The Philly fashion scene has been exploding as of late with the recent opening of the Philadelphia Fashion District. One would think that in a booming style hub there would be a plethora of inclusive options for those of all shapes and sizes. However, clothing stores that cater to plus–sized individuals, especially those that are local and not fast–fashion, are a relatively rare find in Philadelphia.
People of all shapes and sizes deserve to look and feel their best, and to be provided with choices that offer stylish and fashion–forward pieces. While high quality size–inclusive choices may feel limited in Philadelphia, there are some individuals leading the charge to make plus–sized fashion available to locals. These examples will hopefully lead to a positive change and help the Philly fashion space cater to everyone.
The Curve Conscious business model allows women to purchase clothing that is new or lightly used, sell their own clothing, or swap a piece out for one that is already in–store. Founder Adrienne Ray was discontent with “local consignment, resale, and thrift shops for their lack of plus–size clothing options,” and determined that “it was time to give what curvy women all across Philadelphia have been waiting for—a place to buy contemporary and trendy plus–size apparel at a fraction of retail price.” Curve Conscious now fills this space in Philadelphia, and caters to sizes 12–28.
Address: 2719 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
This “destination boutique,” founded by Israeli fashionista Galit Carmely, “celebrat[es] women of all sizes, ages and shapes, providing stylish looks made by top selected Israeli designers.” Carmely describes herself as “born to style.” She notes on her website that “even though I was always overweight, I would consistently get compliments on my look.” A trip to My Little Redemption is virtually a personal styling session with Carmley. She “travel[s] to Israel often to hand–pick the garments for you, carefully pairing pieces to achieve maximum style and bring you the most authentic and current style directly from Tel–Aviv.”
Address: 126 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Mary Alice Duff turned to design after becoming “frustrated with her own experiences shopping for high–quality, ethically–made, size–inclusive clothing.” From this, Alice Alexander was born, and is now a brand with a mission to “radically change the fashion industry to one that is inclusive of all bodies and is respectful of people and planet.” This size–inclusive clothing company is run by a team of only five individuals who “design, pattern, cut, and sew each item in our collection on a made–to–order basis.” This personalized and intimate approach to plus–sized fashion ensures that size doesn’t restrict women from having access to special, personalized pieces. All Alice Alexander clothing is made in the U.S. with a sustainable and ethical approach. Drop by their Philly space, which serves as a production area and a showroom.
Address: 4056 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129
Veronica Lipscomb is the woman behind TruDiva designs, a plus–sized womenswear brand based in Philadelphia. Lipscombs talent for clothing design was clear, as “many women would approach her about where she purchased her clothing. Once it was discovered [that] she was the designer, they would request the same outfit for themselves.” This pushed her to develop her own line, “characterized by an exquisite attention to detail, impeccable construction, and use of rich, luxurious fabric.” TruDiva designs have been featured in Full Figured Fashion Week and Curves Rock Weekend.
Address: 2228 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125