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Last Update: August 29, 2017
Green Velvet Jumper
Size XS -
Lace Hem Pencil Skirt
Size 14 - 28W
Red Tartan Plaid Skirt
Size 10 -
have been dominating fashion for much of the
last decade, skirts and separates have begun
trending back in. Still reasonably scarce,
more casual skirts are most readily available
during the spring and summer months, while
special occasion and evening skirts dominate the
holiday party season.
Many mainstream trends are using vintage and
retro silhouettes, patterns, and details as
sources of inspiration. Consequently
vintage styles from multiple eras are easier to
find in plus-sizes through modern
interpretations than in most authentic vintage
Skirts can have a retro flair creating
classic, pin-up curves a la Betty Boop or
Marilyn Monroe, or imbue a more free spirited
hippie flavor, free wheeling disco vibe, or irreverant
1980's ecclectic pop to your look.
Retro styles that
play up hourglass curves often require the right
foundation garments to achieve the look,
including shapewear, bras and hosiery.
Shopping Resources for Vintage Style Plus-Size
One of the best spots for vintage inspired
fashion at reasonable prices in size 0 to 36W is
eShakti. Here you can tweak any garment
for length, add pockets, and change some
design details for a small fee. While
dresses are their strength, it is a fabulous
spot for unusual, hard-to-find skirt styles such
as tulle crinolines, embroidered cottons in
nineteen fifties style designs, and growing
number of mod and 70's BoHo looks.
is adding many extended size vintage and retro
style skirts designed exclusively for them,
mainly in a mid-twentieth century style to sizes
ModCloth is another leader in vintage inspired
fashion with sizes extending upwards every day.
Small runs of indie designer labels make the
offerings eclectic and worth grabbing as soon as
you see them. A majority of what they
offer is mid-twentieth century in its offering
and sizing runs from XS to 4X.
Those looking for more bohemian and off-beat
period styles such as Renaissance and Steam punk
looks will find a good selection at
Collection in size 2 to 28W. Maxi skirts
and more unusual looks and fabrics are
especially good here.
Of the plus specialty retailers
Eloquii has the
most to offer in skirts with looks most heavily
influenced by what is going on with the upscale
runways. Vintage influences are felt in
many skirt styles trending in Fast Fashion and
this is the best place to find them in larger
sizes, 14 to 28W.
One of the best spots for shapewear that will
give smooth body lines under close fitting,
vintage style skirts is
A plus specialty store, they regularly carry a
variety of options for size XL to 4X.
Hosiery options are strongest at the plus
specialty retailers. Those looking for
thigh highs and stockings to go with garters,
pin up girl style, will find a good selection
from size 1X to 6X at
Hips & Curves.
Simple, sheer pantyhose and opaque tights from
Just My Size
are available in size Queen to 6X, including
sandal foot and control top styles. Those
looking for patterns, lace, and fishnets will
find the best selection in the fall and winter
shopping seasons at retailers such as
Torrid in size XL to 4X.