I am thrilled to say we have over 100 people who have joined the Super Sizes Facebook group already, and another group who are not Facebook users who have asked me to keep them up to date as well. I am in no doubt that will keep growing as we start to work on more tangible projects down the track.
Now, over on the last post about the topic, (where you will see some very clear examples of how NOT to conduct business) I promised that we would have a chance to talk about those companies who DO provide plus-sized garments for the super sizes. A space to share our positive stories, promote the businesses who get it right.
I do understand that no business gets it 100% right, but if we don’t encourage and promote those who at least put in the effort, and let them KNOW when they get it right, how can we expect them to continue honing their product and service.
Besides, the more we can share our arsenal of resources to get clothes that fit our bodies, at a reasonable price for their level of quality, fabric and construction (be they bargain styles through to smart investment pieces), the more options we’re all going to have.
So, I’ll go first!
Well, I think you all know that I love Autograph Fashion. Not just because they’ve been so awesome as to send me stuff to review. I love them because they are the ONE dedicated plus-size brick and mortar store that caters up to size 26 in Australia, which is the standard plus-size range. All the others have cut off the upper sizes because they claim there isn’t a market. Which is utter bullshit, because here I am at a size 26, needing clothes! I’m quite sure I’m not the only size 26 in the country. They have also completely changed their stock in the past 12 months. When I wrote this post almost a year ago, Autograph was a sea of gypsy skirts, peasant tops, capris and plain t-shirts. The few other garments available were awful synthetic work trousers, a whole pile of print front tunic tops and a few nanna dresses. In short, nothing I wanted to wear and the same thing that could be found at any Target, Big W, K-mart or Best & Less. Not what I wanted from a place that was labelled with the word “Fashion”.
To their credit, they listened. They’ve improved the quality of their garments, in fabric, cut and construction. They’ve broadened the range to include corporate and fashion, as well as some of the casual they’ve always had. They’ve had colour and prints that have been on trend. And they’re active within the blogosphere – both mainstream plus-size fashion and those of us here in the Fatosphere. Sometimes they miss a bit with their sizing, sometimes the pricing is out, but mostly speaking, they’re doing very good things.
At the moment, that’s it for Australian companies, but I am seeing a few smaller designers and businesses coming up, which I will keep my eye on. I think Gisela Ramirez is doing some amazing things, though I’ve not yet seen any of her garments “in the flesh” so to speak, but I hope to change that in the near future and will share here on my blog when I do!
Internationally, I love Evans Clothing from the UK, simply because they’ve stuck their necks out a few times and had a go at making some fashion ranges. Two Beth Ditto collections (I bought a couple of fab pieces from the second one) and this year they had another fashion collection with some really on trend pieces. They go up to a UK32 in the majority of their lines, their shipping is reasonable and they have great sales. I have quite a few Evans pieces.
I also really like Yours Clothing, another UK retailer. They have lots of bargains, lots of casual clothes you can pick up at a great price, and have a lot of things you can try out a style or trend with without blowing the bank. Most of their range goes up to a UK32 as well. I have picked up some cute dresses from Yours, and some leggings as well.
Most of the US ones have REALLY high shipping rates to Australia, so I haven’t tried them. However, I do love We Love Colors for tights and leggings. Their tights go right up to EE size which I think would be well past a 32AU. At a size 26AU I take the E size in the Lycra blend tights, and I could probably go down a size really. I buy their leggings which are a 3X in the largest size, but my size 26 arse fits in them fine! I really wish they would bring out their fishnets and striped tights in the same sizing as the solid colours (the sizes they have at the moment are too short for me) and also more print tights in the A-EE sizing as well. But they tell me on Twitter that they’re working on it. When they do, I’ll buy up big! Their customer service is very, very good too.
So those are my favourites to fit Super Sizes. What are yours? Where have you picked up some clothes that you’ve really loved? Why do you love those clothes? Keep this post to positive comments about brands please, even if someone suggests a brand that you personally don’t like. I want to hear those positive stories loud and clear so we can work with these companies to encourage them to cater to us even more.