The plus size clothing industry sure has changed a lot since I was a teen when I first started to feel the angst of not being able to fit comfortably into the juniors fashions that were available in the early 1990s. I made things work, but I sure was challenged, especially because I had a strict wardrobe guideline to follow at the high school I attended.
If you do not know, I am a huge fan of Anthropologie and finding plus size clothing options in that aesthetic can be spotty. So far I have not found a singular resource to fulfill that style niche, but by filtering through all the clothing stores, I can usually find a few pieces that are reminiscent of that style I hold so dear.
My friend and fellow blogger, Hailey of Discourse of a Divine Diva has raved about Torrid ever since I met her. For quite some time I would browse my local Torrid store only to find it not my taste and wishing my teenage self could have shopped there during her time of need. Well, I am so glad I kept making trips in there to check it out because I found three fabulous pieces that turned me into a believer as well as a Torrid Insider.
First up is the mesh stripe A-line midi skirt. I had seen a similar style at Anthropologie a few months prior and was disappointed it did not come in my size. I have recently come to terms with wearing black. I had become adverse to it and realized in my quest to dress outside the norm I was dismissing anything black because well, everyone wears black. Finally I came to the conclusion that if I choose the right kind of black items for my wardrobe, I can de-normalize (yes, I just made up that word) it and make it my own.
I am wearing this skirt in a size 18 and it fits perfectly. The mesh itself is so extremely soft and flowy. A built in slip in a shorter hemline gives a hint of leg by showing the silhouette in a lovely way. It has a fixed waistband with a back zipper. This is a midi skirt and it hangs a few inches below the knee on my 5′-5″ frame.
For a casual work outfit, I paired the skirt with a hooded blue sweatshirt layered over a white button down. A wood statement necklace and red crossbody were just enough accessories to make this a fun and creative look.
- Mesh Stripe A-Line Midi Skirt: Torrid
- Blue Sweatshirt: Marc New York Andrew Marc Performance via Nordstrom Rack
- White Button Down Shirt: Lane Bryant via Poshmark
- Dovetail Bib Necklace: Anthropologie via Poshmark
- Carolina Crossbody in Red: Charming Charlie
- Mossimo Caged Sandals: Target
The next item I got was the poppy print pintuck blouse. It is a sheer popover top in navy and coral colors. The fun floral reminded me of pieces I have also seen at Anthropologie. It has three quarter sleeves with a little bit of ruching at the ends. The billowy silhouette allows me to leave it out over skinny jeans, belt it (like I did below), and tuck it in with more voluminous skirts. I am wearing this blue in a size 1 and found the sizing the be quite generous dispite the fact it does not have any stretch. The upper arms fit just right on me so that is always a good sign.
This particular time I wore it with a chambray skirt and olive military jacket. I love this color combination and is great for spring. Click the link below the picture to see my original post to get more details on this outfit.
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The third item I got was a short sleeve white swing tee from the clearance section and it is no longer online, but I wanted to share it with you anyhow.
I am always looking for white tops for layering so this was a great find for me. It is longer than other white tops I have so it is a good option for me to wear over skinny jeans. I love the loose swing cut and generous sleeve size as well. Having tops like this are imperative to my wardrobe and I adore how it looks under this red sweater cardigan I styled for Valentine’s Day. To read more about this look, click the link below the image.
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Overall, I am truly impressed with the quality of all of these pieces, especially in comparison to other “fast fashion” stores such Forever 21 and Target. I have heard many ladies say that they feel Torrid is expensive and while I found the prices to be higher than some other stores I shop at, I did not see anything unreasonable. They seem to always have a hefty clearance section and are running sales quite often, so I will try to take advantage of those times more.
Do you shop at Torrid? If so, why do you like it? If not, what is it that keeps you from shopping there?
Today’s Postivity Note
When we become comfortable, we stop growing. -Al Fox Carraway