My style, much like my size, has changed alot over the years. But, one thing that remains the same is my love for GOOD vintage pieces.
I started thrifting during my broke era —better known as college. It started as a quick and cheap way to find an outfit for the weekend or a party under $20, but quickly grew into one of my favorite hobbies. I’ve found everything from the perfect high waisted jeans (that I still wear to this day!) and vintage Coach bags to shoes, jackets and more. But as thrifting and vintage shopping became more popular, finding my sizes in stores became more difficult.
I took my love for thrifting from IRL to URL, following vintage curators like Elia Vintage and more, who have great pieces but rarely come in my 10/12 frame. Not being able to find pieces I love in my size— online or in brick and mortar shops—can take a real hit to the body positivity I’m trying to build.
Luckily, I’ve found a few online boutiques to make my vintage shopping easier. Here’s a list of some of my favorite vintage curators that cater to curvy bodies:
Specializing in bright, bold, and fruity accessories and pieces for sizes 10 and up, Berriez is the perfect shop for those looking to add more color to their wardrobe. Curated by Emma Zack, Berriez is bridging the gap between plus sized women and vintage shopping. Shop via URL or make an appointment at their Brooklyn studio here.
I stumbled upon Washington Ave on Instagram’s explore page and instantly fell in love. Based in Louisiana and sourced by Lakeitha Washington, this vintage shop specializes in upcycling rare finds from the 70s to early 90s in sizes 0 to 16 (or S to XXL)— a little something for every body. Shop Washington Ave here.
Easily one of my favorite online vintage curators, Imani Jahaan Vintage has been the home to some of the best things in my closet. Based in Pittsburgh, vintage stylist Imani Jahaan caters to every body type in the most flattering pieces that can be worn year round. Her extensive collection of outerwear has made me want to step up my coat game! While you can shop some of her pieces online here, Imani will be vending her vintage finds at the Made & Found summer market at the Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh later in July.
If you were looking for a store where great vintage and sacred pieces coincide, Mothball Memoirs is for you. Based in New York, curator Lala Lopez has created a home for those searching for a little balance to go along with their looks. Carrying sizes from small to xxl, Lala goes into detail about the fit of her items, souring each and every measurement and naming the fabric —perfect for those who need all the details before purchasing! To shop or book a personal appointment at their studio, click here.
What are some of your favorite vintage brands? Let us know in the comment section!