Veronica Cid — The Cid Style File
During the day Veronica works in education in the picturesque locale of Orange County, California. She has been blogging at the Cid Style File for five years about beauty products, plus size fashion, and style from a size 20/22 Latina perspective.
What is your greatest concern about online shopping? Sizing! It is difficult enough shopping when you are plus size, online shopping can be frustrating when the sizing is way off. Some retailers I have been shopping at for years, I know what fits me well and have no problem shopping online. The tricky part is shopping online at a new site, like when I first discovered all the awesome UK plus sites. I loved the clothes online, but had no clue how to translate the UK sizes to US sizes. Even with the online size charts, when I finally ordered some items the sizing was so different. To this day I am not sure what my UK size really is… But with a little trial and error I have found some good pieces from online retailers.
What is your greatest concern about shopping locally? The lack of variety drives me nuts at times. When I was younger and got my first retail job at the mall, there was only one place to shop if you were plus size, Lane Bryant. I like Lane Bryant, but 20 yrs ago that was the only choice I had and the selection was not very appealing to a girl my age. Now we have a few more stores, but I don’t like it when every other plus size woman has on the same dress or blouse. Also being a blogger you see the same item on everyone and I have always been the type to want to be different.
What is your favorite store to shop locally? It changes from time to time but right now my fave store is Nordstrom Rack. It’s basically the discount version of Nordstrom and they have a pretty good selection of clothing (my size), shoes, accessories and handbags. I always find really great deals on designer brands and rarely come home empty handed.
What are your top three online stores to shop?
Asos – They have a great selection of modern and stylish plus size clothes. Since they introduced their US site, its been a fave of mine. With free shipping and free returns, there is really is no reason not to shop online with them.
Macys – They have awesome sales and I have found many great classic pieces for my wardrobe. They often have better deals online than in store.
Fashion to Figure – I haven’t shopped here too much, but surprisingly the few items I gotten were really nice. They have a good selection of items and prices are super affordable.
Your shopping weakness? Shoes for sure, it seems like I never have enough or the right type of shoe. Yet my closet is over flowing with shoes!
Fave color: Currently loving purple and of course my all time favorite black.
Fave trend: I have never been a “trend” person, I prefer classic looks with hints of my personality thrown in. Currently I am wearing lots of denim, in jeans, jackets and denim shirts. See, I told you I was into the classics!
Three things your blog readers might not know about you are:
- I am bilingual and speak fluent Spanish, and like to pretend I also speak French (but I only took an intro to French class in college).
- Secretly wish I could sing and had a career as singer, but really can’t sing if my life depended on it!
- I have goals of being a fashion stylist, and have been working (slowly) on this goal for the past year.