Shopping Guide: The Best Plus Size Styles

May 30th, 2008

Inspired by Nikki, we shopped Nordstrom (who shows plus size fashions on plus size models) for gorgeous plus-size styles.  So, go on, and celebrate your figure with the two biggest trends of the season: bright colors and bold patterns.  Here’s Omiru’s picks for the best on-trend plus size styles:

Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati Ruched Mesh Top
Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati Ruched Mesh Top | $76 at Nordstrom
A soft ruffled cap sleeve is the perfect addition to this flowy empire waist top.

Caslon Safari Jacket
Caslon Safari Jacket | $88 at Nordstrom
Boxy shapes (especially those with a high neckline) can be tough to wear, but this safari jacket makes an effort with its bold color and elegant 3/4 length sleeves.

Rachel Pally White Label Empire Waist Tank Top
Rachel Pally White Label Empire Waist Tank Top | $114 at Nordstrom
A ruched empire waistline ensures a perfect fit.

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Leaf Print Dress
Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Leaf Print Dress | $128 at Nordstrom
There’s absolutely nothing that we don’t love about this dress. 

Semantiks ‘Perfect Piqué’ Swing Jacket
Semantiks ‘Perfect Piqué’ Swing Jacket | $138 at Nordstrom
Swing style jackets are great for skimming over your curves.

Donna Ricco Stretch Satin Sheath Dress
Donna Ricco Stretch Satin Sheath Dress | $168 at Nordstrom
Isn’t this purple color abolutely regal?

Entry Filed under: Shopping Guide,Women

23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yvonne  |  May 30th, 2008 at 5:33 am

    You guys rock! Thanks for taking the time to show us plus size women some cool alternatives.

  • 2. Marilyn  |  May 30th, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Great stuff and I love your blog; I consult it at least three times a week. As a plus size woman, I also adore Talbots’ shorter jackets; they are designed precisely to give you curves without excessive volume. I must own over twelve. But I’m always at a loss about casual tops, so this entry is great!


  • 3. Nikki  |  May 30th, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Thank you, Trisha! It is truly amazing to find a fashion site that isn’t afraid to admit that us women who wear bigger than a size 12 exist. The nice thing about my body (if anything) is that I can wear XXL when it exists, but it’s nice to see some alternatives if that doesn’t work out.

    That red leaf print dress is also wonderful in person – I actually bought it last weekend at the Nordstrom half-yearly sale :)

    Thanks again!!

  • 4. J.A.  |  May 31st, 2008 at 7:26 am

    How about cutes styles like this for people that can’t afford to spend more than $30 an item. Thank you :o)

  • 5. J.A.  |  May 31st, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Sorry, I meant “cute”

  • 6. Trisha  |  May 31st, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    You’re very welcome–this is what Omiru is all about: making fashion fun and accessible for everybody :)

    Marilyn – Thanks for the Talbots tip!

    Nikki – Yes, I’m a big fan of that red leaf print dress….how funny that you just bought it :)

    J.A. – For $30 and under, our first stop is to check Forever 21/Twelve by Twelve. What other store(s) do you shop at in this price range?

  • 7. Nikki  |  May 31st, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Forever 21 has plus size now?

  • 8. Sexy at any Size  |  May 31st, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Love those empire waisted tops there! I liked liked all of your picks for the best on-trend plus size styles.

  • 9. Trisha  |  June 1st, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Nikki – No, not that I know of. Where would you recommend for cheap chic plus sized clothes?

  • 10. booklover  |  June 1st, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    What about us apple-shaped girls? Empile waist tops/dresses make us look pregnant!

  • 11. booklover  |  June 1st, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Oops–I meant empire!

  • 12. Mimi  |  June 1st, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Great clothes. I love the variety of fresh fabrics and colors.
    Is it me or do these women just look “normal” rather than plus-size? I’d like to see the term “Standard Size” instead of plus.

    The store Avenue has a good line of “standard size” clothing at real prices– their spring/summer dresses are about $60

  • 13. Nikki  |  June 1st, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    For inexpensive plus size, I’d suggest Old Navy or Newport News. NN doesn’t have that much worth looking at usually, but sometimes you can find a gem.

    Hope that helps!

  • 14. Trisha  |  June 1st, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Booklover – Yup, empire waist tops with a blousy silhouette can create a pregnant look. Try tops with a fitted silhouette to avoid this.

    Mimi – Yeah, you’re right–these women definitely don’t look plus sized. They do look more healthy than the “normal” models though. Thanks for the tip about Avenue!

    Nikki – Just checked out Old Navy’s selection of plus sized clothes, and it’s pretty great. Thanks for the tip!

  • 15. Renee  |  June 10th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    If you want some cute clothes in the Plus Size, the have the “real” woman’s dept with the same INC line that is in the “other areas for females to shop for clothes” at Macy*s.

  • 16. Trisha  |  June 11th, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Oh good choice, Renee. INC has some pretty great stuff!

  • 17. JJ  |  June 16th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I am a plus size and like fashion. More plus size fashion please!

  • 18. Trisha  |  June 16th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Will do, JJ!

  • 19. Elizabeth  |  June 20th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    How about plus size and tall (6’0″)? I love high heels, but don’t wear them. I need ideas for low heeled (1 1/4″ max) shoes and outfits they go with. Help!

  • 20. Trisha  |  June 22nd, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Elizabeth – Try flats and a gorgeous summer dress. Low heels can work as well with these dresses:

  • 21. C  |  August 21st, 2008 at 10:32 pm


  • 22. Deborah  |  January 6th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I love Nordstome’s too, but if you’re looking for a sexy, fashion forward top that can be worn to dinner or in the bedrrom, check out Plus Size Plum’s new signature babydoll, tailored to maximize your ssets and minimize problem areas.

  • 23. Scrub Factory Blog&hellip  |  August 18th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Spring Leaf Empire Waist…

    […] especially those with a high neckline) can be tough to wear, but this safari jacket makes an effort […]…

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