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My rule of thumb: If you dream about it, make it yours

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My rule of thumb: If you dream about it, make it yours

 My Plus Size Shopping Tip: If You Dream About It…

This time of the year, in between seasons is when the sales go crazy; easily tempted to buy up a whole selection in your size, just because it is on sale. Even if you have the means, this can lead to a closet full of clothes that are left with the tags on.

My rule of thumb: If you dream about it, make it yours

Don’t look like I am the only one! Yes you… uh huh. YOU. Closet full of clothes left with nothing to wear! So how do you shop through the sales, through the enticement of newness, without feeling guilty or left with buyer’s remorse?

I am going to be honest, I LOATHE returning items. And this is the bane to my existence as a shopper and blogger. In addition, I have fortune of seeing the items way ahead of time, with designer lookbooks (which I happily share with you), and fashion shows that show and tease us with what is coming next…

SO in some ways, I have to have masterful restraint. Ha!

Here are some tips I often use and check myself with when shopping the sale season:

  • Do an inventory of what you have and do not have. How many times are you going to buy a cute black jacket, or red pants? I unfortunately now have THREE pairs of red pants! LOL
  • If I wasn’t IN LOVE with it at full price, I will not love it any more so because it’s on sale.
  • If its cute, but doesn’t fit me well, beyond an alteration- leave it! Notice I said beyond an alteration. If you have to alter it, be careful that your alterations put you at a cost higher than the dress at regular price!
  • If I am still dreaming about the item a day, week, or month from first seeing it, that sucker is MINES!


Let me give you ladies an example…

I have been dreaming of these Eloquii Royal Blue jeans. I actually have wanted blue pants for the longest. I even bought some from another retailer and they did not fit me. I didn’t return them, but I gave them to my mother.

Eloquii Skinny Denim

So, I had already been looking for blue pants- right? And then I saw them at Eloquii. JUST what I wanted, but I was somewhat trigger shy. I mean I think I had seen them the day they arrived, about a month ago (at least!). I had been dreaming about them and today, it was like the clothing gods made it happen.

Eloquii Jacket and Bottom Combo Sale

Today, Any Jacket and pant/skirt combo would score you $100 off your purchase. How in the hell could I pass THIS up?

Here is where Eloquii is the enabler… I have had this Blue Jacket and those Blue Jeans in my basket for like a month now… and today, IT IS STILL THERE! YESSSS! Together, my purchase after this insane deal came UNDER $70!

Eloquii Jacket and Bottom Combo Sale



Score! Two items I had been in love with from the jump, my patience, and amazing deal? Yes, please, and thank you.

So, I want to know, what tips do YOU use when shopping the Sales? Do these tips help you out? Share!!

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I am the Editor in Chic of The Curvy Fashionista. Often goofy. Forever emo. Always a Virgo. You can find me somewhere grooving to 90s R&B.



  1. Linda Eaves

    March 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Great tips M.D. and yes they help, great post. 
    About once a quarter I go through my closet  trying things on and donating what doesn’t work anymore. Then I watch the sales and fill the holes in my wardrobe so I don’t duplicate. Am moving out of my comfort zone and trying the orange/tangerine & mustard hues to add to my neutrals of black, gray, brown, and navy. To sum it up – I use the sales to add pops of color to my closet.  

    • Marie Denee

      March 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

      I like that tips! Using sales to step out of your box! Great one! 

  2. Rae

    March 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I really agree with the rule of thinking about it and fit.  If I think about it non-stop after I leave the store, I need it.  And with the alterations deal, I have to be really committed to it to make sure I am willing to schlep to the tailor, pay for it, then try it on.  It has to be something really special. 

    • Marie Denee

      March 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Key word you used: Something really special! 
      I like how you think! 🙂 

  3. Curvy CEO

    March 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    This is great advice . . . and as I try to curb my shopaholism (is that a word?), I find that if I find myself still thinking about an item several days later, then it means I really want it!

  4. Tiffany

    January 12, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I’m just coming into my own fashion wise and I certainly needed this! I buy what I see as soon as I see it. Its disgusting! But fun!! Thank you for these tips!

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