How to Shop For Clothes When You Hate to Shop

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Jen Anderson | 2 comments

No matter how much you love shopping, searching for plus size clothes can destroy your will to live. And if you hate to shop in the first place, it can take you months to convince yourself to give it a try.

Unless you're a master seamstress and can make your entire wardrobe, you're going to have to shop. Sorry to have to break it to you. There's no magic bullet. But there are ways to make it much less painful.

Know Your Measurements

Whether you shop in stores or online, you should get friendly with a tape measure. Have a friend help you - it makes all the difference. 

While you have the tape measure out, measure a few of your favorite clothes. Knowing what length top you prefer makes it much easier to decide which size to order - and even which pieces you want to get.

Make Friends With Size Charts

Size charts can be super confusing. The problem is that a retailer's sizing chart is often not the same as the clothing brand's chart. (Sigh.) When in doubt, find the designer's sizing chart and check online reviews. 

Remember - sizing charts refer to the size of the clothing and not the size of the wearer. So ordering a size that exactly matches your hip measurement is going to be too snug. A few extra inches of ease will get you a fit that skims your body without smothering you in fabric.

Don't Skimp on the Classics

Trendy clothes are so tempting, but the styles get outdated quickly. And then you have to buy more. Which you hate to do.

But you don't have to skip the latest trends. Mix those trendy fast fashion pieces with timeless classics that are made to last. Then you'll still have something to wear when the trend dies.

You'll still have the option of buying a few new trendy pieces each season, but you won't have to if you're not feeling it because you'll have a closet of versatile classics. Those pieces cost more than the ones meant to only last a year. But they're worth it because you can go years without having to replace them.

Learn What Works For You

When you know you look best in a-line skirts and dresses, you know to keep an eye out for them. 

Start with the Vikki Vi Black Classics collection. Black is as versatile as it gets, so it's the perfect color to experiment with. If you haven't fallen in love with our Pull-On Pants yet, of course you'll want to start with black. Ready to try a Sleeveless Shell that will last more than a season? Black makes for a good gateway shell.

Once you know which Vikki Vi Classics are your new best friends, you can keep an eye out for future collections so you can get them in lots of colors. It so much easier than having to start from scratch every time you need to add to your wardrobe.


Less Shopping, More Buying

With clothes that last for ages, you won't need to rush out and buy a new outfit every time you're invited to a special event. By looking for your faves in different colors, you'll save so much effort that you may even stop hating clothes shopping.

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2 Responses


February 09, 2017

Great tips! It’s true. Plus size shopping can be a pain. You make it so easy however, by providing beautiful items, sales that make piecemilling an elegant wardrobe on a challenged budget and prompt shipping. I just feel like 2017 is my year to feel beautiful! Thank you Jen and Plus by Design!

Glenda Lynne
Glenda Lynne

February 08, 2017

This is excellent advice, no matter what size you wear! I enjoy your blogs very much.

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Size Chart
Vikki Vi Clothing runs generously. The size chart below is an excellent guide for most of our products. If any styles run especially large or small, that information will be listed on the specific product page.

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