100 lb. Club - Old Navy Now Carries to Size 26!!!
02-06-2005, 03:26 PM
Those of you in the size 16-20 range, check this sizing link out too..
Way to go Old Navy!!!!!
02-06-2005, 03:39 PM
I discovered that just before Christmas...and I love it. I have to order online cuz the closest store that has the Plus sizes is like 2 hours from me but its still great.
02-06-2005, 03:47 PM
Even tho we have Old Navy in Ontario, the website ONLY ships to the US! What a Bummer!!!!!
02-06-2005, 03:51 PM
Yeah unfortunately, they don't have Plus Sizes in the Canadian stores yet though :(
I noticed this over the summer and thought the Canada stores would for sure have these sizes by now but nada...
02-06-2005, 03:51 PM
Ughh...that is not fair
02-06-2005, 05:21 PM
I noticed that a while back, but there aren't any stores in my local area that carry the sizes. I did go to old navy last week though to buy some exercise clothes. I bought a couple tank tops and a pair of xxl yoga pants.
02-06-2005, 05:23 PM
I can't wait til Old Navy starts carrying the sizes in Canada ... it would be a nice addition to the limited stores we have now to shop at .... Lane Bryant now ships to canada .. but the prices are CRAZY! Similar to Penningtons, a little more trendy .. but still very pricey!!
02-06-2005, 07:08 PM
I wish they would even carry these sizes ALL throughout the US--the closest store to me that actually carries plus sizes is like 2 hours away. I hate that only some carry them and some don't. I am so afraid to order online without trying stuff on first. Last time I did that, I got pants from Avenue.com that were on sale. I normally wear a 22, so that's what I ordered, but apparently I'm somewhat disproportionate, as they fit fine around my waist but were baggy on my butt and thighs (I have a problem with pants being baggy on my butt a lot, considering I don't seem to have one). Also, I normally can't wear shirts when they only come in 1x, 2x, 3x--the 3x is always even too small :( I need shirts in actual sizes like 24 and 26. So, if Old Navy would bring the plus sizes a little closer to me, I'd be all over it, but until then...
02-06-2005, 11:40 PM
I'm telling yah, MXM is trendy!! I actually prefer MXM to Old NAvy, everything I get from there shrinks in the WORST way, ugh, I hate that. My all time favorite store is GAP, even though it's the same company as Old Navy I find their clothes fit my body really good. I was trying on the Old Navy Plus size clothes, their 1X tops were too big, and their "regular" shirts were a little too short. Wouldn't it be nice to get all your clothes custom made for your body?
02-07-2005, 02:26 AM
What the heck is MXM? Is this going to be another Canadian thing?!?!? ;)
02-07-2005, 09:58 AM
What is the quality of Old Navy stuff? I have recently looked at the Fashion Bug for trendy tops...and they are all so poor quality! Each time I go into their store, I vow it will be the last time. I would rather pay a bit more for better quality fabric and structure. Is Old Navy cheap quality in anyone's experience?
02-07-2005, 10:08 AM
From somebody who once swore they would never be caught dead in uber trendy Old Navy clothes...I have to say that I haven't had a problem with the clothes...I've worn the men's shirts and sweaters for a couple of years and they hold up really well with me. I just got some women's shirts and jeans after they added the plus size, and they seem to be really good quality. My only complaint is that the shirts tend to be a little short.
02-07-2005, 10:19 AM
I think MXM is okay also ... it is just nice to have a change of pace ... old navy is somewhat cheaper than the MXM brand that Addition Elle and Pennington's carries. But it'll do ... a new Old Navy store is opening only 3 hours away .. maybe by then they'll have some clothes for me! :)
Until then .... I shop where I shop!
02-07-2005, 01:27 PM
My only complaint is that the shirts tend to be a little short.
I usually have trouble with the length of shirts. I actually find the low rise jeans work great for my hips (big ***/small waist), so I like shirts to hit me closer to my hips than waist. Thanks for the heads up, Jen.
02-07-2005, 01:31 PM
I have found that the quality of Old Navy isn't that good but it is expensive either. Since a lot of us have to buy transitional sizes, I have tried to shop bargains and tried to maintain quality of clothes but I'll admit some stuff I have bought isn't the best. I have a reason to lose some weight though because I bought some size 18/20 button up shirts from Lane Bryant. Well after I wore them, I washed them and put them in the dryer. Now I have a few shrunken 18/20 shirts that are more like 14/16 now. Of course when I put them on, I thought I may get arrested from popping out so I decided I need to lose some weight before I wear them again.
02-07-2005, 03:01 PM
Count me in as an Old Navy convert, at least until I get to my goal weight. For years, I bought everything at Lane Bryant, but their clothes are ridiculously expensive (especially in New York!) for what you're getting -- it just doesn't make sense for me to spend 40 bucks for a top I will be able to wear for 2 months. Old Navy has been a huge lifesaver for me, and I'm actually out of the plus sizes now (YAYAYAYAYAY!). I thought their plus size jeans were quite a bit more "fashion forward" than Lane Bryant's, too, with lots of low-waisted and boot cut styles. I will wholeheartedly agree that their clothes are not terrific quality, but for trendy stuff to wear for a few months, it's a lifesaver.
02-08-2005, 12:13 AM
I was in Seattle in the fall and was on the hunt for black dress pants, and since my rise is very very low, I have to buy low rise pants, and they still hit well above my belly button. Anywho, I didn't find anything, except at Old Navy. I literally spent 4 days shopping for pants, it was horrible. Luckily, my work DOES sell low rise dress pants, but it's nice to have something different every once in a while.
02-08-2005, 12:45 AM
Ooh - I'm excited! I just found out there's an Old Navy that carries Plus Sizes close to the resort I'm staying in while in Orlando, FL next month. There's lots of fantastic shopping in the area, but my concern is why waste the money right now while I'm losing weight!?!!? Grrr - what a predicament I'm in.. Maybe i'll just buy some stuff a little smaller??! I dunno what to do...
02-08-2005, 10:19 AM
Lately I have definitely tried to err on the side of buying a little smaller than I normally would, especially with tops. I find that after a month or so, that stuff fits perfectly, so it gives you a little longer to wear it before it goes in the giveaway pile!
I also learned my lesson the hard way with one thing. Before Xmas, I fell in love with this pair of Seven jeans at Lane Bryant because they looked really good in the butt area. They were DEFINITELY tighter than I usually wear and cost 2 or 3X what I normally spend. Well, lo and behold, when I put them on now, they look almost baggy in the butt area. It's Old Navy jeans for me until I lose the rest of this weight!!!
p.s. Target also has some really fantastic Mossimo jeans, which are extremely stylish low-rise boot cuts with a belt. Just beware because their sizing is DEFINITELY not as generous as Old Navy's or other stores -- you WILL be buying in at least a size larger than you wear elsewhere!
So fun to talk to other clothes horses :).
02-08-2005, 10:29 AM
I am holding off on buying any pants for now ... I want to wait until i have lost some more weight .. so i can feel better about buying pants .... I'll still buy shirts ... but in moderation :)
02-08-2005, 10:54 AM
Lucky for me we can wear jeans to work. So I have only had to invest in a few pairs here and there. I actually buy them in a size that I have to air dry them. Once they get baggy, I throw them into the dryer without concern. I can usually get away with wearing tops much longer than bottoms.
I agree with Jennifer, be careful with the Target sizes....they run small. Is it just me, or do you guys think that in general, Target is providing fewer clothes for plus sizes? They are so into maternity clothes, I think they are dropping the ball on a huge (no pun intended) women's market out there.
02-08-2005, 12:28 PM
What I have looked for in pants I buy now is belt loops. I figure if they get too loose, I can throw a belt on and at least keep them from falling down. I actually have a bad habit now of just pulling my pants down when I take them off, rather than unzipping them and all that. I like wearing more fitting clothes because people really do notice the weight loss but I have basically 2 groups of clothes, 1 group I am swimming in and the other group is right around my size. When the clothes I am swimming in annoy me too much, I throw them into the give away pile.
Shopping sales is always good and Lane Bryant always has stuff on sale. Sadly I have discovered that the average "big girl" is around my size right now so it is hard to find stuff I actually want to wear. I bought a few things from Avenue when I went to California as well because even though their quality isn't the best, at least they have really good sales.
I love clothes, I used to have 3 closets full of them (shopping addict for a long time, it gives me a short term high), but now I barely have 1 closet. My best friend tells me that I'll be naked when I lose weight (ie dress really skimpy), but that isn't what I want, I just want to look classy and sexy.
02-08-2005, 12:43 PM
Nelie, I am just like you now. I DESPISE wearing anything baggy, because it hides the weight loss! I never would have thought I would enjoy wearing fitted clothes, but I really do!!!!
p.s. I think you should be my shoe consultant. I enjoy dressing in fun, stylish ways, but I'm CLUELESS when it comes to shoes. I usually just wear black with everything!
02-08-2005, 01:01 PM
Jennifer, I meant to say this before but your weight loss in your face is absolutely amazing!
As for shoes, I highly recommend some boots! There are 3 staple colors of shoes that you should have, black, brown and navy. Those will cover most of your outfits. You should also have a pair of fun color shoes (green, red, purple) but I'd go with a reddish/purplish/deep pinkish color because those can go with a lot of things. I actually don't like shoe shopping much in the store because I used to be a size where it was nearly impossible to find my size in the store, so I tend to buy my shoes online or in a store like famous footwear so that I can see what sizes are available.
Recent purchases of mine have been..
Both in wide as I have wide feet and both are comfortable but cute small heels.
02-08-2005, 02:22 PM
I HATE buying shoes because I worked at Payless for about 3 years while I was in college--now I can't stand them! :p I do like buying clothes, though, and I usually end up getting them at Lane Bryant (on sale and with a coupon!), Fashion Bug (only on clearance since I know they're not the best quality), and WalMart (shirts are often too small but they have some pretty good wannabe jeans). Back when I was about a size 24 shirt, I bought a top at Target that was a 26/28 thinking I'd be safe. It was soooo tight--I have never worn it! I haven't bought clothes at Target since. Maybe I'll go back in a few years when I can fit into regular sizes instead of Plus sizes, since they definitely don't have much selection in plus sizes anyway.
I am trying SO hard to stay away from WalMArt and malls because I am trying NOT to buy clothes. I decided that I will use clothes shopping as my reward every time I reach a little goal (every 15-20 pounds or so). That way, I'll have something new to show off my weight loss (when I actually lose any) and it will keep me motivated to keep losing so I can go shopping again (and maybe buy a smaller size!).
02-08-2005, 02:58 PM
I know I will be a clothes hound when I can shop for the under size 16 clothes. I live out in the middle of nowhere now and I do not like to shop online for clothes much so I have a very limited and old wardrobe right now. I am slowly adding pieces to it but I plan on getting me an entire new one when I get to goal.
I too love shoes and have widdled my collection down to about 15 pair (from about 40-50). DH hates my shoe collection but that was all I used to be able to really buy (that and purses) back when there weren't many plus size choices.
02-09-2005, 12:28 AM
I am addicted to shoes and purses, in a bad way. I have like 5 pairs of runners, 3 dress shoes, boots, and sandles.. we are talking like 20-30 pairs.
Those are one of my favorites! And I got this pair of Kenneth Cole ones in Sept, they have a skinny wedge heel and are black with white stitching. I'm also addicted to nice quality shoes, I don't think I could wear Payless shoes anymore. Oh yes, and purses, I've got every colour, every style, and a fun retro Adidas one. I also work in a clothing store where it's easy to get addicted to shopping for clothes, I am currently buying clothes for my mom who is always on the look out for nice stuff. Ahhh shopping. I have 2 huge baskets full of clothes, my closet is full, and I have drawers full as well. I also keep a laundry basket full of clothes that still have their tags on (the velour track suit pants were only 6 bucks!!).
02-09-2005, 09:38 AM
I am so addicted to pointy toe heels. They make your leg/foot look so slim. I pair them up with either wide leg trousers or a low rise, boot cut long jean and feel really hip and sexy. I wear an 11, so finding sizes can be an issue. I still look at Payless and also find some real gems at Nordstroms.
02-09-2005, 10:07 AM
Thanks, Nelie, for the shoe advice and the compliment :). I like both those pairs, but I LOVE the boots!
I made a deal with myself when I started that when I got to 199, I would get a pair of VERY sexy Fluevogs (I like these (http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/3782647/c/26094.html) and these (http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/1143854/c/3.html), but the ones I really love are on the Fluevog site -- but it won't let me link to the pairs!) but I'm not sure now I want to spend the money. I like the fact that the heels are good for walking around, because I do plenty of it in NYC!
Togger, I always admire anybody who can wear those pointy-toe heels! They look good, but man, do they kill my feet. I can't walk in them for anything. I think I must have missed the "walking in heels" class in high school. :lol:
02-09-2005, 10:25 AM
Oh Jennifer I love the first pair! Those are something I would buy!!!! My hubby made me clean out all the shoes i didn't wear ... so now I have very very very few pairs left ..... purses ... well I think I buy a new almost every 2 months .... I get bored easy .. what can i say!!!!
i can't wait to start shopping in the the 16/18 sizes ...... because everything looks much better .. smaller!
02-09-2005, 10:32 AM
Jennifer- ooohhh, I have to agree...those are some cute shoes. I hope that as I lose some weight it will make is easier for me to buy shoes. My feet are so wide that never have luck finding cute shoes that I can wedge onto my feet...so I have a purse obsession instead. I have way too many...mostly thrift store treasures and I few I made myself.
Orangecupcakez- you and me both...its been so long since I could wear an 18...I will have to get a second job to finance all the inevitable clothes shopping :)
02-09-2005, 01:58 PM
Jennifer, I love the red shoes!! Nice and a nice sole too. I would buy them right now if I wasn't trying to save some money...
Theotherjen, When I was in high school, I weighed the same as I weigh today and I wore a size 11 from 14 on. So I was quite amazed when my feet shrunk when losing weight! They shrunk in width and in length. I thought I would always be stuck with with big wide feet so I was quite amazed when I was able to fit into size 9.5 and 10 shoes and wide but not as wide as they used to be. So keep at it girl, things will shrink that you didn't think would.
02-09-2005, 03:33 PM
Jennifer - I got a pair of shoes with a huge heel on them and when I was trying them on I was worried I wouldn't even be able to stand in them... but I couldn't resist. When I slipped them on I almost died, it was like putting on a pair of socks!! I had just spent the entire day shopping for new shoes, and my feet were completely aching, and these shoes were so incredible I had to buy them (err.. my brother bought them.. but you get the picture!). I am so used to the shoes from Aldo, which fall apart after one season and take forever to wear in, which is how I became converted to spending extra on shoes to get something that fits better. Hmm, I'm babbling..
As for purses, my boyfriend suprised me last night with a black leather purse with pink details, my valentines day present apparently. It's cute, but has too many buckles, so I have to return it. Plus, I can't justify him paying 130 bucks for a purse. So sad :(
02-09-2005, 03:45 PM
Jennifer--I'm loving those shoes. I know once we get bills caught up, I will be taking better care of myself (i.e. buying me more clothes and shoes :D)
02-09-2005, 11:52 PM
I got a new wallet :)
Mine is black with pink stitching and lining, I'm loving it :)
02-10-2005, 12:15 AM
Jennifer - How the heck did I miss the red shoes??? They're simply divine! I love them.. totally something I would buy too! :)
Aimee - Cute wallet! I love anything with pink! :)
Ugh, reading this thread just gets me excited. I remember before I gained this weight, I LOVED shopping... it was the love of my life. Steve was even jealous :lol: I used to go shopping every single Saturday while he was at work. You have so many more stores you can shop at and not to mention, better Sales! You know it actually kind of makes me mad that retailers are actually pretty discriminatory towards "plus size women & men".
Anyways - I've found a fetish with pj's! I love having nice pajama's to get into when I get home from work and know I'm in for the night.. And as for purses, they've always been pretty big on my list.
Can't wait to get out of Credit Card debt and shop again! :smug:
02-10-2005, 10:28 AM
Hey, I work at Old Navy :-) The plus size is very new and hasn't made it to a lot of stores yet. They are testing it out right now to see how it sales. My store just got it about a month ago and it's selling great. Not every store will get it though... It's like the Maternity, only certain stores carry it.. Mine doesn't. So It could be possible that the store that sell Maternity will NOT sell Plus and the one's that don't sell Maternity will. (Jus a guess) But on the plus.. I wear a small size in the Plus :-) and it feels awesome!