Check out these amazing plus size designers that are making clothes everyone can look amazing in.
Until recently, the “average” body was the only one that existed in the ready to wear fashion world. Clothes were made for one type of frame, then brought either down or up to scale, for the woman who was wearing it.
This has always been one of the most frustrating parts of shopping for women of all sizes because no two women have the same body. What complements one chest pinches another, and what hugs all the right curves on one pair of hips sags on another.
8 Best Designers for Plus Sized Bodies
The dark days of women’s one-dimensional fashion seem to be over, however, as plus size designers are now creating clothes intended to complement curves and flatter the human body, rather than simply the “average” body. F
ull figured women are taking the spotlight, as it becomes easier than ever to find fun, classic, or professional fashions that complement the variant body types of all beautiful women.
1. Jason Wu
Jason Wu’s meticulous attention to detail was cultivated when his mother gave him his first sewing machine. He used dolls as tiny mannequins, which required him to understand the impact of every individual stitch. Since his love for fashion began, he never lost sight of the importance of nuance in every design he creates.
Jason Wu has received numerous fashion awards and dressed the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Christy Turlington, Julianne Moore, and even Michelle Obama.
The fabrics he uses in his couture collections are almost always exclusively made for him in France or Italy, and he takes five to six months innovating his designs. Brilliantly mixing classic style with modern fashion in the most alluring ways, Wu focuses on embracing the power in femininity.
2. Diane Von Furstenberg
One of the world’s most influential fashion designers, Diane Von Furstenberg invented the wrap dress in 1972, and has not stopped since. Her life is as interesting as her designs are, and her advocacy for women’s rights comes through in her clothes.
Von Furstenberg’s fashions are easily recognizable and have been an inspiration for nearly every designer that has come after her. The Council of Fashion Designers of America acknowledged this with a lifetime achievement award, and professional women all over the world have adopted her style.
3. Brandon Maxwell
Brandon Maxwell has designed clothes for iconic women like Oprah and Michelle Obama and has always been surrounded by incredibly strong women who inspire every one of his impeccable looks.
He focuses on creating perfectly tailored pieces with defined lines and clean design, and his work has earned him multiple awards, including CFDA designer of the year.
Check Maxwell out on Bravo’s Project Runway, where he is a judge, and find his fashions online and with high retailers all over the country.
The creators of Marchesa, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, use historical interpretations of events, along with classic European art, to inspire their fashions. They named their brand after socialite and patron of the arts, Maria Luisa Casati, and she seems to remain their muse fifteen years after being founded.
Marchesa is famous for its flowing, draped styles, intricate beading and embroidery, and luxury look. Recently, the two designers have worked on integrating more functionality into their pieces, and the results are as integrated as they are timeless.
5. Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs has been a staple nominee at fashion awards ceremonies for years. His designs combine fun and flair with sophistication and quality. Jacobs has had a few rocky spells in his career, but his work transcends tradition and bucks the norm, while still holding on to the approachability his style has always presented.
Quality is one of the most important features of the current iteration of his brand, and his brightly colored ready to wear pieces can just as easily be worn on the runway, in the office, or out on the town.
6. Parker NY
Parker NY, a label owned by parent company Kellwood, creates prints with ruffles and flourish in all the most complimentary places. The label’s focus for plus size women is creating clothes that will make you feel as fabulous as you look.
7. Yigal Azrou?l
Bold custom prints and complementary draping dominate this French-Moroccan designer’s style. 80% of his collection is manufactured in Manhattan’s famous garment district, and the city’s influence on Yigal Azrou?l’s work shows through in nearly every piece.
His ready to wear clothes can be found with online retailers, on his website, and at his flagship location in New York City.
Fashion and human rights go together with this brand founded by activists, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin. “The White Shirt Project,” supports the Freedom for All Foundation, and the founders concentrate on sourcing their fabric from sustainable suppliers that treat their workers ethically.
When you buy a product made by Tome, you can be sure that you’re wearing a gorgeous, ethically made piece.