Living in a city full of shopping malls and retail shops where shopping is practically a national sport, you’d think that finding clothes for different shapes and sizes would be a breeze, right?
So why is it that we often go into a store envisioning a wonderful shopping experience, credit card in hand, only to find the sizing so frustrating that we leave empty-handed? Buying from international stores online is an option, but overseas shipping can cost a bomb.
Thankfully, through PacMe, you can now shop at your favourite US-based stores online. Not only do PacMe forward your packages, they will consolidate and repack them for you too, reducing overall volume and saving you money.
So how does it work? Simply sign up at pacme.com (using promo code “expat” to snag a free account). You will receive your dedicated mailbox number at the PacMe warehouse immediately upon signing up so you can start shopping straight away. Before buying your item, enter your PacMe address in the shipping field at the checkout, then sit back and relax while your purchases are received, sorted and stored until they all arrive.
After they receive your shipments, the team will take photos documenting each item, everything will be stored at their warehouse for free.
Once all of your shopping has arrived, PacMe will cleverly pack everything into one shipment as tightly and carefully as possible, and then send it off to you using your service of choice – PacMe partners with all the shipping carriers. The best discounts start at around 15kg, so make sure you fill up that shopping cart!
Now the big question: where to shop?
Popular choices of course include Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, JC Penney and Saks, but we’ve scoured the net to find some other little gems you may not have heard of that offer fabulous size ranges, from petites to plus size.
An online plus-size clothing store featuring women’s fashion and accessories.
With lots of business casual options (up to a size 24 waist), Talbots is great for classic pieces. Petite, plus size and petite plus size are available too.
This site is a favourite for its vast selection of sizes, ranging from 0 to 36 waist, and for all heights from petite to tall. It doesn’t ship internationally, but you can buy through PacMe and your registered US address.
Macy’s offers a large selection of plus-size swimwear (up to a size 24W) and lingerie (bras go up to a 38M). They hike up the prices to ship here (plus you miss out on their deals, so it’s best to use a US billing address.
Did you know that Old Navy sells the majority of its plus-sized items online? It has a terrific selection of well-priced items, with tall and petite sizes too.
Hips & Curves
This specifically plus-size site has corsets, bras, panties and other sexy goodies made especially for curvy gals.
This is a go-to US online shoe retailer known for its excellent customer service, easy-to-use website and amazing selection. Sizes go up to 12.
Feeling inspired? Start shopping and consolidating your shipment now!