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affordable plus size wedding dresses under $500

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Surprise – I’m getting married! I’ve been (sort of?) quietly dating my partner for two years, and over the summer, we got engaged. The wedding industry is toxic and wild – but that’s probably a rant for a different day. Rather than authoring another thinkpiece about it, I wanted to compile some posts I wish I’d been able to find as I started planning this out. It’s hard to find affordable dresses, plus size dresses that aren’t just cupcake-y and chiffon, and very much advice or ideas on how to plan a non-traditional wedding.

Of course David’s Bridal is always a good source of dresses for plus and straight sizes, but I found a lot of them to be pricier than I anticipated they’d be. As I continue to research and plan my wedding, I keep stumbling upon disparate lists of great plus size bridal gown choices, so I thought I’d organize some together and share them here today!


They have an online sample sale running now!

Gallery dresses: J. JonesH. Golightly | D. Prince

Florave is an online startup that thinks carefully about their designs and details, and finds inspiration in fashionable celebrities. Their full-price dresses tend to be between $1500 and $3000, but there are some in a more budget-friendly range, like the K. Switzer. If you like a more classic silhouette, check them out for some affordable plus size wedding dress options!


Their sale section often has lots of affordable, under-budget options.

Gallery dresses: Fitzwater | Bethany | Sarita | JonesTinsley

Before I started wedding dress shopping, I imagined BHLDN to be wildly overpriced, like their sister store, Anthropologie. A few months into shopping and I now know they’re actually some of the more affordable options out there! In addition to their affordability, they’re also pretty size-inclusive, which also shocked me. They have gorgeous options, a range of designers, and sizes from 00 to 30. I did two store visits (with wildly different experiences each time,) but they’re definitely worth a look – right now, their sale section has pages of gorgeous options for under $500!


Gallery dresses: Backless Mermaid Gown | Lace Mermaid Dress | Short V-Neck Dress With Applique | A-Line Beach Dress

I wish I had done more research on Amazon before buying my dress – I love it, but there are so many gorgeous options on Amazon for crazy, inexpensive prices. Many gowns are made up to size 26W and almost all sellers I’ve seen also offer custom size options. Purchasing a gown on Amazon and then getting any necessary alterations is almost certainly more inexpensive than many of the more popular plus size wedding dress lines!

Show Me Your Mumu

Check their sale section for inexpensive options!

Gallery dresses: Noelle Flutter | Jenn MaxiGrace Beaded Maxi

Show Me Your Mumu is one of my favorite stores, and their wedding lines are just as boho, California-casual as the rest of their line. With options for brides, maids, and guests up to size 3X, even their most expensive gown is under $400.


Gallery dresses: Cutout Lace Sheath | Lace Bodice JumpsuitStrapless Metallic ChiffonFields Plunge Dress | V-Neck Evening Gown

Nordstrom does have a dedicated wedding dress shop, but with some creativity, you can also find some “regular” dresses that fit the bill. Setting the filters to “white” or “ivory” in a dress search opens up lots of options in both straight and plus sizes – and since they aren’t classified as “wedding” dresses, you’ll automatically see some lower prices.

Unique Vintage

Check their sale section for gorgeous plus size gowns!

Gallery dresses: Antique Ivory | Holly Dress | Strapless Lace Crystal

With sizes up to 5X, Unique Vintage was my biggest regret as far as not finding them in advance of buying my dress. Their styles range from Hepburn-inspired, ’20’s flappers, and 50’s rockabilly, to brides wanting more modern lace and fitted mermaid gown looks. Their sale section has many dresses under $100, and they often team up with other brands like Barbie for even more unique styles!


Gallery dresses: Off Shoulder Tulle | Ponte and Chiffon Dress | Ivory Lace Formal

Torrid only recently started breaking into “special occasion” dresses for plus size women, growing their already stellar lineup of clothes. With price points below $200 and frequent discount codes, they’re a must-look for plus brides in search of a more casual wedding dress.

October 23, 2019

19 summer athleisure must haves

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summer athleisure must have

Athleisure is still all the rage – thank goodness. And thanks to all the brands that are still catering to lazy girls like me (though I prefer to call it “practical” – if I wear my workout clothes all day, I’m cutting down on laundry!) If you’re looking to change up your wardrobe for summer, check out some of my favorite go-to pieces.

Mesh Panel Capris: I love mesh panels, especially for summer runs to prevent any swampiness. These plus size ones are cute too, with a fun print and pocket for a key.

Ripped Leggings: These don’t come in my size, but that isn’t stopping me from wanting to channel my inner Brie Mode. They don’t actually look like they’re all that practical, but they’d be cute for Sunday Funday!

C9 High Waisted Legging: These leggings are my everyday go-to must haves. I have four pairs, and it still doesn’t seem like enough. They’ve held up well over a year and a half, but they do tend to pick up any lint in their vicinity, so they’re not the best for someone with pets (or someone who forgets to check pant pockets before doing laundry.)

Lucy Capri Leggings: Lucy gear can be pricey, but I find it to be worth it. I had a pair of their perfect leggings for more than three years before they started to stretch and pill (and even then it was probably due to my weight gain.) They’re worth the investment, especially now that they’ve started a plus size line as well!

Criss Cross Racerback Bra: I love sports bras, and I especially love strappy, cute ones. This one would be super cute under an open back shirt, and the multiple straps can help with distributing any front heavy weight if you know what I mean.

Back Cut Out Bra: Another sports bra with fancy detailing, this one looks like it has less support but would be comfortable for lounging around the house or under a casual dress for brunch.

Criss Cross Strappy Bra: The bank on this one is still fun and creative, but it provides more support than the other two options. Perfect for HIIT workouts or long runs and still looking fab afterward.

Pizza Crop Top: Sometimes you just need a reminder of what all this working out is for. Times like that I would love to be rocking a pizza shirt – eyes on the prize. Beloved Shirts has a ton of other print tops if pizza isn’t your thing (but honestly, isn’t pizza everyone’s thing?)

Marika Dry-Knit Shirt: I’ve had a Marika shirt from TJ Maxx since 2012 or so, and it’s still in good shape. If you’re looking for something long-lasting, this is the brand for you. They dry really fast, and the ruching in the shirt isn’t uncomfortable or chafe-y at all.

adidas aeroknit Shirt: The color of this breathable shirt, plus the open armholes (to show off your cute bras) make this a winner for me. Tank tops are made for summer – sun’s out, guns out!

Goldsheep Tank: I think everyone has one of those “when I lose this much weight, I’ll let myself buy this” goal shirts. All my hours spent watching Total Divas have led me to Goldsheep Clothing, an overpriced line with lifestyle shirts and activewear leggings.

Short Stop Long Sleeve: I love to throw on a long-sleeved shirt when I leave the gym, even in the summer. This one from lululemon is cropped with a mesh panel in the back for maximum breathability while still keeping you covered up.

No Bull Women’s Trainers: I will always champion heading to your local running store to get properly fitted for shoes, but I got a pair of these No Bull shoes and I don’t regret it for a second. They’re definitely pricey, but with my documented love for buffalo plaid, I had to get them. They’re perfect for strength training workouts and very true to size.

Nike Flyknits: Really cute shoes… that I can’t wear. If these work on your feet, I’m super jealous. They’re stylish whether you’re at the gym or just hanging out.

Sun Bum sunscreen: I’m a SPF-holic, and won’t leave the house without a quick spray of sunscreen on. Sun Bum is my favorite – the spray goes on evenly and it’s pretty sweat-resistant. Don’t forget to spray the top of your head (you can thank me later when you aren’t battling the red part.) Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer is my go-to for my face.

YurBuds Wireless Headphones: When I upgraded to the iPhone 7, it meant my large collection of YurBuds could no longer easily plug in. Since my ears are a weird size, regular ear buds don’t usually fit well, so the hooks these headphones offer make them ideal. I had tried a lower cost option, but they were really uncomfortable and didn’t stick. Now that I’ve converted to wireless, it’s been so convenient – I don’t have to worry about accidentally yanking them out of my ears when moving my phone!

Quay Sunglasses: Oversized glasses are my jam, but it’s hard to find sporty-ish sunnies that fit the bill. These ones from Quay are great and I love that tortoiseshell print. I have two pairs from Quay already, so I can definitely say that they’re worth the $50!

Water Bottle: Gotta stay hydrated during the hot summer months, and I love these kinds of water bottles. The storage compartment holds your ID or credit card and a house key, so you don’t have to carry anything extra around!

Gym Bag: I will live out of a gym bag, so I need something as functional (and big) as it is fashionable. This one from Vera Bradley has a large zippered opening, plus outside compartments to easily tuck things into.

May 3, 2017

Boohoo Christmas Sweater Review

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I have looked for years to find the perfect Christmas sweater. In college, when I had ugly sweater parties every weekend, I would scour Goodwill to find something that would pass: anything not falling apart or dirty beyond saving, something that would fit my plus size bod, and maybe most importantly and hardest to fulfill: the elusive “ugly cute.” Once I moved beyond the ug-session,  I looked for classy and classic tops for family parties (which was a little laughable – my family does dressed down everything, so I usually ended up in a t-shirt and cardigan or sweatshirt and called it a day.)

Now, the Christmas parties are back, but I don’t want to be in anything ugly, scratchy, or otherwise uncomfortable that I might find at a thrift shop just so I could say I fit with the theme. Enter They have fantastic holiday sweaters that fit a range of personalities: from the classy fair isle-style Reindeer sweater (or jumper – they are British!) to the cute and sassy “Merry Christmas ya filthy animal” off-shoulder top to something a little more stereotypically “ugly”, I knew I would definitely find something perfect for me at Boohoo. And the jackpot I did find with this baby:


Santa’s Favourite Blonde.” Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I LOVE being blonde (in fact, it’s the first thing listed in my bio here!) I knew that this was THE sweater for me – plus, it will double as a great shirt to wear to Santa’s Pub here in Nashville all year!

Shipping was fast, and the quality of the shirt is great. After one wash, the “itchy” feeling went away, and it didn’t seem to shrink at all. (I will note that when I received the sweater, there was a loose thread coming at the shoulder where the arm meets the body of the sweater, but it doesn’t seem to be budging at all. I’m going to just trim it down.)

The best part about Boohoo is that they also offer many of their awesome styles in PLUS SIZE as well. I’m finding this to be more and more common from British based sites vs. American stores. They had so many great designs and sayings, I really had trouble picking just one! I’m really happy with the quality and speed of the order, and will definitely add them to my online shopping list of favorites.

What is your favorite sweater over on Boohoo? What is your “Christmas sweater style”?

December 8, 2014

Taffy Activewear Review & Giveaway!

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Something that I have tried to do, throughout my “blogging career,” is not only empower my plus sized sisters to do things they think they can’t (like run a half marathon!) but I’ve also tried to provide shopping resources. Finding clothes can be frustrating and really hard (especially if, like me, you’re seemingly constantly between straight and plus sizes) and this has been especially true of finding quality workout gear.

A few weeks ago, Sweat Pink Ambassadors were offered the chance to review Taffy Activewear, a functional activewear line for ladies with curves. I was torn on whether to pick the Essential Jacket or the Essential Capri. I went with the capris, and I’m so glad I did.

taffy activewear

Honestly – I was worried when I ordered the 1X that it would be too big for me, but the size chart says it equates to a 12/14, so I went with it. When they arrived, they got packed into my gym bag without me even trying them on before BodySTEP, which I expected to be a fatal error. I spend so many classes hiking up my drawers because it seems like if something fits me in the waist, it doesn’t fit me anywhere else, and I’m in a constant state of being uncomfortable. My hips are really the biggest problem on my body as they are disproportionate to the rest of me, which makes it hard to dress.

I was shocked and happy when the Taffy Activewear capris fit me perfectly, and didn’t seem to move throughout my whole workout! They have room for my hips and booty while still being able to sit up on my waist. I also really like the red detail. I usually go for plain black (because I’m obsessive about my outfits matching), but I thought I’d go outside the box a little this time and opt for some color.

In addition to providing me a pair to review, they’ve also offered to do a giveaway of the Essential Capri to a reader! Enter the Rafflecopter below. Sorry, this is open to US residents only!
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What’s your favorite place for workout wear?

I received a sample to review through my partnership with Sweat Pink, but all opinions are my own.
February 20, 2014