Checking out the new arrivals at Universal Standard

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There is so much to like about this brand, which started by offering extended sizes only, but broadened their range due to popular demand for their cool, classic pieces. I love the real women they employ on their website as models, and their reasonable prices, and the very good quality of the clothes they produce. And their Fit Liberty policy—in which if you change sizes, they’ll let you exchange pieces for free—is just unbeatable. I think this popover shirtdress looks like it’d be the simplest thing to throw on and look put-together. Like most Universal Standard pieces, it comes in several colors, and I also like it in black.

An easy boatneck top to throw on under a cardigan.

I think this satin top is just so luxe, and (predictably) I also like it in black.

A simple crepe dress that reminds me of something similar I own by Zero+Maria Cornejo.

Just an easy pair of cigarette pants for when you want your look to skew more polished.

 

I think the black cuffs on this striped top are a cool touch.

I’ve been wanting to try wide leg jeans like these for ages, and this pair looks pretty flattering and very stylish.

The grey hue on this puffer is a more unexpected choice than black (which they also offer) and I think it’s a bit cooler too somehow.

Just a very cozy-looking pair of joggers.

A nice, drapey cocoon coat that I would wear (of course) layered over a hoodie.

 

Such a great caftan-ish dress that you could dress way up, if you wanted to.

I prefer a dark trench over a khaki one, and this navy specimen is such a good navy, which can be tough to find.

The military touches on this jacket are so on point.

And I love the ever-so-slight disco babe feel of this satin bomber jacket.

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13 Thoughts on Checking out the new arrivals at Universal Standard
    Glitsy Gus
    29 Oct 2020
    4:37pm

    I love US, especially their pants. They have real, usable pockets! I have four or five pairs of jeans from them at this point, they really are my favorite.

    My favorite jacket is from them to; it’s a purple puffer bomber that is just so great. It’s warm, the arms aren’t too tight (why do so many companies forget women can actually have biceps?) the color is gorgeous, and it has the quilted puffer stitching, but it isn’t too puffy (if that makes sense).

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    Julia
    27 Oct 2020
    4:43pm

    I love this brand, with such a deep, abiding love. For real, I gained weight as I was pushing 40 and this brand SAVED my sense of being stylish and put together and not wearing abominations. The brand aesthetic they have plus a willingness to make quality clothes for larger bodies is honestly such a gift, to, you know, ME.

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    melsybelsy
    27 Oct 2020
    8:10am

    My non-plus sized body Loves Universal Standard and buy stuff from them on occasion. They know how to rock a silhouette. I kind of want those cigarette pants as they seem like a perfect basic. They actually cover the ankle! Miracle of miracles!

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      Viajera
      27 Oct 2020
      11:44am

      What you said! Full length pants. !!!! … Also the bomber.

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    RebeccaNYC
    27 Oct 2020
    6:20pm

    That caftan-ish dress? I was so excited to get it, and I loved how it fit while I was standing still looking in the mirror. But try to walk in it and move your arms? Not as much fun. Yesterday it got dropped off at Housing Works. Maybe someone will have better luck with it than I did.

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    kimbersam
    27 Oct 2020
    11:16am

    That size Liberty policy is amazing! I had no idea it existed. I am now on the waitlist for that delicious blue bomber.

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    Tahe Z
    27 Oct 2020
    11:11am

    It’s nice to see models that are between rail thin and plus size which is where I reside. No one ever shows 5’8″ size 10/12 -looking models so I never can tell what might look good on me or how it may fit.

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      Karen
      27 Oct 2020
      6:49pm

      QVC does. honestly they are the most size inclusive company I know.

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      PP13
      27 Oct 2020
      10:26pm

      I’m the same height and size, and I totally agree!

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    Rita
    27 Oct 2020
    2:45pm

    I love US, I just wish they’d expand their Petite line. I’ve tried with their regular sizing but (despite even checking out the garment measurement guide) I still look frumpy. However those petite items that I do have–they look fantastic!

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    HickfromStyx
    27 Oct 2020
    12:58pm

    Love, love, love everything in this post.

    I bought my first pair of cigarette pants when I was 18, and none since have come close, except for these. Wide-leg pants were also in style at the time, and disco was in! It was a fun time to be a teenager. Donna Summer, anyone?

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    Mary
    27 Oct 2020
    9:26pm

    Wow! A very nice selection and I’m extremely interested in the navy trench. Love the colour and style.

    The charcoal grey puffer cost also caught my eye.

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    PP13
    27 Oct 2020
    10:07pm

    I love US, for all the reasons you stated! And I found them through you, so thank you!

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