A new study published in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, suggests that “the average woman now wears between a size 16 and 18, which corresponds to a Women’s Plus size 20W.”
Before this study, most believed the average American woman was a size 14. This, however, is outdated information from over a decade ago. According to the study, “In light of this overlap in sizing classification, frequent reports of female customers being frustrated about the general fit and sizing of clothing is understandable.”
In light of this new finding, we were inspired to provide you with a list of 15 Black owned businesses that cater to plus size women.
Curvaceous Boutique (Virgina Beach, VA) is “the source for unique and head turning fashions and concentrates on women’s wear sizes 12-24.”
Curvaceous Couture (Colombia, MD) is a bridal boutique that features a complete collection of full-figured and one-of-a-kind wedding gowns in sizes 12-44.
Chic And Curvy (Inglewood, CA) is the “premier destination for sexy and trendy plus size clothing.”
Dollbe (Los Angeles, CA) designs hand-made Lolita print dresses in over 11 different sizes and heights.
Monif C. (New Yourk, NY) is “an unapologet
Nakimuli (Brooklyn, NY) offers “A harmonious blend of prints, colors, & ethnic inspirations with a funky feminine aesthetic. Sizes S-3X.”
Qristyl Frazier Designs (Brooklyn, NY) offers “exhilarating designs, that are created specifically to make the curvy woman of today feel confident, sophisticated and ‘Plus Sexy’.”
Rebdolls is an online fashion retailer that provides unapologetic fashion to women sizes 0 to 32.
xo ASANTE originally Rue 114 is inspired by and created for women who believe that every shape and size should be celebrated as beautiful.
Zelie for She (Los Angeles, CA) is re-defining the plus sized fashion industry by offering uniquely designed, quality garments for plus-sized woman, who are tired of the limited fashion options, based on their clothing size.
The Diva Kurves Collection (Atlanta, GA) is designed for the full figured woman, who loves fashion, looking good and showing off her confidence.
Christian Ome’Shun (Atlanta, GA) produces specializi
Z by ZEVARRA (Los Angeles, CA) is “an affordable luxury lifestyle brand of fashionable designer Plus Size apparel that flatters the curves of all Plus Size shapes.”
Shavonne Dorsey (Dallas, TX) garments “use the highest quality fabrics to beautifully drape and compliment the curvaceous woman from sizes 14 to 26.”
Feminine Funk (Fairfield, CA.) is a T-shirt brand dedicated to making women look and feel beautiful on the inside and out.
JIBRI (New York, NY) is dedicated to creating garments for the fashion-conscious curvy woman (size 10-28).
-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson (IG @thebusyafrican)