Most designers ignore plus sized women, right? If you asked that question ten years ago the answer would be a resounding-yes-but today the answer has changed significantly. Over the years fashion designers have started to respond to the idea that “plus size” is really the “average sized.” With that realization more and more designers are jumping on the plus size band wagon.
While there are still not a great deal of high end fashion style designers designing for the plus size woman exclusively, many do have plus sized fashion available in their “ready to wear” lines.
There are some designers that are associated with plus size high end fashion like:
All of the designers above pride themselves on designing high fashion and beautiful clothing for plus sized women. Most of the designer’s collections include night wear, day wear, casual, office, and even lingerie. Each designer has a signature line of clothing for plus sizes that focuses on their particular style. For example, Eileen Fisher is well known for her understated design elements. Lala Belle has a more urban edgy vibe to their designs. Marina Rinaldi just released the “Woman is Back” line, which is chocked full of great looking high end fashion created especially for plus sized women.
Some of the above designers offer their lines in some of the high end stores like Neiman Marcus while others offer their designs through lesser known salons and boutiques. All of the designers have an online presence where you can review their look book for their latest lines.
Of course you can always contact the designer directly to inquire about buying some of their pieces and their staff will direct you to either their outlet store, online venue, or the retailer that carries their items.
You can find some high end clothing for plus size women in most of the major retailers. Each of the big department stores have plus size fashion sections where they carry designer clothing. This includes most of the well-known major department stores like:
It is becoming more and more important, for not only designers, but retailers to cater to women who are size 12 and above because there are more and more women that fit into this profile. This is the average size and it would be foolish to neglect such a large portion of the population.