Although Hong Kong may be celebrated as the fashion capital of Asia, behind the myriad of glamorous fashion shows and coveted clothing crafted by world-class designers lies an indisputable truth: here in the 852, fashion is exclusive to the thin.
If you have a fuller figure, searching for something to wear can be as frustrating as keeping cocktails cold outside in July. To help you out, we’ve scouted the streets of Hong Kong (and online stores!) to find fashionable pieces that will help you #slay all day! Whether you’re hunting for summer wardrobe staples, dressing to impress or simply hitting the gym for a quick workout, we’ve got you covered for just about any occasion. After all, fashion is for everyone (and we mean everyone!)!
The American merchandise giant Nordstrom carries a wide range of plus size clothing, including activewear, pants, coats, shapewear, dresses and more!
We fell in love with the Diva Underwire Demi Bra ($587.86), designed by supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham, in her newly launched lingerie collection with Addition Elle. Elegance meets support in this cappuccino-colored piece that features uplifting, padded cups and delicate lace details for an additional touch. The best bit? It caters to bra sizes up to 44DD, so you don’t have to worry about not finding the perfect fit. Also available in black, grab yours now and unleash your inner goddess!
Available online from Nordstorm (shipping rates calculated at checkout)
Specialty store Lane Bryant celebrates women with curves and in recent years has boosted its shelves with designer-branded apparel, lingerie and swimwear.
We fell for this off-the-shoulder black-and-white striped bikini embellished with eyelet pattern – its retro glam look is sure to turn heads. The mid-waist swim brief is made of power mesh lining, specially designed to accentuate your beautiful curves with natural sculpting. Is there anything more perfect for summer? Bikini tops are available from 36C to 46DD ($867), while brief sizes range from US size 14 to 28 ($594.90).
Available online from Lane Bryant (shipping rates calculated at checkout)
One reason we love ASOS so much is it carries size 0X to 3X on its Curve & Plus Size range, a well-loved collection that helps you easily nail casual dressing with chic dresses, amazing outerwear, and avant-grande jeans ranging from UK sizes 18-30!
This summer we’re rocking this chic, effortless navy stripe swimsuit from Costa Del Sol ($463.41)! What’s all the hype about millennial pink when you have the universally flattering navy blue? Made with stretch-swim fabrics with clean cut-out details, the one-piece is bound to make you feel easy, breezy and beautiful for beach parties, quick dips in the pool and more…
Available online from ASOS (free shipping with orders over $100)
Another prominent American merchandiser, Macy’s, offers designer and name brands in US sizes 14 to 24, featuring great go-to styles in swimwear, coats, dresses, jumpsuits and even maternity wear.
On the hunt for the perfect Little Black Dress? This Chain-Strap Cold-Shoulder Dress ($1,133.74) from MICHAEL Michael Kors has got you covered! Detailed with dainty gold-tone chain straps, graceful bishop sleeves and chic cold-shoulder cutouts, this black number absolutely nailed the essence of modern elegance. The universally flattering A-line silhouette is also another highlight. Pair this with a classic red lip and you’ll be ready to take on the world!
Available online from Macy’s, in sizes 0X to 3X
The UK high street darling, Next, is where you can get catwalk-inspired dresses, jeans, coats, tops and more, and we found more than a few things to covet.
This sheer longline cardigan ($125) with an open front and long sleeves is just as warm as it is cool (get it?). Available in a variety of colours and sizes (from a UK 6 to 26), this classic piece is definitely worth adding to your wardrobe this season.
Available online from Next (free shipping for orders over $250).
For those who are blessed in the curves department, finding the perfect pair of jeans could at times be excruciatingly difficult. That’s why we love Anna Scholz, which also stocks luxurious, designer-branded dresses, tops , knitwear, and skirts. It has a great line of denim that is trendy yet enhance your best assets, without being too uncomfortable – or worse – way too baggy.
We fell head over heels for the Svoboda Skinny Stretch Jeans from Anna Scholz ($1,299). Designed by denim expert Jessica Svoboda, this pair of high-waisted skinny black jeans is made of a super-soft brushed knit denim that supports your curves and elongates those legs. What’s more, the fabric’s 360-degree stretch gives them excellent and ultra-durable wear. Are you sold? We definitely are!
Available online from Anna Scholz, in UK sizes 20 to 28 (free shipping on orders over $1,265)
Another British high street favourite, River Island, has a smoking range of plus size dresses, tops and outwear to choose from, and you can easily spice up your wardrobe with this Plus Dark Blue Distressed Super Skinny Jeans ($425). Featuring distressed and fade detailing with contrast stitching, this highly-coveted, mid-rise piece will instantly add a modern accent to your outfit of the day.
Available online from River Island, in UK sizes 18 to 28 at ($100 shipping fee for orders outside of UK).
The Swedish go-to H&M can be counted on to find items ranging in US Size 14 to 26. Look here for everything from swimwear, lingerie, dresses and outerwear.
This jumpsuit from H&M ($449) is one one-piece wonder that will easily become one of your go-tos. The summer-approved woven fabric will keep you cool during the hot weather while the tie belt at the waist is a great way to accentuate your waist. Not forgetting the wide-leg pant design, it’ll elongate your silhouette in a flash. What’s not to love?
Available online or in store from H&M, in US sizes 14 to 26 ($39.90 Delivery fee for orders within Hong Kong; price in store and online can be different)
Although not known for stocking larger sizes in the 852, you can find UK sizes 8 to 24 at Marks and Spencer online (HK stores cater to clothing sizes up to UK 18 only).
Since this season is all about rich eclectic bohemian prints and sweet tassel details, we thought the Linen Rich Printed Drawstring Tassel Blouse is the bomb. Designed for a relaxed and loose fit, this white, billowy linen piece will quickly go on to become your new summer favourite ($353).
Available online from Marks and Spencer ($150 delivery fee for all orders to Hong Kong).
Marks and Spencer, Central Tower, Basement – 1/F, 22-28 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
Stocking UK sizes 4 to 18, Topshop (both online and in stores) has some of the hippest trends and is definitely the first store to look into for stylish plus-size Bardot dresses, mini skirts and more!
A constant champion on fashion runways since last spring, ruffles are the new black this season and we’re totally getting it. Add this deep burgundy Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top to your arsenal this season if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe essentials. With skinny straps and elegant ruffle sleeves, this en vogue style is perfect for smart and casual looks alike. Simply style it with your go-to jeans for an effortless, no-fuss look and you’ll be good to go in no time ($261.50)!
Available online and in store from Topshop, 59 Queens Road Central, Asia Standard Tower, Hong Kong, 2118 5353