Mommy & Mini Style

I certainly do not consider myself a fashionista. These days I pretty much exist in workout pants and some sort of stained tank top or t-shirt. My fashion style lends towards the practical, “what can I wear that will be both comfortable and will withstand the harsh chemicals I use to clean my children’s messes” variety. However, I do love getting pretty. Makeup, styling my hair, wearing a nice outfit… it’s amazing what that can do for your mood. On days when I’m not leaving my house, I look like a hobo. But on days that I have meetings, church events, bible study, school volunteering, or on the ever-so-rare date night… well, let’s dress up baby!

On thing you should know about me: this is not a blog that will be advertising every item of clothing available at Nordstrom, featuring $300 shirts, designer jeans, or expensive shoes. I just don’t have that sort of disposable income. (More power to you if you do, though! No judgment here!) I shop primarily at Torrid, Lane Bryant, Old Navy, Target, and Walmart. I don’t purchase shoes that are more than $50. I buy my tank tops in bulk from Target or Walmart. My jeans are Ava and Viv. In short…. I ain’t fancy. I do like to look cute, but I have to do it on a budget. I imagine many of you feel the same way!

In addition to shopping on a budget, things are further complicated by shopping on a budget for plus size clothes. Curvy girls, do you know what I mean? Lane Bryant and Torrid have really stepped up their fashion games lately, but unless you shop a sale or use coupons, their clothing can be pricey. (Subscribe to text and email alerts – there is always a sale or coupon code!) I’m really happy that both Walmart and Target have been putting out affordable, trendy plus size clothing lately! The Ava and Viv line at Target carries my favorite jeans as a matter of fact.

I thought it would be fun to do a series on plus size fashion… and include some of my mini-me’s recent purchases as well! Introducing Mommy & Mini Style!

This first picture is the outfit that I wore to the Khaki Ball. The dress code was cocktail attire, and I wanted to be comfortable. I love me a full skirt, and the velvet kimono added the perfect touch to tie my booties and clutch together. The booties are SO comfortable. I have a lot of foot pain and can’t really tolerate heels anymore. I danced, stood, walked to and from our car and felt no pain all night. I plan to wear this outfit out during the holidays!

The Ava & Viv tank tops are amazing – long enough to cover my tummy and booty, thick, and they don’t shrink when you dry them.

Tank top /Skirt/ Booties /Clutch

The necklace is over a year old and was purchased from Forever 21. I can’t find the kimono online, but it was from Torrid. THIS has a similar vibe and I think it would look very cute with the skirt.

Next up is Sister! This leopard dress is short sleeve but it will transition well to fall and winter with a cardigan or jean jacket. I got the vest at a consignment sale this fall, and the puppy purse is from Target (of course). The booties are Old Navy!


I also found a long sleeve version of this dress that has a fuller skirt. There is also a matching dress for your older girls! Since the vest was consignment, I can’t find the exact match online, but this Carter’s version is only $12. I would size up so you can wear for a few years. Her exact booties aren’t available online anymore, but this is a taller version. I also can’t find the puppy purse, but I purchased it about 3 months ago, so I guess that’s to be expected.

Note to self: if you are going to do outfit posts, you might want to post them while the items are still sold in stores.

I love these little floral dresses from Old Navy. They’ve sold them for 3 seasons now and I always snap up multiple pairs. They wash well (wash on cool and air dry so they do not fade), are comfortable, are lightweight, and you can easily layer them for more warmth. These dresses look adorable on their own, with a vest, with a denim jacket, with a cardigan… you can really dress them up or down. Plus… they are cheap! Old Navy is always running some sort of sale, so I’ve always been able to score them for $12 or less.

Her shoes were purchased in a wholesale FB group back in the summer.

I love, love, love her socks. They are knee high cable knit socks and they look adorable with dresses, boots, or flats. She’s worn them for two years now.

Dress (comes in many different colors and patterns) / Socks (sold as a 5 pack for $14!)

A note on the socks: I ordered the 1T size and she has worn them for 2 years. They do run a size big, so just keep that in mind when ordering.

This last picture is from our family pictures, and I adore both of our outfits. My outfit is from Torrid, and the boots are from Amazon. Poppy’s vest is consignment (although it is an Old Navy vest that they currently sale in the stores), and the dress and boots are Old Navy as well.

My Boots/ Poppy’s Fur Vest/ Poppy’s Dress / Similar Booties

I can’t find my shirt online (BOO), but I did find a few options that would give you a similar look. If you like the orange/rust color, THIS dress is cute and would look adorable with a jean jacket and booties. It’s on sale too! I also really like the color and cut of this shirt, and it would look great with jeans. If you like the high/low design of my shirt, THIS is similar and comes in a white floral pattern that would also work for fall.

The jeans are Torrid’s new Premium Stretch Skinny Jeans. I normally would never pay that much for jeans, but they had a pair on their clearance rack and combined with a promotion, the price was $25. They do incredible things for your body – sucks in all the places that need to be sucked in, lift up our booty, etc. The inseam comes in extra short, short, regular, tall, and extra tall and being 5’3 the short work perfectly for me as ankle jeans.

The booties I purchased from Amazon. I found a similar pair in beige on Jane a few years ago and I wore them until the heel fell off. I was browsing on Amazon and came across these boots and fell in love! It has a 2 inch heel so I can run around town doing errands, stand, walk to and fro and my feet never hurt. You do need to wear no show socks with these – nothing worse than seeing socks peek above your booties!

This post does contain affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small percentage of the sale if you decide to purchase any of the items I linked to above.

Let me know what you think of this post – do you want to see more fashion posts?


  1. Love the fashion posts!

  2. love this post! I’m all about affordable plus size fashion.


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