'TIS THE SEASON for holiday festivities! Whether it’s the office party or something far sexier with less of a chance of boss-related awkwardness, it’s the time of year where your wardrobe needs might include more glamour and glitter than usual. It can be hard enough to find the ideal holiday dress for anyone, but it can be even more daunting when you’re plus sized. And that’s because many retailers limit their plus sized offerings to online only sales. Big girls want to buy nice things and try them on in stores, too!
If you’ve visited your local Lane Bryant, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Ashley Stewart, Forever 21 and Nordstroms and come up empty, then allow me to recommend the following online destinations, where you might find the glamorous, sparkly holiday gown of your dreams, with which to slay all attendees at your seasonal celebrations!
Asos – Asos Curve is the go-to destination of all of the trendiest plus size fashion blogger. Don’t believe me? Visit NicoletteMason.com, Gabifresh.com or thecurvyfashionista.com and you’ll see for yourself. If you’re looking for something short, swingy, sequined or sassy, you’ll likely find it here.
Igigi – If you love long, elegant, show stopping maxi dresses, or are really into seasonal dresses with sleeves, check Igigi first. They’ve got a stunning collection of gowns that you’ll be sure to shine in on your special night.
MonifC – The original creator of the super popular convertible dress still can’t be beat! In addition to her fabulous Marilyn convertible dress, Monif C is known for sexy dresses that are made by a curvy woman who knows how best to accent her attributes. Every item I’ve worn from her line has been quality.
OneStopPlus – If you’re seeking a variety of plus size designers to peruse and eventually purchase from, check out OneStopPlus. Popular retailers like Jessica London, Roamans and Denim 24/7 are here, alongside City Chic, Kiyonna and Avenue, all posted with helpful customer reviews.
SimplyBe – If you read plus size blogs, you’ll notice SimplyBe is everywhere these days, outfitting your favorite bloggers in fabulous printed pants and bold blazers. They’ve also got great LBD’s and dresses with delicious holiday-apropos details.
QueenGrace – Queen Grace has gained a reputation for designing feminine dresses and seperates with sometimes surprising edge – think lace and leather embellishments. For holiday, they’ve dialed up the sparkle!
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.