We have been dressing women since 2006 and since then the one, never ending frustration we have had has been the pathetic selection available to plus size women at retail. It seems like you have two choices, frumpy and ugly or, for lack of a better term, street-walker chic (chic being sarcastic). In more recent years, we’ve been able to find a few better suiting pieces, and now and then we’ll come upon a great dress. For the most part, though, it’s been difficult to find our clients what they want and need. What makes me feel the worst, is several times a week we receive an inquiry from a woman, interested in our services and in her email she asks if we would consider working with someone plus sized. Can you imagine being so use to being overlooked, you assume a company wouldn’t want to work with you? It’s total b.s.
So we were delighted when we heard the Melissa McCarthy had a line of clothing in the works. She has great style, a personality that makes us want to be her best friend, and what many people don’t know, a true knowledge of the fashion industry. She studied textiles at Southern Illinois University and went on to attend FIT before switching career paths.
Melissa McCarthy Seven7 is finally available, offering sizes 14 – 24. It’s fresh, fun and fashion forward. I’d love to see her expand the line, with more workplace appropriate pieces like separate blazers, office dresses and layering pieces. Hopefully, we’ll see them in deliveries to come!
Stretch Slim Leg Jeans, $98
Slim line gray jeans are the perfect early fall piece.
Print Reversible Kimono, $159
A brillant reversable kimono is fresh and updated in a floral or all black. I love that the floral will peek out from underneath. Pair with slim jeans, a simple tank and long necklace.
Print Georgette Split Neck Tunic, $79
This lovely tunic is nipped in the waist to show your shape and has a pattern that adds just the right amount of visual interest. Pair with jeans as pictured or take it to work with a pair of trousers and a long cardigan.
Faux Leather Trim Waterfall Cardigan, $139
Speaking of cardigans, this super chic version combines is sophisticated with its black and navy combination and faux leather trim. Wear over a simple black dress, with tights and ankle boots to work, or a black tank and trousers with a classic pump.
Faux Leather Trim Jogger Pants, $69.99
If you can get away with these at work, go for it. The subtle faux leather trim give these a rich designer look for only $60. Pair with the cardigan above or with an oversized sweater.
Embellished Waist Seam Top, $89
My favorite piece from her first collection. It looks like someone actually thought about the design elements and created a cut that will enhance your shape, rather than hide it. I would love this to be part of someone’s Thanksgiving Day outfit.
Cowl Neck Poncho Top, $79
This is something I would wear on work from home days or for long flights. It’s easy to throw on with some leggings, comfy enough to sit in for a few hours and polished enough to run to the market or pick the kids up from school.
Print Mixed Media Cotton Shirt, $64
The perfect top to go with jeans on a crisp fall day. Add boots and maybe a vest to pull the look together.
There a so many options in her line, including jeans and some adorable print bottoms. Be sure to check them out soon as items are selling out quickly!