Being a curvy girl in Europe is not easy when it comes to finding fashionable styles in proper fitting clothes that actually flatter our shape.

While shopping, extended sizes may seem hard to come by when most retailers cater to the tall and thin. Spanish fashion retail group Inditex, which owns Zara and Massimo Dutti, among others, has yet to offer extended sizes unlike many of its competitors such as Mango, H&M or Primark. Although, Zara said in May it will now stock some clothes in XXL, but those pickings are slim.

That retail giant aside, you just must know where to look as many Spanish brands are working to provide trendy and exciting plus-sized options that is in line with the love your body and any size is beautiful movements growing steadily around the world.

After years of shapeless and dowdy dresses and poorly fitting pants, new and improved options are available to accommodate the woman who wants to look her best at all times.

Check out the following designers, stores, and websites that all originated in Spain for plus-sized women to express their true personalities in beautiful clothes.

1. Violeta by Mango

Photo by Bill Gentle for Violeta by Mango photoshoot starring Katherine M. Howe

Photo by Bill Gentle for Violeta by Mango photoshoot starring Katherine M. Howe

Mango’s step into plus-size fashion ranging from European size 40-54 offers a selection of weekend and work wear options that offer a bohemian, 70’s aesthetic. Be sure to check out their line of denim, because that’s where the real winners are.Initially the line received criticism for labeling an American size 10 as plus-size, but sales have been steady and the line keeps growing. Catch the collection online or in specific Violeta boutiques in Spain.

Where: Calle de Velázquez, 41, Madrid

Phone: 915 77 70 30

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m -9 p.m

 2. El Corte Ingles- Couchel

Denim Dress from Couchel, 70 Euros

Denim Dress from Couchel, 70 Euros

The flagship department store of Spain offers a women’s department with international and in-house moderately priced labels. Couchel stuck out for it’s large selection, colorful prints and shorter hemlines.

Where: Many Locations

Hours:   Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

3.  Adolfo Dominguez  (AD+)

AD+ Perforated Design Dress

AD+ Perforated Design Dress

Spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez is one of the few more luxurious lines to offers elegant and modern clothes with its AD+ line specializing in dreamy dresses and fitted pants in European sizes 44-56  with most items ranging from 100 to 300 Euros. The line is also stocked at El Corte Ingles.

Where: Calle de Serrano, 5, Madrid

Phone: 914 36 26 00

Hours: Mon- Saturday 10 a.m- 9 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

4. Behatti

Photo via Behatti

Photo via Behatti

Not to be confused with the supermodel, this brand new e-retailer has super cute looks. The trendy and affordable Behatti offers an outlet near Barcelona or can be purchased online. Check out their casual and dressy looks for all occasions.

5. SPG Jenuan

Image via SPG- Jenuan

What started as a family business in 1982 has expanded into an international presence in Italy, Portugal and France. The line has an awesome Instagram presence and all the clothes are made in Barcelona. Check out the on-trend tops, mixed sets and colorful pants which are available at many stores throughout Madrid, such as Angela Cufi Moda Tallas Grandes.

Where: (Angela Cufi) Marqués de Viana, 3 Madrid

Phone: 91 571 60 97

Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m

6. Carisal Fashion


Image via Carisal

Carisal focuses on modern fashion for women of all ages up to a European size 70  and all the clothes are made in Spain. The designer offers two retail locations in Madrid and is available to stores who wish to carry the line. Carisal offers many denim and dress options for everyday and special occasions. The line was created more than 20 years ago to fulfill the gap of fashionable options for plus-sized Spanish woman.

Where: Calle de Toledo, 104 Madrid

Phone: 91 365 54 83

Hours:  Monday to Friday: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m; Saturday 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

7. La Luz De Candela

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

La Luz De Candela, or “Candlelight” in English, markets itself as a young fashion shop for large size women. The colorful shop sells jumpsuits, special occasion dresses and everyday clothes!

Where: Calle de General Díaz Porlier 53, MADRID

Phone: 91 309 12 33

Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Monday- Thursday 15 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.; Friday:10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m

8. El Baul De Botero

Photo shot outside El  Baul De Botero by Monica Perez via Facebook

Photo shot outside El Baul De Botero by Monica Perez via Facebook

You cannot miss the bright lime and pink exterior of El Baul De Botero. The cheerful shop carries the trendiest items for the curvy ladies of Madrid including distressed jeans and graphic tees.

Where: Paseo de Extremadura, 1 Madrid
Phone: 91 526 85 55

Hours:   Monday- Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Monday- Friday 3 p.m.- 8 p.m.

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