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You know what’s difficult? Finding cute plus size pajamas.
I mean, finding stylish plus size clothing has long been a task of epic proportions, but pajamas? There were times when I went to the store and all I saw were long granny gowns!
Thankfully, the times are changing and Kohl’s is leading the charge. I was beyond shocked to learn that they have more than 250 different styles of plus size pajamasÂ available for purchase online and many of those styles come from great brands like Simply Vera Vera Wang, Croft & Barrow, and Sonoma.
Let’s be honest: I work from home while taking care of two babies. I pretty much live in pajamas. I need my pajamas to pass as everyday clothing AND be comfortable enough to sleep in at night. That’s not weird, right? Some people have day-to-night outfits they wear to work and then out on the town. I need day-to-night outfits that I can wear to bed. Ha!
While I’m normally not too big of a stickler for having matching pajamas, my parents are coming to spend a month with us and I wanted to pick up a couple of pairs to wear so I wouldn’t look like a total schlub throughout their visit.
I was in full holiday mode when I picked out this Croft & Barrow Flannel Pajama Set! They’re pretty much the perfect pajamas for blogging, lounging, or opening presents on Christmas morning.Â I’m tempted to pick up coordinating pairs for the rest of my family, too! I’ve never actually had a matching pair of flannel pajamas, so finding these at Kohl’s, in multiple colors and in sizes up to 4X, made me incredibly happy.
I feel like I start every article I write about plus size clothing in the same manner. I usually gush about how the plus size landscape has changed so much since I started blogging. I can’t help it, though, because it’s true. There used to be only a handful of stores that sold plus size clothing, and most of those styles were boring. Now, though, there are so many different options from which to choose and they’re all selling fun stylish clothing.
One of the stores I’ve had my eye on for a while now is Simply Be. This store focuses on fashion for women wearing sizes 8-28. Their clothes are well-made, fashion forward, and budget-friendly. Those aren’t three adjectives that typically go together, but that’s exactly what you’ll find here.
After I gave birth to my son, I was feeling pretty good about myself. I hadn’t gained that much weight during the pregnancy and I quickly lost what I had gained. I didn’t think too much about clothes those first few weeks, but when I had to attend an event at a local mall three months after his birth, I decided to pick up a few new items for myself.
Some jeans I liked were on sale so I took a pair into the fitting room to try on, which I don’t usually do. I prefer to try-on at home and return later if necessary, so I don’t know why decided to try on this particular pair. I honestly expected they’d fit perfectly since this was a brand I’d purchased many times in the past. To my extreme horror, however, they looked absolutely terrible. Pregnancy, as well as the lovely “shelf” that forms after having a c-section, had wreaked havoc on my body and nothing looked as it once did. I’m not an emotional person, and that’s one of the only times I recall wanting to sit down and have a good cry because I felt so sorry for myself. Instead, I called my best friend and asked her if she had gone through something similar after her own c-section and she assured me that jeans shopping is not something one should do alone after having a baby. It is traumatic.
Since then, I’ve obviously had a second baby via cesarean section and things are even more out of place than they once were. I’m not sure I’ll ever look the same. While I’m incredibly self-conscious about my stomach now, I’ve also learned how to dress to minimize that part of my anatomy so that it’s not something I spend too much time despairing over. We are who we are, and while I’d like to get rid of my plus size postpartum c-section “shelf” and have six-pack abs, I know that my scars, lumps, and bumps are there because my body housed my two children.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are a few tips for picking out clothing that will help minimize your plus size postpartum belly.
Try Fit and Flare Dresses
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that was written by me on behalf of tjmaxx.com, however, all opinions expressed throughout are solely my own.
I have some bad news, folks.
Winter is coming.
Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Game of Thrones fans know that winter has arrived in Westeros, but for those of us in the real world, it’s merely fall that’s on the horizon.
As much as I look forward to the freedom that summer affords each year, I’m really a fall and winter gal. I’ll gladly trade my shorts for pants and pull my hoodies out of their summer resting places. Honestly, I just like being cozy, but I also think most of us can agree that shopping for fall and winter is far more fun than shopping for summer clothing. Summer fashions don’t really change all that much from year-to-year, but fall fashion? Most of us are going to add an item or two or three to our fall wardrobes to make sure that we have all of our style bases covered.
While I always add items to my fall wardrobe, I’m not one of those people who pack up one season’s wardrobe as another season begins. For the most part, I try to use as much of my wardrobe throughout the year as I possibly can. For instance, I wear tank tops year-round, but I’ll pair them with cardigans or hoodies in the fall and winter. I’ll still wear many of the same dresses, but instead of going bare legged, I’ll throw on a pair of thick tights and tall boots.
If you’re looking to add a few pieces to your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank, the first place I recommend checking out is T.J.Maxx’s online store. (Yay for shopping from your couch… perhaps while watching GoT?!) They’ve already got a great selection of items that will help you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall and, being T.J.Maxx, the prices are awesome.
Plus Size Fashion Finds from T.J.Maxx
Transition Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall
One of my favorite “tricks” for transitioning dresses from summer pieces into fall pieces is to add leggings and/or tights and, if necessary, a cardigan. The linen dress above from tjmaxx.com would be a great summer to fall transitional piece. It looks great with sunglasses and a pair of wedge sandals now, but once the temperatures start falling it will also look great with a pair of leggings and tall boots. (The legging and tall boot combo is my daily go-to in the fall!) I like this linen dress, but you can pull this look off with any knee-length or shorter dress or tunic.
This post is brought to you by T.J. Maxx. While this was a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I have to be honest with you: As much as I love shopping,Â I now do 99 percent of my shopping online. Â It’s rare that you will find me in any store, which is why I was so thrilled when T.J. Maxx opened their online store a couple of years ago. Now, instead of taking my two babies out to the store whenever I need my TJ’s fix, I can sit back on my couch after the kids have gone to bed for the night and browse the hundreds of new items that get added to the site each month. You still get the thrill of the hunt, but you can do your hunting while sipping a glass of wine and half-watching as Scandal plays in the background.Â This is what I call the perfect evening!
T.J. Maxx is one of my go-to stores year-round, but especially during the summer. There are three key reasons I love shopping at T.J. Maxx over the summer.
- It’s wedding season and I have nothing in my closet
- I want to add something trendy to my wardrobe but don’t want to pay a fortune
- Swimsuit season has arrived (gah!!!)
While the plus size clothing market is getting more inclusive, it can still be tough to find the hottest trends at affordable prices. Luckily, that’s not the case atÂ T.J. Maxx! Regardless of what size you wear, T.J. Maxx has you covered!
Plus Size Wedding Guest Ensembles
My sister’s wedding is coming up in August and I’ve been thinking a lot about what to wear. It’ll actually be our first wedding in two years, and it’ll also be the first fully outdoor daytime wedding that we’ve attended. What I’m trying to say is that I had NOTHING to wear. Luckily, T.J. Maxx was there to save the day! I was able to get a complete ensemble, including dress, necklace, and sandals, for $111, including tax! Shipping is free on all $89+ purchases!
Instead of getting something within my comfort zone (aka black), I decided to go in the exact opposite direction. I found this red off-the-shoulder dress in the plus size dress section and absolutely fell in love. I never dress this boldly, but I saw the dress and immediately realized that I wanted to wear one of my favorite color combinations to the wedding, red and turquoise.