“Great fitting, lifestyle apparel designed to flatter the plus size woman.”
Over the holidays I was pleased to received a box of clothing samples from the people at Just My Size, specifically for review on this blog. JMS main focus over the last few years has been bras and basics. This winter they introduced a new line of every day and career wear. All pieces are in sizes 16 to 28 for $22 or less. Yes, that is right $22 or less. I still can’t wrap my brain around it. Most of the clothing is available at Walmart stores in the U.S. and online. Here is some video footage of the New York premiere of the JMS collection:
JMS sent the following samples for review:
Venice Blue Sweater with Scarf (relaxed fit), $18 — I love the rich color and softness of this 100% acrylic sweater. The wide sleeves are on trend and the included removable scarf is a nice touch giving two completely different looks. This sweater was made in China and is machine washable.
Beet Red Cardi Vest Sweater (relaxed fit), $18 — I love the color, length and look of this 100% acrylic sweater. The long cardi length with slightly asymmetrical front and cables are right on trend. There was a thread loose in the shoulder that I cut free with no issues. This vest was made in China and are machine washable.
Snow White Ruffle Shirt (shaped fit), $16 — This blouse is less forgiving than the sweaters in the arm area. I also found the 100% polyester not very strong near the stitching even on a stress free place like the shoulders when I placed mild tension them. If you really need a blouse it is a nice addition under a sweater style-wise with the delicate ruffles, in a size up for roominess. This shirt was made in Bangladesh and is machine washable.
Ebony Pork Chop Pocket Pant (shaped fit), $16 — Plus size pants for $16! That blows my mind. They are nicely cut and stitched but the zipper is coarse and makes me leery of long term wear. These 98% cotton / 2% spandex pant seem to be a low level cord but unfortunately they are still too noisy for my liking. I don’t like to be heard coming! Would love to try them in another fabric like a brushed cotton or khaki with a longer leg. At 5′ 9″ I find them shorter than I would like. These pants were made in Bangladesh and are machine washable.
Steel Heather Long Cardigan (relaxed fit), $20 — This is one of my favorite pieces and totally on trend for 2010. It is soft and comfortable 100% acrylic. Love the length and how the buttons end midway instead of at the bottom of garment. You can see this one in the above video worn with leggings and boots. This sweater was made in China and is machine washable.
The wash test: Everything seemed to wash fine. I put everything in the washer and used a drying rack for the sweaters. There were a few knitting knots that popped out front of the sweaters but they were easily tucked to the underside. I didn’t notice any fading to the dark pants which were washed inside out. The blouse needed minor touch ups with the iron.
Overall experience: I’m quite impressed with JMS new plus size clothing line both in price, workmanship, and style. But like any other brand attention must be paid to each piece to determine if it is appropriate for your body, needs, time, and money. From this sampling I would definitely recommend JMS for any fashionista who is tired of paying too much for plus size clothing.
* Check out Just My Size’s new clothing collection online
* Check out Walmart’s plus size clothing collection online