Big Girl in a Skinny World: Europe Chic

Bid adieu to your boring basics! Fashion diva Nicolette Mason heads across the pond in search of Europe's chicest plus brands. Vive la difference!

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Bid adieu to your boring basics! Fashion diva Nicolette Mason heads across the pond in search of Europe's chicest plus brands. Vive la difference!
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Bid adieu to your boring basics! Fashion diva Nicolette Mason heads across the pond in search of Europe's chicest plus brands. Vive la différence!

We Americans may be all-star shoppers, but Europeans really know their fashion with a capital F. That's especially true when it comes to clothes in size 12 and up. I've found some of the most gorgeous, well-constructed plus-size pieces on my adventures overseas. Fortunately, you don't need a passport to snap up Europe's best labels for full-figured women— a Wi-Fi connection will do! All the brands featured on this page either ship stateside (for a well-worth-it fee) or, like Italy's Marina Rinaldi, are available in stores in the U.S.

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COAT $129, SHIRT $64, Ulla Popken; ullapopken.com.

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RING $420, Mawi at Ludivine; (646) 336-6576.

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COAT $995, Fuzzi; saks.com.
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CLUTCH $390, Lulu Guinness; luluguinness.com.

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Nicolette Mason
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CONVERT YOUR SIZE*

U.S. 16 = U.K. 20

U.S. 18 = U.K. 22

U.S. 16 = Euro 46

U.S. 18 = Euro 48

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SKIRT $65, Dorothy Perkins; dorothyperkins.com.

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SHOES $725, McQ Alexander McQueen;

net-a-porter.com.

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CLUTCH $420, Lulu Guinness; luluguinness.com.

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TUNIC $498, Anna Scholz; annascholz.com. BELT $10, ASOS Curve; asos.com.

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DRESS $119, Frock and Frill at Simply Be; simplybe.com.

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"Beth Ditto's bold, badass style is a winner in the U.K. She's already teamed up with Evans— twice!— on her own line."

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SHOES $795, Charlotte Olympia; charlotteolympia.com.

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ALL DRESSED UP Rock day-to-night frocks from some of my fave U.K. retailers like Simply Be and Anna Scholz.

DRESS $457, Anna Scholz; annascholz.com.

BELT $21, ASOS Curve; asos.com.

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SWEATER $140, SKIRT $175, Carmakoma; carmakoma.com.

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