flimsy ( you get what you pay for). JC Penny has some nice dressier clothes, consider a dinner suit with a dressy blouse or cami underneath. A long black skirt is always in fashion- pair it with a sparkly top
Check out QVC! They have lots of clothes in various sizes and do mark down the seasonal stuff. I just got 2 nice "business casual" jackets for about $30 ea. Shipping is quick too. I selected regular ground and had them in 3 days!
As a plus sized woman from Canada, I'm jealous to hear the variety of stores you guys have. We have little. I'm not really up on "on line shopping," so this is probably a dumb question, but how do you shop for clothes on line?? Specifically, how do you know it will fit? Just curious.
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That's the only downside to shopping online! Once I find something I like, I stick with the same store or brand. I do end up returning stuff sometimes. It's definitely the best way to buy a bra! No more hunting through racks for hours and not finding the right size anyway! In the past 5 years, I think I bought only 1-2 bras in the regular stores. Same for shoes, I have wide feet and can't wear heels. I love Naturalizer and can't find wide sizes locally, so I buy them online too. Hubby just loves to see those packages coming in!!!
Hi, Kathy. Can you send me the website for the Naturalizer shoes? My mom has trouble finding shoes because her feet are so wide, this would be a great place I think for her to pick up some shoes. You can send me an e-mail or post here if you do not mind. Thanks!
You all may want to check with www.monkeibusiness.com, they have dresses, short, long and jacket dresses very reasonably priced ... from 10.00 to 25.00 and they ship them immediately and have great customer service.
I tried Monkeibusiness as well. I just ordered two dressed for less then $35 total. I have been told they aren't great...but if they look nice and last for the cruise and possibly a little longer...it's worth it to me! I just wish they had a better selection of short dresses in plus size...but the long dresses are better for dinners anyway.
I found them to be an excellent choice for cruise wear if you are on a budget, not to mention that they travel and pack very well. I have some friends who wore an inexpensive jacket over them and use them for work sometimes. Either way, for 13-14 dollars you can't go wrong.
Good news...the dressed from Monkeibusiness are really nice. Perfect material for warm tropical air. I'm getting a shawl to go over them in case there's a cool breeze. Thanks whoever mentioned Ebay! I'm loving it!!
I just wanted to comment on Monkiebusiness.com.
I ordered some long and short dresses from them and was very pleased!
They are light airy and perfect for the fun in the sun, and go nicely into evening dressy casual dinners!
The size chart he has worked perfect for me!
(I generally wear a 16 or 18 due to bust size, and the XLarge was a perfect fit!)
Keith, the owner, is the nicest guy I've ever delt with on-line shopping! He's an avid travler and cruiser...ship and bike! and is always so pleasent to chat with!
I highly recommend him and the dresses he and his wife make.
They also have some nice Hawaiian shirts for men! Check them out!
Glad to hear about the quality of the dresses. I looked at the website, but couldn't quite figure out if I was going to try anything. Think I'll go order something festive....
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Dorothy, I think you'll find them to be very nice for evening dinner wear. I didn't see anything that would do for FORMAL wear, just dressy casual. Around the ship they will look very smart!
The short dresses are a poly type material (not very good at descriptions! )
and will not wrinkle I'm sure!
They have a tie in the back to make the fit perfect for any body type, or cut the ties off if you don't need them! Let is hang A-line!
The long dresses are a cotton blend? They are VERY soft! They will shrink if you wash and dry them so hang dry! They hang very flowing and feel like butter! Very comfy!
I'm into comfy! :-)
If you have ANY questions just write KEITH before you buy and he'll get right back to you to answer your questions! He's very fast and super friendly!
Like I said the size chart he had ran dead on to my usual size!
I hope this helps as I was trying hard to find things that would make me feel good, be inexpensive and look great! I think it's a goldmine for the price!