Plus size Fashion online shopping tips and Brand Directory

Here is a page where I put together all the Plus size brands with online retail I find decent.
Online Shopping is getting so easy nowadays, all you need to know is how the brand fits you by getting to know their clientele base; very simple theory.

How to choose the brand suitable for your style

One of the most useful tips is – if you are not familiar with shopping online; find things that contains the material LYCRA®. It stretches so it’s comfortable, it’s thicker than just putting elastin in the fabric and of it’s higher quality. If you have chosen the right size with correct measurement, they will always fit because of the stretch. Otherwise having elastin in the fabric would help a lot too so check the material they mention on the page. Although with LYCRA® or Elastin, the fit will be more figure hugging, and designed to be more sensual or at times revealing (wrap dress, low cut, cut out, crop details); but they are absolutely flattering.
Unless you are ready for fashion forward clothing, as most of the time
you will be wearing clothes that has no stretch, tighter fit, do go for comfort first.
I think Fashion styling is a journey in fashion itself, so no one can really tell you what to wear. All you need to do is keep being adventurous and try different things. Go to a store where they sell plus size, try as many as you want in the changing room to learn what’s best for you. Also watch and learn from various bloggers on how to match their outfits, get inspired.
I will simply put these brands into different 5 categories
Fashion Labels ($$$-$$$$), Elegant ($$-$$$), Street Style ($$-$$$) multiple brands ($-$$$$) and High Street Fashion ($-$$$)
Designer labels
 
Elegant
 
 
 
Street Style
 
 
Swak Design (Sealed with a kiss)
Multiple
Brands
 
 
High Street Fashion ( for “in-betweenies:
mostly up to UK18/US14)

For Independent Designers go to this post.

Feel free to leave your comment for any plus size shopping tips!
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Beginners’ Guide to Online shopping for Plus size Clothing

Being a plus size blogger for years have really helped me with one thing – I already know which website do I head to when I need that particular piece of clothing or accessory. But I know not all of you have paid so much attention at this topic as I do, hence sometimes no clue where to look or even how to start building your “wardrobe”. On this blogger site I use, there are keyword analysis showing me what brought you to my blog and some of you are simply just looking for “where to buy plus size clothing”. I guess there are always new comers who are ready to expand their horizon when it comes to Plus size fashion so here it is!

I have put together a list where you can get all your essential pieces to help build your day / night wear collection. Remember you only live once so enjoy your life to the fullest, including looking fabulous!

1. One Stop Plus – US site shipping internationally

As convenient as the name addressed – One stop plus is one Mega website combining all the categories in plus size fashion for you; Plus size Clothing, shoes, under garments, even plus size home ware, items for your man and Skincare. Although it focuses on the plus size categories,  you will also be able to find some straight size items there (12W-44W), so you don’t have to worry not to be able to get yourself all the things you need, even if you are a size L top and an 2X bottom. Especially the ones who really put very little effort in shopping, I am sure this is the best place for you.

Recommendation: Petite plus, Tall plus, wide fit shoes, Junior section, wedding apparel and costume section which makes shopping for plus size so much easier.

2. Lane Bryant  – US site shipping internationally

One of the best known brands in the plus size world. On Lane Bryant’s website, it has 3 sub websites – Cacique for lingerie, Catherines for mature style and my fav part of the website – Sonsi.com.
Similar to One stop plus, it includes all the clothing categories, also accessories and consignments from other plus size brands. E.g. City Chic, Kiyonna, Monif C, Igigi to name a few.

Recommendation: Their undergarments use very durable material ( my first T-shirt bras purchased in 2000 are still around), very suitable for busty plus size women.

3. Marks and Spencer – UK site shipping internationally

I grew up in MnS clothing; I remembered wearing my country style wool vest going to my school trip at age 12 and get laughed at by the whole school. Back then plus size clothing was so limited that I can only shop at MnS and there was only granny style available. Well that was in the early 90s so things are very different now. Since this winter 2013, they have upgraded their quality and focus on the more mature consumers, hence their quality has yet again improved and their pieces are now very classic and elegant. If you are a younger plus size girl, fear not. Limited Edition and Autograph.
are my absolute go-to when I want some better quality high street fashion. These two lines follows tightly with all the up and coming style and accessories.

Recommendation: M&S carry only their own brands but quality wise it is very stable and guaranteed. All their clothing can easily last for a decade and do not look worn.

4. Asos – UK site shipping internationally for free


If you are used to shopping online, then you will know Asos is now the biggest and trendiest online fashion retail site that includes a Plus line called Asos Curves. Most of their designs are for younger people, but their inventory is so huge that you can actually find almost any style you need from there. Comparing Asos to the brands listed above, it’s quality will be significantly lower but their tailoring gives out the contemporary fashion style which I cannot live without.

Recommendation: Their “straight” size goes up to UK 18 and Asos curves from UK18 – 28 so if you are between 14-18, you have thousands of choices to choose from! Most importantly, delivery is free = more budget for clothes.

5. High Street Fashion online store

If you have traveled to the UK especially London, you will know what I am trying to say. It takes at least 48 hours of walking/shopping to be able to go through all the options just on Oxford street. From Department store to high street fashion to plus size brands, it seriously will take you days to complete and at the same time lose around 10 pounds doing so ( speak from my own experience!) So what do you do if you don’t live in London? Here is the brand directory for their online store. My gift to you my fellow shopaholics.

6. Independent designers

I have mentioned a few in my previous post, but keep checking this space for the updated directory in the coming weeks!

Now that you know the basic of online shopping, feel free to ask me any questions regarding fits of each brand so you will know better which fit is for your body shape. Which also is an important aspect and skill set when it comes to online shopping!

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Plus size Model Tara Lynn collaborate with Zana Bayne Leather for L’officiel Hommes

O.M.GEE
Having seen these photos from the latest L’OFFICIEL HOMMES Zana Bayne x Tara Lynn Editorial, it gives me hope that finally there is a chance that we can be as “normal” as a size 00 model!
Most of the time, when “high end” or edgy fashion brands hear “plus size” model, they will not be impressed and automatically think it’s not suitable. How will they know if they have never tried? Personally I have asked many photographers to take photos of me and all they can think of is using “erotic” as the subject (totally depressing) This is the first time I see a size 14/16 woman in a artistic fashion photo shoot and I am ecstatic!

 

 

 

Zana Bayne

Plus size clothing for the bolder generation

When people mention plus size clothing, most of them would still get the impression of middle-age-woman-ish, old fashion clothes, which is very true for most of the well known brands. Why is plus size fashion being despised by the real fashion world? Obviously, it’s because of the lack of great design that would even make the straight size women want to get their hands on the clothes.Apart from forever 21 Plus and Asos Curves, I would say most of the brands offer only very simple or more mature items; be it Lane Bryant, Torrid, eShakti, Simple Be, KiyonnaEloquii etc. Especially when curves give out a more mature vibe than any lean woman would, the same style as what everyone else is making just won’t cut. I think it’s time for a revolution! Oh my science, btw colour block is sooo boring(rants of hundred words after deleted), stop making them everywhere already!

We plus size girls need more edgy designers to do plus size clothing, As the above are totally not enough for any curvy fashionistas!

One day, I would like to see in the plus size world, designs which can be compared to Gareth Pugh, Viktor & Rolf or even Mcqueen, one day… Ok that’s going to be too far of a dream but at least elegant like Rodarte, Lanvin or Erdem??? Something that makes our straight size fellow women scream “I wish I could wear that but they don’t carry my size! 🙁 ” like we said a million times.

While I can only dream for now, let’s take a look at some refreshing styles from various brands and designers below.

Amazing African American Designer Mah-Jing Wong has a collection of unique pieces range from size XS-XL

 

 

 

Fantastic website, like a topshop for plus size girls, offers street style clothing from 12-24,  1X-3X

 

 

swim-2014-LB1_1024x1024Bertha C - Curvasian
A brand famous for making stylish spandex/ elastic clothing, offers size from S to XL.

 

Xo Asnte is influenced heavily by the root of African designer, very funky style

 

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Some more brands/websites that didn’t make it on the list but noteworthy.

Plus size style challenge #2 – Leather

You want to be a stylish girl, but most of the time find it hard to find a certain style in your size?
You want to look all punk rock but it’s hard to carry shiny material on a voluptuous body so you have to ditch the leather jacket from Blue heroes?
No, that’s not how shall manifest love for our bodies!
It’s easy to see that leather accessories or clothing deliver a raw, edgy feelings when it comes to the style and we don’t just wish want to be sweet curvy angels all the time.
However, Leather is a body hugging material and sometimes curvy feels sweeter than raw for sure and it is a challenge to try to deliver that raw look.
Let us look this example here.

Young girls looking like 40 years old? You’ve got it.

But why do designers do this to us? Of course, they have no clue the models will turn out looking like this. Part of it is because the designs suck (the seam, pattern and style), part of it is also because we have different body shapes – clothes don’t hang on us but fall on our curves! What we need here is some styling done.

Here are some tips from me I think might be useful.

1. Avoid Leather Vest, massive jacket with big lapels with nowhere to cringe for defining curves (above and below).

1. Weather permitted, wear Colourful chunky knitwear underneath to build the contrast (that’s why I love cold weather).

2. No Chunky knit Cardigan? close your jacket and add a  Scarf on Top. Gloves optional but they are cool!

3. Styles that we can carry in leather – Biker/bomber jackets that has a stand up collar. Military style, Cropped jacket with zipper, Chinese collar and Short tuxedo jacket.

4.Accessorise – wear leather boots, leather gloves, leather jeggings instead 😉
Gloves
img-thingBertha C - Curvasian
Faux Fur Collars
Zana Bayne -Hand crafted & custom leather harnesses

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