Alright, I’ll admit it – sometimes people ask me where I get my clothes. Often I take it as a compliment, but other times I hear it as a call for help. Why? Because this usually is asked by a beautiful plus size individual (like myself) in the hopes of trying to find clothes that they don’t have easy access to. And for those of you who have lived under a fashion rock for the past multitude of decades, plus size and inclusive options are more of an oddity than the news would like you to be aware of – especially when you want to wear something outside of the comforts of oversized tunic tops and leggings.
Now, let me be clear – there is nothing wrong with wearing such an outfit. In fact, that’s my typical uniform during a certain time of the month or when my IBS is in full-on flare mode. Yet the issue here is that many fashion brands make the sad assumption that such an ensemble is the only thing plus size people will and should wear (especially when it comes to plus size moms.) But with this post, I hope I can answer that very question mentioned above to make a much-needed point. That you can, and should, wear whatever you want regardless of your size. And I hope these brands mentioned below can give you some light at the end of whatever uncomfortable tunnel the fashion industry has left you in.
Vixen by Micheline Pitt
When it comes to vintage/retro-inspired fashion pieces, Vixen by Micheline Pitt is my absolute favorite. Not only does Micheline capture that 40’s/50’s/60’s glam that we all secretly want to emulate, but she makes it accessible in both price point and sizing (goes up to 4X on most items!) More garments range from $30 – $150, depending on the item, and are made with some of the best fabrics possible. Plus, for those skirt fans (like myself), all of her items have MASSIVE pockets that can fit anything from a cellphone, wallet, to even a mid-size hard drive (a fact I can personally attest to!)
Speaking of vintage re-production or inspired brands, Unique Vintage is definitely one of my go-to options. Not only do they collaborate with really cool iconic pop culture franchises like I Love Lucy and Universal Monsters, but they also curate collections inspired by other things such as Disney or Halloween. Plus, many of their garments are wonderfully made and will stay in your wardrobe for years to come.
More Than Your Average
A recent addition/obsession within my fashion world is vintage shop More Than Your Average. Curated by the always stylish Mya O. Price, this store caters to the plus-size fashionista that loves colorful, whimsical garments that evoke the careful optimism of the past, but with modern ideals. Mya has an impeccable eye for finding fun and beautiful clothes that can make anyone feel like themselves – something that the vintage clothing community always needs to improve upon from time to time. Basically, Mya is one of my fashion heroes and she should be yours too!
Another brand I became obsessed with recently is Spell. With its stunning custom prints and quality products, this brand is all about boho princess glam. Many of the items are super loose, maxi length, and incredibly feminine. Right now the brand only goes up to XXL, but a lot of the items are super loose and can probably fit a 3X easily, depending on the garment. If any of that sounds up your alley, then definitely give Spell a try.
Though known for being one of the most famous department stores in America, Nordstrom has recently gained traction for its size-inclusive focus. From carrying brands like Madewell to their in-house labels like Halogen, they cater to a wide variety of customers in both sizes and pocketbooks. My true favorite though is when they collaborate with style icons like Blair from Atlantic-Pacific – for she has a key eye on all things uniquely feminine but also aesthetically pleasing to my color-loving eye. Yes, the company still has some work to do in the inclusive department, but the steps to get there impressive.
Even though they’ve recently dipped in terms of their inclusive factor (marketing-wise), I still adore Modcloth and am supportive of seeing them go back to the fun brand they were a few years ago. Not only are they a great gateway into the retro-inspired clothing scene, but they also carry (and have for a long time) a wide range of sizes and beautiful garments that go up to a 4X. But my favorite element is their focus on showing customers of all sizes rocking their pieces throughout the site – for it really makes shopping (and daydreaming) of certain items that much easier.
And that’s just a taste of some places I shop! Trust me, there are a lot more that I get little items off and on from, but these are where most of my coin has gone to over the last few months. Where do you tend to shop the most? Are they inclusive or approaching such a milestone? Tell me all of your thoughts down below. And if you want to see how I style some of the items from these brands, check out my Instagram here. Until then, stay magical!