Of all I've posted lately, I've been saving the best for last!
The Jean Queen
2277 Commercial Drive, between Grandview and 6th Avenue
(about half a block from the Broadway Skytrain Station)
Walking on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC, I absent-mindedly followed my older, smaller sister into this store. I walked around the store for a few minutes before I even realised they sold plus-sizes. Their plus-size racks were labeled "Curvy Chicks" which I though was cute, but I know isn't everyone's cup of tea. They carry sizes up to a 3X/24, I believe, and the clothes were in the $25-$80 range. I was really happy with the selection they offered. They had good quality, relatively trendy items. The selection is not huge, but considering the physical size of the store and the selection of straight-sized items, it is pretty fair. The racks of plus-sized clothing weren't hidden away at the back but actually at the front of the store. The staff were incredibly nice and helpful. I first tried on a dress and wasn't super happy with it. When the woman working there asked me how I liked it I said "Okay" and she responded with "We need better than okay." She went and grabbed me three more dresses in the correct size, one of which is the one I purchased. I cannot recommend this store enough, and I'll definitely be returning there the next time I'm in Vancouver.
This dress is a size 20, and was purchased for $46. The belt came with it, but because of the seaming under the bust I prefer the dress without it. The belt is reversible, on one side the leather at the front is patent, and on the other side it is not. This belt will be great with other outfits.
Here's what I'm actually wearing out tonight.
Dress - The Jean Queen, size 20
Belt - came with the dress
Cardigan - American Apparel, unisex size L
Bike shorts - American Apparel, womens size L
Tights - Addition-Elle, size 3X
Boots - Naturalizer, size 11
Necklace - Forever 21
Hat - Ricki's
A day look using the Lise Watier palette I blogged about earlier.