So! Ol.d Na.vy (ON) is one of my favorite places to shop online because they have good variety and cheap shipping and the clothing is pretty inexpensive. It does not last long, but my kids basically ruin all of my clothes so I hate to spend very much on them. (This one is for you, Amy, since I know you miss ON so much.)
So *brisk clap*, lets begin.
I'll start, with this ruffly top:
I LOVE this shirt. The ruffles are in cotton and gauze in alternating layers, and the shirt is fitted, but not too fitted, and it hits just below the hip, which is EXACTLY where I need a shirt to hit. The ruffles cover any lumps and it is so soft an comfortable. I actually bought the same shirt in black a few weeks ago and got mad compliments. The only complaint is that the sleeves are a little slippy and the scoop is pretty low, so you need to be careful that your goods are not exposed.
I got this next shirt in as part of my ongoing effort to wear more prints:
It also hits right below the hip and is loose fitting, but not so loose that I look shapeless. And I love 3/4 sleeves. I'm a plus-size girl, and here's the thing - it's really important for larger women to wear clothing that actually fits. Trying to hid your body in clothing that is too large makes you look larger. This actually goes for everyone, large or small. Anyways, I usually don't do buttons because I'm pretty busty and buttons almost always pull and if they don't pull, then the shirt is gigantic on me. Surprise, surprise, the buttons pull, but only just slightly and almost not at all if I wear a minimizer bra, and it's pretty hard to detect because of the print. I was going to return it, but then I decided to keep it. I'm wearing it today and while I don't LOVE it, I do enjoy it quite a bit. *Edited to add: I just noticed that they also sell this top in plus sizes. I think the 1X would have fit perfectly with no button pulling and on minimizing bra. Damn it!
This next shirt is so cute:
I had visions of pairing it with my white pants this summer and it was going to be so fun and carefree. Unfortunately, this shirt looks terrible on me. And I should have known it because peasant tops ALWAYS look terrible on me. I'm just too curvy up top so they hang on me like a sack. That's exactly what it looked like on me - an embroidered potato sack. I though about trying a smaller size, but I already know a smaller size will be too short and then I'll be wearing a potato sack half shirt. This one is going back.
This next top was also purchased in my quest for more prints:
Now, I know it looks kind of farm girl, can I just tell you how amazing this top looks on me? The sleeves are long enough not to exaggerated the size of my arms, the scoop is the perfect depth, the buttons do not pull (at all!), it hits just below the hip, AND the fit is flattering. And on, it's not so much farm girl as it is farm girl chic. I can't wait to wear this one.
Another purchase in my quest for more prints:
I love to wear dresses and skirts in the summer - so easy! And I love little more than a cotton dress. This dress cinches just below the bosom which is really important to me, because I have a very high waist. Dresses with a traditional waist make me look frumpy, and while I may be plus-sized, my figure is anything but frumpy. This dress shows off my curves, hides my lumps, and will be cool and refreshing in the 95 degree DC summers. The only issue for me is the sleeves, so I got a very cute marshmallow white, short sleeved, bolero sweater (with sequins!!) to pair with this dress. The sweater is a really loose gage so I can absolutely get away with wearing it in the summer. It was sold out so I can't link you to it, sorry.
So, that's what I've been spending my money on. What do you think? And how about you? Any spring shopping?