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is the winner of the 2015 Designer of the Year at the ground
breaking British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend. Her upscale
designs feature contemporary prints, bold colors, and meticulous
fit. Natural fibers such as silk, cashmere, and leather are
common. Dresses, tops, trousers, jumpsuits, skirts, coats and
jackets create collections that cater to women's entire lifestyles.
UK Sizing 16 to 28W.
Bon Ton usually has a selection of the more well known classic labels such as MICHAEL Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Evan Picone mixed with harder to find and trendier brands such as Laura Ashley, Jessica Simpson, and DKNY. Prices are moderate with frequent sales and mark downs making for some budget friendly bargains. Size 0 to 24W.
Dillard's regularly carries well known designer labels such as LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Karen Kane, Not Your Daughter's Jeans, Vince Camuto, and Eileen Fisher. Less well known and harder to find designers in larger sizes such as Bryn Walker, Peter Nygard, Eva Varro and Ming Wang are also regularly available. Designer evening wear has become a specialty with styles appealing to women who prefer more coverage or sleeves especially well stocked. Formalwear labels regularly include Tadashi Shoji, Mac Duggal, Terani Couture, Soul Mates, and Mori Lee. An even greater selection is available to women in the size 12 to 20 range on the main misses rack. Size 0 to 28W.
eBay is a gold mine for women who love designer labels in hard-to-find sizes. Learning to use the search options, knowing your labels, and understanding measurements and sizing are key to successful shopping here. While fraudulent designer knock offs do exist, the plus-size category is mainly unscathed with problems most prevalent in the shoes, handbags, and accessories categories. Savvy shoppers can take advantage of "Buy It Now" options offered by many sellers if the bidding function isn't your thing. You'll find a mixture of gently used designer clothing from private closets, resellers of department store returns and overstocks, industry insiders selling samples (often with tags cut), and full-price eBay retailers who specialize in designer and boutique clothing. Searches can be refined by size.
Karen Kane offers styles appealing to the contemporary working woman who likes a slight bohemian or art to wear feel to her fashion. Clean classic contemporary pieces mix and match with styles with an artier edge. Styles appropriate for work, casual and occasions. Size XS to 3X.
Kiyonna designs fashion with a contemporary to slightly trendy edge. Sophisticated dresses for day to evening, casual modal knit tops and dresses and contemporary day wear for office and denim for about town. They are particular well know for both their jersey dress and lace collections. Size 10 to 32W.
Kohl's carries budget friendly diffusion designer options in labels like Gloria Vanderbilt, Jennifer Lopez, Dana Buchman, CHAPS Ralph Lauren, Ellen Tracy available in plus, and Vera Wang. Size 16W to 24W.
Lane Bryant has begun proactively engaging upscale designers to create capsule collections exclusively for plus-size women. The first collaboration was with a Michelle Obama favorite, Isabel Toledo for Fall 2014. Sophie Theallet is also designing an upscale and sultry lingerie collection for them for Fall 2014. 2015 will see a year long collaboration with the softly romantic designer Lela Rose. Project Runway darling Christian Siriano has recently signed on for Spring 2016. Prices on these collections have been slightly above Lane Bryant's usual price points, but hundreds of dollars less than the regular retail costs of these designers. A stylish steal. Size 12 to 28W.
Macy's carries a mixture of classic, trendy, and contemporary styles appealing to a variety of age groups and lifestyles. More youthful, diffusion and celebrity designer brands such as Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, Silver Jeans, and Michael Kors are regularly available. Size 0 to 24W.
Modcloth is a wonderful resource for moderately priced indie designers with a vintage or retro flavor. Grab things when you find them since small production runs tend to sell out quickly. Unusual styles in size XS to 4X.
Neiman Marcus is a
premium, upscale designer destination. Excellent selection of more
bohemian labels such as Johnny Was, Tolani, and Go Silk. Look
for hard-to-find designer and luxury labels such as Caroline Rose,
Joan Vass, Misook, Melissa Masse, and Michael Simon, in addition to a good
selection of Eileen Fisher, Marina Rinaldi, Melissa Masse, Lafayette
148, Kay Unger,and
Rachel Pally. Contempory upscale career separates are especially
good, although matched suiting is rare the jacket selection is one
of the best.
Those who wear size 12 to 18
can find an even greater selection of truly premium and contemporary
designer labels out on the main rack, including names such as Theia,
Tadashi Shoji, Trina Turk, Ricki Freeman for Teri Jon, Carmen Marc
Valvo, Rene Ruiz, and Mary Katrantzou.
Sophisticated evening and occasion wear is especially good here for
the size 12 to 16 curvy fashionistas. Free shipping and free
returns on all orders. Size 0 to 24W.
Neiman Marcus Last Call offers an ever changing collection of well-known, upscale designer labels at deeply discounted prices. Look for dresses, jeans, tops and bottoms. Good resource for designer shoes, handbags and accessories also. Labels here often include harder to find, high quality brands such as Berek, David Meister, Johnny Was, Lafayette 148, Caroline Rose, Alberto Makali, and many more. Styles range from classic to contemporary to upscale bohemian. Excellent source for discounted cashmere in season. Shipping offers are frequently available directly from the website for greater savings. Size 0 to 24W.
Nic + Zoe is a contemporary, upscale knitwear designer regularly carried in boutiques and upscale department stores. Styles include sweaters, skirts, dresses, blazers, pants, and tops. The women's extended plus collection can be difficult to find, but it is now available in full directly from their main e-commerce site. Free shipping on $150+. Size S to 3X.
Nordstrom has one of the best and deepest collections of designer plus size clothing in the mid to upscale range. Popular labels such as Eileen Fisher, Vince Camuto, LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and MICHAEL Michael Kors are a staple. The designer jeans selection is particularly strong in the very popular Not Your Daughter's Jeans line, but they are also the go to spot for other designer jeans labels for plus size women with examples including Eileen Fisher, CJ by Cookie Johnson, and James Jeans. Upscale and designer outerwear is particularly strong in the winter with genuine leather and fur regularly stocked from names such as Fluerette and Ellen Tracy. Dresses for both career and special occasions are a strength, but all other major categories are well represented as well. Formalwear is best represented on the main racks with sizing available up to 18. Designers on the main rack casual, career and occasion styles available in sizes 12 to 16 include St. John, eskandar, Burberry London, Armani Collezioni, and Akris Punto. Free shipping and Free returns. Size 0 to 26W.
Not Your Daughter's Jeans are some of the hottest designer jeans for full figured women. Why? Because every pair comes with a secret tummy tucking technology, higher rise than younger low rise styles and premium denim. Plus they fit great. On trend styles include bootleg, flares, straigh leg and skinny styles in a variety of colors and washes. Plus and petite plus size 0 to 24W.
QVC is an outlet for many exclusive collections from celebrity designers and television personalities at affordable, diffusion collection prices. Labels such as Liz Claiborne, SA by Seth Aaron, M by Marc Bouwer, Rachel Zoe, Dennis Basso, Bob Mackie, and Isaac Mizrahi, and many more can be found here. Almost everything is available in their full size range with many plus tall and plus petite sizes available, in addition. Size 0 to 28W.
Rachel Pally is a hot trendy to contemporary upscale Los Angeles designer best know for her beautifully draped jersey tops, dresses and maxi dresses. A favorite with Hollywood celebrities with relaxed styles, her styles translate particularly well to resort wear and summer music festivals. Styles run long here, which is a boon for hard-to-find plus talls, but otherwise expect to invest in hemming with a tailor. Size XS up to 3X.
Ralph Lauren is one of the juggernauts of American fashion, and one of the earliest to include size diversity in its collections. The upscale high fashion line has long been available beyond a size 12, while a more moderately priced diffusion line has extended sizing even further into women's sizes. The style is classic to contemporary, often referencing American heritage. The range includes everything from sportswear to evening gowns, with offerings available for weekend, career, and occasions. Swimwear and sleepwear lines are also available in larger sizes. Petite to 16P. Size 0 to 22W.
Saks Fifth Avenue is one of the premier luxury department stores in the United States. Their plus-size selection (Salon Z) is a frequent stop for stylists to curvaceous stars, with exceptional designer labels like Marina Rinaldi, Lafayette 148, Eileen Fisher, Kay Unger, and Tadashi Shoji frequently among their offerings. They carry some unusual, hard-to-find Italian luxury designers in women's sizes including Fuzzi and Stizzoli. Contemporary and trendier styles from labels such as Melissa Masse, Anna Scholz, Johnny Was, and James Jeans are starting to turn up here, in addition to the contemporary classics. In addition those in the size 12 -16 range can regularly shop designer labels out on the main racks from names such as St. John, Badgley Mischka, Carmen Marc Valvo, Armani Collezioni, Escada, Marchesa Notte, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, and more. Women's size 0 to 24W.
Saks Off Fifth is where Saks department store upscale brands and labels go at deep discounts. Same brands and labels as above. Littler price tags. Limited sizes and past styles. Size 14 to 24W.
Swimsuits for All has a boutique dedicated to designer swimwear labels which often contains well known names such as Carmen Marc Valvo and Kenneth Cole Reaction, in addition to smaller boutique labels such as Robyn Lawley and the Swim Sexy line featuring a capsule collection designed by full-figured blogger Gabi Gregg. Size 10 to 24W.
Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman is known for upscale dinner dresses, cocktail dresses and separates, and evening gowns characterized by expert tailoring, quality fabrics, and refined design aesthetics. A favorite with women who have busy social calendars filled with gala events, cocktail parties, and formal dinners, styles are a mixture of more conservative sleeved styles and barer looks. Size 0 to 18.
Target frequently features capsule collections of exclusively designed fashion and accessories from top name designers at Target prices. These collections sell out very quickly, and while rarely offered in their full plus-size range, their regular misses clothing is usually available up to a size 20 (XXL). Size XS to 3X.
Unique Vintage carries a range of indie designers with vintage and retro appeal, in addition to upscale formalwear and cocktail dress designers. The "prom" tab includes high end formalwear designers such as Mac Duggal, Madison James, and Mori Lee. Size 0 to 30W.
Wardrobe Shop is one of the only on-line spots to reliably carry the hard-to-find romantic, vintage inspired boutique designer Nataya's dresses in extended sizes. Designs are reminiscent of Downton Abbey and Titanic era fashion. Popular for special occasions, weddings, and bohemian princesses the fabrics are gorgeous in whites, tea stained hues, and muted deeper shades of a bygone era. Sizing runs slightly small. Size S to 3X.
Zappos in addition to one of the largest selections of designer shoes in hard to find sizes and hand bags on the internet, they've also begun to carry a large selection of women's designer clothing with a labels like James Jeans, Anne Klein, Michael Kors, Karen Kane, Not Your Daughter's Jeans and more in size 0 to 28W.
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Designer clothing for women larger than size 12 is still scarce, but options are improving from small, independent boutique designers to upscale, major global fashion week labels. More affordable diffusion labels and capsule collections are most readily available, often focusing on styles appropriate for working women and their lifestyle needs in sizes up to 24W. High end luxury labels are scarce over a size 12, but a few offer extended misses sizes in 14, 16, 18 or 20. Designer shoes, accessories, and hand bags help to create the increasingly high low look appearing in even the most exclusive social circles. Designer dresses are the item most likely to be available for a wide variety of social occasions from resort to career to special occasions.
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