Today, we are going to just ease back into things with a simple outfit post.
During one of our shopping outings in preparation for Christmas, we stopped by JCPenney to browse. Originally, we were looking for a sweater for my mother-in-law and I was going to buy a scarf for my husband. (His old one is from our first Christmas together nine years ago! It was time for a new one!)
I stopped shopping the plus section at JCPenney years ago, after only seeing more conservative, older fashions in plus that did not speak to my personality at all. When I was a size 28, not too much fit me there anyway. But seeing as how I wear a size 24 now and had, maybe, two long-sleeved tops in my closet, I did browse the plus section this trip. They had some really cute sweaters and jackets, skirts and blouses, etc. I was actually really impressed with the things I found. I was still unsure if it would fit me, but I tried some things on with great results. Some of the items I tried on were also more generously cut, so even if you are a size 26 or 28 I encourage you to go browse and make a trip to the dressing room. (They probably carry some larger sizes in store, but they do have larger sizes online for sure.) I didn't delve too deep into all the racks since we had minimal time to focus on present shopping.
What I did find were these two sweaters from the A.n.a brand. They were on the clearance rack for $12.99, so I went ahead and tried them on. I actually want to go back and see if they have any of the black and white striped left still!
Both are a 3X and more generously cut for a slightly over-sized fit. The fabric is a really soft sweater material that isn't too thick but enough to keep me warm. They have some stretch to them, of course, but haven't stretched out at all (and I have worn them at least once a week since early December).
These sweaters have been my go-to tops lately because of their ease and comfort, but I also love the colors. I feel pulled together with minimal effort. I styled them the same way, which makes them kind of boring for you to see. I'm sorry. But the name of the game for me lately is MINIMAL. I have worn basic outfits and basic neutral makeup this season. Ease of application and wear is what I am focusing on at this point in time. But styling it the same way also shows you just how go-to and easy they are. This is the kind of top I would collect in every single color or pattern.
4x/5x and 1x/2x/3x)
Denim Jeggings - Torrid (Similar)
Talia Stretch Boot - Avenue (Similar and here)
Twisted Stone Necklaces in gold and silver - Lane Bryant
Have you been shopping at JCPenney recently? Do you have a favorite brand there?
Let me know in the comments!