What to Wear to a Blogging Conference- Plus Size options

After three years of conferences I am certain I know what to wear. Dressy casual is the criteria but what exactly does that mean? For me I like to dress up whenever I can. Date night, teacher interviews, shopping, you name it. But many do not dress up day to day. So to dress dressy casual for one, may be a bit different than others. To me dressy casual is pants or a skirt with a nice shirt. No sweats no ripped jeans and no yoga wear. I seldom go glam, but do enjoy that as well. The last few years I have been very grateful to Penningtons. As a plus size woman I shop there often for my clothes. Their selection is like no other with styles for every taste. This season I found a few funky pieces and pushed my comfort zone. This means adding some colour and going sleeveless. 

When I go to a blogger conference I want to be comfortable. However I need to be business like and respectable. So I like sweaters, shirts with patterns and comfy dressy pants. I also love wearing flats. I made the mistake of wearing heals and ouch!

Below are a couple of the outfits I put together at Penningtons and wore to Blissdom and LINK2013

penningtonsoutfit The sweater above fit my curves nicely. I love the soft black material with silver specks throughout. I got so many compliments on this sweater. It was hard to believe I almost did not pick it out. This “Shiny sweater” is $60 and washes up so nicely. I paired it up with beige pants that again were perfect for a curvy body. They had lots of stretch (fake pockets ) and a great length. 

I love that Penningtons not only has plus size clothes that look great. But they also have clothes for every body type in the plus size world. So your shape and height will be covered. This season I noticed a lot of different fabrics and lots of animal prints. The staff was super helpful helping me find pieces that would be great for me and I could mix and match. 

After seeing this video I knew I had to check out this skirt. While in the store I found pants made of the same material. I love sexy and I love funky and I knew these were for me. 


These pants were so comfy I could not believe it. They were great for day time and perfect for nighttime dinners and parties. Just do not place napkin on your lap as it slides off 🙂 Pair them with your fave flats or sexy boots and add any shirt to make it the perfect look. I went sleeveless and print. The shirt is layered with a sheer material. Very nice fitting. I do recommend a good bra. This shirt looks differently on me depending on what bra I am wearing. 

Speaking of bras, I bought two new ones just for the conference. I hit up the clearance rack and got them both for less than $20. This is amazing for a bra for plus size women. And they are super cute!

As promised I added colour to my clothes for the conference as well. I knew I would be in many pics and wanted my blue eyes to stand out. I got a green shirt with a slight pattern and a light blue one that was solid. Both compliment my figure and pair up nicely with the pants I bought and the cardigan I bought as well. When you go to a conference layers are important so the cardigan was a must. 

shirt collage

The cowl neck is a lot of fun and looks great with or without jewelry. 

I also grabbed some earrings and a choker necklace from Penningtons. I got lots of compliments and all the bloggers were thrilled to see Penningtons had so many great options for every day to work to night. I had intended on buying a dress, but the one I loved online was not in the store I went to.

Check out Penningtons and add something new to your wardrobe. 

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  1. I love that snake skin print top! It looks great on you.
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  2. I LOVED that sweater on you. Penningtons has such gorgeous stuff.
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  3. colour is where I fall flat, I think everything I wore except one dress was either black or grey. You looked fabulous every time I saw you!
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  4. I loved everything you wore to those conferences hun! My fave was that snake-skin orange top you have in the pic above. I need to remember to look for that one when I hit up Penningtons again, lol. <3
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  5. Love the stylish and comfortable options they have available. Everything looks great on you and they seem like they have really good quality clothing.

  6. I love that snake-skin pattern shirt, it looks fab on you!
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  7. Looks great and I was lucky enough to see you wear it in person! 🙂

  8. shannonsview1 says

    I thought you looked great!! There is a new Penningtons near me and I will be checking them out.
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  9. kerriemendoza says

    Love Penningtons clothing – they are definitely my 'go to' store. Great choices!
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  10. You look great! The snakeskin top looks great on you. Now tell the weather guys to bring back the warm weather here! 😉
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  11. Anna Johnson says

    Looking good- I wouldn't have thought those pants would be for me, but I'll have to check them out!

  12. Color combinations are so refreshing…Greatly impressed with this!

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