Inside the plus-sized consumer capsule cabinet
Part of shopping ethically is also spending less, which is why building a basic, reusable capsule wardrobe is a great way to keep your wardrobe sustainable. Finding a size-inclusive sustainable brand can be tricky, so I’m going to share my work with you.
Linen for summer, long sleeves and trench for winter
If you only want to shop at one retailer to build your capsule wardrobe, Universal Standard is your ideal store. Offering a complete range of wardrobe staples up to US size 40, you’ll find almost everything you need including work wear, casual wear, sportswear and intimate wear.
I’m currently eyeing this gorgeous linen jumpsuit in sea moss, selling for $214.
As we head into winter, there’s a turtleneck available in five different colors for $99, and this trench is available in black, camo and khaki.
Jeans and skirts
On any given day during the summer, there’s a 75 percent chance I’ll be found wearing one of the few dresses I bought from Wray NYC last year. Their range, which goes up to 6XL, tends to the more colorful end of the spectrum, which isn’t necessarily ideal for a capsule wardrobe, but is ideal if you’re tired of the sheer volume of black clothes marketed to plus-size consumers. Although I’d stick with the brief and recommend their Drew Jean at Ecru for $366, or their Kim Skirt in Black for $252. Keep an eye on sales – they happen regularly.
The swimsuit you really like
While Hackwith Design House sells a wide variety of clothes up to size 28, it was their swimwear that caught my eye. There’s something for everyone, with high-waisted bottoms, bandeau tops, strapped tops, rash guards, and some pretty one-piece options. Highlights include a top tied in a fig for $99, and a one-piece cut in eucalyptus for $186.
Dresses to suit everything
Romania-based Loud Bodies has quickly become one of my favorite brands thanks to founder Patricia’s hands-on approach, and her commitment to transparency and ethical manufacturing. Sizes go up to 10XL, and they offer free customization and consultation if you’re not sure which size to order. I bought a Sofia dress in white cotton for $240 last year. They also have an affordable range, including an adorable Victorian dress in black tencel for $131.
Sotela offers beautiful, well-crafted items in a size range similar to the Universal Standard (however, the brand goes its own way, with sizes ranging from 0 to 10). Most of their items are made to order, with a lead time of four weeks to ensure minimal waste. Try the black Pomelo button-up shirt for $244, and the white Sol top for $202.
Girlfriend Collective is one of the most talked about sports brands, and for once, the large consumer need not feel left out! The brand, which received a “good” rating from Good On You, makes its clothes from recycled materials and offers a recycling program, called ReGirlfriend. They have a wide range of athletic gear, but also offer outerwear, sleepwear, and undergarments.
This robe, made from a blend of tencel and recycled cotton and available for $133, appealed to me, and this black Ava Bateau bodysuit, retailing for $92, is the perfect staple for layering under dresses and skirts.
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