Best Plus Size Jackets & Coats For Winter

Winter coats and jackets can be one of the most difficult things to find for plus size women, and I’m no exception.  I spent YEARS wearing inadequate coats that either didn’t fit well or weren’t warm enough in the coldest winter months.

When I moved to New York and spent a LOT more time outside during one winter working in Manhattan, I knew I had to figure out the coat situation… and I really started diving in and researching exactly what I needed to round out my winter wardrobe.

Now, living back in Kentucky and working from home instead of traipsing around NYC every day, I don’t require as much long-term cold weather protection, but it’s still important to have a variety of coats for different temperatures and occasions.

Today’s post features my absolute favorite coat styles that I wear on a daily basis when the temperatures drop.  I think these styles will work great for any plus size person looking to stay warm and look cute this winter.

Miranda Schultz of the Plus Life Blog in a fall outdoor scenery wearing plus size workwear from Lane Bryant.

Where to Buy Plus Size Workwear

Maybe I’m weird, but workwear is one of my favorite categories to shop.  Now that I don’t work in an office, I have fewer excuses to buy plus size workwear but I still love a good blazer, dress, or nice pair of slacks.

I know finding the perfect workwear can be difficult for people of all sizes, but it can be even harder when you’re plus size.

Not to mention… even figuring out what is/isn’t acceptable in your workplace can be overwhelming when you’re starting a new job.  In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with “over” dressing.  You know the saying… “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”

I think it holds some weight.  Not to mention, it’s fun to dress up, especially when your dressy clothes are equally comfy.

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Featuring Lane Bryant

I sometimes hear people say they can’t find cute clothes at Lane Bryant, and it honestly shocks me.  I almost always have good luck finding wardrobe-essentials there and in recent years, I think the brand has done a great job of offering on-trend options as well.

A large portion of my wardrobe has been from Lane Bryant for as long as I can remember.  Today, I was picking up an order at my local Lane Bryant and tried on a few things while I was there. As I was shopping I thought… “I KNOW I could create a great Fall wardrobe here from start to finish.”

I polled my Instagram fam (hi, IG fam!) and the vote was unanimous that everyone wanted to see a Fall Capsule Wardrobe featuring exclusively options from Lane Bryant.

So, here we are.

Trend Alert: All Things Animal Print

If you’ve been following the Fall 2019 fashion trends, I’m sure you’re not shocked to see me writing about this topic… animal prints!  From the runways of NYC to the mall down the street, you’ll be seeing leopard print, snakeskin and other animal prints everywhere you turn.

As a lifelong animal print aficionado, I couldn’t be more excited that this trend is back and better than ever!  I counted and I already have 10+ leopard print pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve accumulated over the years and, honestly, I would be wearing them still even if they weren’t “in”.  My absolute favorite is when a print or pattern I consider to be a classic or wardrobe staple gets REALLY popular again.  It’s the perfect time to stock up.

I get that you may be a bit less over-the-top excited than I am about the trend, so if you’re just dipping your toe in… don’t worry, I’ve got options for you too!

Roundup: The Best Plus Size Memorial Day Sales of 2019

Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect summer kick-off, and plus size brands are doing it right with awesome deals on all things fashion!  I’ve rounded up the best sales AND I’m sharing my favorite item currently on sale from each brand.

I also threw in one non-fashion brand that has an awesome sale that you need to check out!  Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post so you don’t miss out on that one!

Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Leopard Print Maxi and Lane Bryant Geometric Hoop Earrings on Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog

Everything You Need to Know About Bra Fit (And Special Event Details!)


This post is in collaboration with Lane Bryant / Cacique.  All opinions are my own.  Be sure to join me at the Crestview Hills, KY store location on Saturday, April 6th from 2-4 PM where I’ll be hosting the Perfect Bra Fit Event!  There will be great discounts, free bra fittings, and giveaways!  I’ll also be there to hang out and help style you.  I can’t wait to see you and shop with you!

If you’ve been around here for long, you’ll know that I’m a huge Lane Bryant fan. I’ve been shopping there for years and a very large portion of my wardrobe is from there.  I’m so into a great in-store shopping experience, and no matter where I have lived over the years, I’ve always been able to rely on Lane Bryant to give me that.

I spend a LOT of time in my local store in Crestview Hills, KY, and I’m so excited to partner with Lane Bryant’s Cacique brand to host the Perfect Bra Fit event at this location.

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog Wearing Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Animal Print Maxi

In today’s post, we’ll talk about a few fun things… 

  1. Everything you need to know about Cacique Intimates, Lane Bryant’s brand that offers bras, underwear, pajamas, and swimwear… including the new, inclusive size range!
  2. We’ll discuss the tips I’ve learned from the pros about how bras are ACTUALLY supposed to fit.
  3. I’ll show you the sneak peek of my new Lane Bryant outfit that I picked out especially for Saturday’s event.  When you see me wearing it… act surprised 😉
  4. Finally, you’ll get ALL the details about Saturday’s event and what you can expect.

What You Need to Know About Cacique Intimates at Lane Bryant

First, let’s talk about Cacique… it’s the intimates brand available in Lane Bryant stores and online at  I have personally been wearing Cacique bras for at least 15 years, and the brand offers consistently high quality, cute prints/colors, and great fit.

Inclusive Size Range

The size range from Cacique has recently expanded to an impressive range!  There are now 86 sizes available from band sizes 32-50 and cup sizes A-K!  They also offer select styles of panties and sleepwear in sizes 0-28.  I think it’s so cool that we plus size babes can shop Cacique in store with our smaller friends now!

A Variety Of Styles For Different Breast and Body Shapes

There are a variety of styles available to meet the varying needs of women of different shapes and sizes:

  • Full coverage
  • Balconette – Cacique’s most popular style!
  • Demi
  • T-Shirt
  • Wire Free – my new personal fave!
  • Plunge – my go-to for years!

My New Bra Obsession – The Simply Wire Free Uplift Plunge Bra

The Cacique Simply Wire Free Uplift Plunge Bra in Black Available in Sizes 32-50 A-K

A few weeks ago, I came across the new Simply Wire Free Uplift Plunge bra on social media, and I knew immediately that I needed to try it.  I bought one soon after and have since bought additional ones because I wear them daily.

I am not exaggerating when I say this new bra is now one of my prized possessions.  It’s as comfortable as a sports bra but has the support and lift of an underwire.  There is a gel channel instead of the wire so there’s never a pinch or a poke.  I’m obsessed!

I do have a smaller bust, so I’m not as concerned about support as many of my larger busted friends but I’ve spoken to several people with a larger cup size who are as impressed as I am.  I highly recommend giving a bra from the wireless collection a try… and Saturday’s bra fit event will be a perfect time to get a great deal.  More on that later!

Master Bra Fitters – Free Professional Bra Fitting In Store

Cacique trains its staff to become Master Bra Fitters.  You can always have a Master Fitter provide a free bra fit!    A master fitter is an expert in bra fit and to be certified they have to execute 100 or more bra fits!  They can not only help with sizing but can also help recommend the best frame for your breast shape… so cool!

How Bras Are Actually Supposed to Fit

I’ve learned some extremely helpful bra fit tips from the team at Cacique that I am excited to share with you and use in my own life.  Finding the perfect fit can be VERY confusing on your own but here are a few important tips as you evaluate your current bras and whether they fit properly.

  • The middle part of the bra (known as the “gore”) should sit flat on your sternum.
  • The band of your bra should fit straight across your back (no sagging down or riding up).
  • The straps of your bra should rest comfortably on your shoulders and not dig in.
  • Your breast should fit comfortably inside the bra cup, with no spillage.

Our breast shape can change much more frequently than you’d think.  It is recommended that we get professional bra fittings every SIX months to ensure proper fit.  I honestly haven’t had a fitting in years, so I’m excited to get one on Saturday and then stock up on new bras during the sale!

Event Outfit Details Featuring Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Collaboration

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog Wearing The Beauticurve Animal Print Maxi from the Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Spring 2019 Collection

I recently had a fun day shopping in the store to pick out an outfit for the event.  I’m pretty sure I tried on every dress available and found SO many great options.  Stay tuned for future posts because I’ve got a LOT of cute new pieces to share with you for spring.

For this event, I landed on this gorgeous Beauticurve Animal Print Maxi Dress from the Beauticurve X Lane Bryant collection.  I LOVE that Lane Bryant collaborates with bloggers and influencers and it’s so fun to see the personal styles of my faves in store. This collection definitely suits my own personal style… very wearable, classic, and feminine.

I am obsessed with the length of the animal maxi dress and it feels very high quality with great lining.  If you have a smaller bust/larger hips, you can likely size down at least one size, maybe two.  I typically wear a 28 in everything at Lane Bryant and bought this in a 24.  I still have plenty of room and could probably even go with a 22 for a more fitted bust.

I’ll be pairing the dress with these gorgeous gold Octagon Hoop Earrings and black Triple Strap Wedge Sandals for the event.

I’m IN LOVE with sandals.  It is so hard to find a strappy sandal that doesn’t dig into my feet, but these have a nice, hidden stretchy band that makes them very comfortable.  Also, while they’re called wedge sandals… the wedge is very minimal so they feel like wearing flats!  I know I will be wearing them all spring and summer.

Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Leopard Print Maxi and Lane Bryant Geometric Hoop Earrings on Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog

Perfect Bra Fit Event Saturday, April 6th

Join Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog At Crestview Hills KY Lane Bryant Cacique Location for Perfect Bra Fit Event April 6th, 2019 from 2-4 PM

Don’t miss out on this fun event!  Come shop with me and let the bra fit experts at Cacique guide you to your perfect fit during the Perfect Bra Fit Event April 6th from 2-4 PM!

  • Hang out with me at the Crestview Hills, KY location which is in Northern Kentucky and very convenient to Cincinnati, OH.
  • The event lasts from 2-4 PM on Saturday, April 6th,  but be sure to stick around from 3-4 PM so you can enter to win exclusive prizes! WHO DOESN’T LOVE A GIVEAWAY????
  • Take $15 off every Cacique Bra (excluding clearance).
  • No worries if your size isn’t in store… you’ll be able to order online at the event and get $15 off bras at
  • Are you on Facebook? If so, you can check out the event page by clicking here!

I can’t wait to see you there for hugs (if you want), selfies, excellent fitting bras, giveaways, and so much fun! 

Now I have a question for you…  When’s the last time you were fit by a professional for a bra? 

Black Friday 2018 Deals!

It’s finally here!  Every bargain shopper’s favorite weekend of the year!  Now that we’re all full of turkey, let’s get down to business and look at some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

I’ve included a variety of brands below, from plus size fashion to mattresses to gifts.  I’ll be updating this post throughout the day and over the next several days with new deals as I have them.

Are You Ready? Lane Bryant Doorbuster Deals

Thank you to Lane Bryant for sponsoring this post!  Integrity means everything to me, so I never promote products I don’t use and love personally.  I have been a Lane Bryant shopper for over a decade, and it is a pleasure to partner with the brand to share their Black Friday weekend deals with you.  You can read my full disclosure here.  

There are two things you should know about me if you don’t already:

I love Lane Bryant and I love a bargain. 

I know that many of you share these sentiments, so I am thrilled to partner with Lane Bryant to tell you about the Daily Doorbuster Deals being offered in store and online November 21 – 26!

The BEST Maxi Dress of Spring!

This is an alert…. RUN and go buy this dress right now! I’m serious.  It’s selling out fast, so I don’t want you to miss out.  I love this dress so much that I was willing to pay full price for it.  You all probably know by now that I am VERY frugal.  Paying full price for clothing causes such sorrow for me, and I rarely ever do it.  I loved this so much I bought it in BOTH colors the very first time I saw it because I just couldn’t risk it and wait for a deal.