Stylish Plus Size Dresses and Separates

Colorful Leggings

Want to add some bright colors to layer under a long denim shirt or skater dress? Or perhaps to brighten your yoga routine? JunoActive (formerly Junonia) has a nice selection of colors in their legging collection (ranging from full length, to capri, to bicyble lengths) in sizes XL to 6X.

The full length leggings come in French teal, navy, Cancun blue, violet, and black. These machine washable cotton / spandex leggings are $49.95 and are touted as being long lasting.

I like the selection of colorful leggings at Junonia.

My favorite color though is in the capri length — berry bloom — so pretty. They also come in raspberry, French teal, Cancun blue, black, berry bloom, violet and navy. They are a little cheaper at $44.95 but still the same material.

I love the berry bloom color of the capri length leggings.

And if you are looking for something even shorter they have a bicycle length in lime and many of the same colors mentioned above for $39.95.

You don't seem bright lime often, love this color in bicycle shorts.

And of course if you are not ready for colorful leggings there is nothing wrong with basic black which goes with everything anyway.

And of course traditional black leggings are always an option that goes with everything.

Are you going to venture into some colorful legging options this summer?

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Nola Active Wear

If you are a size X to 4X Addition-Elle has a new line of plus size active wear called Nola — cute name. It includes about eight tops, four bottoms, a few swimsuits, and some bras. While I like the overall feel of the line the main color option seems to be black or black with a little patch of color. Other than the bras everything is pretty reasonably priced.

Print V-neck T-shirt, $29.99 — I find v-necks a breathable alternative to a scoop neck without showing off too much. I like the blurred print effect too.

I love the blurred print of this Nola v-neck top.

Bootcut Yoga Pant, $49.99 — For me a yoga pant is a yoga pant especially if they are black. There is some color blocking at the waist but chances are that will be hidden under a t-shirt.

Black yoga pant with color blocking at waist.

Sport Bra, $54.99 — It’s a cute bra but at $55 I expect some wicking fabric, breath-ability (it’s 85% Polyester fabric, 15% spandex and french terry trims?), and support. I would have to see this one in person but it just looks like a regular bra with sporty accents and not a sport bra.

The plus size bra in aquarius blue from Addition-Elle.

Relax Short, $29.99 — I love these shorts, long enough that I don’t have to feel like I need to keep pulling on them and short enough to be cooling. Now if only they came in some awesome colors options for the season, oxblood anyone?

A long short with pockets.

Active Jacket, $59.99 — I feel like there was a little more thought put into this jacket with the sleeve thumbholes and mesh inserts. I love the princess seams.

Princess theme active wear jacket from Addition-Elle.

What do you think? Would you like to see other options besides black pants or is this what we are most comfortable with?

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State of Mind Plus Size Activewear Review

Finding plus size active wear that is functional, fashionable, and comfortable is a feat for any woman. The last year I have been noticing more and more companies developing a plus size active wear line for their consumers — some of it good and some of it just ok. There is also a faction of companies whose soul purpose is active wear, or in this case plus size active wear. State of Mind, a company out of the UK, makes plus size active wear like tops, bottoms, jackets, and swimwear in sizes 14 to 26 (see their size charts for exact measurements).

The lovely people over at State of Mind sent me five pieces from their active wear line to review for PlusShe.com readers. I have worn the pieces for walking (both outdoors and indoors), boxing, stretching, errands, and lounging.

French Navy Cosy Hooded Fleece — I found this jacket to be a bit small for a 26 (other tops are 24) but I am assuming it has a more fitted cut than what I am used to for jackets. I loved that it has zippered pockets to keep keys secure and if you have something bigger to carry, like a small water bottle, you can tuck it within an inner pocket.

The fleece jacket from State of Mind.

No draft will sneak in this hood:

Hood up on the fleece jacket.

And it has nice thumbholes to keep the sleeves down and drafts out:

Thumb holes from the State of Mind active wear fleece jacket.

The back of the jacket comes down to round at the bottom. In all the photos I am wearing the Black Wishful Shrinking Flared Jogger with Rollover Band — The pants have a flexible waistline to suit those like me who like it high or those who like it lower. There is a little hidden pocket for key or iPod mini at the waist seam. My thighs rub when I walk and I did not notice any pilling (my last pair of Danskins pilled from friction).

The back view of the State of Mind fleece jacket.

Pants are nice and long, I hate when I feel like I am wearing pants that shrunk in the wash. The fabric actually more than touched my shoes (I’m 5’9″). I can hem pants that are too long but I cannot make short ones longer. On the site the pants come in capri, regular, and long (33″). You petite plus people out there, need to email them your interest in petite options.

Sneakers peeking out from underneath the flared pants from State of Mind.

You would not think something so small could be so irritating but this little logo kept catching at my wrist — the corners are a but rough and irritating but not something I could or would want to try and cut out:

State of Mind logo on the pants.

White Cami-flage Top — The best thing about this top is the double layer of fabric in front so there is no need to worry about it being see through when you sweat. It has adjustable bra-like straps but I found the top too short for tucking in. It is not a top I would wear alone because any sports bra I would wear would be noticeable but it is a good layering piece.

This is the white "cami-flage" top from State of Mind active wear.

Grey Ruched Tank Top — This top has a built in bra shelf and the fabric feels luxurious. The missed stitching/pressing on neck line of the seam tends to fold over itself. The ruching down each side is on trend and well, just looks so pretty. This nice looong top would be great for yoga classes and bike rides to keep the lower back from peeking out when stretched forward. Of all the tops sent, this is my fave.

Black Strictly Comfy A-line Flared Top with Bell Sleeves — I really like this top too. It has a great length and I love the weight of the fabric, I like the neckline which is revealing but provides enough coverage for activities. I would feel comfortable wearing this around the local track and then doing errands afterwards.

Black long sleeve workout top.

All the tops and pants are made out of 92% Polyamide and 8% Lycra which is an incredibly soft fabric that is thick and durable. I have not had this fabric before and I really like the quality and comfort of it.

I would consider State of Mind’s products to be “luxury” active wear, not in the sense that they are hundreds of dollars but I do not feel like they skimped on the fabric. When I was first introduced to the State of Mind brand I was excited to see their fashion pieces but kind of disappointed in their price points — a pair of pants is about $75 (prices are in pounds so this would fluctuate) — that was before I had the opportunity to see the material and workmanship; especially with the tops. Shipping is about $14 and is pretty reasonable considering it is coming from UK. And they have free returns worldwide.

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Sorella Swim Giveaway

We have a new sponsor this month with Sorella Swim — it may be cold outside but it is never too early to start thinking about your next plus size swimsuit!

If you are not familiar with this online plus size clothing company (currently sizes 10 to 24):

“Sorella Swim is a luxury line of swimwear and resort wear for the curvy woman. The goal of the brand is to provide fashionable, full-figure women with a sophisticated and timeless swimwear option that comfortably flatters their curves. Sorella Swim believes that women of all shapes and all sizes deserve quality fashionable swimwear.”

Plus Size Luxury Swimwear from Sorella Swim

Prize Details:

  • One reader will receive a gift certificate for $175 (or product choice) for the Sorella Swim online store.

How to Enter:

For this giveaway there is the option of one to twelve entries plus a daily tweet bonus entry per person! To get all entries you must follow the directions for the Rafflecopter widget below, the first entry is the most important so read closely. If you have any problems using the Rafflecopter please email me via the contact form on this blog (or Tweet me) so I can check on it.

This giveaway closes on January 30, 2013 at midnight (UPDATE: this giveaway has been extended for another week because of server issues–see Rafflecopter box below). The lucky winners will be chosen from the entries at random, using Rafflecopter withing three days of closing date. There will be 1 winner. This giveaway is sponsored by Sorella Swim and I will be confirming the email and mailing address of the winners (so make sure you enter the right email). This giveaway is open to persons 18 years and older living in the U.S. or Canada. Void where prohibited by law. The winners will have ONE week to claim the prize; after which time it will be rewarded to someone else.

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State of Mind Giveaway

I am excited to introduce you to a new sponsor this month, State of Mind. They are offering two My Favorite Things readers the opportunity to choose an outfit from their plus size active wear line.

If you are not familiar with this online plus size clothing company:

State of Mind if a new swim, active and casual-wear brand specifically designed to fit and flatter women size 12 to 22 (16-26 UK). Co-founded by sisters Kerensa and Michaela, the collections are designed and manufactured in Britain as a response to the widening gap in the market for premium, sporty and casual clothes for stylish plus size women. State of Mind active and swimwear ranges are available online (with free returns worldwide) and will be available soon on Amazon.

Plus Size Active Wear from State of Mind

A glimpse at what State of Mind has to offer.

Prize Details:

  • Two readers can each choose any two items from the State of Mind website.

How to Enter:

For this giveaway there is the option of one to fifteen entries plus a daily tweet bonus entry per person! To get all entries you must follow the directions for the Rafflecopter widget below. If you have any problems using the Rafflecopter please email me via the contact form on this blog so I can check on it.

This giveaway closes on December 1, 2012 at midnight. The lucky winners will be chosen from the entries at random, using Rafflecopter withing three days of closing date. There will be two winners. This giveaway is sponsored by State of Mind and I will be confirming the email and mailing address of the winners (so make sure you enter the right email). This giveaway is open worldwide to persons 18 years and older. Void where prohibited by law. The winners will have ONE week to claim the prize; after which time it will be rewarded to someone else.

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Hydro Chic Active Wear Review

The past few weeks I have had the good fortune to be able to test drive two pieces from the Hydro Chic swim and sport line. They contacted me to review what they have to offer from the plus size division which fits up to 4x. They sent me the Plus Size Rash Guard Swim Shirt ($78) and the Plus Size Swim Ruched Skirt ($76)

plus size swim active wear from Hydro Chic

Hydro Chic has a unique niche providing modest swimwear and active wear. According to their website, their mix and match pieces provide sun protection in the water but the same pieces can also be used as active wear out of the water. The comfortable high quality swim material is light weight, quick drying and has a UPF rating of 50+ (colors, stretching, age, washing can reduce this number). All of their pieces are designed for in and out of the water. Hydro Chic ships throughout the US and internationally at an additional cost.

My Hydro Chic swim/active wear came individually wrapped in plastic with the Hydro Chic logo. Each piece was tagged with garment instructions (very small print) to prolong the life of the fabric. As expected, like swimwear there are instructions to hand wash, not leave in plastic bags wet, dry flat, no bleach, avoid contact with lotions etc.

plus size modest swimwear active wear from Hyrdo Chic

Both pieces have cute details; like the stitching and mini arm pocket on the top:

plus size active wear swim top from Hydro Chic

And the adjustable ruching on the skirt:

plus size swim skirt from Hydro Chic

At the time of this review I have worn the top three times and the pants twice. The first time I wore the top was for a walk on the waterfront. It is still winter here so I had to put on a winter coat, scarf etc over top. It was surprisingly warm in the cool weather which was great. Near the end of the walk I felt a bit chilly and damp. The other times I wore both pieces while working out at home (treadmill, heavy bag, step). I found both pieces to be reasonably comfortable for my workouts but I have divided further thoughts into pros and cons for each item.

Pros for Top

The top is comfortable to wear. The v-neck does not restrict or bind. I love the 3/4 length sleeves, the mixture of bright colors with neutral navy, and how soft the fabric is. It is light weight, does not bunch, and appears to be well made — it is well stitched inside and out with no picking or raised areas.

garment stitching on Hydro Chic top

Hydro Chic tops come with a padded sport bra that you can wear underneath for water sports or wear your own sport bra. I wore the bra once on my walk and will probably just save it for water activities because I do not like the added warmth (the padding makes sense for water activities).

plus size swim bra from Hydro Chic

Cons for Top

I would have loved to have had at least four more inches in length on the top. It kept riding up and I constantly felt like I had to pull it down because my abdomen was exposed. I will add however that I am almost 5’9″ so this may not be an issue for a shorter woman.

plus size swim top from Hydro Chic

When the pads get wet in the bra they are noticeably wet — definitely could not not go from one event to another without changing the bra.

As someone who is incredibly fair even in the summer I appreciate the added sun protection for outdoor activities although I found the literature that this is decreased 50% depending on color of fabric and how much it is stretched over skin a bit confusing.

Pros for Skirt

The skirt with attached capri pants is easy to slip into and comfortable to move in. The built in capri pants provide extra comfort, modesty and support. These light weight bottoms are incredibly cute and I love the side string ruching.

plus size ruched swim skirt from Hydro Chic

The skirt is well stitched with no frays or picking parts or lumps. There is a little key/coin pocket on the inside.

coin pocket on swim skirt

Cons for Skirt

The waist band is pretty miniscule and is not really strong enough to keep the pants firmly in place. They are not falling off by any means but there is not enough tension to keep them at the waist while doing regular activities which gives me some concern for water sports like aqua fit where there is the upward and downward motions of the water pulling at the material. I would like to see a thicker band.

waist band of swim skirt

There is no added reinforcement at the thighs to combat thigh rub, especially in the larger sizes, both for heat production and fabric wear. While I think they would be awesome for water sports. I think at this price they would wear out too quickly in the thighs during land activities.

crotch of swim pants from Hydro Chic

The price is a mild con. For these two pieces it would cost $150 which in my opinion is a bit steep for one active / swim outfit.

The biggest con for both pieces is that they are hand wash. For an active life style having to hand wash anything these days, especially active wear is annoying. While this is fine for a tiny one piece bathing suit that may be worn occasionally it is a bit cumbersome for plus size active wear. I washed both pieces by hand and it took longer than I thought it would to handle, rinse and squeeze out excess water. The suits were completely dried within eight hours which would make them ready for the next day if need be but it is still cumbersome and for the price I would want something more conducive. Now I understand many of you will probably have no problem with hand washing but I mention it for those who like me dread it.

Overall Impression

Hydro Chic offers a comfortable and functional option for plus size women who want to be active in and out of the water. Instead of buying a swimsuit and wearing a t-shirt over top of it these do seem like the next logical choice for looking fashionable and functional in the sun while providing protection and modesty. I am glad I had the opportunity to give them a try.

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Weekend Plus Size Sales

A sale or two for the weekend (don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway for $100 shopping spree):

plus size outerwear from Torrid

Dollhouse Fur Collar Coat from Torrid, $69 on sale

Avenue is offering 40% Off Everything + Free Shipping over $100
Coupon code: AV111321
Expires: November 13, 2011
Visit Avenue for plus size clothing

Baggu is offering free shipping
Coupon code: earlybird11
Expires: November 13, 2011
Visit Baggu for colorful reusable bags

e.l.f. is offering 40% off 100% natural Mineral line (min $25)
Coupon code: MIN40
Expires: November 13, 2011
Visit e.l.f. for affordable cosmetics

Forever21 is offering buy one get one free on markdowns
Coupon code: NA
Expires: November 13, 2011
Visit Forever21 for plus size clothing

Shop Translated is offering 30% off & Free Domestic Shipping on orders $99 or more
Coupon code: Eleven18
Expires: November 18, 2011
Visit Shop Translated for plus size clothing

Destination Maternity is offering
Coupon code: NA
Expires: November 14, 2011
Visit Destination Maternity for plus size maternity clothing

Have a lovely weekend!

Plus Size Active Wear

It Doesn’t Surprise Us

It is surprising to many people that plus size women actually spend time working out — walking, jogging, boxing, yoga, step, aerobics, cycling and pretty much anything else that involves purposeful moment and sweating. But we know better, don’t we girls!

Unfortunately it is sometimes harder than necessary to find plus size clothing designed specifically for working out the plus size body. Today’s post lays out some of the best online shops to find plus size clothing to shake your bootie in. I have also include a few videos of women moving it.

Junonia

plus size active and yoga wear from Just My SizeJunonia has been providing plus size active wear since 1995 and pride themselves on the quality of their line. So much so they offer a 100% Satisfaction Return Policy. They are a leader in the business of wicking fabrics and offer many solutions to being comfortable while working out.

You will find an assortment of shorts, tights, yoga pants, t-shirts, bras in sizes 1x to 4x with some extended sizes to 6x. Many of their items are standards so there is little fear of not finding it again. Register for their newsletter to get updates of sales and special newsletter only promotions.

Visit Junonia for Plus Size Active Wear

Just My Size Or JMS

plus size yoga pants from JMSThis plus size clothing company is a major retailer for affordable bras. They also carry lingerie, swimwear, maternity and casual clothing. In their casual clothing you will find t-shirts, leggings and casual pants perfect for your daily work outs.Their plus size active wear comes in sizes 1x to 4x with a smaller selection in sizes 5x and 6x.

Visit Just My Size for Plus Size Active Wear

Getting Wet and Having Fun

A Big Attitude

This company’s ABA bike shorts have been featured on the NBC TV show “The Biggest Loser.” Besides shorts, they also carry yoga pants, t-shirts, leggings, sports bras, capri pants, sport tops and more. Their leggings and bike shorts are available in sizes 0 to 6x for $30.

Visit A Big Attitude for Plus Size Active Wear

Empowering Women Through Movement

Always for Me

plus size active wear from Always for MeAthletic clothing choices of heavy duty sport bras, cami bras, t-shirts, bike shorts, yoga pants, and boot leg pants are available at Always for Me in sizes 1x to 6x. Prices range from $26 to $66 depending on item. The main brands they offer include Danskin and A Big Attitude. You will also find a full line of plus size swimwear.

Visit Always for me for Plus Size Active Wear

Go Figure

This Canadian company (that also ships to U.S.) has been producing plus size active wear in sizes 10 to 24 since 2002. Go Figure offers team wear, tees, tanks, long sleeves, capris, leggings, skorts, tennis skirts, bike shorts, and base layers. If you are in the Vancouver area they will even custom make pieces to your body.

Visit Go Figure for Plus Size Active Wear

Warm Up!

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Weekend Sales

A few sales to make the weekend even brighter:

plus size cami top

Leopard Ruched Cami Top, $34 from Torrid

Avenue is offering 30% off your order
Coupon code: AVFANDF11
When: May 14 to May 17, 2011
Visit Avenue for plus size fashions

Destination Maternity is offering $15 off your purchase of $75 or more
Coupon code: DM15
Expires: May 16, 2011
Visit Destination Maternity for plus size maternity clothing

BuyCostumes is offering 40% off Clearance
Coupon code: Clear40
Expires: May 15, 2011
Visit BuyCostumes for plus size costumes

Eileen Fisher is offering $25 off your order of $50 or more
Coupon code: 523900
Expires: May 15, 2011
Visit Eileen Fisher for plus size “womens’ fashions

Kiyonna is offering $15 OFF orders of $100 or more (excludes spanx and wedding)
Coupon code: CURVY
Expires: June 15, 2011
Visit Kiyonna for plus size career wear

BigGalsLingerie is offering a huge clearance sale (24 pages — excellent prices)
Coupon code: NA
Expires: Limited quantities
Visit BigGalsLingerie for plus size lingerie, swimwear, costumes

Have a stupendous weekend!

Weekend Sales

A few sales to add some spice to your weekend (and don’t forget to enter giveaway for $200 gift certificate from Making It Big):

plus size career dress

Floral Workwear Dress, ASOS Curve

Ulla Popken is offering Free Shipping $100+ orders
Coupon code: SPR117
Expires: March 31, 2011
Visit Ulla Popken for plus size fashions

JMS is offering $1.99 shipping
Coupon code: NA
Expires: March 5, 2011
Visit JMS for plus size clothing

Swimsuits for All is offering 15% off Sitewide + Free Shipping
Coupon code: 15SHIPA
Expires: March 20, 2011
Visit SwimsuitsForAll for plus size swimsuits

Making It Big is offering 30% off leggings when you buy one of their tunics
Coupon code: NA
Expires: March 6, 2011
Visit Making It Big for plus size clothing

Kiyonna is offering Free Ground Shipping and Free Return Shipping on Orders of $150 or more (US only)
Coupon code: NA
Expires: NA
Visit Kiyonna for plus size career clothing

ASOS is offering free delivery worldwide (no minimum)
Coupon code: NA
Expires: March 6, 2011
Visit ASOS for plus size fashions

Have a delightful weekend!

Weekend Sales

A few sales to warm up your weekend (and don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway!):

red plus size lace bra

Lace Bra, $16 from Just My Size

CJ Banks is offering Buy One Get One Free Offer
Coupon code: NA
Expires: January 31, 2011
Visit CJ Banks for plus size clothing
Shop CJ Banks!

Destination Maternity is offering Free Shipping on Orders $100
Coupon code: JAN11
Expires: January 30, 2011
Visit Destination Maternity for plus size pregnancy clothing

Sephora is offering 10 free samples of BEST skincare FREE with any online order
Coupon code: SPLURGE
Expires: While supplies last!
Visit Sephora for fashionable cosmetics

Making It Big is offering Free shipping on orders of $99
Coupon code: 11JANFS
Expires: January 31, 2011
Visit Making It Big for plus size clothing

Kiyonna is offering 20% off orders of $150 or more
Coupon code: STYLE20
Expires: January 31, 2011
Visit Kiyonna for plus size career wear

Just My Size is offering 20% Off Selected bras (14 styles)
Coupon code: NA
Expires: January 29, 2011
Visit Just My Size for plus size bras and clothing

Have a great weekend!

Promo Friday

A little sale or two to get you through the weekend. Don’t forget to check out last week’s promotions:

Gaiam is offering 99 Cent Shipping on The Biggest Loser Resistance Cords
Coupon code: AFSHP9
Expires: October 11, 2009
Visit Gaiam for yoga and other equipment

Web Undies is offering 15% off (free shipping on orders over $75)
Coupon code: WUSAVENOW
Expires: October 31, 2009
Visit WebUndies

CJ Banks is offering Buy 3 Items, Get 20% Off or Buy 4 Items, Get 30% Off
Coupon code: NA
Expires: October 1, 2009
Shop CJ Banks!

Designer Shoes is offering 5% off when you buy two pairs of shoes
Coupon code: NA
Expires: NA
Visit Designer Shoes for regular and wide width shoes

More coming in a few minutes!

Plus Size Active Wear

Gardening season will be winding down soon and it will be time to find other activities to fill the void. I signed up for my first Aqua-fit class today. Why aqua fit you ask? I will blame it on Di from the Fat Chic for always tweeting about it. So it has put me into activity mode.QuikWik-Tee

When I was looking for a swimsuit at Junonia I checked out their new arrivals and found this great top to sweat in whether it be power walking, bike riding, or sweating in a class. The QuikWik® Mesh Curved Panel Tee is made with the QuikWik technology that is suppose to keep us drier than the conventional cotton wear (although I still like my cotton). I like the that it has a v-neck too as that helps with feeling cooler while I’m working at raising my body temperature. It is available in sizes 1x to 4x for $69.95.

QuikWik-ShortsA matching bottom they have in the “moisture-wicking” vein is the QuikWik® Mesh Dual Layer Short. Perfect for the person with larger thighs who has issues with rubbing and material climbing up on the inside but not on the outside (I hate that look). If you look closely you’ll see the outer layer which would normally creep doesn’t continue around to the inside of the leg. The layered look without the hassle of constantly pulling down the inside of the shorts. The QuikWik® shorts come in sizes XL to 4x for $59.95.

How are you going to increase your activity this fall?

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* Other places to find plus size active wear