Spring is coming!

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My last blog ‘Shopping in Sint-Niklaas’ was about plus size stores you can actually go to and try on things. It was pretty obvious spring is coming: all the coats and sweaters are making place for brightly coloured tops and jackets. During my shopping spree, I found some items that I thought would complement my closet perfectly and get me ready for those first days of spring.

plus size top and blazer by c&a and plus size jeans by ulla popken

At C&A I found this beautiful white crème t-shirt with an included necklace and this stunning burgundy blazer. I’ve combined these items with a pair of curvy jeans from Ulla Popken and trainers from Simply Be. What a cute and fun casual spring outfit!

plus size top by c&a and plus size jeans by ulla popken

The white crème lace top with necklace from C&A is absolutely fantastic. I always love a cute white T for spring, add some lace to that and I am sold. This cute t-shirt has a comfortable fit with a good length. The included necklace is a fun detail which you can wear with almost anything.

plus size top by c&a and plus size jeans by ulla popken

The burgundy to purple blazer from C&A is a great piece to suit any occasion. It can be worn casually like my outfit, or professionally with a blouse and skirt. This blazer has no lapels, which is great for women with a big bust. I’d have preferred a closer fit,  but that’s just a minor detail. This jacket has zip pockets which is always a plus, ‘cause we can’t seem to go without phones these days! And I just love this colour, I think I goes really well with a good pair of jeans.

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These curvy jeans from Ulla Popken in Antwerp are amazing. They are high wasted, comfortable, stretchy jeans and this little patched up detail on the side is just adorable. The curvy fit makes my curves look amazing. I love these jeans! I must say that Ulla Popken is looking younger and their new collection is an absolute winner.

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To finish of this casual look, I chose my oxblood trainers from Simply Be. I just love these trainers; they are wide fit and super comfortable. A perfect outfit for those first days of spring!

plus siz top and blazer by c&a and plus size jeans ulla popken

My outfit.

plus size blazer and top by c&a and plus size jeans by ulla popken

White crème lace top with necklace.

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This with crème top by C&A is available from a size XS to XXL for 29 euros, find it here. I bought this top in their regular collection because it goes up to an XXL.
C&A offers plus size clothing as well and some of their items go up to a European size 60 (Size 32 UK).  Find their size guide here.
Other fun white t-shirts for spring:

Burgundy blazer.

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This burgundy blazer by C&A is available from a European size 38 (size 10 UK) up to a European size 50 (size 22 UK) for 49 euros. Find it here. Like the t-shirt, this blazer is part of their regular collection, but like I said, C&A also has a wonderful plus size collection.
More cute blazers for spring:

Curvy jeans.

plus size curvy jeans by ulla popken

These gorgeous jeans are from Ulla Popken, available from a European size 42 (size 14 UK) up to a European size 58 (size 30 UK) for 59.99 euros, find it here.
Ulla Popken has a wide range collection of plus size clothing like: lingerie, casual wear, office wear, active wear and even some outdoor active wear. Ulla Popken sells plus size clothing from a European size 42 (size 14 UK) up to a European size 60 (size 32 UK), find their size guide here.
A great shop for plus size women!
More trendy jeans for spring.

Oxblood trainers.

wide fit trainers by simply be

These fabulous trainers are from Simply Be, I love them! I think they are cute and they are really comfortable. Simply Be does not deliver to Belgium, so  I thought I’d line up some great alternatives for this season.
Alternative trainers:

So dear followers, this spread is a wrap! I Hope you liked this casual outfit, more plus size fashion news on the next spread.

Love Ruth.

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Shopping in Sint-Niklaas.

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I love shopping online but I enjoy shopping with friends just as much. But, where do I go as a plus size woman?
I thought I would devote some of my blogs to plus size stores you can actually go to and try on clothing. Where better to start then my hometown?

I live in Sint-Niklaas, a small city in the East-Flanders in Belgium. We have a shopping mall called ‘Waasland shopping centre’. Here they have plus size stores like ‘MS mode’ and ‘Paprika’ and some stores that carry a plus size collection like ‘H&M’, ‘C&A’ and ‘Bel&Bo’.

5 Go To Plus Size Stores.

1.     MS Mode.

MS Mode store

I just love this brand. MS Mode sells young and trendy plus size clothing for a sharp price. This is one of my favorite go to stores and their new collection looks amazing. They have good quality and stretchy jeans, fun tops and cool jackets. Really worth a visit!
They sell clothing from a European size 40 up to a European size 54. The sizing of MS mode is based on the Dutch and German sizes, which means they come out a size larger than usual so you have to buy clothing a size smaller. Find their size guide here.
Here is a list of a few of my favorite items of the new collection:

2.     Paprika.

plus size store paprika

Paprika is a great brand for good quality plus size clothing at a great price. Paprika targets a different clientele than MS mode, but I found their new collection looked really good. I think Paprika has some great trousers to offer and their tunics are always beautiful and full of colour. They offer plus size clothing from a European size 42 up to a European size 56 and just like MS Mode I believe Paprika comes out a size too big or is closer to the Dutch and German sizing than the actual European sizing. Their size guide isn’t based on European sizes; they use numbers from one to six instead. A size 1 represents a European size 42 and a size 6, a European size 56. Find their size guide here.
Here are some great pieces from Paprika:

3.     Bel&Bo.

Plus size at Bel&Bo

This is a new store at the ‘Waasland shopping center’ and I have never been there before. They have a plus size brand called Vivella, exclusively for Bel&Bo, that offers clothing from a European size 44 up to a European size 54. For me personally, I think this brand offers classic plus size clothing at a sharp price and their new collection looks great.
Since I’ve never been here before, I tried some items on to see how their sizing was. I tried on a European size 50 jeans and it fitted me perfectly, so I would say Bel&Bo is true to size. You can find their size guide here.
Here are some of my favorite items:

4.     C&A.

plus size at c&a

At C&A you will find plus size brands like CANADA, Clockhouse, Jessica and The Denim. They offer clothing up to a European size 54 while some items even go up to a European size 60. They have a selection of casual to classic clothing at a good price. And their new collection looks fantastic!
I would say that C&A is true to size, find their size guide here.
Some plus size pieces at C&A:

5.     H&M.

plus size at h&m

The H&M store at ‘Waasland shopping centre’ carries the H&M+ collection. They offer trendy plus size clothing from a European size 44 up to a European size 54. Although I love H&M, it’s always a damper going in this store because their plus size collection is crammed on only 2 racks  with hardly any room to take a good look at what’s in store. I think H&M+ has great jeans and coats, but their tops on the other hand are always oversized, which is not to my personal taste.
The sizing of H&M+ leaves much to be desired.  They come out at least two sizes too small and I have to try on European size 52/54 pants when I’m actually a European size 48/50, find their size guide here.
Some of the items available in store and online:

So dear followers, this was my listing of all the plus size go to places in my hometown, Sint-niklaas. I hope you enjoyed this blog. More plus size fashion news on the next spread.

Love ruth.

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