Hi! I’m Martha & I’m a Plus-Sized Gal!

Okay! None of us like to say it out loud, do we? But it is what it is! I didn’t get plus sized over night and I’m not going to get into regular sizes at the mere snap of my fingers (although if I was Samantha the witch, I could probably do it with a twitch of my nose)!

On occasion, I have bought myself some clothing from the many sample sales I promote, but let’s face it . . . many of the designers think a size 12 is plus sized! Say it ain’t so! Can I get an AMEN?

Now, I’m not saying I want to stay this size–far from it! I’m not a healthy weight and I know it. But until I get myself motivated to get on an eating plan (not a diet) to transform myself into a healthier–and skinnier–me, I want to look my best. And I can buy all the jewelry, shoes, and handbags I want, but if I put them on with an outfit that doesn’t suit my body type, there’s not a necklace in the world that will take the focus off my hips!

Well, I refuse to be put into the designers’ froo-froo, little box labeled with some French or Italian language! Nope! I can still look good even if I do need to lose a few pounds!

I have shopped Lane Bryant for the past several years, and I must admit that I have varied in my opinion of this retailer. There have been times when I absolutely love my finds there, and there are other times when I walk around the store thinking: “No heavy person should wear these clothes!” But for now, I’m kind of liking their clothing line. And today, I’m REALLY liking it! Now though August 30th, everything in the store (except SPANX) is 40% OFF! What a sale! Just enter coupon code 000403603 at check out!

So back to the topic of dressing our plus-sized bodies . . .

If you have a job that requires a professional look, check out Lane Bryant’s dresses and skirts in the New Arrivals section.I really like this Ponte Knit Dress. Gray is one of the hot colors for fall and I like it because you can dress it up or down, depending on the jacket and shoes. This dress is regularly priced at $69.50 but now it’s 40% less! YAY!

And here’s an added bonus at Lane Bryant–Now through September 16th, earn $25 Real Women Dollar$ for every $50 you spend. It’s the same great program you’ve always loved, but with the added convenience of online shopping that makes finding your favorites easier than ever before. No matter how you earn them, all Real Women Dollar$ must be redeemed in store between September 17 – October 3.

Now, I wouldn’t be caught dead with bare arms! If you don’t have a problem with it, then this dress will look fabulous on almost any silhouette. Belts are in and girls, don’t try to lose the belt because you think you’ll expose that little roll around your mid section. Put on the belt and get some SPANX (even though they’re not on sale)! They’re the only thing at Lane Bryant that’s not on sale and you’ll save enough money on the rest of the stuff to afford more than one pair of SPANX! You don’t have to wear hose–just get the pantie and I can assure you they are comfortable and will make your clothes look so much better!

If you have to cover your arms and you insist on losing the belt (which you shouldn’t but I know I won’t be able to talk some of you out of it), this Unstructured Ponte Knit Jacket is just right! It’s also $69.50 (now 40% off), and you can wear it other ways so it’s a good investment piece. Pair the jacket with black pants (doesn’t every girl own more than one pair?) and a black camisole or tank and top it with this jacket. Gray also looks great with navy, hot pink, or fuchsia, so this piece is extremely versatile.

Okay, just in case you don’t have a stylish pair of black slacks, here’s a pair that features Lane Bryant’s Right Fit Technology. You’ll love the adjustable side tabs on the waistband that ensure a comfortable and flattering fit. Finished with front slash and back trouser pockets, these pants have a side tab button waistband with interior button and bar and slide closure and a zip fly. These sell for $49.50. Again, black pants are always a good investment especially if they’re of good quality and now they’re only $29.70!

I love houndstooth–it’s classic and timeless! Lane Bryant has this great draped neck houndstooth dress for $69.50 (less 40%). I think this dress would look amazing with the right hot pink cardigan or blazer! Or what about red to top it off?

Of course, no outfit is complete without the jewelry and the shoes. Let’s talk about jewelry for the gray Ponte Knit . . . I think Gray Matte Stretch Briolette would look amazing if you decide to wear the dress sans a jacket. It’s from Afaze and it’s only $8. If this one’s a little too bold for you, try this Criss-Cross Seed Beaded one, also only $8. And how’s this for a nice little pair of earrings? They’re only $10 at Afaze.

If you’re going to wear the belt with the gray dress, then by all means wear black shoes. I like just a little bit (maybe 3/4 inch) of a skinny heel. Fortunately, my legs are pretty shapely (I had some pretty nice gams when I was thinner), so I can wear almost any type of heel. But if your legs tend to lack definition, don’t go with a chunky heel! And unless you’re really tall, don’t go with a flat! Remember, when you are carrying extra pounds, you want to elongate your silhouette! If you have large calves, a chunky heel or a flat shoe is just going to call attention to an area that you’d rather not have folks notice.

I found a few pumps that I really like at Endless.com. This one, from Boutique 9, is $66, and I really like them! I think you could wear these with lots of outfits. And how about this pair from Easy Spirit for only $37.92? They’re simple yet classic and I love the matte sort of finish on these.

Right now, Endless.com has a great sale–Save 25% on orders of $100 or more on fall shoes, handbags and accessories. One of the thing’s you’ll love about shopping with Endless.com is their shipping–they offer free shipping to you and return shipping (should you not be happy with your order) is free, too!

What are you waiting for? Quit worrying about those extra pounds and shop at Lane Bryant! And get all those great accessories–whatever your size from Endless.com and Afaze!

If you order and like your looks, leave a comment! Or better yet, send a picture! I’d love to share your finds with others!

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