Monday, July 23, 2012

Ask Mudra: Northie Shopping

I'm a curvy girl who has only recently embraced her curves. I used to be quite slim until stress took over and now I'm finding it difficult to shop for clothes.

With that said, I've been wanting to follow your advise and yes there are a lot of places which I am dying to try out. However, I noticed that a lot of what you're recommending is not north friendly. I'm all the way in Quezon City so places like Magarbo and SM Southmall is too much of a commitment for me just to go shopping. Have there been any north friendly places you can recommend to troubled tubbies like me?
Hello! First off, good on you for embracing your curves! Hooray for the body love, baby! :D Now, your question: where to shop in the North?

I'm a Southie girl but a lot of my favorite stores have branches all over Manila. To be honest, I'm jealous of you North folks - I feel like you have more shopping options and that stores open over there first before trickling down to the South! (When are we getting Forever 21 and Zara in Alabang, Universe?!)

Anyway, here are some North-friendly shopping suggestions:

Forever 21  

(Megamall and SM North Edsa) - Get everything here, from office clothes to wild gimmick wear to moderately  priced basics; not to mention killer jewelry, shoes and belts. Their plus size section caters to fashionistas in larger sizes (like seriously, some of their plus size stuff is so wildly fasyon and sexy), so one never feels left out of the fashion fun.

Terranova

(SM North Edsa Annex) - I love, love, love Terranova (and the store is due for a Where I shop post soon). Alhough they don't have an outright plus size line, I find that their clothes come in generous range of sizes. I'm a US size 12 and I can fit their size L and XL pants (and I NEVER find pants that fit, truly!). Catch them when they go on end-of-season sale for some great buys.

Landmark department store

(Trinoma) - Landmark is paradise for reasonably priced fashion, and their Trinoma section is MASSIVE. Go to Landmark for some comfy, stretchy knits and check out their plus size lines too - Moda Plus and Phocea. I got thse two Moda Plus pants and this lovely Phocea dress from Landmark Trinoma.

Bayo

(Trinoma) - A lot of plus size lovelies don't think of shopping at Bayo because it's seen as a mainstream store, but if you go in and have a look about, you may find some interesting choices in your size. (Check out all the stuff I've gotten from there through the years!) I find that their sizing is very generous, especially their size 3 and 4 (L and XL equivalent).

The Ramp, Crossings Department Store

(Trinoma and ShangriLa EDSA Mandaluyong) - Check this out for trendy, fashion-forward pieces by local designers. Although most lines are for mainstream sizes, a bit of patient looking can unearth some great pieces. I also got my Olga bras from here for just P350 each - no mean feat as most department stores don't carry my size!

Zalora.com.ph

(Online) - Check out Zalora's plus size picks. Location is never a problem when you shop online, and they deliver for free anywhere in Manila! (Plus if you don't have a credit card you can opt for cash on delivery.) I know fit and sizing can be an issue when you can't try something on before buying, so I'd recommend getting something that's not too precise (such as pants) -- get a dress, like this perfectly retro-tastic/Dark Shadows-ish dress from Audrey, or a nice comfy blouse. Get 5% off too when you enter this voucher code: KatAtienza0.

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 So that's that, my dear! Hope this helps you and all our luscious curvy shoppers in the North! :D


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