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.
COAT $129, SHIRT $64, Ulla Popken; ullapopken.com.
RING $420, Mawi at Ludivine; (646) 336-6576.
CLUTCH $390, Lulu Guinness; luluguinness.com.
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
SKIRT $65, Dorothy Perkins; dorothyperkins.com.
SHOES $725, McQ Alexander McQueen;
CLUTCH $420, Lulu Guinness; luluguinness.com.
DRESS $119, Frock and Frill at Simply Be; simplybe.com.
"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."
SHOES $795, Charlotte Olympia; charlotteolympia.com.
SWEATER $140, SKIRT $175, Carmakoma; carmakoma.com.