A La Mode: Creating and Maintaining Your Little Black Book of Places to Shop

Little Black Book

I recently polled a few of my girlfriends to find out where they are shopping these days.  I have my regular places to shop for my clothes and I am not ashamed to admit this – I am already thinking of the New Year and a way to reinvent myself in style.  Conducting the poll was a lot of fun because the ladies had in-depth discussions about where they shopped and more importantly, why they shopped where they do.  The stores ranged from online shops such as IGIGI and Ashley Stewart to big brick and mortar stores like Lane Bryant and Ross.  The latter two stores were voted the overall favorite stores for shopping.   Interestingly, Macy’s, Dillard’s and Sears did not make the list.  Nordstrom’s placed 10th on the list even though it was equal in cost to Lane Bryant which placed first on the list.  But regardless of where stores placed on the list, the messages from my quick poll were loud and clear:  “We want more variety!  We want sweater dresses instead of just sweaters!  We want tights in all colors!  We want our Curvy bodies to scream A La Mode!  A La Mode!”

I ranked the stores according to the results of the polls but created an expanded list for your reference. As I was researching (ok, shopping) all of the stores, some welcomed me to their sites with open arms saying “Hello, Gorgeous”!  Others gave me a percentage off my purchase.  Some online stores like Gwynnie Bee offered me a free trial!  I signed up for that immediately!

So Ladies, as we approach another holiday season, I am pleased as punch with all the shops catering to my Bust, Bottom, Thighs and Belly.  I am excited to see colors as vivid as autumn leaves and Santa’s red coat.  Ladies, Ladies, the A La Mode Little Black Book of Places to Shop is here!  This season create your very own Little Black Book of Places to Shop – take out your pens and jot down the great places you find!

Don’t forget your top 5 Items to have on hand this season:  the sweater dress, the red evening dress (black is ok, but we are making statements of the power of confidence), the black boots, eye shadows that pop color like firecrackers when you blink, and last but not least, an evening purse with sequins (Yes, Ladies, sequins on an evening bag are in).

Lastly, once you have created your own Little Black Book, place your right hand on it and pledge loudly: “I am a Woman who knows that the meaning of the French expression “A La Mode” includes far more than putting the topping on an Apple Pie.  I am fashionable and beautiful.  Don’t be intimidated by my stunning style, engage it.  I know where to shop.  I know where to look for fashion and I am not afraid to wear a red dress with fishnet tights and black boots mid-way to the thigh.  I am a Woman and I am Beautiful, Stunning, and Fearless!”

Enjoy the season of making a statement!

Here are the top 12 Stores:

  1. Lane Bryant  $$$
  2. Torrid $$
  3. Ashley Stewart $$
  4. IGIGI $$$
  5. Kiyonna $$$
  6. Gwynnie Bee $$
  7. Old Navy $$
  8. Ross $$
  9. Zappos $$
  10. Nordstrom $$$
  11. Zulily $$
  12. Swak $$

I would love to hear any you have added to the list!


Comments (2)

  1. This is a really good article and I can’t wait to read more from Curvy. This is definitely a magazine I can relate to and look forward to reading.

    Ulunda is such an amazing, talented, driven woman. I’m so proud to call her my friend.

  2. Being a petite curvy girl myself, I second many of these stores. Would also add TJ Maxx and Marshall’s to this list for fashionable, affordable name brand clothing.

    Thanks for this article Ulunda!! And I say “You Go Girl”!

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