Like most editors at New York Fashion Week last February, I feverishly scribbled notes during each show, but with one big difference: I was thinking, Wouldn't that look amazing in a size 18! For fall, fashion embraced the classics with a return to minimalism; a neutral palette of grays and camels; and ladylike offerings such as framed bags, corset tops, and bow and lace details galore. The good news is that all of these trends emphasize wearability, so this season is a big girl's dream come true. After dissecting my Fashion Week notebooks, I've compiled the ultimate Fall Wish List for all of us plus-size divas who want to stay ahead of the fashion curve.
The key to this must-have of the season: Keep it simple. Too many pockets will add bulk, so look for a model with slanted openings that hit your lower waist, or one with flap pockets that lie relatively flat. Also, a cinched or sashed variety will be the most flattering to those of us with curves.
COAT $189.50, Lane Bryant; lanebryant.com.