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How to Shop in the Skinny Section | A Guide for Plus Size Girls

March 21 2016 | CeCe Olisa
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There are three things to keep in mind in the skinny section:

  1. You want to pay attention to the cut of the clothing. When you’re in the skinny section, skip anything that’s tight. Instead, look for wide cut dresses with swing/trapeze cuts.
  2. Fabric is important. Stiff fabrics won’t help us, but knits, cottons, and stretchy fabrics will
  3. Look at your body! It took me years to figure out that even though I have a belly my waist area is significantly smaller than my hips. This is partly why I can try on a dress that’s technically half my size, but it still fits

I put these rules to practice each time I do a loop in the skinny section. But just to show you how many options we have, I decided to do a little experiment and take my camera into the most ridiculous, non-plus size friendly store I could think of.

Express goes up to a size Large and a 12… sometimes. So, I went shopping there for my experiment… take a look and leave your comments below

Denim Dress Here

After watching this video, would you shop in the skinny section? Would you try on clothes and ignore the number on the tag? Let me know in the comments! xx

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34 responses on “How to Shop in the Skinny Section | A Guide for Plus Size Girls

  1. krussell424@gmail.com

    Its great that youre encouraging ppl to do this its hard but sometimes you luck up w/ something totally worth the try!

  2. klalle00 Personal

    I don’t want to be in the store shopping forever. So I would prefer to go where I know it will work so I can be in and out in 20 minutes. But if I am trapped with the Skinny friends I might try a sweater.

  3. klalle00@gmail.com

    I don’t want to be in the store shopping forever. So I would prefer to go where I know it will work so I can be in and out in 20 minutes. But if I am trapped with the Skinny friends I might try a sweater.

  4. Yolanda Lugo

    Loved the denim dress and the cowl neck top, also the handkerchief style dress. Did you buy anything after your experiment? I would definitely try it next time I go shopping. I mostly shop online nowadays. It’s fun to do both. Take care Cece. God bless.

  5. yolandam104@gmail.com

    Loved the denim dress and the cowl neck top, also the handkerchief style dress. Did you buy anything after your experiment? I would definitely try it next time I go shopping. I mostly shop online nowadays. It’s fun to do both. Take care Cece. God bless.

  6. Dionne Watson

    Never thought about this but I always think i am just too big and never mind. I now have a new appreciation for it because you are right if I look for certain things, tops, skirts , and certain dresses it could work. Its opening my horizons. Thanks

  7. dionne_watson@sbcglobal.net

    Never thought about this but I always think i am just too big and never mind. I now have a new appreciation for it because you are right if I look for certain things, tops, skirts , and certain dresses it could work. Its opening my horizons. Thanks

  8. Mitz

    Loved the video!! That is exactly what I do! I’ve shopped at Express and I have a couple dresses from there! I definitely try and look at “skinny girl” stores when I’m with my sister who’s thin compared to me. I say go for it and make more videos of you shopping at these stores. Believe it or not there is a lot of girls who just do not want to try at all! I have a friend who still to this day will not try at and it’s frustrating. My reason for that is that she thinks that as long as it’s big it fits, but does it flatter her?? At times the answer is NO! So this will definitely help girls like her, because not all plus size stores will cater to our bodies unfortunately.

  9. MaritzaV06@yahoo.com

    Loved the video!! That is exactly what I do! I’ve shopped at Express and I have a couple dresses from there! I definitely try and look at “skinny girl” stores when I’m with my sister who’s thin compared to me. I say go for it and make more videos of you shopping at these stores. Believe it or not there is a lot of girls who just do not want to try at all! I have a friend who still to this day will not try at and it’s frustrating. My reason for that is that she thinks that as long as it’s big it fits, but does it flatter her?? At times the answer is NO! So this will definitely help girls like her, because not all plus size stores will cater to our bodies unfortunately.

  10. Paden

    I am so grateful to you! You have given me much more confidence to try new things and really rock what I wear! Thank you for doing these videos and giving a voice to all of us!

  11. padenlemons@yahoo.com

    I am so grateful to you! You have given me much more confidence to try new things and really rock what I wear! Thank you for doing these videos and giving a voice to all of us!

  12. Alison

    The first dress could work — even for summer — with some leggings. I ride the bus to work and am always worried about dresses that are too short. But leggings solve that problem right quick!

    Love the idea and the inspiration.

  13. allison.bigelow@gmail.com

    The first dress could work — even for summer — with some leggings. I ride the bus to work and am always worried about dresses that are too short. But leggings solve that problem right quick!
    Love the idea and the inspiration.

  14. Jenn Rose Wilson

    This is exactly what I needed to see. I’m heading to NYC for the day tomorrow with a friend (who is rail thin but eats like a horse…ugh!) and it’ll be nice to shop for clothes in the stores she wants to go into. That way I don’t get stuck looking at only jewelry and purses! 😝

  15. jennierwilson@gmail.com

    This is exactly what I needed to see. I’m heading to NYC for the day tomorrow with a friend (who is rail thin but eats like a horse…ugh!) and it’ll be nice to shop for clothes in the stores she wants to go into. That way I don’t get stuck looking at only jewelry and purses! 😝

  16. Veronica Cid

    I shop the “skinny” stores all the time, H&M usually has plenty of items that fit from the straight size section. I tell ppl the same thing, go and check out all the stores regardless if they are plus or not! Old Navy and H&M are my fave “skinny” stores, plenty of their non-plus size fit me just fine!

  17. cidstylefile@gmail.com

    I shop the “skinny” stores all the time, H&M usually has plenty of items that fit from the straight size section. I tell ppl the same thing, go and check out all the stores regardless if they are plus or not! Old Navy and H&M are my fave “skinny” stores, plenty of their non-plus size fit me just fine!

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