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Plus-size fashion is notorious for two unfortunate reasons. One, it’s often inarguably unfashionable, plagued by ill-fitting muumuus, dated cold-shoulder tops and the busiest graphic prints known to man. And two, it’s expensive, with pieces often priced exorbitantly higher than similar straight-size styles. Given this reality, many plus-size shoppers find themselves on a constant hunt for fashionable pieces only to end up settling on mediocre products at high prices.
Despite mounting pressure on fashion brands to embrace size inclusion, there is still a disappointing lack of fashionable and affordable pieces. Plus-size bargain-loving fashionistas deserve better — and they can get better, thanks to Nordstrom. The mega-retailer is coming in clutch for your closet, currently stocking a ton of stylish plus-size pieces under $50. You can upgrade your wardrobe without seriously downgrading your wallet in the process.
So what are you (and your closet) waiting for? Browse the options below for a taste of the stylish plus-size possibilities at Nordstrom. Be warned: Items sell out fast, so add them to your cart stat.
1. River Island Bright Sequin Midi Skirt, $40 (Orig. $100)
Neon green is a standout color of 2023, and this midi skirt does the hue justice. With a sequin sparkle and a leg slit for movement, you can dress this piece up or down.
2. BP. Corset Top, $35
A corset is a must-have piece in any modern fashionista’s closet. It’s a seasonal chameleon: You can layer it over a sleeved top for extra warmth or wear it alone on sunny days. It’s the definition of edgy yet practical.
3. BP. Cowl Neck Satin Minidress, $45
Say “hello” to your new favorite dress. It’s the year of silky satin, and this slip dress embraces the trend flawlessly. With a gorgeous pink and orange ombré fabric, this mini dress is perfectly eye-catching and effortless. And it’s at a price you can’t beat.
4. ASOS Curve Satin Midi Skirt, $45
An incredibly versatile piece, a midi satin skirt can be dressed up for an important occasion or dressed down with a slouchy band tee. This option comes in a rich burgundy color that is luxe and lovely.
5. ASOS Wrap Midi Dress, $45
You likely know by now that emerald is a color trend of 2023. Give the jewel tone a spin with this wrap dress by ASOS. Comfy yet polished, it’s an easy throw-on-and-go piece.
6. Eloquii Stripe Open Stitch Polo Sweater, $49.98 (Orig. $69.95)
Nineties style trends continue to infiltrate modern fashion — yes, that means polo shirts are back. This rugby-style option by Eloquii mixes a jersey-inspired open stitch with a statement collar, giving a twist to the trend.
7. BP. Printed Skirt, $21.97 (Orig. $49)
Another wardrobe essential in the ’90s, plaid mini skirts á la Cher from Clueless have been a steady part of the era’s grunge-meets-prep resurgence. Channel Cher’s iconic vibe in this adorable option in a wearable tan color. Because, let’s be honest, we can’t all pull off yellow plaid. P.S. This skirt is also available in a green and navy plaid colorway.
8. BP. Y2K Velour Zip Sweatshirt, $34.97 (Orig. $59)
Y2K called. It wants velour back — but you won’t want to return it after zipping up this sweatshirt. At less than $35, it’s the perfect piece to cozy up in. Plus, it comes in a bold hue that makes even your off-duty looks special.
Jeans for under $50? Yes, Nordstrom has that. This cropped pair from Poetic Justice combines a jogger silhouette with a wearable lived-in wash. Sure, flare jeans are the “it” denim style of now — but sometimes you just need to show off your shoes.
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