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Last Update: July 16, 2017
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Ruffled Bardot Wiggle Dress
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style influences are coming from
vintage eras, both through modern high fashion
designer collections using the past as points of
reference and through movies and television
shows set in other eras. Whether it's Mad Men
1950's and 60's bombshell chic with faint echoes
of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, the beaded
glam of the 1920's Gatsby style, or the
aristocratic romanticism of Downton Abbey, the
modern interpretations are often fun and
slightly nostalgic. The mod pop art style
of the 1960's, the
bohemian free spiritedness of Woodstock,
and disco nights of the 1970's are all turning
up in style trends today.
Major museum fashion
retrospective exhibitions such as those put on
by The Metropolitan Museum of Art also play an
important role in vintage style influences.
Authentic plus-size vintage dresses are almost
impossible to find, although many silhouettes
are very flattering to the fuller figure.
Fortunately, the current interest and
re-interpretation of retro fashion for a modern
vintage flavor is making many of those dress
styles available in larger sizes at a wide variety
of price points.
Some eras are more suited to
and evening wear, while others are perfect
matches for day dress and career styles. Certain style eras
are also particularly popular with very specific
style tribes and sub-sets, while others are
entering mainstream fashion.
Interpretations are often available for both the
young, trendy fatshionista, and her more mature
counterparts as the vintage style influence
enters the mainstream. Some of the more
glamorous and romantic vintage styles are making
the biggest impact in wedding and formalwear.
quickly becoming the style leader in this sector
with dress options expanding from 1950's New
Look fit and flare silhouettes to other eras.
Swing dresses, vintage prints, romantic
Victorian and Edwardian nostalgia, and bohemian
styles are turning up more and more frequently
from indie designers with small production runs,
so act fast if you see something that you like.
Both day dresses and special occasion styles
suitable for trend conscious shoppers, they have
a growing collection of options in sizes up to
3X, 4X and a few 5X styles.
also a must-stop for those who appreciate retro
and vintage silhouettes and prints. Mainly
in natural fibers, they too are expanding their
collections from mainly 1940's and 1950's
references to other periods. An extensive
collections that changes frequently this is
another spot for day dresses suitable for
casual, career, and occasions. Everything
is available in their full size range from 0 to
36W, with easy customization options available
for a small fee including sleeves, necklines and
The Pyramid Collection catalog
offers an unusual collection of vintage inspired
fashion that often can have a goth, steampunk,
or Ren Fair flavor in addition to excellent
options for summer festival fashion steeped in
the 1960's. Many styles are available up to a
3X; be sure to read individual product sizing as
some are 3X = 20, and others 3X = 28W.
long been a favorite for both their vintage
inspired lace cocktail dresses and free flowing
jersey maxi dresses suitable for BoHo princesses
in sizes to 32W.
carries a mix of mid 20th century style day
dresses including swing, wiggle, and classic
1950's New Look silhouettes, in addition to
beaded Flapper Dresses from the 1920's in sizes
up to 4X. The formalwear collection includes
labels such as Mac Duggal. Meanwhile, curvy lingerie
Hips & Curves
regularly stocks clothes with a Goth,
Renaissance Fair, and Steampunk vibe in size XL
to 6X. T
Those on tighter budgets looking for daytime
looks that are appropriate for work will find
the Eva Mendes celebrity capsule collection at
New York & Company
both vintage infused and affordable with sizing
from 0 to 18.
Youthful, fast fashion retailer
Torrid often has a vintage edge
including both 1950's swing styles and looks
with darker, goth edge. With the
popularity of the BoHo look over the last year,
1970's maxi dresses can also turn up for size XL
For plus-size cocktail dresses
with a romantic vintage feel, the major upscale
department stores such as
regularly stock labels such as Alex Evenings,
Pissarro Nights, and Patra.
has also begun stocking luxury formalwear,
including many long gowns with sleeves, from
labels such as Terani Couture, Mac Duggal, and
Mori Lee which frequently have vintage style
influences in size 14 to 28W.
Saks Fifth Avenue
is a source for plus-size evening gowns
from designers such as Tadashi Shoji
who frequently design a similar feel, and the
vintage bohemian label Johnny Was that offers
casual day dresses in silk can be found from
is absolutely essential for achieving the
silhouettes of many vintage styles. This
isn't about looking thinner so much as achieving
structure, smooth body lines, and a particular
shape. Some plus-size specialty retailers
that regularly stock body conscious dresses
styles offer corsets, body shapers, and waist
cinchers in extended sizes.
Avenue are two of the most reliable
through size 3X. Those needing
larger sizes will want to stop in at lingerie
specialists such as
Bare Necessities. Look for the
Rago line for sizes up to 8X. These are
also good spots for full-figured Spanx.