10 affordable plus-size tops for spring under $30

Things have gotten a little gloomy over here in my corner of the internet. So much of my blog has been devoted to processing my mom's death. While that's been extremely helpful for me (and I know will continue...sorry not sorry), I'm going to switch things up and talk about a bit lighter subject today. Shopping (and of course body image because this post can't be too light)!

I've followed Natalie Borton and Caitlin Kruse on Instagram for years. I love both of their personal styles and weekly try-ons via Instagram stories. However, both of these lovely ladies have very different body shapes than my own. So I've been on the hunt for some additional style inspiration from bloggers who are size 12 or above.

I'm happy to report that through Natalie and Caitlin's Instagram try-on sessions, I've found some fabulous (new to me) fashion bloggers in my size range! Three of my favorites include: Rebecca from Mommy in Heels, Ashley Dorough, and Maddy Gutierrez. I'm grateful that brands and bloggers are becoming more size inclusive. Every body deserves to be loved and celebrated.

While my weight is the highest it's ever been, I still want to find ways to love and embrace my body. I don't want to wait until I lose 30 lbs or fit back into a size 12 to be happy. Right now I'm exploring ways that I can improve my health. Not because I need to be a certain size to be beautiful, but because I want to treat my body better and be healthier.

It feels really overwhelming to try and make changes to my lifestyle (I'm looking at you Dr. Pepper). But I need to try. Why is taking care of yourself so hard? I know that if I can establish some healthier habits now, my body and family will thank me later. One day at a time.

Alright, now that I've gotten some reflection out of the way, let's proceed with the promised shopping portion of this post. It's a snow day here in Albuquerque which naturally has me pining for spring. I have more work events coming up where I need to look polished and put-together, so I've been searching for affordable, plus-size tops.

My general rule of thumb is that I won't pay more than $30 for a top. I really like to keep it under $20 if possible. I religiously shop the clearance racks and watch for sales before I make an online purchase. Spring looks are already popping up in stores and both LOFT and Torrid are having great sales right now.

Ready to get shopping? Here are 10 affordable plus-size tops under $30 that I have my eye on for spring!

Torrid moon challis blouse - $29.17 (on sale)

LOFT Plus chambray peplum top - $14.99 (on sale)

LOFT Plus floral dot wrap top - $17.99 (on sale)

Old Navy Plus graphic tee - $13.49 (on sale)

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