Shopping is one of my great travel joys, but finding fashionable clothes that fit over a size 10 can be a real challenge overseas. No worries…you’re not stuck with accessories! I’ve got a Deal Mommy Tested list of Plus Size European brands. Many of these stores, such as Evans ship to the US, others are worth the trip.
Here’s a small list of my faves, please share yours!:
Elena Miro: A chain of “shapley sizes” (love that!) based in Italy. I found the prices a bit high, but the quality is there. It’s on the same level as Marina Rinaldi but not as well known in the states.
Desigual: Desigual is a Spanish brand, but they have stores all over Europe and one in New York. Not a “Plus Size” brand, but many of their items go up to XXL (18). I’m obsessed with their printed Tees and just picked up a bunch in Rome during the “Saldi” season.
Bonita: They’re in 6 countries, mostly in Central Europe. While not especially “Plus Size”, they go to size 48 (18ish), but more importantly the clothes are cut for a central European…as in NOT A WAIF! I found the first long sleeved button down blouse that fit properly in 15 years and have a mock wrap dress that is a staple in my travel wardrobe.
Jean Marc Philippe (France): I found the shop on the Rue Rivoli just down from the Louvre and enjoyed a wonderful hour shopping the “soldes” (sales). I picked up two tunics that say “Paris” more than any Eiffel Tower T-shirt. Throwing one on makes even my Wal Mart jeans tres chic. A year later they’re still in heavy rotation. This year I picked up some dresses that scream “French!” and a quilted emerald green Chanel-esque jacket that I will wear every single day this fall.
Evans (UK and Ireland): I found Evans when we lived in Dublin and was thrilled to find them now shipping to the US. Highly recommend, especially for lingerie that’s well-fitting without being industrial.
Surkana (Spain): Surkana is a brand (not a store) worth looking for. They’re not specifically plus-size, but go up to XXXL, which is an 18 (!). I bought a mini-dress from a boutique in Tenerife that I wear as a tunic with leggings.
Ulla Popken (Netherlands): Great especially for sizes 20+ and for shoes.
If you’re looking for fashion advice, I suggest Marie Claire Magazine’s Big Girl in a Skinny World columnist Nicolette Mason as a great reference.
What’s your favorite wearable souvenir? Please share in the comments.