Romantic & Vintage Plus-Size
Women who dress with a romantic sensibility
often use softer styles and fabrics from
earlier eras. Not quite
BoHo, softer than
and less direct in its referencing to pure
vintage, this style borrows from all to create
feminine ensembles. Skirts and dresses are
common choices, along with soft color palettes
in pastels, coral, orchid purple, pink, cream,
and vintage white. Classic black can accent
looks creating a foil for other colors.
Silhouettes are frequently free flowing with longer
hem lengths, tunic length tops, and classic cut
jeans in dark washes, patterns, or embellished.
Soft fabrics such as chiffon and
popular, with richer brocades,
leathers and suedes
mixing in during cooler weather. Patterns
and textures are generally feminine without
crossing the line into cutesy.
Porcelain tile and vase patterns in blue along
with floral lace are the prints to look for in
2014. Lingerie and sleepwear has a distinctly
vintage sensibility in satins, lace, and
Shopping Resources for
Plus-Size Romantic Style Fashion
For upscale options, look for
labels such as Michael Simon and Caroline Rose
which also has one of the best collections of
flowing palazzo pant styles and the more
Saks Fifth Avenue
is an excellent resource for the vintage
inspired Single and Beyond Vintage labels, in
addition to florals often used by Fuzzi.
formalwear is some of the most romantic
designer special occasion attire available and
frequently carried here to size 24W. Look
for the silk art-to-wear Citron label at
which also stocks an excellent selection
romantic dresses for all occasions.
A catalog with softer, feminine
is a particularly good spot for both long,
flowing skirts and romantic, vintage inspired
sleepwear . Meanwhile,
is one of the best spots for vintage nostalgia
tops, dusters, and skirts with lots of lace
options in sizes to 28W. At television
for Isaac Mizrahi, LOGO by Lori Goldstein, and
Nicole Richie for softer styles.
This is also an excellent spot for vintage
inspired accessories including rings and
necklaces in larger sizes.
has embellished jeans, feminine tops, and
vintage inspired dresses in sizes to 3X.
Super size women will want to
check out the options at both
Both the separates and dresses at
also have a softer, more feminine flavor is
fabrics such as chiffon.
best know for their lace dresses, but also can
sometimes have floral prints appealing to soft
Trendy, value shoppers are sure
to find some pretty floral, lace, and chiffon
also be a good resource for more trend driven
offers limited runs of indie designer fashion,
much of which has a mid-20th century retro
flavor, but other more romantic inspired periods
are also referenced in sizes to 4X.
Those looking for the Art Deco
vibe will want to check out the beaded flapper
dress styles at
which also carries one of the best accessory
collections for vintage romantics.
Maya Boutique on eBay
offers one of the best collections of romantic
layering toppers and kimonos in cut velvets,
Wear Dreams Are Made
is a must-stop for the nostalgic
romanticism of Titanic-era chiffon dresses.
Some of the most romantic
lingerie including pretty lace and sexy satins
available in plus-size can be found in the
Cacique collection at Lane
Bryant. Corsets and baby
dolls with a sexy yet romantic vibe is also
reliably available at
Hips & Curves.