This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Just My Size Sportswear apparel.When BlogHer approached me to review Just My Size (JMS) clothing, I was a bit skeptical. I'm one of those women (much to the dismay of the cranky receptionist where I work) who doesn't wear pantyhose with my skirts. So, what would I actually review?
But I was relieved to learn that they don't just sell pantyhose, bras, undies, or socks. They have LOTS of selections of shirts, blouses, jeans, casual wear, and work attire. In fact, they have this whole Mix and Match wardrobe selection, which makes matching clothes super easy.
I walked into my local Wal-Mart, armed with a gift card, and ready for the task ahead of me.
It was easy to find the JMS shopping section - the Wal-Mart that I went to had that brand almost exclusively in the plus section. I was relieved to see that the selection was almost as varied as what I could find online.
I'd like to say here that my eyes bugged out at just how much I could get for my money...seriously. It was like Stacey and Clinton from "What Not To Wear" had just handed me a Visa with $5000 on it. Each cute top that I first picked out were only $6!
I loaded up my cart with tops of vibrant colors. I usually gravitate towards blues and greens, but I even sneaked a few others that I normally wouldn't have chosen.
Then it was time for the bottoms. I wasn't a capri girl when I walked in the store, but I decided to try them anyway. Yoga pants? Check. Stylish jeans? Check. Trendy tops? Check.
My cart overfloweth. Such that the dressing room attendants must've been looking around for Richard Gere because they wondered who was spoiling me. Well, the Wal-Mart version of Richard Gere.
Anyway, here's my honest opinion:
Shirts: This is tough. I am, like most women, not the exact same size on top as on bottom. I wear a large for tops usually...so since the smallest size I could get was a 16/1X at this store, I went swimming in most of the tops. Having said that, it was not long ago that I could fit into all of these shirts...and I wish I would've known that these shirts were available then.
Do you remember the days where, as a plus size woman, you could only get tent-sized plain t-shirts? Well, that is no longer your only option. Although you can get the plain every day staples to your wardrobe (which I did), I'm happy to write that they had several shirts that had cute necklines. Some had capped sleeves...which in my book shows that you're trendier than the average slumpy looking person (aka me from ages 14 - 26, much to my mom's chagrin).
The shirts were all cut for plus sized women. Larger sleeves for those of us who have big upper arms (alas, I am one of these) and a generous tummy area. I personally have a lot of junk in the trunk and not AS much in the tummy area. So most of these shirts were cut for people that might carry a bit more of their weight in the tummy area.
these tank tops. They had a cute neckline (which I tried to show in my picture) that I can see me wearing underneath several sweaters/cardigans in cooler weather. They had other tank tops that I chose too, but I liked these the best.
I did find a top that I really liked...stretchy/gathered at the waist and flowy at the top. Kind of like the one here, but different. I have it pictured below - it made me feel like a rocker. Well, a suburban, 30-ish, white rocker... There were also a few in this same line (evolution by JMS) that were cute too...more younger versus older looks.
Skirts: There were a handful of skirts in the JMS selection...and none of them were size 16s (what I wear), so I can't really speak to the fit. The design of the ones in the store made me glad that there weren't any to try on. I can't imagine wearing such things. This would be an area that I hope JMS jazzes up a bit.
Capris/shorts: These fit remarkably well. I own ONE pair of capris and they are currently too small for me to get into. I just think I look weird in them...so a capri-less person is how I will remain. But if you like capris, they had several that were cute styles and details. As for shorts? You will NEVER catch me in them. It's the one area of my body I'm so self conscious in that I don't reveal to anyone. Pasty, jiggly, white cottage cheese legs is what I'm saying. Not so pretty....and even JMS couldn't get me in them. But they had several styles to choose from...so if you're a shorts gal, these would probably be fine.
Slacks/Jeans: Here they did pretty well. Unlike the top part of my body, I am a true size 16 in pants. They had a few jeans that were the darker/distressed type that are trendy these days. They were narrower at the ankle than what I prefer and had some interesting distressing near the crotch area that left them in the "return to rack" pile for me. But had I found some in my size that were not weird in that area, I would've purchased a few.
They did have a cute pair of jeans that had butterflies on the butt pockets. And while I'm concerned that I was about 15 years too old to be wearing such a thing, I felt sassy in them. In fact, paired with my cool new rocker shirt, I thought that the outfit was pretty cute if I do say so myself.
The slacks were cute...although I had to hunt for ones that didn't have a 100% stretchy waistline. They fit really well and the details on them were sensible and work appropriate.
I even purchased some yoga pants and shirts for workouts...which was great and much needed.
All in all, I think the brand did a great job at providing value for the cost...and I was really happy to have been given this opportunity.
So here's your chance to WIN a $500 shopping spree for JMS clothing at Wal-Mart. I'm not kidding you, you guys could basically get A WHOLE NEW WARDROBE for this amount of money.
In this economy, I can't think of a better gift from the kind people at JMS. I mean, can you IMAGINE getting to shop for all your needs for the coming school year, season, or new size that you're just now fitting into? It's a gift, an answered prayer that many won't have. We've all gained and lost dozens or hundreds of pounds. Whether you're on your way up or down the scale, this is a way for you to feel as beautiful as you are.
Although you can read the rules here, here's what you have to do:
1) Be a plus sized woman. Size 16W to 40W only - sorry skinny minnies - you'll have to enter some other giveaway.
2) Go to Just My Size's website and pick out at least ONE thing that you would like from their line of clothing. You can play around in the mix and match section, you can watch a video, or you can just pick out the item of clothing that most speaks to you.
3) Come back here, comment on what it is and tell me why you'd like it on or before 8/31/10 (that's when the contest ends!).
That's it. Could it be any easier? I mean really?
Make sure that I have a way to contact you - via your blog or email - should you win. If you don't answer back in a timely fashion, I pick a new winner (via random number selector)...and you don't want that to happen, do you?
While you're at it, consider going to the JMS Round Up Page to enter the other reviews for this program or checking out their Facebook Page.
What are you waiting for? Let your fingers do the shopping!!!
Update: THE WINNER HAS BEEN RANDOMLY DRAWN AND CONTACTED!