Yay, B & Lu!

Since we’ve been all about the empowering images around here lately, I want to make a note that B & Lu is using much bigger models than usual this season (or at least than I recall). Real, honest-to-goodness fat women, not your typical size 12/14 “plus” models. And they look terrific.

Go check out the site for more. And buy me a Lotus skirt while you’re at it.

19 thoughts on “Yay, B & Lu!

  1. Wow, those women (and the clothes they are modelling) are gorgeous! I wish we had a clothing retailer like B & Lu in the UK who was open minded enough to use proper plus-size models and had clothes like those advertised.

    Delurking here for my first comment post. I found the blog via fatshionista, and I’m really finding the posts and the comments so positive for my head. Thankyou Kate and everyone else!

  2. Fabulous clothing for fabulous women.

    Any clothing item/company that makes women feel beautiful just for being them wins big points with me.

    Personally, I’m after that plum dress in the post.

    Carrie

  3. Supah-cool.

    I also love Junonia both for using bigger models and for assuming that big women love to exercise too.

    Hadn’t heard of B&Lu but I’m going to take a closer look at your links now.

  4. B & Lu models have always been smokin’ hot — I’m glad to see they’re bringing in smokin’ hot models of more sizes. :-)

  5. I liked the way the clothing was been presented so much that I was going to buy something from them. Then I looked at their size chart and realized that their 1X has a waist that’s 10″ too big for me. My waist is 36″, hips almost 50″. I wear a 3X in some lines. WTF? I’m not exactly supersized, but I’m not an inbetweeny, either. I guess they use big models because they only sell sizes 24+. Damn!

    You know what I hate about that? The idea that nobody would want to buy clothes modeled by someone bigger than her. They can’t use a size 14 model, because they don’t carry anything near a size 14. But, when is a company that has clothes that start at a 14W (or smaller) going to use some models that are over a size 20? When are we going to see that?

  6. Dee, good news! Their size chart is a mess! You can probably still buy something!

    They are a “women’s” plus line, not a junior plus line, so I’ve tried on a couple dresses that were too big in my shoulders. But other than that, I’m a 1X. I have two skirts from there that fit great, and my waist and hip measurements are almost exactly the same as yours.

    I do agree with your rant in general, though. :)

  7. Dee, I totally hear you about your frustration on the size charts, but I want to chime in with Kate and say that I have a skirt that I bought from B & Lu when I wore a size 14, and it still fits me even though I currently wear about a 10. It’s got a stretchy waist, mind you, but it accomodates more than the size chart says.

  8. Dee, I’ve found that B&Lu runs big in some things, small in others. They try to provide size charts for each item, and I know that if a lot of people return something for being too big or too small, they’ll put a note in the product description to let you know how it runs. But they certainly sell things for people under a 24.

  9. But, when is a company that has clothes that start at a 14W (or smaller) going to use some models that are over a size 20? When are we going to see that?

    I should add that Zaftique also uses models of various sizes. Most are on the smaller end, but this woman came immediately to mind.

    And the interesting thing is, even though this woman in the same dress is probably closer to my size, I can get a much better sense of what it would look like on ME from the bigger model, because she’s shaped more like me. So yeah, it would be nice to see a greater diversity of sizes and shapes among models. It would also probably sell more clothes.

    I know that if a lot of people return something for being too big or too small, they’ll put a note in the product description to let you know how it runs.

    Right, good point, FJ. I actually just got my heart broken because I wanted to buy another skirt (on sale, even!), but I saw the note saying it runs big, and the 1X is more like an 18W. Dammit.

    As far as I know, B & Lu is a really small and young company, so they’re undoubtedly still working out some bugs. My impression, though, is that they’re doing the best they can. They’re also offering (in my experience) really good quality stuff for the prices they charge. Add all that to the bigger models, and I’m a huge fan.

  10. I have had AWESOME experiences with the customer service at B&Lu as well. They are a pleasure. I’ve used both their email AND their phone support – and they called me! My favorite garment of all time is from B&Lu and it has held up to weekly wear (it’s a jacket) for over a year.

  11. Yeah, I have big love for B&Lu, despite the fact that every time I order from them, half the clothes I get are redonkulous. Some of their designs realllllly do not work for me. But the other half become my total favorites.

  12. Some of their designs realllllly do not work for me. But the other half become my total favorites.

    Ditto. I’m lucky that there’s a local boutique that carries them, so I can try things on. (I still order online, though, ’cause if you want to talk redonkulous, you should see the mark-up at said boutique.)

    Now that I think of it, in some ways, this makes me respect them MORE, because it suggests they’re designing for different sizes and shapes, as well as showcasing them. Most brands primarily work for big-boned apples, or small-boned pears, or some other combination of characteristics that reflects one fit model. So there are lots of brands I just can’t buy, period. B & Lu seems to have something for everyone — though it’s tough figuring out what’s for you and what’s not.

    Speaking of which, Dee, I think Maximum Woman carries them. And if they don’t, you could always ask.

  13. Now that I think of it, in some ways, this makes me respect them MORE, because it suggests they’re designing for different sizes and shapes, as well as showcasing them.

    EXACTLY! While it is frustrating on a personal level, it’s really gratifying to know that I can suggest B&Lu to women (and men if they are so inclined) of almost any shape and the probability will be high that they can find something awesome. And in a decent price point. I was looking at Igigi again today and, again, the prices just KILL ME.

  14. Oh, that’s good news about the sizes. Thanks, everyone!

    Actually, it’s a great idea for me to try Maximum Woman first. I can try on the clothes there, and then order them online for a better price and have them shipped to my mom in the US. Hum. I feel kind of sneaky. I’ll have to buy something from them as well in order to salve my guilty conscience. :-)

  15. Dee, I can completely understand the sneakiness. When I lived in Toronto, it drove me NUTS trying to figure out how to get things shipped to me without doubling the cost, especially when ordering from smaller companies. (And in fact, I would have loved Maximum Woman, which didn’t exist then, because even with the mark-up, that would have been worthwhile.)

    And for the record, I have bought things — including a B & Lu skirt — from the boutique in question. And I LOVE the boutique. But generally speaking, if they’re charging more than twice what shipping would cost me for an item I know I can get easily online? I’m not getting it there.

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