Years ago, finding cute and chic clothing for plus sized women in anything larger than a size 14 was no easy task. However, now that women and the fashion industry are starting to embrace the curves many of us have, there are a lot more choices. Many stores offer a wider range of size choices and rather than only being represented by stick thin women, many displays and advertisements include a full-figured model too. So, now that the fashion industry is catching up, what are some of the companies who do it best?
WhoWhatWhere is a company that not only offers a variety of styles of clothing in plus sizes; it also is a website that offers “trend reports, celebrity style guides, wardrobe how-tos, and the latest in fashion news”. They offer everything from jeans to street wear to evening dresses that will make a full figured woman look and feel amazing.
SmartGlamour is the NYC brand that aims to cater to every size, style and identity. Offering bold and fearless pieces in sizes ranging from XXS to a 6X; their ethical approach is open to all and each piece is handmade in their Queens studio using fabric sourced from local businesses. As transparent about pricing as they are about their design process, SmartGlamour’s mark ups are kept as low as possible in order to further their ethos of accessibility.
11 Honoré offers designer pieces in larger sizes. Founders Kathryn Retzer and Patrick Herning “went door to door asking if designers would produce runway looks in bigger sizes,” says Retzer. If a designer wanted to jump on board but wasn’t equipped, 11 Honoré stepped in to fill the gap with resources like fit models and pattern makers. Now the site offers high-fashion brands including Brandon Maxwell, Tanya Taylor, Tome, and Theory, and certain styles now go up to size 24.
Oh La La Cheri. If you want to elevate your confidence level with sexy lingerie, Oh La La Cheri offers sultry, French-inspired lingerie with intricate pieces.
JoyLab Found exclusively at Target, JoyLab offers all the latest athleisure trends at affordable price points and with extended sizing. Everything from sleek leggings to a chic jacket you can throw on after your workout can be found within the JoyLab name