With the average dress size in the UK coming in at a size 16 it seems strange to me that some designers and retailers class plus size as a size 14 or even a 12 in some cases! Plus size clothing has come a long way in recent times, gone are the baggy smocks and dresses with no definition of our mother’s age. Good plus size clothing embraces and even accentuates the natural curves of bigger bodies instead of hiding them away under layers of clothing. Old fashioned rules such as avoiding horizontal stripes, large graphics and bright colours have also been thrown out the window by some of my favourite brands.
Curvissa specializes in sizes 14-32 and even has a range of shoes that come in a wide fit. Their website is also a treasure trove of helpful information to help you find the best style for you. Their shape calculator is a great way to find out the styles and looks that suit your body shape best. Although I cannot state enough that there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing whatever the hell you want to regardless of your shape or size! There is a huge range of jeans, something I think is particularly hard to shop for. I also love that they are embracing social media and actively encourage their shoppers to tag looks that they are rocking with #FeelGood so you can easily see what real people are loving for your own inspiration.
Pin up girl clothing
This is my absolute favourite website! The only downside is that they are based in the US so you need to pay the international shipping fee or purchase over $350 (Just over £250) worth of stuff to qualify for free international shipping. Earlier when I talked about plus size clothing embracing your curves, the geniuses at Pin up Girl Clothing do it better than most. The retro-inspired and full-on retro looks that you’ll find here positively scream out for curves to hug. They also do a great range of tall, petite and maternity friendly clothes too.
With a huge range of fun, funky and fresh fashions Missguided offers a decent range of plus size clothes along with other sizes. I especially love that they use plus size models to advertise the plus size range. For better or worse, it gives me a weird stab of self consciousness when I see size 4 models advertising clothes for ‘curvy girls’ and tend to not look much closer. They also offer a small range of Curvy Kate Lingerie if you are looking for under garments.
Even with the recent mainstreaming of plus size people, (thank you Ashley Graham!) not being able to go into just any shop and pick something up off the rack can make shopping a saddening and even daunting task for many girls of the curvy persuasion. I hope you feel comfortable shopping these websites and find something that makes you feel truly fabulous about yourself, because loving yourself is one of the most important things out there.