Spring Cravings + Brief Thoughts On Inclusive Sizing.

Spring Cravings

I have two things to say about this round-up. It is, at first blush, a bit of a hot mess but it’s also very me (great basics, pretty dresses, crazy-ish accessories). I’m also VERY into red right now (helllllo to this TANYA TAYLOR DRESS OF MY DREAMS!), which definitely shows.

The second thing is something I’m going to talk more about in tomorrow’s post. Everything here is available in an extended range of sizes – at the very minimum up to a size 16/XXL. We had some great talks in the DMs about inclusive sizing and I’m going to challenge myself with which brands I shop + share here but that is for tomorrow’s post!

It took me a lot longer than usual to pull together this roundup.

Like, several hours. I’m not saying that for head pats but rather to say that it really opened my eyes as to how hard it can be shop if you are above a size 10 or 12. It was pretty eye opening to see how many of my favorite brands and retailers only carry up to a size 12, sometimes a size 10. This bummed me out on so many levels – I was annoyed at myself for not having paid much attention, and annoyed at so many of my favorite brands and retailers!

If anything, it enforces how necessary it is for me to do this: if I was annoyed trying to find things in every size, I can’t imagine how annoying + potentially heartbreaking it is to SHOP. So here we are; I hope you guys enjoy the roundup and please let me know what you think! Again, I will be speaking more about this in tomorrow’s post so make sure you come back for that.

Also worth noting: Le Blanca makes some of my absolute favorite swimsuits and they’re available in up to at least a size 16. (I have this one, which is also available in extended sizes here). So I bought this one for Holbox.

Clockwise from Top Left:

Loeffler Randall Clear + Polka Dot Bag // Loeffler Randall Polka Dot Slingbacks // Cropped Pants // Mara Hoffman Red Coverup // Rachel Comey Multi Color Earrings // Jade Box Bag //Madewell T-Shirt // Le Blanca Swimsuit // Rainbow iPhone Case // Soludos Wedges // Rebecca Minkoff Floral Dress // Chambray Shirt // Tanya Taylor Dress (literally the dress of my dreams + available in up to a size 22 here) // Halogen Trench (LOVE the hood, available up to a 3X here) // Amber Drop Earrings (also in green!)// Tanya Taylor Floral Headband

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  1. I’m glad inclusive sizing is becoming more prevalent now. But I feel that shops have to go the other way, too! I’m usually a size smaller than XS and it sucks all the same buying clothes. 🙁

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

      I hadn’t really thought about it, but agree that yes, inclusive sizing needs to go both ways!

    • Shen Dove says 3.26.19

      I can relate Charmaine! Yay for more size inclusiveness across the board.

  2. Marta says 3.26.19

    Even though I’m not plus size, sizing is definitely something that bums me out. I mean, I understand why brands might not do it, because it’s a minority and it’d be more expensive for them to make clothes in bigger sizes but when you think about it, would it really? Most brands I shop at have plus size ranges so what would be the difference in making new pieces in bigger sizes or making the same pieces from their regular range in bigger sizes? I have to applaud Asos in that sense, they have so many of the same piece in plus size, regular fit and petite. Brands need to be more inclusive, definitely. And about your picks, the accessories definitely caught my eye, the earrings are gorgeous and that blue box bag is absolutely amazing.

    • Megan says 3.26.19

      The average American female is a size 16.

      • Marta says 3.27.19

        I’m not american so I was speaking from the brands I know in my country.

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

      Hey Marta, yeah, to Megan’s point the average American woman is actually between a 16-18 (read this post! https://www.byrdie.com/average-body-weight) I had thought it was a 14 but was doing some research.
      So, it isn’t the minority and brands definitely need to do better! I am going to talk more about this in tomorrow’s blog post. 🙂
      Glad you liked the picks!

  3. Gabriela says 3.26.19

    I also love Le Blanca swim and am glad to see they have a wide range of sizes available. I don’t think you’ve posted anything from LOFT but they offer petite, regular, plus and maternity sizes and do a good job of incorporating a full range of size models into their advertising. At first glance LOFT can seem “basic” but their clothes fit and wash well -great work basics and really good sales!!

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

      That is so good to know, thank you!!!! I like LOFT a lot but I always forget about them… not sure why, they just haven’t been top of mind!

  4. Brittany says 3.26.19

    Grace, it really means a lot that you took the time to look for brands that have inclusive sizing. I’m the size of the average American woman (16) and to be honest I stopped clicking through a lot of links on blogs because it’s just really upsetting to click through and see, yet again, you’re too big to buy the clothes you see on your favorite bloggers. It honestly really affected my self esteem and it’s just another way I felt “not normal/ideal” (even though my size is average!) Basically I’m saying I really appreciate your work here, it really means a lot 🙂

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

      Thank you – this is really great to know and I am really sorry you’ve experienced this. 🙁

      • Brittany says 3.26.19

        I really appreciate you taking the time to look for options for people like me!

        On a related note, I would be curious to hear your thoughts on the Universal Standard line. They have really inclusive sizing and I just learned on the Goop podcast with Ashley Graham that Gwymeth Paltrow is an investor! Again thanks for all the hard work you do 🙂

        • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

          Hi Brittany,
          I really like Universal Standard as a brand (their values) but a lot of their clothes just aren’t really my style! That’s the only reason I haven’t worn them more. I keep checking back to see if there will be things I like but I haven’t really been wowed. (As an aside my friend Lydia Hudgens (@lydiahudgens) is a huge fan and wears their stuff so well.

  5. Erin Coons says 3.26.19

    It’s really annoying to not be able to shop at regular stores! I’ve lost 58 pounds now and one of the things I’m most looking forward to is being able to SHOP at most stores (one size away now!). Plus-size stores really don’t have many options and I’m tired of going into stores only being able to shop for shoes and accessories. Thank you for touching on this, Grace!

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

      Thank you so much for commenting!
      PS – a really stylish plus option I love is Premme.co – it’s my friend’s line and I selfishly wish they carried ALL sizes!

  6. Cy says 3.26.19

    This is great Grace! I am currently the average American woman. It was so much easier when I was thinner to find sizes. The Gap and Old Navy are great for basics. That’s another reason I thought it was important to mention larger sizes for bras and lingerie. Target has a cute new line of lingerie/bras that are very cute and affordable. Thank you for doing this, it is so helpful! I love that swimsuit and need a new one!

  7. Mackenzie says 3.26.19

    We need more of the Tanya Taylor dress but in lower price points

    • Mackenzie says 3.26.19

      Sorry, I totally had the heart eyed emoji with that comment but I guess it doesn’t show up once published!

      • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

        HAHA that changes the tone of the comment completely. I hear you. I am doing my best. And if you see something here and want an affordable option you can always email me w/your sizing and I’ll try to help out! XO

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

      I’m doing my best! At the end of the day I care a lot about quality and don’t want to highlight brands I haven’t personally tried. Tanya Taylor is a brand who is highly committed to both high quality AND inclusivity, which is hard to find.

      Lookswise (can’t speak to quality)
      A plus size dress I love is: https://shopstyle.it/l/1eBQ
      And love this lemon yellow number for $109! https://shopstyle.it/l/1eBC

      And I LOVE this Sanctuary dress but they don’t carry a full range of sizes: https://shopstyle.it/l/1eBU

      • Mackenzie says 3.26.19

        YES, SORRY! I had to quickly clarify that it was not intended to be a rude comment but more of a OMG I LOVE THIS DRESS but can’t afford it comment. And I completely understand why you include pieces such as this! Thank YOU!

        • grace at the stripe says 3.27.19

          HAHA it made me laugh because it immediately changed the tone of the comment so much!!!! Also seriously, always happy to track down budget friendly options for you!

  8. Jean says 3.26.19

    Wow those shoes. Love them so much!

  9. Rachelle says 3.26.19

    That’s a great initiative Grace, and I’m in the single digits but my sister is not, when shopping for her I’m always so disappointed in my favorite stores and that was such an eye opener for me. The average women is not in the single digits, it’s like some designers purposely don’t want some women to wear their clothes.

    xo
    Pinksole

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

      It’s HUGELY eye opening!!! Planning on doing as much as I can to help spread the word.

  10. Nina says 3.26.19

    Haha wore that Rebecca Minkoff dress yesterday for a work thing in Arizona. Loved the shoulders and great with flats.

  11. Mychal says 3.26.19

    A few years ago I went on Prozac after a bout of major depression and went from a size 8 to a size 12 in a short time. It was really frustrating when I realized that a lot of my favorite brands were no longer would be options for me. As you pointed out, it can be frustrating to shop regardless of your size, but the added stress can be tremendous and defeating. In the last two years I’m almost entirely stopped shopping in-store because it feels like punishment. Thank you for including this post and addressing this issue.

    I’d also like to take a moment to point out that Madewell & JCrew have extended their sizes, as well. I was in their largest jean size at one time but now they offer most denim cuts in sizes up to 37!

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

      Thank you for sharing your experience Mychal. I hope I can be a better resource for you!!!!

  12. Lauren says 3.26.19

    I’m going on vacation soon, so all of these picks are right up my alley – especially that gorgeous red wrap dress! So beautiful!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

  13. I love this “hot mess” of a collage! I see SOOOO many collages that are pretty much one color and always think “Is it reallllly practical to own that much yellow?” lol. I’m excited to read tomorrow’s post about inclusive sizing! While I have not had the experience of not finding my size in a store, I’m still a girl, and every girl, no matter the size, knows how heartbreaking it is to go to a store or online shop and have NOTHING fit right or feel good on. So I can only imagine how hard it must be to feel this way AND be forced to buy from a much smaller pool of products solely because of size Thanks for putting in the work to help your readers (all shapes and sizes) to find clothes that cater to all, hopefully change in the industry is coming soon!! ❤️

    xoxo Logan
    http://www.habitsandhues.com

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.19

      Couldn’t agree more – we all know how awful that feels and we are among the lucky ones!!! I’m excited to share more and hopefully help with change.

  14. Lisa Autumn says 3.27.19

    I looove the trench!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • grace at the stripe says 3.27.19

      Isn’t it great! I love the hood, it lends a casual vibe but also is great if you get stuck in the rain (always happens to me!)

  15. Beverly Hart says 3.27.19

    LOVE this Grace – excited to see more! Really enjoyed learning about everyone’s stories in the comments as well.

  16. Ann says 3.27.19

    Thank you so mich, Grace! Growing up I was tiny and flat chested. In my 20’s I developed a disease which made me gain a ton of weight. It has now been a challenge for about 15 years. When I walk into Talbots, they always say oh the plus size area is this way! I’m like thanks for calling me fat publicly. I’m sure I couldn’t have found it on my own. So many stories I could share. Thank you for trying to help us.

    • grace at the stripe says 3.27.19

      Oof. If I’ve learned anything from reading all of these comments it’s that everyone has a bad story like this. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Nicole M. says 4.9.19

    Just ordered the Halogen trench! I had been eyeing it for about two months, and your post encouraged me to go for it. (#graceatwoodmademedoit) So happy it comes in 1X!