How I Made The FTF Closet Work For My Size 26/28 Body

Friday, August 16, 2019

Age and size are only numbers. It's the attitude you bring to clothes that make the difference. ~ Donna Karan

As a size 26/28 woman over 40, finding clothes I love, that also fit well, can be frustrating. 

I have a streetwear style aesthetic and often times, I am told I should dress my age. 

Also, my struggle is different than those plus size women under a size 24. They have much more options than I have when it comes to shopping. 

Many brands think plus sizes stop at a size 24 so often, I can't shop new size expansions and have to get crafty when it comes to putting together looks.

Since sizing is so inconsistent across the board, there are times I can fit into a 24 and 3X but those times are rare. I believe in taking chances so instead of just bypassing those brands that don't offer above a size 24, I instead look at their assortment and pick items based on fabric, measurements and customer reviews. 

Those three key factors truly make the difference when shopping for clothing.

So when the folks at Fashion to Figure invited me to try their new subscription service for three months, at first, I was hesitant, because they don't carry my size. But then, I reminded myself of my three key shopping factors and dived in!

The FTF subscription service mirrors Gwynnie Bee's model so it was easy for me to start creating my closet as I have used the GB service before. The service offers a 3-garment plan for $54.95 with free shipping both ways. You can get as many boxes as you can within that month. And you can purchase items you have at home at a discount.

It's required that you add at least 8 items to your closet to have your first box prepared and shipped. So I got busy, adding items.

My first box arrived quickly with a maxi dress, a graphic tee and a skirt. And all three items fit! I'm wearing a size 3 in all styles. 

For reference, I'm 5'6", my measurements are 57-51-68 and I wear a 44/46F in bras.

This maxi dress is so lightweight and stretchy. When I saw that the fabric contained 5% spandex, I immediately added it to my closet because I knew it would have some give. I love the tie dye print and how well it matched with my hair. The off the shoulder ruffle neckline is so feminine and fun. 

Since I am a sneakerhead and wear sneakers with everything, I paired the dress with my favorite pair of Adidas that have a blue floral design on the sides, along with a cute little black purse from Fashion to Figure

FYI, accessories are not included in the subscription service. 

This dress also paired well with my green clutch (an oldie but goodie from FTF) so I love that I can also add a pop of color to this look as well. 

In terms of fit, I was able to move around easily in this dress. I was also able to sit comfortably as well. It did fit close to the body but I didn't mind that. I actually loved how it hugged my body and skimmed it well, not squeezing the life out of me. The fabric is very soft and stretchy. Perfect for this humid NYC summer weather. The side slit hit me at the knee and the length hit me at the ankles.

All in all, I love this dress and would wear it again.

This look is so ME that I can't stand it! I love graphic tees, bold colors and fun accessories.

And I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised that the tee and skirt fit comfortably. The skirt is a high/low silhouette and to be honest, the front part is a bit short for me but I am all about getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things. So I was showing off them legs in these streets...

About this fanny pack... When I checked the measurements for the size 3, it said 50". I took a chance, even though my waist is 51", because I noticed that the belt was half faux leather and half chain. I figured if I needed extra chain links to make it fit, a little trip to Michaels would help with that. #plussizefashionhacks
Well, I didn't need those extra chain links, folks! It actually fit a little big!!!! 

This tee is also one of those tops that has a message in the front and party in the back. I was really feeling myself in this look as you can tell, LOL. I paired the tee and skirt with my black and white Adidas (with paisley print stripes) and pink circle drop earrings from FTF.

About the fit... the tee fit well and the fabric was soft and stretchy. I had no issues with the short sleeves (for reference, my upper arms measure 21" around). The length is a bit short for my taste (it hit me at upper hip) but that was not a deal breaker as I tucked in the tee.

The skirt flared out so there was ample room for my legs to move around freely. The waist fit well and has a tie belt. I opted to tuck in the ties so I could wear the fanny pack

Once I was done with all three items, I placed them in the pre-paid bag that was in my box and took the bag to my local post office to send back to FTF. I selected Return on the items in my closet on the site to notify them of the return and FTF will now begin to put together my next box. Easy peasy!

All in all, I am really happy I took a chance and tried FTF's subscription service. I am sure I will have some misses but if I don't try, I won't know what WILL fit. And I can just send back what doesn't fit.

Stay tuned as I share more of my looks during the next three months and show how I made my closet work for me, even though FTF doesn't carry my size.

And maybe... just maybe... one day, they will expand to a size 4, maybe a 5? I know I am dreaming out loud but who knows?

You can check out Fashion to Figure's subscription service here. Get $10 off your first month if you sign up thru that link!

Here's the links to the FTF accessories I wore with my two looks:

Black Round Handbag with Handle

Zebra & Chain Fanny Pack

Hot Pink Double Circle Earrings

**This blog post was sponsored by Fashion to Figure but all opinions and statements are my own.

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