I’m a plus size lady. I used to be a lot larger than I am now. I used to wear a size 4X (or 30/32). These days I can squeeze myself into a size 1X or 2X (20/22) depending on the cut. I still have a long way to go (at least another 50+ pounds), but I am proud of what I have accomplished thus far.
Shopping for plus size clothing used to be a nightmare. All I could find in my size were extremely expensive clothing (triple the cost of the same piece of clothing for “average” size ladies), or the clothing was downright ugly and not something I would ever wear.
Plus size clothing still tends to be expensive, but at least there is more of a variety available. You can actually find nice looking clothing in larger sizes.
As a blogger, I am pitched by a variety of companies and brands. I have been pitched by many clothing companies. Sadly, none of these companies take into consideration that not everyone is a “skinny-Minnie,” as my mom used to call it. Plus size ladies enjoy fashion too!
My daughter had the right idea years ago. She always wanted to be a fashion designer, ever since she was six years old. She had planned on attending FIT (Fashion Institute) for most of her life, until high school. Then she changed her mind.
My daughter’s #1 reason for wanting to be a fashion designer is because she wanted to create clothing that could be worn by people of all sizes. Another words, create clothing that was available in extra small to 5X or 6X. It would be the same clothing (identical), it would just be available in all sizes, that way no one was excluded.
I always thought that was very admirable of her. My daughter is also small (she wears small/extra small clothing – she is not a plus size). She came up with the idea knowing the struggles I had finding decent clothing.
My daughter is not alone in her idea. A brand named Bollie also feels that it’s important for women of all sizes to feel confident and look beautiful in the clothes that they wear. They make gorgeous clothing that is available in a extra small (XS) to 3X.
I was sent an AMAZING cocktail/party dress from Bollie to review. They sent me their stunning Black Holiday Dress. Every lady should have a “little black dress” in their wardrobe. Black dresses are so versatile. They can be dress up enough for a formal event, such as attending a wedding, or dressed down enough to wear on a night out with your special someone.
- The top material is thick and stretchy, to keep you warm but never feeling restricted.
- Perfect for Christmas, New Years, Valentines, or a Fun night out! Dress it up or dress it down.
- Machine Wash on gentle, lay flat to dry.
- Top Main Fabric: Rayon 67% Nylon 28% Spandex 5%.
Bollie sent me the same dress as the one pictured. As you can see, the dress looks just as lovely on each of the ladies, even though they are of different sizes.
This dress is spectacular in person. It really is. Sadly, I was unable to wear this dress. This dress is better suited for ladies who are taller than me. I’m 5’3″ and the dress was way too long on me. It looked more like a ball gown on me than a party dress. I would never have an occasion to wear a ball gown (at least none in the near future that I am aware of). I ended up giving the dress to a friend of mine who is 5’7″ tall and the dress fits her better (length wise). She said she will have to take it in a bit (take it to the seamstress) since she is a smaller size than me.
I did have some pictures of it. For the life of me I cannot find them. When I do find them I will update this post with those photos. I’m sure I will by the start of the new year since I tend to go through all my folders to update and re-organize them.
I wish the dress did fit me. Normally we don’t go to holiday parties, but we actually went to the one for my job this year.
Bollie has more than just party dresses. They also have shirts, skirts, jackets, cardigans and more. All of the clothing is available in sizes extra small to 3X.
I love that Bollie doesn’t charge more for the larger sizes. I have seen other clothing brands charge more for the larger sizes. Bollie treats everyone equally, which is nice.
Bollie shows their clothing being worn by different sized ladies too. I would like to see more plus size ladies (2X – 3X), but that is just me. I like to see people wearing clothing I am considering purchasing before I buy it to get a general idea what it might look like on me.
If you are interested in seeing what Bollie has to offer, visit their website at BollieBrand.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.
Are you a plus size lady? Do you have a hard time finding beautiful, affordable clothing?
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.