Clothing options for curvy girls have have gotten immeasurably better in the past few years. More and more designers are making plus-size clothing, even though they may be sold only online and aren’t always easy to find.
I really believe that wearing nice clothes that fit my body today, not when or if I lose 20, 30, 40 more lbs, has greatly impacted my self acceptance. Sally over at Already Pretty helped us compile a list of fashion resources for larger women that helped me a lot. I’ve checked most of these out and included links to my favorite ones.
Igigi – this brand is sometimes available in specialty boutiques, but mainly online.
Torrid – inexpensive, trendy and a little edgy.
Eloquii – suiting, office-friendly, but also trendy.
SWAK – basics and some trends.
Nordstrom – a bit of everything. Shop the sales!
Alloy – select “extended sizes,” up to size 25/XXXL only. Also features inseams up to 37″ on most pants.
ASOS Curve – go to women/curve. Trendy, affordable, some great basics.
Rachel Pally White Label – drapey jersey knits. Expensive but gorgeous.
Eileen Fisher – extremely expensive, but great quality.
Monif C – mostly convertible dresses and swimwear.
Talbots – in many major malls, includes petite plus. Great for suiting.
Land’s End – includes petite plus, tall plus, and a great selection of bathing suits.
Bare Necessities – features bras up to 54H.
Junonia – mainly activewear.
We Love Colors – colorful (and neutral) tights.
Lucie Lu – great selection of trendy jackets, t-shirts, skirts and dresses.
Evans USA – a diverse selection of stylish clothes and lingerie from this UK retailer.
Addition-Elle – cool stuff from a Canadian retailer.
Additionally, the number of bloggers writing about plus-size fashion is growing by leaps and bounds. Here are some of the ones that Sally recommends:
Le Blog de Big Beauty – a French woman with impeccable style.
Curvy Girl Chic – does trends beautifully.
Fashion for Giants – Gracey is 6′ tall AND plus sized.
Frocks and Frou Frou – vintage sensibilities.
Gabifresh – trendy, outspoken, and great style.
Girl with Curves – simple, classic looks.
Life & Style of Jessica Kane – lots of professional, work-appropriate looks and inspiring stories to boot.
Manolo for the Big Girl – more discussion than inspiration, but a fabulous read.
Nicolette Mason – New York City and high-fashion.
Pashteit – sweet and ladylike.
The Snug Bug– Patty’s site is mostly about sewing, but if you want outfits go right to that URL.
The Style Climber – mix of trendy and classic.
Wardrobe Oxygen – Alison is full-figured, not plus, but provides loads of fabulous inspiration and advice.
So, are we missing any great sites? Let us know!