Now that I have options to protect my thighs for chafing, I am fully indulging in leggingless styles. Light and flowing maxi dresses are my new favorite summer staple. Last year I was all about the romper, but this season I am filling my closet with dresses like this striped maxi dress! Who says plus size women can’t wear stripes.
My closet has a lot of short skirts, crop tops, and skinny jeans but my dress collection is lacking. I have officially worn my floral maxi to the point where it doesn’t look quite as pretty as it did when I first got it. What did I do? I headed to the one place where they have a wide variety of sizes, basic styles, and a great sale section. Target.
Striped maxi sun dress
How do you know a dress was made for you? When you have mentally given up on finding it in your size but the universe tells you “no.” I had a run-in with fate when I found this striped maxi dress. Let me tell you the story of how I met my striped maxi…
*Cue HIMYM intro music but it’s me at Target with the striped maxi*
You see kids, when you are plus size, going into the clothing aisles of a straight store is like shopping for apples in the ice cream sections of the grocery store. Sometimes you find apples, but not quite in the form you thought you would.
I was walking through the clearance are of Target when I saw this striped maxi dress with ruffle neck detail hanging up in the Small section. I looked at the tag just to double check the size of the dress, and alas it was a small. Whilst making a beeline to the extra large section to see if I could find that same maxi, I realized it was futile. I settle with an arms worth of sale bikinis, a single maxi dress, and two cotton rompers. As I turned toward the dressing room, like an angel, the dressing room attendant walked over to me with that striped maxi dress on a hanger ready to hang it up. I literally squealed with excitement and asked for the dress before she could even put it back.
You can imagine how disappointed I was when fate had it that the XL was too small. It wouldn’t zip up my boobs and I was standing there with half of my boob hanging out wondering if I could lose weight to fit it. DON’T EVER DO THAT! Realistically, no one loses weight to fit in to a single piece of clothing.
I came to terms with the signs from the Universe and marched out of the dressing room to give my pieces back to the attendant. It just so happens the woman who returned her stuff just before me had given up the XXL in the striped maxi! I tried that baby on and we have been inseparable ever since. It was fate.
This is the second time in my LIFE I have ever gone out in public without a bra on. Unless you count bralettes a “bra.” It’s kind of a crazy strange feeling to be sans bra with people around. When you have an ample bust, you are highly aware of every little bit of movement your chest makes. In this dress, my boobs are so strapped in that I barely noticed!