Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Ultimate New York City Plus Size Shopping Guide

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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 Conleyfashion 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.

First stop: Rent the Runway! At the online rental shop's brick and mortar location, customers can try on dresses they've mused about online. Pro tip: while the Flatiron store carries sizes 14 through 22, it's best to call a few days ahead if there's a particular plus size style you have your eye on. That way, if it's not on hand, Rent the Runway's stylists have time to pull it from the company's massive warehouse (along with any other picks they think you might be into).  

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.
Next up is a floral Eloquii dress ($40 rental fee). "I love the really bold print contrasted with the solid sleeves and the mesh," says Sarah. "You can wear it now with tights, and it make you look like you’re looking forward to happier weather, which is really important these days"
Sarah swings by the accessories table before heading out the door. Onto the next stop!  

Intimacy: 104 5th Avenue

Intimacy is Sarah's go-to for lingerie. The mini-chain specializes in bra fittings, and stocks hard-to-find cup sizes. But, before we head inside—an outfit shot! Sarah is wearing a quilted leather jacket from Lane Bryant, studded Docs, a Sunday Somewhere backpack, and two faux fur Zara stoles—a longer one to belt, and a shorter one to keep her neck warm (a pretty genius styling trick). 
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."
A Calvin Klein moto jacket ($139.50) finishes off the look. Shopping day = successful.

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