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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.