+shopping | myth of the plus size big black dress

I think there is a myth that has been floating around for a long time and it continues on unaddressed. It’s the myth of “the plus size big black dress”; you know, shapeless, black sacks, aka, garbage bags and that it’s the only thing plus size women get to wear. And I gotta say, big black sacks is def not the norm, mostly because *I* want over sized shapeless black dresses and I have a hard time finding them.

Recently an old photo resurfaced on tumblr and I’ve been flooded with questions as to where one could locate said dress. The dress in question is a cold shoulder shift dress from ASOS curve that I bought about two years ago. Needless to say, it’s long gone, but to this day, it is still one of my favourite items in my closet!

With the recent influx of requests regarding this dress, I now know I’m not he only one looking for them. I know it’s not everyone’s cuppa tea, but for those of us that are drawn to gothic styles, simple lines and minimalism, it’s a holy grail to find items like this dress.

So today I decided to revisit this outfit, and show you where you can shop for something similar today! These dresses aren’t spot on replicas, more inspired by and in a similar vain or aesthetic as the original dress. Let’s have a peek, shall we?!

Margot Meanie, and the myth of the plus size big black dress

Where to shop for a plus size big black dress:

I shopped around all my fav stores and found a few comparable items on ASOS, and I had luck on MissGuided. I also made a point to look into straight size indie brands that do over sized fashion, Babooshka is a really rad brand most known for it’s loose fitting relaxed kaftans. I know their XL will fit some plus bodies due to their pieces being extremely over-sized, I’ve seen Tracy the owner/designer of Domino Dollhouse { which is sadly on a hiatus }, she’s also a blogger over at Chubble Bubble and she looks positively elegant in hers. I also have spied quite a few indie labels through etsy; never discount etsy!! The designers I found are VERY into minimalism and post apocalyptic style but they seem to run a full range of sizes and some of them are made to order in plus with no additional cost! Another interesting thing about these etsy designers, is that they are all coming from eastern Europe, which is really cool to see where this kind of look must be flourishing!

Plus Size Minimalist dresses big brands

Plus Size Minimalist dresses indie brands

How do you feel about the dreaded “big black sack” or loose silhouettes and minimalist lines? I like how comfortable, effortless and chic they are, but I know they aren’t for everyone! I hope these help you if it’s something you’re into!

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13 Comments

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    I think they’re great because they’re forgiving if you don’t like clingy stuff and they’ll still fit well if you lose or gain weight through several sizes. To be honest that’s why I like dresses/tunics on a whole because they still look good if you lose weight and they end up too big. You just might need to stitch a neckline so it’s not falling off your boobs or whatever – if you don’t like off the shoulder stuff that is.

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      Right? I feel like we’re almost pressured into wearing bodycons and bright colours/patterns. And if that’s your thing, great, but I still wanna rock the big saggy black sack of a dress!!

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    I used to have that dress from ASOS Curve but sold it about a year ago. Regret! I’ve got the Boohoo Plus hanky hem dress in black and that’s really nice too. I love this dress on you way more than I did on me!

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      Aww, boo! I hoard my clothes sometimes because “what if I need it later” but I’m trying to break free of that and I’m planning on having a big closet sale within the next couple weeks. I love than hanky hem dress!

      As for this dress, I adjusted the strap length on it so it sat how I wanted it too, otherwise it was too long and not the shape I wanted.

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    Funnily enough, I bought the same dress a couple years ago and returned it because I thought it made me look even bigger, definitely shapeless.

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    Has anyone had any luck with Babooshka Boutique? I got their largest size in what was supposed to be a baggy shirt and it was skin tight. I normally wear an XL and their XXL fits like a Medium. Just a heads up since their stuff is cute but expensive.

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      Aww, that’s a bummer! Yeah, I’ve seen plus ladies rocking babooshka before, like Tracy from domino dollhouse { I think I have her mentioned/linked above }. I haven’t tried them myself yet, but I’ve really wanted to for sometime. That must be a major disappointment for you.

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    I feel like you’ve hit the nail on the head! You can feel comfortable in them and still look great and im always trying to find them. I’ve just bought the oversized t shirt dress from misguided, I hope it looks as good as i want it too! Thank you so much for this post! x

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