As if we didn’t already know how hard it is to find cute, even nominally on-trend plus-size clothes, here’s definitive proof, in the form of an actual academic study from the Journal of Consumer Research (which I’d love to pretend I read IRL, but instead learned of in The Cut). It chronicles the many ways in which plus-size bloggers have gained impressive ground in the mainstream media, and asserts that despite all of that, big name retailers and designers lag woefully behind in catering to the plus-size community’s needs. It’s all quite irksome—and curious, given that this is clearly a demographic that’s ready to spend. Happily, however, an interview with one of the article’s co-authors revealed a bumper crop of indie lines, my favorite of which is Carmakoma. They’re from Denmark but have American e-commerce, and are well worth exploring. I totally wish they made this filmy purply-black dress in non-plus sizes, as it is feminine but not too girly, and looks like the soul of comfort. You’d need to procure a slip, but one can easily accomplish this.
Also: this is precisely the type of dress/tunic thing I throw on with leggings and boots (albiet less hoochie ones than seen here) and live in all winter long.
OK, the shape on this one is definitely more retroish than I usually go in for, but the bird print is to die.