I have always had a problem where my clothing size was on the cusp between standard sizes and plus-sizes, and clothes shopping can be quite difficult for bigger/curvier women in the Gainesville area. It’s easy to run into issues such as, “Oh, you need a size 14 dress? We have a 12 or a 16. Maybe one of those will fit,” or running into issues with standard size clothing not fitting correctly in the bust, arms, waist or pant length areas. Throughout my time in high school I would constantly wear oversized clothing because it was extremely difficult to find clothing that fit just right!
Many standard size clothing stops at a size 12 or 14 and many plus-size clothing brands or departments in stores start at a size 14, but as stated earlier, there’s a huge difference in the way the way the two size 14s are designed, especially when you are one of those women on the cusp.
Living in a smaller town such as Gainesville makes it that much harder to find cute affordable clothing that looks good. If you head to the local mall, the Oaks Mall, you’ll be able to find a couple of stores that have departments that cater to full-figured women. The issue I’ve found is that such departments are extremely tiny in stores like Forever 21 and H&M. You could head to stores like Belk but you’ll run into the problem of not being able to find clothing in your size that is “trendy” for young adults. There are also a few small boutique-type retail stores, such as Francesca’s or Blu Spero, but a lot of the clothing in these stores don’t have the sizes necessary. Forever 21+ was recently added to the Forever 21 in the Oak’s Mall so that would be a great place to check out.