16 Shops Every Curvaceous Diva Should Know About.
Unless you are in her shoes, you will never understand how hard and frustrating shopping can be for a plus size lady. That is why I have gone through all the trouble to research the best Plus size stores and online shops out there. From casual to club wear to office gear. Of course, I could not have have found every single one of them, so if you have any names that I might have left please drop a link below. Meanwhile, am hoping this post makes shopping more fun for some curvy sisters out there. After all, girls just wanna have fun.
Please note that the pros and cons I have included are only my opinion. And the looks featured are just a few out of many. To get the best picture, click on the links to visit the site and give us your own review.
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About: Monif C. is an unapologetic stand for high fashion style for plus size women. Designed by mother/daughter team, Monif Clarke and Elaine Clarke, Monif C. was conceived to reaffirm every woman’s desire for an inspired life, luxury, and unadulterated sex appeal. Price range falls between £80 – £200 approximately. They have been awarded Best Plus Size Designer by Full Figured Fashion Week.
Pros: Very on-trend and colourful. For bold and sexy ladies who are not afraid to put some curves on display. Wide range of designs which include swimwear and jumpsuits and more.
Cons: Some people might find it pricey. Limited stock as well so early bird gets the worm!
About: IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel is the premiere brand of contemporary collections designed to fulfill the lifestyle of the beautiful, voluptuous, and confident woman. Named after an ancient goddess embodying vitality, charm, and intelligence, IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel strives to provide women of curves with smart, stylish and sophisticated collections that accentuate and celebrate their bodies. Everybody is beautiful just the way they are.
Pros: A classy line of plus size clothing. Website has a Shapestylist feature which gives advice on how to shop for the right figure. Sizes range from 12 – 32. Includes quite a good collection of work wear and a rather affordable collection of wedding dresses worth checking out.
Cons: Depending on their style, some people may find IGIGI a bit safe and boring. But that shouldn’t stop you from checking them out. To each her own.
About: JIBRI is dedicated to creating garments for the fashion conscious, curvy woman. The label is a perfect combination of high fashion chic and urban street sleek in sizes 14-24. JIBRI features a variation of punk innovation, classic construction and vintage inspiration.
Pros: Very chic and colourful.
Cons: I do not like some of the silhouettes.
About: While the choices for sizes 14 and up are expanding, Domino Dollhouse strives to bring exciting, charming, and fun clothing and accessories to a market thirsty for more. While others give you water, we give you fruit punch!
Pros: Very unique and quirky pieces that have a burlesque edge to them. I love that they make sexy lingerie, corsets and girdles for curvy girls.
Cons: This burlesque and torn-tights theme might not be for everyone.
About: A leader in the plus-size clothing industry, KIYONNA™ has styled curvy women with its collection of contemporary plus size dresses and separates since 1996. This modern yet feminine label offers styles exclusively in sizes 0x-5x. These well-edited silhouettes can be found online and in specialty plus size clothing stores across the country and beyond. Specializing in silhouettes that are made to flatter a woman’s curves, the online boutique offers plus size evening wear including wedding dresses, to laid back tops and skirts with fashion forward sensibility. Essential to every woman’s wardrobe, Kiyonna also offers plus size body shapers by Spanx.
Pros: Very classy and sophisticated style. Offers body shapers by Spanx. Range includes wedding dresses.
Cons: Can’t think of any.
About: Rue 114 is inspired by and created for women who believe that every shape and size should be celebrated as beautiful. It is an homage to and celebration of the female form in all its sizes. They believe beauty is too mysterious to be confined to a size 6.
Pros: Amazing silhouettes and form-fitting styles. Love the prints and mix of colour and African prints.
Cons: Some customers might find items are overpriced.
About: Launched in September 2010, Style369.com is the new online fashion destination for sizes 14-26. As part of the Arcadia Group (the same retailer that brought you Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge), you’re guaranteed security, customer satisfaction plus the latest fashion styles in your size. Dedicated entirely to fashion, Style369.com is an online-only fashion store, devoted to delivering the perfect fit for style-conscious size 14-26 girls.
Pros: Clothes are current, fun and a breath of fresh air. You will also find a range of shoes for wide fit and accessories. Style 369.com is relatively affordable. Huge discounts always available including 15% off for students.
Cons: No models on the website wearing their clothes which is something I always love. This usually gives you an idea of what the clothes will look like when put on. So that is one downside about the site. The only sample I could get was this one of a mo0del on the main page. You should visit the site though, worth the shot.
About: Eloquii celebrates your fashion sense and showcases your individuality by giving you well-made clothes that fit and look great. “We created eloquii to give full-figured women the fashionable clothes they long for. We listened to what women want (and don’t want), conducted extensive research into body shapes and sizes, and applied The Limited’s style and design savvy to the process. Then we kept at it until we got it right. We think you’ll love what we came up with.”
Pros: Eloquii screams elegance and class. Great outerwear, party and work wear collection. Affordable given that the clothes look classy. Bold and vibrant colours. I love the website. It’s easy and fun to browse. There are little widgets and apps that help you to figure out which body shape you fall into so you can dress it better. Sizes range fro 14-24.
Cons: None that I know of yet. Find out for yourselves and leave feedback when you do!
About: Bringing Fashion to Figures 12-26. FTF provides up-to-the-minute fashion trends at the best prices. FTF was founded by the great-grandsons of Lena Bryant, the fashion revolutionary and businesswoman who founded the special size market more than 100 years ago. It provides a trendy full-fashion shopping experience focused exclusively on women sizes 12-26.
Pros: Very affordable. Bring out the fun, flirty and colourful you. Lingerie and intimates also available.
Cons: None yet. Give feedback if you have any please.
About: E K I N E Y O is a Brooklyn based Indie clothing line, owned and designed by Nike Oyelami. The line was inspired by both color, and the beauty of minimalism.
Pros: Very colourful and playful.
Cons: Mostly club and party wear. If you do not like form-fitting clothes, you might not find your range here. Also only goes up to size 14.
About: Expertly designed to flatter the fuller figure, ASOS Curve brings forth a carefully considered collection of trend-led, plus size clothing. From dresses and jeans to tops, trousers and more, directional designs from our mainline range sit alongside gorgeous styles exclusive to the Curve collection, specifically designed by the London based, in-house ASOS design team for sizes 20 to 26.
Pros: Current, fun, flirty, trendy, affordable and value for money.
Cons: None yet.
About: With nearly 300 garments available from the plus size clothing catalogue,the design team at New Look take care to ensure plus size customers can look as fabulous as they feel. From jeans, trousers, jackets, coats and tops to blouses, shirts, knitwear and hoisery, New Look’s range of plus size clothing covers all the bases.
Pros: Affordable and covers a wide range.Sizes 18-24 Please visit site for pictures.
About: SizeAppeal is dedicated to the proposition that, to shop is to live. Welcome to the Curvy Revolution-we are taking the fashion world by storm. “SizeAppeal carries sizes 12 through 26 or 1X through 5X. But what is really important is the fit and style of our clothing. We choose styles that have give and take. We know that all women come in different sizes and shapes. For example, some women can be an 18 on top and a 14 on bottom, curves can be anywhere and everywhere on your body. We also “wear test” all our products on a group of models of variety of shapes to ensure the best fit possible.”
Pros: Variety of styles. Fun, trendy and current.
Cons: Good value for money
About: Doncaster got its start in 1931 as the Doncaster Collar and Shirt Company in Rutherfordton, NC. The founder, S.B. (Bobo) Tanner Jr., the son of a wealthy Southern textile manufacturer, and his wife Millie, the daughter of a successful mid-Western farmer, named the company after the town of Doncaster, England, a favorite stop on their honeymoon tour. Doncaster remains true to the entrepreneurial spirit of those who sell Doncaster fashions and is dedicated to delivering beautiful, quality designs to customers. The level of service provided by a Doncaster consultant coupled with the quality, styling and fit of the clothes, allows the company to offer its clients a premier product and a highly personalized shopping experience.
Pros: As the slogan goes, only women of distinction wear Doncaster. Classy.
Cons: None yet.
About: Now, this is the kind of page that will make any curvy diva who stumbles upon it to nod, grin to themselves and say, ‘Now you’re talking.’
It was in 2002 that fashion designer; Tasha Hill decided to fulfill her desire to design clothing for plus size women. Some would argue why this tall and slender framed designer would have interests in plus designing? How could she possibly know what would appeal to women whose bodies types differed from hers and who often could not readily find pieces that reflected sex appeal and sophistication while accentuating the art of curves? The answer was simple: her older sister and the face of BGU, Jeannie Ferguson. Weighing in at over three hundred pounds at one time, Jeannie rallied for the same modern fashion trends for the average plus size woman. It was their goal to eliminate the idea that the curvy women had to hide their shape behind dark colors. BGU made their designs in bold vibrant colors that spoke volumes to consumer’s expectations.
Pros: Every single diva on this page wears their curves and the designs with attitude that you can’t help but want to be part of their posse. They look fabulous. Trendy and contemporary. Ranges from sizes 12-28.
Cons: None yet.
About: Contemporary, high-end, slay-worthy designs that has received a massive response from both the regular and plus-size community. Celebrities like Adriene Bailon and Ashanti have been spotted several times in D.Auxilly frocks.
Pros: High-end, club wear, bold, colourful and daring.
Cons: Might be considered pricey by some.
Adrienne Bailon in Dominique Auxilly
As you can see, Auxilly dresses are for the fearless.
There are a few more plus size online stores that come to mind, but because I am pressed for time, I will only leave links that will lead you to these stores. Hope this post has been helpful.
Once again, please note that any reviews given here are based solely on hat I have seen on the websites and also what I have heard form friends. I have not shopped from any of these sites because even though I will stand for all things plus-size and curvy anytime, unfortunately I am not a curvaceous diva. For that reason, I am not able to give you full deets on important aspects such as shipping, customer service and quality. That is why I have no ‘cons’ for some of the different shops. But I have female instincts and they tell me these are worth trying. Please come back with feedback so others can gain from your experience!
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