Stylish Plus Size Dresses and Separates

$200 Making It Big Giveaway

This month’s giveaway is special in more ways than one. Making It Big is offering one lucky reader a $200 Gift Certificate for shopping at their website. That in itself is exciting but I’m also excited about the changes at Making It Big over the last year. They have always been a leader in offering plus size and extended size clothing but frankly I haven’t “loved” their clothing because I felt it lacked the shaping that plus size bodies deserve. They have made profound changes in their styles and I’m very proud of their progress and growth of their new line. If you have never heard of Making It Big (MIB): plus size career clothing from Making It Big

“Founded in 1984, MiB designs plus size clothing for women who want to celebrate their curves in style. MiB offers quality made clothing in luxurious fabrics in sizes 22-48 (2x-8x). Offering everything from beautiful blouses to everyday pants, MiB prides themselves on being the leader in quality, fit & service in the plus size clothing world.”

Prize Details:

  • 1 winner will get a $200 Gift Certificate to shop at Making It Big online.

How to Enter:

For this contest there is the option of one to six entries per person! To get all six entries you must LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT BELOW FOR EACH METHOD following these directions:

  • Main entry: This one is a must to enter. Visit Making It Big and find an item you love then come back here and tell us about it in the comments. No links, just the name of the product and why you love it.
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Six entries per person are allowed (one per method described above)– suspicious entries with the same IP address (you know who you are) will be deleted without notice. The lucky winner will be chosen from the comments at random, using, on March 30, 2011 at 3 pm EST. This giveaway is sponsored by Making It Big but I will be confirming the email and mailing address of the winner (so make sure you enter the right email). This giveaway is open to person 18 years and older living in the United States and Canada. Void where prohibited by law. The winner will have two weeks to claim the prize; after which time it will be rewarded to someone else.

UPDATE: The winner was announced in the comments below. Congratulations to #30: Courtney.

Plus Size Red Coats

While blue is my favorite color, I tend to buy a lot of red but one of the things I really want in red this season is a fall/winter coat. I tried looking locally but all I could find was a lot of boxy black. I hate boxy winter coats. A/ cold air always travels up the back and defeats the purpose of wearing the coat in the first place and B/ layering and plus size just doesn’t look nice with a boxy jacket. In my opinion boxy just looks bulky without the advantage of added warmth.

I searched through some of my favorite online stores and came up with some plus size red coats as possibilities.

Making It Big has a simple double breasted A-line wool coat for $169. The good thing about them is they offer sizes up to 8x.

plus size red jacket

Evans’s has two I’m partial too. A hooded duffle coat for £45 and a skirted mac for £55. Both are available in sizes 14 to 32. I love the duffle because it’s cute and practical and the mac because it’s so damn pretty.

plus size red duffle coatplus size red skirted mac coat

Jessica London actually has a lot of red coats in comparison to other shops so it is not surprising that I have a few favorites from there. There’s the ¾-length red leather coat for $140 in sizes 14 to 28 and the wool pea coat (I love peacoats) in ruby (there are nine other colors) for $120 in sizes 12 to 32. (A little off topic but they have a lots of great patterned coats — think houndstooth.)

plus size red leather jacketplus size red wool peacoat

A a wool-aline pea coat from One Stop Plus for $70 in sizes 14 to 32. It actually comes in six other colors if red isn’t your thing.

plus size aline wool coat

And finally there’s this deep red topper coat from JC Penny for $113 in sizes 1x to 3x. It even comes with the scarf.

plus size red wool coat

Of all the reds I think the duffle from Evans is my absolute favorite. In terms of style, the wool peacoat from Jessica London is tops. Have you seen a gorgeous red coat anywhere?

Plus Size Pregnancy Swimwear

Plus size pregnancy clothing is hard to find but it is out there as I’ve shown last week. But even harder than every day seasonal wear is trying to find plus size maternity swimwear. And if you are above a 3x and pregnant it is almost impossible.

Crybaby Maternity – Of all the shops I visited I think they have the absolute cutest plus size maternity swimwear. The downside is they are pricey, reaching up to $118 or more. Their plus sizes go up to 3x. The swimsuit at right is from here.

Destination Maternity – At the time of this posting I found two plus size maternity swimsuits; both perfectly acceptable looking and reasonably priced under $40 in sizes 1x to 3x.

Motherwear – They have four plus size swimsuits in sizes 1x to 3x for $69 to $73. I especially like the white polka dot on chocolate Not Your Gramma’s Swimsdress.

Big Gals Lingerie – If you are not afraid to show off your pregnant belly then you must check out BGL. Yes, it is mostly lingerie and costumes; but they also have my favorite plus size bikini. The Metallic Polka Dot Scrunch Butt Bikini is custom made in sizes 1x to 12x for $44 and comes in about ten color combinations.

Love Your Peaches – They have more than a few bikini styles to choose from as well as a basic bottom and swim shorts. Each style has a wonderful choice of solid or print fabrics to choose from. They range in price from $38 to $76 and run in sizes 1x to 6x. They take style/cut recommendations so if there is nothing there suitable for maternity drop them an email to see what they are willing to do.

Here’s hoping you stay cool this summer!

Topic Links
* Plus Size Pregnancy Summer Clothing (Part One)
* Plus Size Pregnancy Summer Clothing (Part Two)

Making it Big

I was browsing Making It Big’s Online Warehouse Clearance Sale and came across an number of unique looking pieces; and affordable, but very limited in size size tunic dress

Visit looking for a find. While many look a bit too big on the models or at least require a belt they are actually quite pretty like Spice Tunic Dress ($9):

Topic Links
* Visit Making It Big for plus size clothing

Time for the Trench Coat

It’s the perfect time of the year to start thinking about outerwear. In some places better sooner than later as you never know what is going to hit. I found this sassy trench coat from Love Your Peaches that is fashsionable flattering and washable.

This Princess Coat takes solar fleece to a whole new level with it’s design. It is very generous around the bottom for those times when you just want to twirl. And attached shawl collar, welted pockets and tapering at the waist finish it off. It comes in four colors: red, charcoal (shown), cobalt and black. It is available in sizes 1x – 6x for $140.

Topic Links
* Get your own Princess Coat from Love Your Peaches

Kimono Like Top

I was researching a few supersize clothing stores last night and fell in love with this Ansley blouse at Making it Big. They have a different sizing system over there. The blouse is available in sizes E to K which according to their size chart translates to 2X to 8X. This blouse has a kimono-ish look to it which I love. And it is a fabulous color.

plus size red kimono print top from Making It Big

A great cut for fall and is one of those styles that would work equally well with a pair of jeans or career pants. It is available for $89.

Topic Links
* Get your own Ansley blouse at Making it Big
* More supersize clothing options