Writer: Alysse Dalessandro | For the majority of my life, I’ve lived through terrible Midwest winters. Both in Chicago and Cleveland, I’ve embraced winter coats and even learned to knit so I could make my own scarves. But even as I have found ways to make winter more bearable, I am still elated every time spring rolls around.
When the first weekend of spring rolled around in Cleveland, the weather was surprising. This is a city where it can snow one day and be 65 degree the next. I was so happy that instead of snowing, it was so warm that I was able to explore the city in a jumpsuit and lightweight duster from On The Plus Side.
I found this jumpsuit back in November at an outlet sale. The weight of the fabric definitely made it more of a Spring/Summer fit so I held onto until the first weekend of spring. I was ready!
As a plus size woman, I am conscious of how rare it can be to find something I’ve been looking for in my size. The jumpsuit was wide leg and wasn’t too long. I happened to buy it on a shopping trip with my straight size friends. I watched them try on cute piece after cute piece in their size and find reasons that they didn’t like what they tried.
Sometimes, I find myself doing the opposite. I am totally guilty of trying to find reasons to like things just because it’s in my size. I sat there in awe of the choices they had. There was only a few stores where I could even try anything on at all.
Shopping off-season is one of the ways that I stay ready. Even it’s the dead of winter, I will still buy a bikini I like in my size. I notice that I hoard clothes like winter is coming and I might not be able to find it again because I’ve experience so many seasons where I couldn’t.
While shopping at the mall may be scarce for plus-sizes, online retailers like On The Plus Side meet my needs year round. When I needed the perfect layering piece for this jumpsuit, The Dove Duster was there for me!
I really love this duster because of the details. The sleeves are woven and the collar is crochet. As far as the cut, it’s the high-low hemline complete with lace trim that’s truly dreamy.
As soon as the warmer temperatures came around, I was ready for spring fashion because I had been ready. I don’t really know what it’s like exactly to dress for the seasons because I buy what I like in my size when I have the chance not based on the weather. As more retailers continue to shift focus from brick and mortar stores to online efforts, I think the whole shopping experience will change and guess what? I’ll be ready.