If you've never seen me in person, you may not realize that I am indeed a "Curvy Ginger", or in other words, a "Chunky Redhead". Over the years I have learned to love my body, but trust me, it took years of other people telling that I am beautiful before I was finally able to look in the mirror and see beauty for myself.
I grew up in the 80's, when it was fashionable to be skinny. In the 80's, I actually was skinny! Then came the 90's and my babies, and with that came the stretch marks, the cellulite, and the low self esteem.
For years I hated looking in the mirror and tried hiding the extra pounds under baggy clothing. I tried every diet imaginable and joined the local Y. I'd lose a few pounds only to gain them back when I didn't stick to the diet-of-the-month, which only made me feel worse about myself.
Around my 30th birthday, I realized that I had spent my entire adult life trying to recapture the body of my youth. I also realized that it was never going to happen and if I wanted to be happy, I needed to love myself at any size. That was the beginning of real change for me.
I found that when I shopped for clothes that actually fit me, I was actually quite sexy! I had an hourglass figure that I had kept hidden for years under stretch pants and baggy t-shirts! From that moment on, I have learned to appreciate my curves and celebrate the fact that I am beautiful, inside and out, no matter what the scale says on any given day.
Today, curvy women are everywhere, and most of them are comfortable in their skin..at least the women that I know. I've heard that the average American woman is a size 12, which is still considered "plus size". It boggles my mind that although most women wear plus size fashions, it is still hard to find up-to-date styles for women with curves.
In honor of curvy women everywhere, I have compiled a list of my Top 10 Websites for Plus Size Fashion. Most of these carry only plus sizes, and actually have curvy women modeling their items!
PinkBasis - This shop offers stylish plus-size clothing for as low as $5.99!! They have a great selection of up-to-date fashions including dresses, tops, pants, and shoes at great prices. PinkBasis also has plus-size costumes, swimsuits, and lingirie! Click here to visit their website and use my savings code SHIPFREE for free shipping on orders over $50.
FashionMia - You will find awesome deals at FashionMia, including a curvaceous selection of fashions regularly priced as low as $3.95! This online retailer offers deals for all sizes from Small - XXXL, and their clearance section has super-cute dresses marked down as low as $2.95!! Everyone receives free shipping with orders over $79, and they accept several payment options beyond Visa/MC, including PayPal! Click here to shop FashionMia now.
Lurap - LoveURAPpearance (Lurap) offers custom looks for all sizes! All of the items available on their website can be tailored to fit up to Size 36W, and if there's a style you've seen elsewhere, send them a picture and they will design a look-alike item for you. Click here to shop Lurap and save $35!
Society Plus - This is my favorite website for fashionable, quality clothing! All items available at Society Plus are guaranteed true-to-size. Just visit their website and you will understand why it's my favorite. They use real women as models, with no photoshop, and celebrate curvy women with beautiful and affordable pieces. Click here to shop Society Plus now!
EVogue - This website offers trendy junior and women's plus size fashions. Compared to other retailers, EVogue offers great items for your wardrobe with significant savings. Click here to start shopping at EVogue!
Plus Size Fix - Here's a website dedicated to plus size fashions! Here you will find awesome pieces at incredible prices, modeled by curvy women! Click here to start shopping at Plus Size Fix, and use code SUMMER10 to save 10% on your order.
Yoins - This website features fashion for all sizes, but offers a great selection of plus size items that are up-to-date and affordable! Yoins also has a points program that will help you earn free clothes, and shipping is free on all orders over $40! Click here to shop Yoins and save 10% on your first order!
Gwynnie Bee - Here you can try new fashions and swap out your wardrobe without spending a lot of money. Gwynnie Bee is a monthly subscription that allows you to rent plus size fashions, wear as long as you like, then return it and have a new item shipped! Click here to sign up and receive your first month free!!
Kiyonna - This website offers sophisticated and trendy styles for sizes 10 and up. Affordable pricing and a great selection of everything from dresses to jewelry, Kiyonna is a curvy woman's shopping paradise! Click here to start updating your wardrobe with Kiyonna.
Angelique - This website's tagline is "C0mpliment Your Curves" and you will find beautiful lingerie, sleepwear, and hosiery choices that will do just that. Quality items that will make you love your curves and definitely make you feel sexy. Click here to shop Angelique now, and take advantage of their clearance sale with up to 70% off their already low prices.
I hope you were able to find great styles in your size at all of these retailers. Always remember to love yourself, and find beauty in the features that make you unique.
Do you have a favorite online retailer that I didn't mention? I would love to hear your thoughts on this post, and any suggestions for finding great fashion for women with curves! Please leave a comment.
As always, thank you for reading my blog, and if you are interested in more ways to Earn More, Spend Less, and Be Happy, visit my website at www.TheCurvyGinger.com.