On this month’s cover, we’re featuring Monif Clarke founder of Monif C. When Clarke began designing ten years ago, there weren’t many independent designers that gave plus size women exactly what we wanted. But times have changed. Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind items or you just wish to support indie designers, there are several reasons to support some of the designers listed. From veteran designers to the new kids on the block, here are six more indie designers that are getting plus size fashion right.
Courtney Noelle continues to push the envelope when it comes to plus size fashion. Whether releasing collections full of color or keeping things basic in all black, each item is produced with the confident plus size woman in mind. According to their website, Courtney Noelle’s goal is to create clothing that emphasizes the beauty and power of women. I think they’ve achieved what they’ve set out to do.
Since 2006, Qristyl Frazier Designs has successfully filled a void in plus size fashion by giving women exhilarating designs that dazzle. Recently, Frazier released the Celestial Collection, filled with beautiful dresses and stretch denim. Through fashion, Qristyl Frazier Designs aims to show plus size women that it’s okay to feel sexy and confident.
Chic At Heart is perfect for the working woman. If you’re in search of a brand that offers timeless style, in luxurious fabrics, then look no further. Their mantra is “Style Comes From Within” and they’re doing everything to help your effortless style come to life. From classic silhouettes to updated with on-trend accents, you can transition seamlessly through the seasons while looking polished.
Jibri is a favorite among plus size women. Created by designer Jasmine Elder, JIBRI includes classic wardrobe staples as well as timeless standout pieces. Elder concentrates on pieces that flatter all plus size body types and each collection include a variation of garments made with lush fabrics that focus on superb fit.
Upon visiting Universal Standard’s website, you get the feeling that you’re in for sleek plus size clothing with an edge. Once inside the website, you’re met by plus size staples that are necessary for building the perfect wardrobe. Items like blazers, pencil skirts and comfy dresses are a part of their collection. According to their website, their size structure represent the vast majority of women, their prices are inclusive, and the styles are beautiful, unapologetic, and modern.
PLY 428 is for the woman size 14 – 24 that craves elegance and fashion and doesn’t want to compromise. Launched in 2015 By Lamarr and Pamela Nanton PLY428 embodies a contemporary sensibility. A little bold, sensual and raw while being modern. PLY428 inherently understands the Plus/Curvy customer’s body & form. Contouring silhouettes with fashion-forward styling that speaks to your body.