Plus-size fashion brands: creating a capsule wardrobe
Inside a Plus Size Consumer’s Capsule Wardrobe
Part of ethical shopping is also about buying less, so building up a capsule wardrobe of basics that can be worn again and again is a great way to keep your wardrobe sustainable. Finding truly inclusive sustainable brands can be tricky, so I’m going to share the fruits of my labor with you.
Linen for the summer, a long sleeve and a trench coat for the winter
If you only want to shop at one retailer to build your capsule wardrobe, Universal Standard is your perfect store. Offering a full range of wardrobe staples up to US size 40, you’ll find almost everything you need, including workwear, loungewear, activewear and underwear. .
I’m currently looking at this gorgeous seafoam linen jumpsuit, priced at $214.
As we head into winter, there’s this turtleneck available in five different colors for $99, and this trench coat available in black, camo, and khaki.
jeans and a skirt
On any given day in the summer, there was a 75% chance that I was wearing one of the many dresses I purchased from Wray NYC last year. Their range, which runs all the way up to 6XL, tends towards the more colorful end of the spectrum, which isn’t necessarily ideal for a capsule wardrobe, but is ideal if you’re fed up with the overwhelming amount. of black clothing marketed in plus-size consumers. Though I’ll stick to the brief and recommend their Drew Jean in ecru for $366, or their Kim Skirt in black for $252. Keep an eye on the sales – they happen regularly.
A swimsuit you really like
While Hackwith Design House sells a wide range of clothing up to size 28, it was their swimwear that caught my eye. There’s something for everyone, with high waisted bottoms, bandeau tops, tie tops, lycras and several great one-piece options. Highlights include a fig knotted top for $99 and a eucalyptus cutout piece for $186.
A go-anywhere dress
Romania-based Loud Bodies has quickly become one of my favorite brands thanks to founder Patricia’s hands-on approach and commitment to transparency and ethical manufacturing. Sizes go up to 10XL, and they offer free customization and consultations if you’re not sure which size to order. I bought the white cotton Sofia dress for $240 last year. They also have an affordable range, which includes this adorable Victoria dress in black tencel for $131.
Sotela offers beautiful, well-made pieces in a similar size range to Universal Standard (the brand uses its own size, however, with sizes ranging from 0 to 10). The majority of their items are made to order, with a four week lead time to ensure minimal waste. Try the Pomelo button-down shirt in black for $244 and the Sol top in white for $202.
Girlfriend Collective is one of the most talked about brands in athleisure, and for once, plus size consumers don’t need to feel left out! The brand, which receives a “good” rating from Good On You, makes its clothes from recycled materials and offers a recycling program, called ReGirlfriend. They offer a wide range of sports equipment, but also offer outerwear, sleepwear and underwear.
This dress, made from a blend of tencel and recycled cotton and available for $133, is calling my name, and this Ava Bateau Bodysuit in Black, retailing for $92, is the perfect staple for layering under dresses and skirts.
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