How to Shop for Plus Size Fashion, When You’re on a Budget

Do you remember the last time you were in desperate need of some retail therapy, but were either low on or didn’t have the funds? You should know that there are a few tricks to shopping plus size fashion, while on a budget, that will have you feeling like a million bucks. So, as we are in the throes of a new season, we thought what a better time to break things down and show you how to shop for plus size fashion on a budget! 

Please believe me when I say, these tips and tricks will save you some serious cash. I refuse to shop any other way!

Take note of our tips and let us know which ones are your go-tos for shopping for your favorite plus size fashion finds!

Here’s How to Shop For Plus Size Fashion on a Budget


Tip 1: Shop off Season

Shopping of season is a habit that saves me seventy to eighty percent off, each season. This is the easiest way to save money. Each year I rack up on my essentials such as pants, bags, jackets and tops as the items go on sale. Retailers typically stock for the next season six to eight weeks prior to the weather change. This little trick has me browsing the clearance aisles but at the same time, balling on a budget. 

Tip 2: Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is key to avoiding impulse purchases. It is my experience that when I make impulse purchases, I am the least happy with the items I bring home . Okay, let me clarify. An impulse purchase is a shiny neon blue bag that pairs with absolutely nothing in your wardrobe, but you “have to have it”, although your sole purpose of hitting the mall was to purchase a new pair of gym shoes. This my friend is an impulse purchase. 

Tip 3: Mix and Match

Mixing and matching can triple your wardrobe and in my opinion, takes a little practice. I take pride in buying pieces that pair with other items in my closet and help me expand my wardrobe. Let me give you an example. Mixing and matching is easiest done when you take it back to the basics.  A strapless, little black dress can serve as a sexy outfit for a dinner date or after pairing it with a sweater, it can function as work appropriate attire.  Mixing and matching can be fun and easy.


Tip 4: Buy What You Love

Purchasing items that make you feel good about yourself will result in feeling the need to shop less. When I step into a closet full of clothes that fit my body and represent my personal style, I feel less inclined to run out to the store and buy clothing that I don’t really want nor need. 

Tip 5: Know The Sales

It is a little know fact that retailers rotate sale and promotions. To the untrained shopanista, it may appear that sales just come and go randomly. I am here to tell you that this is far from the truth! I even suggest asking the store associates when new shipments come arrive. When new clothing comes in the store, the old clothing needs to leave, and the method is usually a SALE!

Tip 6: Know Store Policy

Knowing the store policies of my favorite retail shops has literally saved my life. This tip has saved me hundreds of dollars while shopping. How you may ask? Simple, know if a store price matches competitors prices for items can save you money without having to drive from store to store. 

Next, please check for refunds associated with sale items. More times than none, if I purchase a garment for full price, and said garment then goes on sale within 7 to 14 days from my time of purchase, the store will reimburse me for the difference! Yes, you heard me correctly. I shop a lot and I know my stuff. Simply show up with your receipt and let the money rain.

Tip 7: Try it On In-Store But Purchase Online

I am about to blow your mind! Did you know that retailers have the exact same garments that are in-store for sale at a  lower price online? Did you also know that you can get that exact same garment for less buy purchasing it online and getting it shipped to your home or scheduling an in-store pickup?

This little trick has saved me 10 to 15 percent each time. So, I encourage you to shop in-store, try-on and then purchase online, your wallet will thank you!

Tip 8: Sign Up for Your Favorite Brand’s Newsletters 

One of the easiest ways to know what is on sale is to find out directly from your favorite brands! Sometimes, these brands will also hook you up with a coupon, JUST for signing up with them! Score an easy 10-25% off your purchase just by joining their lists! 

Tip 9: Try Renting Your Clothes or a Subscription Box

Do you use a plus size subscription service? Or what about renting your clothes from Rent the Runway or New York & Company? There have been quite a few ways that internet, technology, and fashion have combined, giving us the best way to set a budget and enjoy the newness of plus size fashion in our closets.

Tip 10: Sign up for Our Friday Sale Mail!

Did you know that in our Newsletters, we have a special newsletter that goes out every Friday, JUST FOR SALES?! Ohhh yes. We round up the latest, best, and newest plus size sales that kick off for the weekend! Get the details and sign up for our newsletter, here



These are our 10 tips on how to shop plus size fashion on a budget… did we miss any critical ones?

What are YOUR tips to shopping on a budget? Let us know what you do, to save a pretty penny when shopping the racks! 

Written by Izzy Spears

I am uniquely me. I am a curvy gal that loves to promote body positivity, self-love, self-care and living-out-loud. Today is for me, tomorrow is the future and life is worth living now.

As author of "Diary of a Curvy Gal", an entrepreneur, plus-size model and body positivity activist, I can honestly say my life is full.

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  1. What are your tips for shopping outlet stores? I have 2-3 outlets within driving distance. Is it easy to shop outlets and how do you go about getting information about upcoming sales. Thank you so much for your fime.

  2. Hello my name is Doris Johnson and I have a website called All
    of Me that promotes plus size fashion.. mainly dresses for the full figured woman. I like to encourage plus size women to feel beautiful and confident. I am also plus size woman that has had to learn how to be proud of my size and be happy of who I am. I want to see other full figured queen feel the same way. Thank you so much for sharing this very helpful and awesome post.

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