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February 15, 2008

Oohs and Blahs

Filed under: Fashion,Racktastic,Sales,Women of Great Height — Francesca @ 12:39 pm

Francesca has been perusing the plus-size vendor sites and do you know, it’s a mixed bag this season. There are a lot of boring, uninspired clothes out there. But do not despair! For, first of all, there are some beautiful things available if you look hard enough. And second, sometimes you just want a plain red sweater in your size to stay warm in, or a simple dress to adorn with the fabulous scarf and ginormous pin you got last Christmas. The operative words here are “look hard,” “your size,” and “adorn.” Francesca hath spoken!

And now on to the sales!

Live near a Lane Bryant outlet store? They are having sales and specials from now through Monday, Feb. 18 in the physical stores (find outlet locations here). Save even more by going here and printing out the coupon before you get in the car. If you do not live near an Outlet, console yourself by going online and buying this black velvet jacket, marked down from almost $100 to just $30!

Do you wear Tall (not plus) sizes, or Large or X-Large? (Yes, Francesca knows that few of our readers can squeeze into an XL or a non-plus Tall size, but she is grasping at straws here.) Check out the new items in the J.Crew sales section.

Coldwater Creek has added 300 new items to their sales section. Some of them are superfantastic, and some are God-awful . . . but anyway at these prices it is worth sifting through their offerings to see what catches your eye! Francesca is thinking about ordering this silk and cotton voile blouse, marked down from $120 to $28. She also needs new sweatpants for the workouts, and for $12 they have some nice ones. (Yes! Fat Girls work out! Remember? You never know.)

Roanan’s is having a bra sale! Up to size 58J, isn’t that amazing? Bra party at Roanan’s! This “5-ways” bra which can be worn strapless or as a halter or criss-cross is available up to size 46F and is on sale for $28. Not too shabby! Be sure to enter code RD11646 (through the 18th of February) to receive 30% off your highest-priced item (whether it’s a bra or not). You can also enter code RD11257 to defer your payment until April (though Francesca is not sure whether they will let you use both codes at the same time).

And now a shout-out to our European readers: Beige Plus is having a sale at their stores in North and Central London. You can also shop online here. (Note: A British pound is currently worth about $2, so double the prices to convert to American currency.) A skirt which Francesca has formerly recommended is available for “only” $650. (But you know you want it.)

Happy shopping and happy weekend!



  1. Oh I do want that skirt, Francesca! Now if I can just convince my beloved that we don’t need to pay the mortgage next month…damn.

    Ah well. Maybe I’ll win the Lotto and be able to get it after all.

    Comment by Twistie — February 15, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  2. Avenue has some really cute sweaters and cropped jackets right now.

    Comment by cheeky — February 15, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  3. I would like to point out that J Crew’s XL is a size 16/18 with measurements of bust 41 1/2, natural waist 31-35, and hip 44. I’m a size 16 and this sizing is perfect for me. However, I also consider myself plus size(a size 16 will never be accused of being standard size, believe me!!!). I’m sure there are more of your readers that could fit into an XL without having to “squeeze into it” that are also plus size like me.

    Comment by Angel — February 15, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

  4. Francesca and Plumcake, I have been meaning to ask a question of the both of you. I am a young 17-year-old superfantastic girl in training, but I’m not really plus-size. I mean, I love your blog and sympathize mostly with everything in it, especially as I am one of the biggest girls in my silly skinny SoCal school, but I’m generally only a 12/14 at biggest. However, I have the most monstrous breasts on the planet. Please help, I’m a 34J. A 34J! Do these even exist? I’m wearing a 34I right now, which is the best bra I own, from Bravissimo, but there is so much I need that I do not have. Please help me find a nice 34J, something not entirely unattractive. I mean, I have nice, abundant breasts, and I wear low-cut tops, and I like my bras to be simple but nice-looking.

    Please help,

    Comment by The Dot — February 15, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  5. Since we are on fashion, I have something I would like any designer of clothes for the curved women to do for me. QUIT USING HORIZONTAL STRIPES!!! Or if you must use them, use them sparingly as accents. A full dress or tunic top of horizontal stripes add inches to the waist…

    Comment by Jennie — February 16, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  6. I’ve been lurking for a little bit, and i’ve been wondering if you have heard of Torrid. They are a plus size store that has a great website, a bunch of brick and mortar stores across the nation, and great sales deals. They are kind of geared towards the 15-30 year old demographic, but for stylish clothes your skinny friends will covet, there is no better place in my mind

    Comment by sara — February 17, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  7. Dot –

    Head over to,, or for their search by size function. Good brands to try are Freya, Fantasie, and Panache. Sadly, the highly affordable bras in the 34Js, they are not to be found. But the money invested is so very worth it.

    Comment by Tk — February 18, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

  8. I like horizontal stripes. I know that they say that the superfantastic big girls are not supposed to wear them, but screw them. I will wear them and you can’t stop me!

    I will not lie down; I will not go quietly! :D

    Comment by dogmamaonly — February 18, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

  9. I am one of these “tweener” readers. I love J. Crew, particularly its cashmere sweaters. I easily fit the XL sweaters and perfect-fit tees. I also like their shoes (wear a 10) and accessories.

    Comment by OCCaliAKA — February 18, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

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