It happens often — inspiration strikes when I visit Fatshionista and discover yet another frontier in plus sized chic. Their recent review of the fun, very distinctive designs of Selena Eon was a revelation. Gracias, Fatshionista! Without you I might not have realized that an unexplored world of customized, unique clothing awaits on Etsy!
SelenaEon makes some very, very cool stuff — this fairie petal dress made out of vintage teeshirts looks so comfortable but makes such a distinctive statement. Very hippie chic, perfect for Bonnaroo. (OMG I want to go so bad!) Her handbasket hoodie is described as a unisex piece, but it’s the kind of distinctive remix of a wardrobe staple that I’d wear over and over again. Especially as the weather gets colder towards the year’s end.
I discovered real talent in the designs of Vigilante Labs. There’s a very fun, flattering silhouette in their clothes. Take for example the felted cobalt trenchcoat, which is funky and cute. I love the Anemone Flower wool top, it comes custom sized up to 4x.
But what I really really need for winter in Chicago is the wool redingote! So classy, so chic, and so femmetastic, and she makes it in sizes 0 to 28. I need it. In more than one color. It’s $235. I’m gonna get me a piggybank and save up, watch me.
For less formal fashions, visit Sandmaiden, which makes beautiful bamboo tunics and dresses, or TopsyCurvy makes customized tops for bellas of all shapes and sizes. If you’re looking for frocks, a wealth of custom-sized dressmakers are there for the discovering.
For Audrey Hepburn-chic, check out My Black Dress — the pieces are timeless, feminine, and made to fit your exact measurements. The dresses are gorgeous, but sizes stop around 20, just to let my fuller-figured bellas know.
For bold Eastern and Arabic-influenced fashion statements, check out Shihar — I can see myself wearing the Majestic Arabian Nights Dress — the layering of indigo and mustard is both graceful and lovely. Quite a bit of the dress shopping on Etsy is done with specific measurements, so even if you’re not especially full figured, you can still get a custom fit on some unique styles.
Have you made an Etsy fashion find, or found some unique plus size fashionistas elsewhere on the web? Tell me! I’m always on the prowl!