How to Shop Torrid

We’ve bemoaned the agony of finding fashionable and affordable plus size clothing a million times before, so we’ll skip that soapbox here, in the interest of brevity. That being said, Torrid is one of the very few retailers that features trendy and junior-centric clothing for girls with a little more curve. The problem? Quality is not job one here, and the prices really aren’t always as cheap as they should be (for what you get). As some wise person once said (we’re sure it was a woman) — know before you go.

How to Shop Torrid

Think Fun, Not Forever. Meaning consider Torrid the place for here today, gone tomorrow trend pieces (case in point: a Tripp Denim Braided Corset — promise us you won’t be wearing this next year). At TBF, we never recommend investing big bucks in trendy items, but it’s those very fun trendy items that keep our higher-quality wardrobe staples up-to-date. So, get your staples elsewhere (Macy’s, Lane Bryant, etc.) and keep Torrid firmly in the sexy-top-for-this-Friday-night category.

Divastyle Rewards. Rewards are never all they’re cracked up to be, but they don’t hurt either. If you’re a regular Torrid shopper, it pays to sign up for the Divastyle Rewards – particularly since there are no sign-up or membership fees. For this one, the rewards are perhaps a bit underwhelming (after you spend $250, you get 5% off purchases for a year, event invitations and a birthday gift of some kind or other). But IF, and only if, you would spend the $250 anyway, you might as well get something extra out of the deal.



Torrid Sandals

Three Words: Wide. Width. Shoes. Okay, we understand that wide-width shoes are not necessarily a given for plus size girls, and also that plenty of ‘average’ sized women have wide feet. We also understand that finding a decent selection of cute wide-width shoes can be maddening, so anytime we find a source, we just gotta share. Z. Cavaricci Couture Perforated Black Heels in a wide width? For less than $20 (on clearance)? Exactly.

Don’t Discount The Clearance Section. Isn’t clearance always a budget shopper’s best friend? In a word – yes. We like Torrid clearance especially, however, because for whatever reason, we frequently find stuff in clearance that’s as cute and season-appropriate as in the regular-priced offerings, and much more within the kind of Forever21 price point we’d like to see.

A Final Style Note: While Torrid does stock Ed Hardy items, this is just a friendly reminder that if you are even the slightest bit tempted to purchase one, you should either a) unplug your computer immediately or b) run out of the store until the feeling passes.

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Comments

  1. says

    I love to see articles and advice on helping plus size women dress with style. It seems that so many times when you read a blog, the photo’s are indeed great and fashionable , but realistically can only be worn by the model-esque girl in the photos.

  2. Orora says

    I also think Torrid is overpriced for what you get in most cases, but their 50% off clearance sales are worth looking at. I’ve gotten some really cute stuff (including cocktail dresses after prom season) for cheap.

  3. says

    Just made my first trip to Torrid last week. I bought a great shirt on clearance. Just like LB, regular price is way too much for me. Sales/clearance make them affordable.

    I loved that Torrid was different/more trendy than Macys, LB and Avenue, my regular shopping stops.

  4. Janet C. says

    Torrid is my “go to” for store brand denim. Great styles and with Divastyle discount, very affordable.

  5. Kuteog says

    I read in a magazine that Torrid jeans were the best for plus-sizes… OMG, they were right!! I have a few jeans from there and they are the best fitting ones in my closet.

  6. Diana says

    Torrid’s shoes are of poor quality. I’ve had several heels snap and I’m not an extremely overweight girl. Count on wearing their heels a couple times to save yourself from walking to your car with a broken heel.

  7. Dee says

    I agree! Torrid shoes are not great quality, especially for the prices they are charging! I too shop the clearance section and recently purchased about $1000 worth the clothes… some were GREAT and others were just okay… all in all, I would keep shopping with Torrid, but will be more mindful of the materials I purchase in the future… especially since I purchased it all online!

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