On May 12, 2014 I had the privilege of attending a private shopping visit to Your Big Sister's Closet (http://www.yourbigsisterscloset.com/), a plus size clothing store in Toronto, Ontario, Canada which caters to uncompromising and discerning fashionistas size 12+. The store itself contains a number of items, including beautiful plus size dresses, tops, pants, skirts, jackets, and more, as well as carefully curated jewellery and other accessories. Karen and Peter, owners Your Big Sister's Closet. IMG_6572 IMG_6407 Karen, left, and me (Stefanie), right. IMG_6577 Owners Karen (creator of the wonderful and resourceful blog Curvy Canadian http://curvy-canadian.com/) and Peter gracefully opened their doors to me and my friend Nina on a Monday, which is otherwise closed. IMG_6276 IMG_6277 With so few options for us curvy girls in the Canadian market, we need all the options we can get. And when these options come with great prices and fantastic service, well we've gotta share! Karen and Peter are genuinely passionate about their desire to make curvy girls happy by providing a unique collection of very affordable trendy clothing that just makes a girl wanna twirl! IMG_6351 IMG_6394 As the owner of SexyPlus Clothing, with my own tastes reflected in my buying decisions and the collection we offer, it's always interesting to see what someone else is drawn to. Karen and Peter's choices invited me to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new. Here I am in a cute little chevron print babydoll dress. Totally different from what I usually wear, but it was nice to try it and I really liked it! IMG_6413 This jacket HAD to be mine! With a super nice stretchy cotton fabric, and the detailing, it looked like something I would have gotten while vacationing in Europe! IMG_6287 This houndstooth peplum dress was so chic and professional, I had to try it. A little too short for me though, with my shapewear peeking through. A definite must for a petite plus gal who likes to show some leg! IMG_6312 IMG_6345 Nina was smitten with this retro style cotton dress in navy with black print. So ultimate secretary with her pearls! IMG_6466 Their jewellery and accessory collection was impossible to resist, and I left with this gorgeous modern retro multi coloured necklace, and these funky diva punk earrings. IMG_6543 IMG_6569 IMG_6558  IMG_6548 Karen and I joked about strangling each other as competitors, but we both know and appreciate that there's a need and a place for both of us in this market. We consider ourselves more as complimentary, rather than competitive because our styles and products are very different and we know that every curvy girl needs variety to compliment her wonderful unique personality. I don't think there's one plus size store that "has it all" but getting a dress here, and an accessory there, and a fabulous coat like mine above from Your Big Sister's Closet is what completes my look and shapes my unique style. Remember to support independent boutiques if and when you can because without them, well, we might all look the same. IMG_6584 Your Big Sister's Closet is located at 3126 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 2A1, Canada  1 647-351-7587 www.yourbigsisterscloset.com SexyPlus Clothing is located at 5100 Maingate Drive, Unit 14, Mississauga, ON L4W 1X6, Canada 1 905-625-0813 www.sexyplusclothing.com

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