One of the longest lasting and most insulting accepted assumptions about the plus-size market is that fat women are cheap. It’s infuriating, both in its underlying assumptions and inferences. Some of this comes from the societal idea that being plus-size is a temporary condition: after all, don’t most diet ads say that we are all one diet away from being that desired size 6? In fact, the reality is much different: most dieters gain back the weight they lost within three years. There’s a darker interpretation here too, one which I’ve heard stated in public many times. When it comes down to it, some people believe that fat people do not deserve beautiful things, including clothes.
Universal Standard stepped into this space several years ago, to prove that plus-size women would buy luxurious basics if the quality and the design were up to par. The model has proved incredibly profitable, as customers have funded expanded offerings and size expansions quickly and publicly. While companies like Universal Standard have innovative and high-quality basics covered, no one had stepped into the space that is occupied by sites like Net-A-Porter. Now, 11 Honoré is here to prove that plus-size women are willing to spend serious money on statement pieces as well.
In part, this required finding high-end designers who were willing to expand their lines into plus sizing---because not all brands were. Some partnerships seem obvious, like Christian Siriano and Zac Posen, but 11 Honoré has also brought brands on board who have never expressed interest in the plus-size market. Trendy designers like Black Halo and Brandon Maxwell have hopped onboard, creating pieces that are available exclusively at 11 Honoré.
Prices range from the $100 to $5000 range, depending on the piece and the designer. While the special occasion dress section is a standout, they include plenty of wearable basics from companies like Theory. There is also a regular sale section, so you can grab some great pieces if you don’t have the budget to shop the site at full price. Offerings include separates, outerwear, swimsuits, and dresses for all occasions.
I’ve supported companies like Universal Standard for a while now, so I’m going to try to grab something from 11 Honoré---even if it is on final sale! In the meantime, here are some pieces from 11 Honoré that I am dreaming about:
Prism Wet Suit by Cynthia Rowley:
This is the most stylish wetsuit I have ever seen, and I want it. The neoprene fabric is sturdy enough to be used for water sports and surfing, while the actual suit is delicate and beautiful. It even has pockets!
Psychadelic Floral Evening Coat by Christian Siriano:
This coat is gorgeous enough to wear to the Met Ball. It’s perfect for a big occasion where you want to make a statement.
Oakland Rosina Trench by Theory:
I’ve always loved Theory’s clean and modern approach to things, so it’s great to see it available in plus-sizes now. This coat is a classic that will never go out of style.
Silk and Chiffon Gown by Reem Acra:
This red carpet worthy gown is floaty and dramatic in the best possible way. It’s even got a cape!
Silk PJ Shirt D’eau by La Ligne:
Silk plus-size pajamas are a rarity, so it’s great to see this version by La Ligne available. They have a tailored look without feeling fussy, making them great for lounging and sleeping.
Jeanne Gown by ZAC Zach Posen:
This 70s inspired gown has excellent details, from the trendy cut out shoulders to the beaded fabric. The neutral color makes it easy to accessorize to create different looks.
Jackie O Dress by Black Halo:
This classic blue dress works as an alternative to black for either the office or a dress up event. I love the origami influenced bodice as well as the flattering sheath style.
Parrot Tulip Meegan Dress by Tanya Taylor:
This silk sundress is adorable and perfect for summer. I love the smart use of ruching and the cutout sleeve design that still enables you to wear a regular bra.
What do you think of the luxury plus size fashion market? Would you wear any of these designs?
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