Plus-size work-wear can be a total snore. There’s nothing more demoralizing than sifting through racks upon racks of grey polyester searching for something, anything that won’t make you look like a dowdy, depressive pigeon. Not only is most of department-store work-appropriate faire senselessly boring, it’s often insanely expensive, which puts many fat-shionistas in quite a pickle, and not the tasty kind. Here are some alternatives to the same old slog, individual office culture notwithstanding.
- Now, this might sound over-the-top, but when executed correctly, retro wiggle-dresses can read as simultaneously professional and stylishly signature. (Think Joan from ‘Mad Men’). Don’t go wild with pin-curls or bullet-bras unless that’s your bag, but with a smack of red lippy and a pair of conservative pumps, this Madison Avenue Dress in Black Vertigo from Pinup Girl Clothing will do your curves and career a great service!
- This layered tulip-skirt from Carmakoma is way too adorable to pass up. It’s the perfect balance of intelligent design and sophisticated polish, and at this impossibly low sale mark-down, there’s really no excuse: get on this, y’all!
- On a slightly more general note, keep in mind that Clique To Know, a recently created flash-sale site developed exclusively for plus-sizes, is an awesome resource for upscale bargains. Lines like IGIGI and Kiyonna, in addition to hard-to-find lingerie brands and indie up-and-comers, clear out stock through this site with time-sensitive sales at rock bottom prices. Because of the lightening-fast turn-over, the selections are fairly hit or miss, but it’s worth the constant emails to remain in-the-know.
- Domino Dollhouse specializes in fun, frothy, rockabilly-inspired pieces for plus-size patrons, but not every dress in their arsenal is exclusively fit for costume parties. The Domino Dahlia Pencil Dress, for instance, is a film-noir throw-back with all the requisite drama, and the Sally Dress, a beautifully draped, bright red staple-piece, is ideal for more casual, creative work environments.
- For the inbetweenies amongst you, J. Crew has some great new size 16 pencil-skirts in a dazzling array of colors available on their website, and Banana Republic’s Hitchcockian “Mad Men” Collection also runs up to a 16 online (the second collection in question is selling out fast, though, so run, don’t walk!). If you prefer the sleek, sexy ‘Ms. Independent’ vibe, BCBG Maxazria has also just come out with a line of drool-worthy bandage Leger pencil skirts with stretch to spare.
See you next week, and as always, Happy Shopping!