Has your body changed in 2020? Don't worry, we've got your XXL back
This season, we’re stocking more options for bigger bodies
Living large and looking luxe
If you're a woman of generous proportions, we know you'll be excited to hear the news. This season, we've got many XXL and a few XXXL finds in stock from brands like Miik, Nic + Zoe, B. Young, Part Two, Zilch, Soya Concept, Esprit, Lolë, and Soia & Kyo.
Pandemic-related shifts in the retail landscape this year have left large women with fewer clothing options than ever before. As if it wasn't hard enough before a retail apocalypse came for plus-size specialists like Addition Elle in Canada and Lane Bryant in the United States.
But at the same time, we’re starting to see more inclusive sizing from the brands we work with. These aren’t specialized brands that centre their collections around a plus-sized customer. These are mainstream labels expanding their size ranges to fit the bodies of women who want to wear them.
Our goal in expanding the range we carry is to serve women who might once have shopped from the smaller sizes in specialized plus-sized boutiques. As well, we aim to help customers who may now be experiencing lifestyle and body changes related to the pandemic.
You're probably already aware there's no such thing as sizing standards in the global women's clothing industry. But in the larger size ranges, sizing seems even more varied from brand to brand.
So what is an XXL, exactly?
We wish we could pull out a magic conversion chart and say that XXL is equal to size 18! But we've found that variation from brand to brand in this size range makes it unhelpful to make size equivalencies like this.
For example, two of our brands, Zaket & Plover and Eileen Fisher, fit on the larger side. A sweater marked as L in either of these two brands might fit a woman who would otherwise wear XXL.
Meanwhile, the brand Soia & Kyo fits a little on the smaller side. An XXL coat from Soia & Kyo might fit a women who otherwise looks for XL.
So we recommend taking measurements and/or trying on to find the exact right size for you in this size range. (To learn more about how to take your own measurements, check out the site Size Charter.)
Finding your size on our site
As we began to build our XXL section this season, we created a menu option at the top of our main page where you can click to see all the items we bought in both XXL and XXXL.
Unfortunately, it's technologically impossible to filter our product selection by sizes that are now available. So the collection on the XXL page shows all items we ordered in larger sizes, but not necessarily what we now have in stock.
That means you might browse a cozy sweater on the XXL page, but when you click through to buy that item, you find out it's actually sold out in XXL.
We know that can be frustrating!
But there's good news. If you spot an item you love on the XXL page and it seems to be sold out in your size, we may be able to reorder it immediately and ship it to you soonish. Message or call us to let us know which sold out item you have your eye on.
The search bar is your friend
We may not always display our XXL collection on the main menu of our site. So you should know about another amazing way to find items in the larger range.
Try using the search bar, located at the top right on our main page, to search for the term XXL.
As above, tech constraints mean this search page doesn't show our real-time inventory in your size range. But it does show items we can source in larger sizes. Let us know what sold out item you're looking for and we'll try to reorder it.
We've tried offering larger sizes before! But our experiments haven't been successful. We faced the challenge of somehow letting larger women in our community know we had what they needed.
Now, thanks to social media, those days are over. We can broadcast the fact that we've adapted our size selection.
But still, the biggest challenge that large-size clothing retailers and large women have right now is finding each other. And we want this to go gangbusters so the right women hear about it.
That's why we need your help.
Do you know anyone who needs a stylish new source of clothing for her curvy self? We'd love it if you'd introduce us to friends who might be interested by sharing this blog post.
As well, we need feedback. If you're seeking clothing in the XXL or XXXL size range, please let us know what you look for and love. We can adapt our large-size selection next season to suit your needs.
Send us your feedback! Email our founder and buyer, Jo Gordon. Or leave a comment below.