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im a size 18 and i need a good casual date night outfit. i want to look thinner and trendy but not like im wearing a tent. whatll show off my curves and make my date go crazy?


Hi Meli,

I hope that you (and all the rest of you patriotic Let's Talk Stylers) had a wonderful 4th of July. I am cranky this morning due to general lack of sleep on account of the Future Arsonist Adolescents of America who were shooting off fireworks in my neighborhood until 2+am. I used to love that Katy Perry Fireworks song. No longer.

Thanks for your question Meli, which I imagine is short for Melissa. Helping you on your quest for a go-to date night outfit is exactly what I need to get me out of my sleepless funk. The first thing I need to know is, what kind of date are you going on? For instance, a tunic, stretch jeans and Converse would be a perfect go-to casual look for a midday miniature golf game or movie date, but not so great for a black tie affair at the Country Club.

I'm guessing your dates will fall somewhere in between, i.e. dinner/drinks. For the traditional Dinner/Drinks date you want to look sexy, but not too sexy. Casual, but not too casual... Which leads me to your perfect big night out outfit - Dark wash jeans and a hot top.


I know, I know. This mainstream combination isn't as easy to secure when it comes to bigger sizes, but I have three little words that will change your plus size shopping life. Fashion To Figure.

FTF brings fuller figured fashionistas the newest styles that they crave, in the sizes they need. You'll find trendy tops, dresses, jackets and jeans available in sizes 12 to 26 with designs that are both super chic, and super affordable, with most pieces ranging between $20 to $30. Just check out FTF's classsic tank and jeans combo pictured above with the Basic Stretch Camisole paired with their sleek and slimming Dark Indigo Skinny Jeans for a cool and collected nighttime look that is big on style, low on price (cami = $9, jeans = $36).

Trust me Meli, this look is simple, yet sexy, and it works for anyone. Wear it with your favorite wedges for height, Gold Beaded Hoop Earrings for a little razzle dazzle, and if you feel a little bare up there, add a cute denim jacket, shrug or blazer for some extra coverage.

I guarantee that your date will go crazy, in a good way... not because you ordered the $90 Surf and Turf Special.


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Comments (5)

paula s.:

Those jeans look great! What size they come in?

Lois :

Very sexy outfit!


hi paula!

the jeans come in sizes 14 - 22!



Hooray for this post! I am (I hope) starting to teach again in the fall after a 2 year maternity leave and I need a new professional wardrobe for not too much money. This site really fits the bill.


thanks pammy!

affordable and chic. a winning combination.

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