As providers of local fashion content in a town that’s seven square miles and packs a population of over 800,000, we realize that not every person in this diverse city will look the same—let alone share the same body type. For those seeking sizes 12 and up, we offer this list of independent Bay Area-based retailers that focus on fashion for plus-sized urbanites.
- First up, San Francisco’s Eliza Parker makes shopping for plus-size threads as easy as possible. And we mean easy. As an online retailer that sells everything from dresses, skirts, tops and accessories with curvier frames in mind—ranging from size 10 to 28— Eliza Parker doesn’t just focus on one body type. Click on the “Perfect Fit” category to find a selection of five different frames, select yours, and violà: a shopping experience tailored just for your individual shape. Making online shopping even more practical, the site offers a video of a model wearing each piece, free shipping and free returns with their “Try and Buy” feature. Peruse the website for designs starting at $34 up to $229.
- Shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding (or even one for your own wedding, for that matter) is a difficult task for anyone. Throw in serious curves and the task can become even more daunting. A solution comes from San Francisco-based IGIGI, a plus-size retailer recently named About.com’s Readers’ Choice Best Plus Designer for 2011. The site offers dresses in categories such as Bridal Party and Wedding Collection, that features gowns with lace, beading and sheer fabric alongside matching earrings, clutches and scarves. IGIGI also offers suits to wear to the office and casual garments for strolling around town – all in sizes 12 to 32. Prices range from $48 to $295.
- For those who prefer to snuggle up in a comfy sweater or cruise around the city in a casual top, there’s Harper Greer. The San Francisco boutique recently closed its location’s doors to instead focus exclusively on selling through its online shop, where you can find knitted pullovers, LBDs and Not Your Daughters blue jeans, all priced between $89 to $228.
- Lastly, take a trip across the bridge to Oakland’s Isha Couture to find celebrity-inspired “skinny” designs that are translated into sizes XL to 5XL. From an off-shoulder charcoal polyester dress ($19.50) to a pair of white lace leggings ($23.00), the on-trend designs bring contemporary, youthful style to the plus-size market.
For more local retailers, visit our San Francisco shopping section.