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>> Plus-Size Goth, Steampunk & Vintage Victoriana Fashion

 
Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update: February 22, 2018

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Edwardian Crop Blouse, Size M - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Reversible Maxi Skirt, Size 6 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Knit Military Jacket, Size XS - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Edwardian Crop Blouse
Size M - 6X

Reversible Maxi Skirt
Size 2 - 28W


Knit Military Jacket
Size XS - 4X

Loosely related but styled differently by the women who wear goth, steampunk and Lolita fashion, these styles find their roots in the vintage fashion of the Victorian era.  One of the best resources for unusual plus-size Goth, Lolita, & Steampunk finds is on eBay. There are many direct from manufacturer and custom made sellers there.  With Buy It Now options bidding often isn't necessary and payment is easy through Paypal.

Goth women can move more toward Medieval inspired silhouettes, rich fabrics such as velvet in blood red, purple, or black which are steeped in the ethos and romance of the Victorian Gothic horror novel and art of the Arthurian romantic Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The hallmark ethereal chiffons and lavish lace, along with rich brocades reminiscent of the European Baroque and deep velvets make this style easiest to shop for during the Holiday party season when these looks tend to go more mainstream.

Steampunk fashion, on the other hand, is more Jules Verne than Bram Stoker. It combines Victorian corsets and bustle skirts with invented gadgetry reflecting on the futuristic fantasy and promise of the Industrial Age.  Props, leather and boots mix with vintage watches, cogs and metal bits with women's looks borrowing freely from vintage men's styles of the Victorian age in forward thinking feminist style.

 

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Pinstripe Top, Size XL - 3X |  ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Eileen Fisher, Velvet Blazer, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Katy Perry, Metallic Silver Applied Floral Combat Boots | Elegant Plus Editor's Pick, ElegantPlus.com
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Layered Velvet Choker Dress, Size 1X - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Pinstripe Top
Size
XL - 3X

Eileen Fisher
Velvet Blazer
Size 1X - 3X


 

Katy Perry
Applied Floral
Metallic Silver Combat Boots
Size 6 - 11 M

Layered Sleeve
Velvet Choker Dress
Size 1X - 3X

 

 

Pyramid Collection carries Victoriana, Steampunk, and Goth inspired laces and velvets all year in sizes up to 28W, with a collection of unusual jewelry, shoes, and accessories to go with it. 

Every now and again vintage specialist ModCloth will carry styles that can be adapted, but their main focus is mid twentieth century looks (Size S - 4X), while Unique Vintage dresses stocked at Zappos offers more art deco and fifties swing styles in sizes S to 4X.

 

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Pleated Velvet Skirt, Size 12 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Ruffled Cutaway Coat, Size 2 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Rose Print Chiffon Maxi Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Tiered Ruffled High Low Top, Size 1X - 3X |  ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Pleated Velvet Skirt
Size 12 - 24W

Ruffled Cutaway Coat
Size
2 - 24W 

Rose Chiffon
Maxi Dress

Size
14 - 24W

Tiered Ruffled
High Low Top

Size 1X - 3X

 

Lolita fashion takes English Victoriana and runs it through a Japanese style blender, sending often saccharine sweet, China Doll confections rooted in the innocence of a Brave New World back towards a now jaded, and slightly disenchanted West as escapist, fantasy world nostalgic for both childhood and bygone eras. This last permutation of Victoriana in modern style closets is perhaps the most difficult to find in larger sizes.

Plus specialty retailer Torrid has fewer Goth inspired styles than in the past, but the on-line collection offers more options along with looks inspired by Disney that play with both sweet and villainous storybook themes that can work well for Lolita looks in sizes to 6X.

Thigh high stockings and fishnets are regularly available from Hips & Curves in sizes up to 6X.  They are also an excellent resource for items such as bustles, bloomers, tulle skirts, and corsets.

 

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Black Lace Bell Sleeve Dress, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Satin Lace Blouse, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Joe Browns, Tweedy Jacket, Size 8 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Black Side Snap Leggings, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Black Lace
Bell Sleeve Dress
Size
14 - 24W

 Satin Lace Blouse
Size
1X - 3X

 Joe Browns
Tweedy Jacket

Size
8 - 28W

Side Snap Leggings
Size
1X - 3X

 

Thanks to the 2013 punk themed fashion exhibition at the heavily influential Metropolitan Museum of Art edgier, tougher looks are trending into the mainstream and can be found in retailers listed throughout our shopping directories at all levels and price points. This trend is expected to last for a couple of fashion cycles. 

Recent pop culture influences from television shows such as Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, Outlander,  and Downton Abby in recent years are mixing with dark super hero imagery, Star Wars fantasy costuming, and sumptuous live action fairytales such as Beauty and the Beast on the big screen for a heavy vintage fantasy influence that resonates in the Victorian inspired style sphere.

 

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Vintage High Neck Blouse, Size 6 - 24W |  ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tulle Tutu, Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Black Velvet Smoking Jacket, Size 8 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Plaid Dress, Size 0 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Vintage
High Neck Blouse
Size 8 - 24W

 Tulle Tutu
Size 1
4 - 32W

Velvet Smoking Jacket
Size 8 - 28W

Plaid Dress
Size
0 - 36W
Avg - Petite - Tall

 

Also trending in is a heavy bohemian influence which will make some pieces suitable to Goth and Lolita styles more readily available from mainstream retailers.  While colored laces are remaining strong style influencers with the vintage and retro trend of the last few years, black lace is also regularly surfacing throughout mainstream on-line catalogs.  More highly stylized pieces will still mainly be available from specialty retailers.

 

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Striped Kimono Top, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Corset Dress, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Velvet Cold Shoulder Top, Size L - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Black Mermaid Skirt, Size XL - 5X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Striped Kimono Top
Size
14 - 24W

Corset Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Velvet
Cold Shoulder Top
Size
L - 6X

Mermaid Skirt
Size XL - 5X

 

 

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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site.