When it comes to affordable fashion, plus size ladies have loads of online options (Asos! Modcloth! eShakti!), but picking up a last-minute look that’s both stylish and budget-friendly IRL can be a bit trickier. That’s why we tapped Sarah Conley—fashion blogger, casual red lipstick-wearer, and social media manager for the excellent plus size e-tailer Eloquii—to take us on a tour of her favorite New York City shops. "I think for a long time, plus size women just had to pick from what was available," Conley says. "Now, with so many new brands emerging, we’re really having the opportunity to explore our own personal styles." Tag along as she gets fancy, reveals her secret tall-girl shoe source, and shares some styling tricks women of any size can copy (for example, wearing two fur stoles at once, like a boss).
Rent The Runway: 16 W 18th St.
Sarah arrives Eloquii'd out in the brand's jeweled sweatshirt and cobalt 'Studio' midi skirt ($89.90), and gets straight to browsing. " I love a midi skirt because it makes my waist look smaller and masks wider hips," she says.
Intimacy: 104 5th Avenue
Sarah grabs three bras by her favorite lingerie labels, Panache and Elomi, and heads through the beaded curtain to the dressing room.
Lord & Taylor: 424 5th Avenue
The last stop of the day is Lord & Taylor, where Sarah spots a neoprene Calvin Klein dress ($139.50). "The green is such a fresh color, especially with the weather right now," she says. "The A-line shape and scuba fabric are also very flattering, and this dress will transition very easily into spring through summer."