Being one of the very few or maybe the only plus size fashion blogger in Hong Kong, I won’t be doing the trends others are doing. There are plenty of fashion bloggers here reporting for the same events from the few stores in town. Sometimes I am curious so I will go take a peek and learn a thing or two from the popular fashion world and you can find those on my Instagram.
With Zana Bayne at FNO Hong Kong
A big girl blogging in this “small” city, it’s definitely not easy to write about what’s going on here. I often have no resources; events or product launch to report, nor designers or brands to review, and the plus size clothings offered in Hong Kong are pretty plain. The information I have are always from the US and UK so I will always be talking about trends in the west.
Anyhoo, as an individual, it’s essential to have my own style and ways to find fashion, and not necessarily Int’l household names. Moreover, it is not recommended for curvy girls to follow the world trend as most styles are not easy to carry with our plump figures. So I become the master of creating my own style.
Although I use polyvore to make the template, but in reality, these items are not that hard to find.
Leather Jacket – look for a Biker vest that is snugged to your body and add tweed sleeves cutoffs from old jackets in export shops.
Wool Sweater – Any vintage store.
Leather Skirt (pleats for tall, pencil shape for short girls) – Also any vintage store, they often have bigger size for alteration.
Ash Heeled Sneakers – They can be found at Lane Crawford with size up to 41.
This is a lasting topic for larger women living in Asia, especially for my fellow expat friends who live in Hong Kong.We complain about how we difficult it is to find clothes in Hong Kong for plus size ladies, as almost all the shops in town have clothing available in 3 sizes only. Let alone the plus size, even an average US size 10 would find it challenging to buy clothes in Hong Kong; as the sizes are usually XXS, XS and S!
Here is the ultimate shopping guide for Plus size women and some tips of where we would find modern clothing and shoes in larger sizes in Hong Kong.
My favourite activity on a Sunday Afternoon – go to samples shops scattered around in Hong Kong for treasure hunt.
As an export hub of thousands of manufacturers from China, Hong Kong holds a lot of hidden gems in the city. If you would go to the Ladies market in Prince Edward, it is the place to be; there are over 50 shops on both sides of the road, and you can find many International brands from the smallest size 00 to size 24/3X(e.g. Forever 21 Plus, Lane Bryant, Coasts, Talbot, River Island).
At Fa Yuen Street, I found these shorts of Forever21 Plus at one of the shops for HK$59 (US7.5)
It only depends on your luck what you can find! I will have a separate post on this later.
High Street brands in Hong Kong
Marks and Spencers
When most people hear about MnS, they are already assuming that their clothes are “out of date” and mostly for conservative consumers. It is not true.
Trendy line Limited Edition goes up to Size 14, sometimes 16 and 18 if we are lucky. They use to carry all styles in 16 and 18, but this has changed in the summer 2014, I am guessing it’s because being fashionable as a plus size woman is not popular in Hong Kong as most of us are still conservative about the fashion choices.
I also recommend their luxury line – Autograph, it is very tasteful, sophisticated yet stylish. Targeting consumers with elegant taste. This line goes up to UK18.
Other lines others up to size 18 with odd pieces of 20 and 22, and their shoes run up to US9.5/EU42.
Zara, HnM, Mango, Forever 21
These brands would carry some UK size 14/EU44, in their Causeway Bay and Central shops for Zara.
Occasionally from HnM, but not designed for busty girls.
Forever 21 does not have plus size line in Hong Kong but sometimes you may be able to find one or two XL in their 5-storey flagship store.
The key is to look for the thicker stretchy material.
These shops have shoe sizes up to US9/EU41 but they usually run small.
High Street Fashion for In-betweenies
Topshop has opened in Hong Kong since June 2013 and it is the only high street fashion store that offers size 16 for the younger generation. Their shoes are fabulous, boutique line offers high quality pieces and shoes size up to UK8/EU42.
On a side note, Swedish Brand MONKI locates in Langham Place, Mongkok and Granville Road in TST has size L that fits a UK size 16/18 body. And most of their tees are very roomy, so they fit a UK 22 sometimes.
Mid Range Italian/German brands available in Sincere Department Store
I have discovered the clothing choices in this department store that usually carry mature clothing, which can turn into useful good quality basic items for most age.
High-end Fashion Brands for Mature Style
If you can pick money out from trees, you can always go to the beloved Lane Crawford, Swank and Joyce and ask for their personal shoppers for help. They do carry certain styles in Size XL/44 however the cut would be usually very fitted.
For other retails stores with plus size available in Hong Kong, they are mostly found at 1/F Sogo, Causeway Bay. Surprisingly these brands have clothes up to size XXL / IT52.