Plus-size fashion design has landed, and it’s demanding the respect it deserves. There are finesse and focus of shape and silhouette that is common to all our favourite plus-size fashion designers. Creating a combination of lines, shapes and fabrics which complements plus sizes is a real specialism. It’s not simply a case of ‘sizing-up’. Great plus size fashion design is deliberate, conscientious and bold. So it’s time to celebrate with a rundown of key designers and brands to complete your look.
What they say: “The Hour venerates silhouette, confidence and identity.”
Dress price range: £350 – £390
What we say: Plus size fashion for grown-ups. Colours, prints and lines are sophisticated and elegant. Shop here for a multitude of looks, from casual to professional to party wear. These clothes are the ultimate showcase for a perfectly streamlined shaper bodysuit.
What they say: “clothing designed for a wide range of sizes, with particular attention to softer silhouettes.”
Dress price range: £150 – £600
What we say: From simple and sleek jersey dresses to the boldest occasion wear, this designer offers pieces to make you feel spectacular. The ranges showcase flowing crepes to more structured velvets and tailoring. So put your best pair of shaping shorts to good use to show off these lines.
What they say: “Reformation’s design mission is to make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure.”
Dress price range: £265 – £300
What we say: The extended sizes range from Reformation brings you everything from jeans to evening gowns. It’s all conscientiously but boldly cut to make the best of curves. Waistlines are high, necklines are sweeping and it’s all completely unapologetic. Keep your bust discretely supported while you’re showing it off with a shaping cami or corset.
What they say: “We specifically design clothes for curvy women to feel sexy and confident in.”
Dress price range: £75 – £275
What we say: It’s nigh on impossible not to find a piece to fall in love with here. You’ll find colour, monochrome, leather, silk, prints and denim. The cuts are generally elegant and grown-up. Classic shapes with funky accents will happily adorn your wardrobe for the long haul. Pair it all with some high waisted shaping shorts for the most secure foundation.
What they say: “expertly cut for your most flattering fit.”
Dress price range: £89 – £325
What we say: The fantastic thing about Studio 8, a sister brand of Phase Eight, is the range of styles. From basics and wardrobe essentials to occasion and workwear, it’s a reliable and accessible source of plus size fashion. Lines are classic and flowing, so don’t forget your control briefs!
What they say: “carefully tailored with flattering cuts and details ensuring that each style embraces the female silhouette perfectly.”
Dress price range: £24 – £55
What we say: Taking high street trends and cutting them to a curvy figure while keeping it affordable. What’s not to like? There’s a huge range of prints and colours to be layered over your foundation wear. It may be lacking some of the bold elegance of the pricier designers, but this is a great place to experiment.
What they say: “our edit has just the thing to help you feel your best self.”
Dress price range: £22 – £80
What we say: High street fashion, in plus sizes. It’s playful, cheerful and on-trend. Not to forget the affordable price tag. Everything you’d expect from ASOS. With all the trend-based choice, how bold you want to go is simply down to you. So keep it all under control with a shaping bodysuit and be brave!