We’ve posted on this topic before, because it can be hard to find great plus-sized clothing for women. It’s true, real women have curves, and at long last the better clothing designer are waking up to this fact. Plus sized fashion isn’t about trying to look skinny; it’s about looking fabulous and playing up your assets. Learning to dress right for you size and shape can take some finesse, especially where things like jeans are concerned. However, finding clothes that fit your style and your body can give you the confidence to really work it, so celebrate the beginning of a new era in fashion and release your inner diva with these online boutiques.
Simply Be features sexy jeans, outerwear, and casual wear, as well as party dresses and career-appropriate wear in sizes 8 through 28. Styles here tend toward the retro Marilyn/Mad Men vibe: read leopard, boatneck, and a serious emphasis on curves. However, high-heeled knee boots, graphic tees, skinny jeans, and belted looks keep things current looking. The site offers flat-rate shipping and a free member card that rewards customers with a birthday gift and 5% discounts for a year after you spend $100.
Boutique Larrieux features clothing in sizes 12-24. You can read about more than a dozen designers here, then shop their collections. The clothes here are higher-end, but affordable, and there is a nice mix of club and cocktail wear, workplace, and casual. Clothes here tend to be classic with a modern twist, and you’ll find pared-down silhouettes in wild patterns, fuzzy-wuzzy outerwear, and flowing jersey maxi dresses you’ll want to live in. The brick and mortar store is located in Milwaukee, and if you are in the neighborhood, they offer personal style services.
This is the plus sized line from the most delightful Euro-chic clothing store online. Statement collars, stunning shifts, and cuddly cardigans abound here, and the price is right. Asos Curve offers these hot styles in sizes 16-22. Asos has become so beloved Stateside, that they have created a U.S. site to take the confusion out of sizing and the conversion rate. These are truly go-anywhere pieces that can transition from the office to the nightclub with little more than a slim choker and a flick of mascara. The outerwear line is not to be missed, as you won’t find items like these anywhere else. We’re talking marigold houndstooth, A-line with peter pan collars, and faux fur trim. After you see how Asos has raised the bar on plus size fashion, you may resolve to dress strictly from this site.
Eloquii was created by the Limited to put an end to the exclusion of full-figured women from the world of high fashion, because nobody should have to dress all in black. Expect the season’s best at the Limited’s new plus size store. Accordion-pleat skirts, bow blouses, candy-colored demim, and cowl-neck sweaters in sizes 14-24 set this site apart, and there are tons of delectable accessories to tie your look together. One particularly alluring aspect of this site is the collection of this season’s great legwear made for curvy gals. You can also shop by body-type and get styling advice for you shape.
Carissa Rose is a nice, Spartan site that you will want to stop by for career basics and layering pieces. This is the place for crisp oxfords and sheath dresses that you can accessorize in any direction. While the clothing selection here is on the small side, the items are well made, and the site’s blog is loaded with style advice for the full figured fashion maven, like finding flattering styles for larger busts. And if you need a break from reading about fashion, skip down to the blog’s “Literary Thursday” section and you might stumble upon a great new book.
Hips and Curves
Don’t forget the underpinnings! Finding well-made lingerie in larger sizes can be a real challenge, especially if you’re looking for a special piece that’s meant to be seen. This site is a favorite of magazines like Vogue and InStyle and carries everything from your basic, everyday under-things to full-on yowza! Bras are available in hard to find sizes up to 44 JJ. In addition to bras and panties, Hips and Curves has a great selection of hosiery, nighties and other boudoir essentials. But here’s the really amazing thing: they have a steampunk collection! That’s right, steel-boned corsets, Edwardian bloomers, and bustle slips– so cool. Also, if you’re unsure whether to buy before trying on, check out the “Love Letters” section for dozens of glowing testaments to this site’s quality of service and products.