Thursday, January 28, 2010

OneStopPlus.com

While I wasn't really too impressed by the look & feel of OneStopPlus, a premier online plus-size fashion emporium, I did just find out that one of their fashion experts, Nancy LeWinter, is a former Vogue editor!

This resulted in me taking another look. Hmm, a lot of the styles seemed to suffer from the plus size curse of appearing a bit, dare I say it, matronly. Lots of looks that would get a designer kicked off "Project Runway" in a heartbeat!


But I did manage to find a quite few cute pieces under New Arrivals, which gives me hope that they're only going to improve.
Overall, worth looking at, particularly some of their newer stock! But the sad state of plus size fashion is just not improving fast enough, which shocks me, considering the potential market! I think the key is that it's all "potential" - how many plus sized women do you know love to shop for clothing? So many just want to hide in bland, unflattering clothes! First we need to change attitudes, and the market will come ;)

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Plus Size Fashion Diva said...

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"how many plus sized women do you know love to shop for clothing? So many just want to hide in bland, unflattering clothes! First we need to change attitudes, and the market will come."

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Why do plus size women hate to shop? Maybe because it is so depressing that there is nothing flattering or fashionable out there. Anything remotely stylish tends to come with a hefty price tag, and often costs twice that of what a straight size would pay.

The quality sucks, too. And the cuts are awful: "Ma'am please cover up from nose to toes".

I think no one wants to hide in bland, unflattering clothing, but when that is all you can find, or all you can afford because that is all you can find in your price class--well then, you just don't enjoy it. I'm sure no straight size would love shopping if everything just came in plus sizes and they had to order online because there were no local stores that sold anything remotely fun.

You are absolutely right, the plus size fashion scene is growing SO slowly. I run a site where I put together different "outfit pictures" as inspiration for plus size women. I have to look hard and long for anything that I would consider wearing. It's a shame, and it is an economic absurdity. The plus size community spends US $60 bn annually on clothes. That is a huge market! And how much more would they spend if they could get clothing locally that fit and was quality.