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Plus Size Shopping at Ashley Stewart

February 15 2016 | CeCe Olisa

This week I took my camera into the dressing room at Ashley Stewart. Do you have an Ashley Stewart store in your area?

I didn’t know about this store until I moved to New York, but I’m always able to find at least one thing that I really like. This trip was no different even though I did have to go off on a little rant.

Anyway, take a look at what I tried on, how it looked on me and then let me know what you think I should buy in the comments!

Sweater Dress | Trench Coat | Striped Dress | Denim Top | Tulle Skirts | Peplum Scuba Jacket | Polka Dot Skirt

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Plus Size Shopping at Ashley Stewart

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68 responses on “Plus Size Shopping at Ashley Stewart

  1. AstarteOurania

    I think the sweater dress is interesting, it looks like you’re wearing a sweetheart neckline strappy dress over a top. All the look, not the bulk. lol

  2. evangelia@aol.com

    I think the sweater dress is interesting, it looks like you’re wearing a sweetheart neckline strappy dress over a top. All the look, not the bulk. lol

  3. AstarteOurania

    The coat…for the cost, the quality of the material and the work to fix it, is it really worth it? Or better to save for something perfect right off the rack? I’m fussy, it has to look awesome or I’m not buying. lol

  4. evangelia@aol.com

    The coat…for the cost, the quality of the material and the work to fix it, is it really worth it? Or better to save for something perfect right off the rack? I’m fussy, it has to look awesome or I’m not buying. lol

  5. Sara

    Go spend your money somewhere with better customer service! The outfits aren’t cute enough to put up with the annoyance of little to no customer service.

  6. sara.hardesty@gmail.com

    Go spend your money somewhere with better customer service! The outfits aren’t cute enough to put up with the annoyance of little to no customer service.

  7. cheryltspeaks@gmail.com

    Hi, don’t buy the coat. If it doesn’t fit right you’ll be upset and it will hang in the closet for years. Trust me.

  8. amanda.marie.erwin@gmail.com

    I totally get you with the coat, but it just didn’t fit…grrrr! :(. Maybe they have one size larger on the website?

  9. MilaXX

    Don’t waste your money on the coat Ashley Stewart is another plus size store with an identity crisis. They used to go up to a 28 in stores then changed to 24, then sold extended sizes up to a 32 online only and now I believe goes up to a 26 but yeah, the sizing runs small.
    The black and white sweater dress could be cute if it didn’t have that bra pattern at the top.
    Out of everything you showed I like the peplum top and the tulle skirt you didn’t try on (assuming it fits the same a the coral one you did try on.

  10. kryall99@yahoo.com

    Don’t waste your money on the coat Ashley Stewart is another plus size store with an identity crisis. They used to go up to a 28 in stores then changed to 24, then sold extended sizes up to a 32 online only and now I believe goes up to a 26 but yeah, the sizing runs small.The black and white sweater dress could be cute if it didn’t have that bra pattern at the top.
    Out of everything you showed I like the peplum top and the tulle skirt you didn’t try on (assuming it fits the same a the coral one you did try on.

  11. Jessica

    Do you think the peplum blazer is good for a job interview? I thought the same thing about the striped dress, like an unfinished bikini on top.

  12. jbruzzese22@gmail.com

    Do you think the peplum blazer is good for a job interview? I thought the same thing about the striped dress, like an unfinished bikini on top.

  13. Hilly Roth

    I loved you in the peplum blazer and polka dot skirt. Sweater dress and jacket (separately) were rocking, but between the bra like stripe and puckering on the jacket — I would keep searching.

  14. h.roth8711@gmail.com

    I loved you in the peplum blazer and polka dot skirt. Sweater dress and jacket (separately) were rocking, but between the bra like stripe and puckering on the jacket — I would keep searching.

  15. mary

    Loose the trench coat, its just not fitting well, not flattering when its pulling all over the place …bad construction.
    Love the peplum, but not with polka dot skirt …when one item flares the other should be close fitting/ …i myself brought a trench a year later went to put it on felt 2-3 sizes too big …wondered if i put it down and grabbed the wrong one when went to pay!…loved the blue tunic/ dress…can it be brought larger then taken to sew up the sides! as it looked fantastic on you!
    …and yes the shoulder cut outs…ick….sweater …keep looking when more flexible on $$$ saks 5th ave has plus size and so does nordstrom…haven’t looked too much but it seems nice…I’m a weird size not quite regular – not quite plus size …so hard to get it together…just gonna start working it back into the regular size gambit …looked good at a size 10….slim not skinny but curves still there! Too bad about bad service , don’t these stupid stores understand we’d be willing to spend more & often if you treat us right!

  16. mschievly@aol.com

    Loose the trench coat, its just not fitting well, not flattering when its pulling all over the place …bad construction.Love the peplum, but not with polka dot skirt …when one item flares the other should be close fitting/ …i myself brought a trench a year later went to put it on felt 2-3 sizes too big …wondered if i put it down and grabbed the wrong one when went to pay!…loved the blue tunic/ dress…can it be brought larger then taken to sew up the sides! as it looked fantastic on you!
    …and yes the shoulder cut outs…ick….sweater …keep looking when more flexible on $$$ saks 5th ave has plus size and so does nordstrom…haven’t looked too much but it seems nice…I’m a weird size not quite regular – not quite plus size …so hard to get it together…just gonna start working it back into the regular size gambit …looked good at a size 10….slim not skinny but curves still there! Too bad about bad service , don’t these stupid stores understand we’d be willing to spend more & often if you treat us right!

  17. Amanda G

    Honestly I wouldn’t spend my money anywhere with such atrocious customer service. I’m not sure about where you live but in my area AS’s market is overwhelmingly Black women so the fact that you can only take 4 items in at a time and there’s no dressing room attendants tells me that Black customers aren’t trusted and our dollars aren’t valued.

    As for the clothes, I didn’t really care for them. The black and white dress looked like it had a bra on top! I too am on the never ending quest for the perfect trench but I truly believe it IS out there – without either of us having to do any sort of Frankenfitting and massive post production to get it to work.

    I hope you will use your voice and influence to let AS know about your shopping experience – I’d be curious to know if the problems are location specific or widespread. XOXO CeCe!!

  18. agilliamsingh@gmail.com

    Honestly I wouldn’t spend my money anywhere with such atrocious customer service. I’m not sure about where you live but in my area AS’s market is overwhelmingly Black women so the fact that you can only take 4 items in at a time and there’s no dressing room attendants tells me that Black customers aren’t trusted and our dollars aren’t valued.
    As for the clothes, I didn’t really care for them. The black and white dress looked like it had a bra on top! I too am on the never ending quest for the perfect trench but I truly believe it IS out there – without either of us having to do any sort of Frankenfitting and massive post production to get it to work.

    I hope you will use your voice and influence to let AS know about your shopping experience – I’d be curious to know if the problems are location specific or widespread. XOXO CeCe!!

  19. Sheroxlox

    Chile – I did NOT like the coat. The rest of the items were just meh – spend your money somewhere else. Thank you for this video by the way – I’m so glad I watched it!

  20. sheroxlox@gmail.com

    Chile – I did NOT like the coat. The rest of the items were just meh – spend your money somewhere else. Thank you for this video by the way – I’m so glad I watched it!

  21. Emily

    I LOVE the black blazer and polka dot skirt on you! The denim and tulle is cute, but I agree on the cut shoulders. It would be really nice as a tank top or a full sleeve type thing. I love the trench coat! Minus the puckering, like you said, but I would definitely go for it. The sweater dress was nice but I agree about the straps and the weird bikini look at the top, I like most of it but the little pieces don’t seem to fit as your style. But the tulle is fabulous, tulle is always fabulous. 🙂

  22. emilybonn@icloud.com

    I LOVE the black blazer and polka dot skirt on you! The denim and tulle is cute, but I agree on the cut shoulders. It would be really nice as a tank top or a full sleeve type thing. I love the trench coat! Minus the puckering, like you said, but I would definitely go for it. The sweater dress was nice but I agree about the straps and the weird bikini look at the top, I like most of it but the little pieces don’t seem to fit as your style. But the tulle is fabulous, tulle is always fabulous. 🙂

  23. Micheline Hodge

    CeCe,
    First of all, thank you for this video. I have always liked Ashley Stewart clothes but was never sure about the sizing. I feel that one should purchase items that they LOVE! By that I mean, the fit is perfect, the price is perfect and the experience is…well perfect. I don’t feel you got that with this Dressing Room Confidential. You asked what we thought would be a good buy for you, I would go with the scuba peplum blouse. Fit good, looked good and you seemed to really like it. One Love <3

  24. nevisnative@gmail.com

    CeCe,First of all, thank you for this video. I have always liked Ashley Stewart clothes but was never sure about the sizing. I feel that one should purchase items that they LOVE! By that I mean, the fit is perfect, the price is perfect and the experience is…well perfect. I don’t feel you got that with this Dressing Room Confidential. You asked what we thought would be a good buy for you, I would go with the scuba peplum blouse. Fit good, looked good and you seemed to really like it. One Love <3

  25. Erin Bailey

    I loved the polka dot skirt and the blazer on you- definitely get them. As for the coat, I’d leave it if I were you. I have that problem a lot, and then when I get the item home I almost always get buyers regret. Don’t worry, the perfect trench for you is out there, I promise!

  26. erin.bailey.10@outlook.com

    I loved the polka dot skirt and the blazer on you- definitely get them. As for the coat, I’d leave it if I were you. I have that problem a lot, and then when I get the item home I almost always get buyers regret. Don’t worry, the perfect trench for you is out there, I promise!

  27. Kathy

    Don’t think the trench is worth the time. I think it is worth waiting for something that you will love, love love from the start.

    Nothing really grabbed my interest except your last outfit. That dot skirt with the peplum jacket did it for me.

    As you would first appear in something I was jotting my reactions and it was funny that most of my notes matched what you said—-the shoulder cutouts, ick—the odd cut at the top of the sweater dress and the ties in the back—and the multi-striped looked like it was probably really super cute hanging on a hanger, but totally NOT cut right when on.

  28. horn-kathy@att.et

    Don’t think the trench is worth the time. I think it is worth waiting for something that you will love, love love from the start.
    Nothing really grabbed my interest except your last outfit. That dot skirt with the peplum jacket did it for me.

    As you would first appear in something I was jotting my reactions and it was funny that most of my notes matched what you said—-the shoulder cutouts, ick—the odd cut at the top of the sweater dress and the ties in the back—and the multi-striped looked like it was probably really super cute hanging on a hanger, but totally NOT cut right when on.

  29. Tami

    What a great video! I’ve just stumbled upon your site, and it is stellar. 🙂

    Personal opinion: you are gorgeous, and could pretty much pull off any of these! I liked the first sweater dress a lot. I do see your thoughts on what looks almost like a black bra strap detail up top. It’s a little odd, but the fit is great and emphasizes all your curves!

    I also thought the cold shoulder denim top was super cute. I know that you don’t love the cutouts, but I may very well pick that one up for meeeeeee.

    The tulle is adorable, especially peaking out of that trench coat. I see what you mean about the puckering, but suspect you might be able to make it work, if you’re skilled with such things.

    My favorite is that last mix of the peplum and polka dots. Cute Cute Cute!!! That outfit should be in your wardrobe immediately!!!

    Thank you again for this great site. Looking forward to continuing to read!!

  30. tami.gatta@gmail.com

    What a great video! I’ve just stumbled upon your site, and it is stellar. 🙂
    Personal opinion: you are gorgeous, and could pretty much pull off any of these! I liked the first sweater dress a lot. I do see your thoughts on what looks almost like a black bra strap detail up top. It’s a little odd, but the fit is great and emphasizes all your curves!

    I also thought the cold shoulder denim top was super cute. I know that you don’t love the cutouts, but I may very well pick that one up for meeeeeee.

    The tulle is adorable, especially peaking out of that trench coat. I see what you mean about the puckering, but suspect you might be able to make it work, if you’re skilled with such things.

    My favorite is that last mix of the peplum and polka dots. Cute Cute Cute!!! That outfit should be in your wardrobe immediately!!!

    Thank you again for this great site. Looking forward to continuing to read!!

  31. cgw5364@aol.com

    The black peplum jacket/top looked great. The sweater dress fit perfectly but I did not care for the weird triangle bikini top things.

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