Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.
With the inaugural London plus-size fashion week that took place earlier this month, and the launch of EDIT by Jeanne Beker for Addition Elle, there’s plenty of action in the double digits of the size charts. Bold prints, silhouettes that celebrate the female figure, and on-trend colours are all part of the growing options available to those shopping for plus-size clothing.
Here in Ottawa, a unique independent store in Gatineau brings together great names in fashion like Spanner and Neon Buddha — all carefully chosen to flatter different body types. And because Mode & Distinction is a smaller store, customers can expect individual attention. Owner Johanne Cadieux has created a quaint, homey environment, and aims to help women find clothes that not only flatter their figure but also suit their personality and remain on-trend.
“Right now, the tunics are trendy and they look good on many body types,” Johanne says. “Also, the colours are vibrant for next summer, which gives a punch to women’s apparel — we try to encourage women to wear bright colours instead of wearing only dark colours.” (Amen to that!)
Over at Addition Elle, Jeanne Beker has developed an exciting line for spring. Following the EDIT capsule collection model, the line includes elegant separates that offer endless layering possibilities. Look for pops of peach and soft neutrals; tanks, tunics, and light cardigans; and cropped pants that will pair well with the rest of the collection.
In short, it’s a great time to be shopping for plus-size fashion!