Your Favorite Internet Shopping Guide to Stylish Curvy Clothes: Size 12 +
Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases made through the shopping recommendations below, 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.
The internet has made shopping for designer fashion more accessible to those living outside of wealthy or major metropolitan areas.
Plus-Size Designer Capsule & Diffusion Collections
Many more moderately priced diffusion collections by major, high end designers are carried at the upscale department stores. Some of the best known ones include DKNYC, LAUREN Ralph Lauren, and Vince Camuto, all of which are regularly stocked at retailers such as Nordstrom and Dillard's. Nanette Lepore joins Rachel Roy at Macy's in extended sizes up to 3X.
Target is the retailer that set the designer capsule trend. While many of their collections are available only in their main size range (XS to XXL), some have been extended to include plus-sizes 1X to 3X. The most recent collection featuring affordable Lilly Pulitzer designs sold out in a matter of minutes, and was available in extended sizes on-line only.
Lane Bryant is breaking out in new directions under new ownership and management. Their first high profile designer capsule collaboration with Isabel Toledo, who counts among her clients Michelle Obama, has been a resounding success with upscale looks at affordable prices available in plus-sizes to 28W. A sexy lingerie collaboration with New York Fashion Week designer Sophie Theallet debuted in time for the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season. Spring 2015 brought a year long collaboration with romantic and feminine designer Lela Rose, upping the style quotient once again. And an upcoming collaboration with Project Runway darling Christian Siriano has been announced for Spring 2016. Melissa McCarthy regularly sees her designs stocked here for size 1X to 4X.
Two of the longest running high end designer diffusion collaborations are with the television shopping network juggernauts HSN and QVC. Isaac Mizrahi is one of the most popular, but a diverse group of other well known celebrities, stylists, and designers are also regularly carried in sizes up to 3X (which at QVC is a 28W). Look for names such as Bob Mackie, H by Halston, Dennis Basso, and Lori Goldstein to name just a few at QVC. Meanwhile HSN offers affordable collections from the likes of Carmen Marc Valvo and Badgley Mischka.
Plus super model Ashley Graham designs dresses, lingerie, and swimwear with retailers such as Dress Barn and Nordstrom picking up pieces from her collection. Meanwhile plus model Tess Holliday has a trendy separates collection currently stocked at retailers such as Lord & Taylor in sizes up to 4X.
another British retailer regularly carries the
diffusion collection of Anna Scholz, a high end
plus specialty designer, in sizes 8 to 28W.
In the past, they've also included limited
collections from names such as Zandra Rhodes.