Cecilia writes, “I’ve been reading your blog for years, and I only remember one post on clothes for plus-size girls. We’re a huge portion of the market, and it seems like there’s only a few brands that cater to us. I’d like to expand my clothing options.” Cecilia busted me but good. I’m pretty sure I’ve done more than one post on plus-size clothing options, but there haven’t been a whole lot more than one, and I definitely haven’t done any in a long, long time. I consulted my old friend and Sassy cohort Marjorie Ingall, author of the brilliant book Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do To Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children and a stylish plus-size lady herself, for pointers. She directed me to pop star Beth Ditto’s site, where I found this rather excellent eyelash-print blouse.
And also this pretty great dress—I’m not sure what exactly this print is of, but I sure like it.
Marjorie also likes Asos Curve, but cautions that it is a bit all over the place. Dig, and you can find some nice pieces, like this very flattering wiggle dress.
Also from Asos Curve: this great grey cocoon coat.
Marjorie also directed me Eloquii, which specializes in bright, happy, trendy pieces. I like this brilliantly loud dress.
And I think this top is really smart
Also from Eloquii: this very nearly perfect trench.
On the splurgy side of things, there’s Maria Rinaldi. This crepe de chine shift dress costs a fortune, but it is to die.
I don’t like that they don’t show choices on actual plus-size models, but Eileen Fisher has a decent selection in this category, though the sizes are limited. I quite liked this top.
Also by Fisher: I love the look of this serape.
The one plus-size brand I managed to discover all on my own—and that I like quite a lot—is Universal Standard. If I were shopping in this category, this is where I’d be spending my cash. They make slouchy jeans that fit the way slouchy jeans should fit.
They’ve got cool asymmetrical dresses that remind me of Maria Cornejo.
This faux leather top is just so good.
And this vested blazer (it’s all one piece) is so clever.