My Honest Opinion On Anthropologie’s New Plus Size Collection
For as long as I remember, I have longed to have Anthropologie in size fat. So you can imagine my delight when the brand announced that they were extending their line into plus-size with their own plus-size line APlus.
For the launch of the collection, the brand got plus-size models Candice Huffine and Paloma Elesser to act as the faces of the charming collection, which is everything you want it to be: trendy, whimsical and feminine.
I needed to get my hands on the whole line immediately.
For the brand’s first venture into plus size, I was quite impressed that they offered more than 120 styles in the first collection. Damn! But the biggest thing that caught my attention was the fact that they extended the sizing up to 26W, a huge feat when most brands have been stopping at 22 or 24.
The clothing will be sold at anthropologie.com and will be available at only one Canadian location, the Shops at Don Mills location in Toronto.
If you’re like me and sometimes don’t trust shopping online, and you have the means to, get yourself to the Don Mills Anthropologie.
When I arrived at the Don Mills Anthropologie location, they had the APlus section at the front of the store.
For me, it was a first to walk into a straight-size brand who has extended into plus sizing and not have their plus sizes buried in the back of the store. I was oddly impressed for a higher-end retail brand to make a choice like this.
While brands may not understand just how much it means, it truly does make a nod to inclusion. It makes us fatties shopping at Anthropologie feel that we are not an afterthought and we deserve to shop there just as much as anyone else.
I was pleasantly surprised at the number of pieces that could be mixed and matched, as well as the use of fun patterns and beautiful fabrics.
I grabbed a number of pieces, to get a good sense of the line and to see how it would fit on my body in everything from jumpers, shirts, dresses, and skirts. This is where the reality started to set in with the line, and why I was so glad I came in to try it on in person.
Size I Tried: 18
As soon as I walked into the store, this dress caught my eye. With its fit-and-flare silhouette, it seemed perfect for the summer. But as soon as I tried to put it on, it would not zip up past my bust, which means I’d have to size up to a 20, but it might be too loose. What a bummer — this dress could have been perfect. Also, since this was the first piece I tried on from the collection, it sort of tempered my expectations on what to expect.
Size I Tried: 2X
For some reason, I had grabbed a larger size in this because I know jumpsuits can be hit or miss. Since I am petite, the jumper was SUPER long on me and would have needed to be adjusted. Otherwise, it had a baggy fit but it was designed to act like culottes in jumper form, and I was here for it. The fabric (cotton) was breathable for summer and also, there were pockets. I’m fairly certain I added this to my cart after I left.
Size I Tried: 18
After I posted this skirt on Instagram, I got so many messages about it. Let’s be honest, it is a goddamn beautiful skirt. Plus, it has pockets! But we’re talking about transparency here and this ran really small. I was able to get it on, but just barely. I was wearing it high waisted to fit as a size 18. If I wanted to wear it on my true waist, and if I wanted to breathe comfortably in this skirt, I’d likely have to size up to size 20. The skirt is made of cotton, so again, it’s a perfect fabric for the summer. The skirt is pretty long, so as a short person who never wears heels, it hit just before my ankles. Maybe something to keep in mind.
Size I Tried: 18
This skirt is so beautiful, and shocker: it fit me! It might be because it has an elasticized back-waist panel which offers a stretchy, cinched fit. But otherwise, it is flowy and reminded me of Beyoncé in the Lemonade video with her yellow dress. It’s perfect for in the office or going to an event, plus the tiers added a little fashion moment, that many people will stop and comment on.
So, what did I discover when I went to try on the line?
- A lot of the items in the collection ran a bit small, so I would absolutely size up. I mean, that’s been happening for YEARS in the plus industry.
- But the other thing? The new line was expensive! While I was really drawn to many of the different pieces in the collection, when I compare it to a Universal Standard or Torrid, I’m just not sure I’m willing to throw down the cash. One option I noticed on their website was that you can pay in installments for pieces, which is an interesting concept since that makes clothes more accessible to those who may need it.
- I absolutely love the aesthetic of the APlus by Anthropologie line. It is not something readily available in plus today, and for that I’m thankful.
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