Here are a few of Inder’s favourite places and brands to shop for plus-sized clothing. “Kotn, I’m such a stan: it’s Canadian, sustainable, a B corporation, environmentally friendly, they build schools in Egypt. I’m obsessed with a textured maxi dress they have right now.” If confidence were a dress, she says, this is it. “I bought both colours in different sizes for different fit options.”
Inder is also a fan of Toronto-based Indigenous designer Lesley Hampton, who is committed to making clothes for all bodies. She loves Knix for its gym gear. “I put on the Catalyst sports bra and the high-waisted leggings, and I feel like a different person.”
Not that this is the year for sunny tropical escapes, but plus-size swimwear is always a great tip to have on hand. (And shopping ahead of the season is a smart way to ensure you get the right fit, and aren’t scrambling ahead of a getaway or pool party.) Inder says, “Kitty and Vibe is the most body-positive and inclusive swimwear brand I have ever met. They are changing the game in how swim sizes work. They have two types of measurements for the bottoms!”
Brands that pay attention to detail on their websites and show a range of women’s body types modelling different styles always win Inder’s favour. She points to Khloe Kardashian’s Good American as a great brand because you can ask the site to show you what the jeans look like on different-sized models. “I send emails to brands saying that when I see something worn by someone my size, I’m more likely to buy,” she says.
Inder’s final recommendation isn’t for clothing but home decor. “I love surrounding my home with size-inclusive art. Exposure makes you feel better about yourself.” She loves Brwn Collective’s female-form candles that come in a range of body sizes and skin colours. “Representation matters. Brwn Collective is about beauty existing in every size and every colour.”
What does Inder really wish there was more of? “My first answer is always empathy,” she says. “A lot of people only take into consideration their own experiences of the world.”
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Shop the advice
A selection of great inclusive finds available in a wide range of sizes, from curve model and advocate Karyn Inder
Kotn dress, $98, kotn.com SHOP HERE
Inder picks this Kotn dress as her go-to for this winter: in soft-textured ribbed fabric with a flattering drape and details such as a slightly belled skirt and mock turtle collar, this pairs great with boots. Goes to size XXL.
Kitty and Vibe bathing suit top $73, bottoms $65, kittyandvibe.com SHOP HERE
This is the swimwear brand to go to for up to XXL fit and chic and modern cuts. The bikini bottom has two different size measurements to ensure coverage where you want it.
Lesley Hampton top, $90, lesleyhampton.com SHOP HERE
Canadian Indigenous fashion star Lesley Hampton has dressed everyone from Lizzo in her home gym to Devery Jacobs on the red carpet. This signature face crop T is available up to size 3X.
Reformation dress, $240, thereformation.com SHOP HERE
This sexy Reformation dress is a faux wrap with flattering ruching and comes in sizes up to 3X.
Good American pants, $257, goodamerican.com SHOP HERE
Khloe Kardashian’s clothing brand is loved for its jeans and its extended size range. These Better Than Leather vegan trousers are a sexy staple and are finished with five pockets and side slits at the ankle.
Brwn Collective Candle, $35, brwncollective.ca SHOP HERE
Because representation matters: These Brwn Collective candles, a tribute to all female bodies, come in a range of skin tones and body shapes. Plus they are 100 per cent soy, made by hand, in Toronto. Proceeds benefit Native Women’s Resource Centre.
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Leanne Delap is a Toronto-based freelance contributor for the Star and The Kit. Reach her via email: leann[email protected]