A reader named Lisa wrote in to ask “…how to dress more edge-y when most of your wardrobe is dowdy and you’re a size 16 GOACA. I miss being a size 10 wearing my leather motorcycle jacket. My body will not allow for anything cropped…what to do?” Well for starters, I’d check in with my absolute favorite resource for clothes in extended sizes, Universal Standard. I love how slouchy this tee dress is, and that it gets narrower at the hem, which keeps things neat-looking.
And the slit at the hem of these pants is pretty spiff.
I’m also crazy about this striped ringer tee: the pink details pop nicely.
I like the idea of a slightly dressed-up sweatshirt, and this one is so good with its asymmetrical zipper.
Another label worth checking out—especially if you have cash to spare—is Maria Rinaldi. I think this sequin pencil skirt is just aces, and would dress it way down with a white tee.
Madewell has started to offer a selection of their pieces in sizes up to 3X, and they also show their clothes on a wider variety of body types, which is pretty cool. This wrap front sweater reminds me of one from A Detacher, which is a favorite (fancy) indie brand of mine.
This sweater coat is so sophisticated in camel.
Here’s the leather jacket you’ve been yearning for, Lisa.
Madewell’s also got a lot of pretty good tops, like this oversized dark denim shirt.
And I like the print on this button-down.
This chambray shirt looks like it’s already been nicely broken in.
And even the edgiest wardrobes could use a nice floral, especially a good dark one.
This peasant top is ever so slightly Nili Lotan-ish.
A striped cardigan that’d be great for layering once the weather turns chilly.
Just a good long-sleeved tee with a shirttail hem.
And if you need something for a fancy event, check out 11Honore, which features goods by big-name designers like Jason Wu, Lela Rose, and Zac Posen. The price point here is high on most items—they do offer a few mid-range labels like Theory, but only a few—and I’m crazy for this Zero+Maria Cornejo skirt.