6 Canadian women on the size-inclusive brands they love
Let’s get real: Finding stylish clothes larger than XL isn’t easy. While there certainly has been a push for fashion brands to expand beyond straight sizing in recent years, limited in-store availability, exorbitant shipping costs and fewer styles to choose from are still common challenges. But the fact is, people of all sizes want to express personal style and wear beautiful clothes, made with gorgeous fabrics in a range of silhouettes, colours and prints. The good news is that there’s more choice available in inclusive or plus-size fashion than ever before, and the options are so good. To highlight some of them, we asked six impeccably dressed Canadian women to share the inclusive brands they love.
Joanie Pietracupa: Montreal-based magazine editor (and one of The Kit’s 21 Best Dressed Canadians) Joanie Pietracupa remembers feeling rejected by the fashion world when she was younger. “Women’s magazines taught me this was all a big no-no for big girls—remember when fashion writers would give do’s and don’ts tips? Ew!” That’s part of the reason she pushes for visibility in her work. “I’ve been working in the women’s magazine industry for the past 13 years now. I also happen to be queer and fat. Bringing diversity to the table is the main reason I do what I do. I’m a big advocate for inclusivity and body diversity, in my work and in my personal life (and on my Instagram!)”
Pietracupa loves vibrant colours, fun fabrics, cool shapes and skin-tight dresses. “I also love to wear crop tops, oversized coats, knee-high boots (I buy those on Eloquii as they’re specifically made for bigger calves and are cheap and chic), super baggy jeans and tiny purses, all of which are supposed to be ‘unflattering’ for bigger bodies. But guess what? I really don’t care. As long as I love what I wear, I feel beautiful and confident.” Here’s where she shops.
For designer finds: 11 Honoré
“Just like any other fashion-obsessed gal, I looove designer styles! 11 Honoré is an online store featuring trendy plus-size women’s clothing that’s all designer. I’ve bought some incredible pieces by Ganni (my fave designer brand at the moment), Mara Hoffman, Marina Rinaldi and Baja East. I also really like the in-house collection, which features really nice, timeless staples with elevated details at affordable prices.”
For formal pieces: Asos Curve
“Asos has a wide selection of plus-size styles that are anything but boring! Whenever I have a black-tie gala or other super-chic event that I need to attend for work, Asos is my go-to. I just know they’ll have some incredible sequin pieces that’ll look just right on my body type.”
For dreamy dresses: Eliza Faulkner
“I’m a huge fan of Montreal designer Eliza Faulkner. Almost all her pieces go up to an XXL now, which fits me perfectly. I have a couple of dresses and a denim jacket that I just adore and wear so often. Her pieces are impeccably cut and amazing quality, and make me feel feminine and trendy.”
For elegant separates: Lachapelle Atelier
“Viviane Lachapelle, the Montreal designer behind Lachapelle Atelier, is an amazing artist. She wanted to create an inclusive clothing line (each piece goes from 0X to 4X) that features timeless, sustainable and well-cut clothing pieces. I’m in love with their Louis jacket at the moment—I’ve been eyeing it since it appeared on the site! The Martin blouse, which I own in a soft lilac shade, is my go-to shirt when I want to feel pretty. Such easy-to-wear fashion!”
For boho pieces: Anthropologie
“Few people know that Anthropologie has a very nice plus-size clothing section. I usually order the clothing online as the Montreal store unfortunately doesn’t carry it. The shipping costs can come to an indecent amount of money, but that’s part of the game when you’re fat! It has a bunch of really cool brands on top of the in-house APlus collection, featuring lots of colourful, boho and artsy pieces (think retro shapes, funky motifs, etc.) up to size 3X or 26W.”
Brittnee Blair: For Canadian model (and former Big Brother Canada houseguest) Brittnee Blair, fashion is a love language. “My style is ever-evolving. A lot of times it’s mood based, but I love to bring new looks to the table, whether it be for an event, a vacation or just a day out on the town. I’m here for comfort, but I’m also here for elegance and a loud statement. It’s the first way you introduce yourself without having to use any words.” Here’s where Blair shops.
For comfy undies: Knix
“Knix is my go-to! It’s seen me through hard workouts, period days and even growing through pregnancy with my daughter. I love that the brand is size inclusive (XS to XXXXL) with everyday pieces that last a long time.”