If there are items of clothing that I need and I cant find them second hand, I then try online sales and if the item I need is unavailable online, I visit a discount outlet. These places are great for buying designer brands at bargain prices. Many of the outlet stores offer up to 70% off the usual price. I particularly like the M&S and NEXT outlet stores as they usually stock plus sizes and I always manage to pick up a bargain.
My most recent shopping trip to an outlet was when I visited Freeport in Essex. I needed a swimming costume for my holiday and I had spotted one online in NEXT but, before I bought it I thought I'd try their outlet store first. It is out of season for swimwear so I was pushing my luck really, however I managed to get my hands on a costume, it was actually their last one in my size, reduced from £30 to £14.
As I'm curvy I do feel a little self conscious about wearing swimwear, although that isn't just down to my weight because even when I was skinny I always covered up around the pool. I wanted a nice bright cover up to match my costume and I found one in M&S for £14. I love it, perfect for sitting around the pool at Center Parcs.