Newsflash: women with ample curves love fashion as much as anyone, but whenever you ask for a recommendation to a plus-sized clothing store, you’re inevitably lead to the old standbys like Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant. Those stores are great for a lot of reasons, including their selection of basics and convenience. There’s probably a brick and mortar Lane Bryant somewhere near you that you can visit in a pinch. But some women may not be aware that there are lots of other options out there for funky, trendy and hip full figured clothing, and they’re available online. Check out the list below if you’re on the hunt for some new spots to lay down the cash for full-figured gear.
Buxom is a hip, little retailer that sells some of the coolest, trendiest clothing around. The company operates under the philosophy that beauty doesn’t come in one size. Their clothes ranged in sizes from 12-26 (0X-4X). The company has a wide legion of fans because the styles they offer are fun, classic, chic and on-trend pieces that you can build your wardrobe on. Their clothes come primarily from the East and West coasts (NYC & LA), but they’ve begun adding items from Canada and the UK as well. If there’s a particular designer you’d like them to carry, let them know.
One very hip dress on the site right now is the MissPhit Trench Dress. The MissPhit brand has an avid fan base that waits with barely concealed anticipation for every new release. The Trench Dress meets all expectations. The dress is made of a polyester/rayon blend and has the look of a fitted, short-sleeved trench coat. It’s one of those transitional pieces that can work in the summer with a pair of high, strappy sandal, or in the winter with a slim jersey turtleneck underneath, thick leggings and knee high boots. The MissPhit Trench Dress retails on www.Buxomdenver.com for $58.
B & Llu
If you’ve never heard of B& Lu, then condolences are in order for all the fab clothes that you’ve missed from past seasons, and, “YAY!” for all of the new things in store for you now that you have heard of the brand. Christine Sholl started the store back in 1999 after growing tired of seeing plus sized clothing treated as a “remedy” for a problem, especially when the “problem” was that you weren’t a perfect size 6. Well, that philosophy is not in existence here. The clothing is hip, trendy, beautiful, and affordable: nothing is above $70. B&L recently opened their first brick and mortar store, a development which has made the curvaceous divas of Hopkins, Minnesota very happy. For everyone else, the famous online store is still open. B&Lu also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to keep up to date with the latest sales and the newest arrivals.
One hot dress in the online store right now is the Raquel Dress in Black. This is the dress you need in order to manage your own bewitching hour. It has a classic, silhouette that wraps around your body like a magical casing. There’s an asymmetrical neckline across the front, and the pulled-in waist has a cinched look that will completely flatter any woman with a classic, hourglass form. The company recommends that you order a size up since it is a fitted dress. You can get these scene-stealing dress for $69 at www.bandlu.com.
Daphne Larger Sizes
Daphne Dawkins opened her legendary NYC store Daphne Larger Sizes in 1985, and from the time forward catered to an audience of smart, talented plus-sized women from all walks of life who were looking for beauty in their clothes. Her clothes are famous for their beautiful styling, exquisite fabrics, and attention to detail. She sells dresses, coats, pants – everything you need to build your wardrobe. Her classic pieces tend to be the looser fitting tunic and kimonos she became famous for, but she also has a wide variety of more fitted pieces available. The brick and mortar store closed in 2010 so that the company could focus on online sales, which allowed them to open up the brand to an even wider audience. Sizes range from 12/14 to 30/32, (0X to 5X).
One of the beautiful items available in the online store is Maggie’s Kiimono. This stunner is the kind of cloak you walk – no, sail – into a room wearing with your head held high. It’s truly regal, yet delicate at the same time. This navy kimono is made out of a luscious, silk chiffon, and runs about 43” long. It can fit everyone from 1X-5X. www.daphnelargersizes.com
For those stateside that don’t know, Dorothy Perkins is an extremely popular UK retailer that does what a lot of US-based retailers don’t do: they sell many of their clothes in sizes ranging from 4 to…22! GASP! That’s right, someone on Dorothy Perkins marketing team didn’t get the memo, and decided to sell the same dress to a size 22 lass (US 20) that he sells to a size 4 lass (US 2). The company ships internationally to over 100 countries. Their website is easy to navigate and the clothes are easy to zoom in on and view from every angle so that you know exactly what you are getting. These aren’t cheesy materials either, but good quality fabrics, styles and colors.
One option on the site right now is the Black Smock Daisy Dress. This dress is an updated version of a sixties mini swing dress. It’s got long flowing sleeves with white, daisy applique detail at the wrists. The same detail encircles the waist. The dress falls to just above the knees, making it perfect when paired with sky-high heels. The dress retails for 60 pounds ($96).
It’s still shocking how many people aren’t aware that they can buy more off of Etsy than popsicle stick art and homemade bean bag cushions. You can buy food, furniture, home accessories, and clothes off of there, people! Truly, fabulous clothes are available on the site is truly beautiful clothing from some pretty amazing designers. There are quite a few sites that cater to plus-sized beauties, and they churn out some really fabulous gear. Etsy.com is the place to go if you’re looking for independent designers who focus on creating truly fashionable plus-sized gear. Another little-known fact about many Etsy designers is that many of them that cater to the general market will custom make their clothes to your specs even though they may not necessarily advertise that they make plus-sized clothing. If you love that vintage, retro rockabilly look that’s so popular in hipster towns everywhere, check out “Dresses by Betty.” She’s got those pretty empire waist sundresses and funky apron styles that some designers don’t realize look just as good (better) a plus sized woman. Just Google, “Etsy plus sizes”, and sit back and be amazed at what comes up.
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