I know the Torrid.
Ladyjaye asked me about some options at Torrid and tights. Two things I know from my shopping learnings.
First thing, Torrid can be absurdly overpriced. My big advice for Torrid is not to shell out the big bucks for most of their stuff unless (this is my personal rule)you love it so much you have to have it.
Quite frankly the quality verses the price of many Torrid items is just not great. A lot of very expensive things that in my mind are not made that well. Since you'll be in New York, I'd honestly save my money for somewhere more fabulous where you'll get more bang for your buck.
When it comes to Torrid I like a lot of their basic items. Things like tanks and tees when they are on sale.
I usually go for a size 12 in pants/skirts, a 0 in tanks and I like their tees in a size 1 because they tend to fit my shoulders better. Also more boobage room.
If you're not looking for basics I'd say unless it's on the clearance rack skip it. To tell you the truth I'm not super into a lot of what Torrid is offering these days. I also suggest calling the store you want to go to, to find out what they are stocking currently.
I believe (and if I'm wrong correct me folks) most Torrid stores are carrying different things these days depending on the demographic of their location. If there's something you really want to try on or buy on the website call or email them (their customer service can be really good if you're nice but firm) and see if an NYC or NJ store has it or is willing to get one in for you.
As far as sizing things from Torrid like most stores it can be a crapshoot sometimes. I am very high waisted (my natural waist is quite literally right under my ribcage) so I rarely if ever get anything with a high rise. I do really like Torrid's in house mid rise pants when they have them. They come just to or just over my belly button which I love.
And let me suggest some alternatives.
Since you'll be in NY let me recommend Re/Dress. Even though I haven't been there I have a.) seen photographic evidence of the hot fat folks getting some awesome new to them/thrifted clothes, b.) heard the store is all colors of fun and c.)is fucking awesome. From their site there:
Re/Dress NYC is a buy * sell * trade resale
establishment. Based on the store's style,
size and seasonal needs, women are offered
either 25% of the resale price in cash
or 40% store credit for the clothing selected
by the staff.
If you and your friends are feeling ambitious maybe try taking some clothes with you to trade.
If you're ready to spend some $$ in the Big Apple I also say check out Monif C. Even though I really can't afford to shop there myself if I could I absolutely would. Also it looks like a fun place to just go try on fabulous things if you're so inclined.
Also I've heard good things about Leelee's Valise.
With these smaller stores I highly suggest calling ahead if you have any questions.
If I was on my way to NY I'd maybe make a wee trip to Torrid and save my big shopping awesomeness for another store. Depending on what size you are keep your eye out on your travels for interesting shirts and things too.
And now onto tights.
This year I have not had excellent luck with tights.
I bought a bunch of pairs of brightly colored supposedly 2X tights on Ebay that were a phenomenal fail.
For my size (Torrid 12ish with big hams, not a round booty and big hips) I like Target 1X tights. I've had three or four pairs of Merona brand tights and they have done me good.
I've heard lots of reviews on We Love Colors but I haven't bought from them mainly due to budget constraints. I like their selection and think some of those colors are just drool worthy but, 15$ for a pair of tights is steep to me.
For some awesome (way better than I'm doing today) tights/hosiery discussions check out this on Fatshionista.
I will tell you don't waste your time or money on Torrid's tights or thigh highs. I have been dissatisfied with every bit of hosiery I've gotten from them. Quite a long time ago I bought some fishnets there that were so amazingly ill fitting I tossed them out straight away. Also their thigh highs if they are indeed made for fatties are not doing it right.
Also be leery of plus size Leg Avenue tights. Sometimes they fit and sometimes their "queen sizes" are not so queenly.
And about the boob high tights. I used to really hate that but at some point I decided that tights that don't pinch my thighs, don't fall down and look good are worth hiking them up to my bra.
Unfortunately darlin' trying to find interesting tights in person is a shit ton of legwork and my record thus far is pretty bad. I look at tights at almost every clothing store but all too often anything interesting does not even remotely look like it'll fit.
I've also recently started an interest in footless tights and I think I might go with that since Target carries some neat colors. Unfortunately tights buying even if you're doing it in person can be quite the adventure. But once you find some you like, buy three pairs at a time.
Has this made any sense at all? I'm a little wee in the head from antihistemines and I might have gone off track.
Also in case you aren't on LJ I can put your query to the fine folks at Fatshionista and link it for you.
Other readers, suggestions? Thoughts? Ready..>GO GO GO GO!