Without wishing to bang on about plus sizes and how we arent catered for on the high street (I seem to be ok but my size 6 mate cant find anything adult looking…kid section doesnt spank of sexy dresses…thank god). I seem to be having a tough time finding plus size vintage. Now I am a size 16 which in some ways isnt too big in a lot of peoples eyes but I find is hard to locate much that fits me, let alone stuff with some tailoring that could be adjusted to fit.
So I decided to ask around and search myself.
With a call out on Twitter for all my lovelies I was inundated with nuggets of information on where to find the illusive ‘plus size vintage’.
Mrs BeBe (a fabulous plus size blogger) suggested looking in charity shops, trawling the vintage fairs but admitted she had no go-to shop. Even buying from repro vintage shops like Collectif didnt always ensure purchases were made as the plus sizes seemed to sell out.
I headed to Camden myself to check out the Collectif store and found 4 of the dresses I wanted to purchase were sold out in my size. BOOO but at least that means people are buying them right!? Collectif recently put out a Facebook status that they are looking to expand their plus size range so whilst not original vintage, there is at least another option. Lets not forget as the lovely Mrs BeBe suggested “just look out for anything with a vintage feel, stripes, dots, anchors, leopard, birds etc, so I can at least have a flourish in my day to day outfits!”.
I then approached the likes of Tramp Vintage Boutique in Brighton who said that whilst they do stock plus size it seems people dont realise its there and so stays on the shelf (not good for business then).
My Twitter feed became a wash with ladies calling out for places to buy plus size vintage so here are my recommendations:
Forsaken Dreams Vintage (online/store)I have bought a few vintage pieces from this lovely lady. Good prices and lots of choice.
Candy Says (online) A selection of plus size always available. Good prices too.
Etsy (online) A huge slection available! Some real treasures bought here by me too.
Ebay (online) Great selection though bidding can get out of hand especially if you really want an item. Consider US version of Ebay as I have bought some real corkers off there. Watch out for custom charges though as they can sting a bit.
JAdoreVintageClothing (online) lots of sizes up to an beyond a size 18. Not for silly money either. Loving their sale mentality too: Cheaper than cheap!
If you are looking for more repro vintage items to build up your wardrobe then perhaps these lovelies:
Vivien of Holloway (online/store) – great items though VERY popular so be mindful that at vintage events there will be alot of ladies rocking these garments. Still great staples and perfect for customising!
HeyDay Vintage Style (online) I adore this company and even own a few items. Very traditional styling.
20th Century Foxy (online) lots of different garments on sale from various establised and new companies though most only go to a UK 16.
Pinup Parade (online) a great resource and shop of selected items. Sales here are always good but buy early as the items are always snapped up.
Rockabilly Pinup (online) a huge selection of repro vintage items from companies all over the world! One stop shop.
and lets not forget our own The Velvet Curtain shop. Often select plus size items for purchase.