There are many trends and fashions that are hard to shop for when you’re a plus size babe, and the one closest to my heart is alternative fashion. I grew up as a pop punk kid with goth influences and plus size fashion can be a real let down when it comes to alt styles. I asked some of my favourite alternative plus size bloggers to share their favourite outfits for inspiration!
Ushshi is an absolute favourite of mine, and this outfit is casual, comfy goth chic at it’s best. This dress could be from almost any plus size store, but Ushshi makes it her own style with simple accessories and bad ass attitude.
Katt looks like a punk rock mermaid with her red hair and her sequin skirt from River Island. She makes this look her own with a punked up denim waistcoat and a crop top. Mixing high street finds with more customised pieces is a popular way to try and stay true to your inner rocker.
I don’t know about you, but my inner goth loves a drapey oversized black dress. The straight size high street has them in droves, but for us plus size gals it can be slim pickings. I love this look from Diana, it’s simple and classic, and biker boots with dresses are always a win!
An absolute fave of mine is the amazing Cailey Darling. Her social media is full of incredible make up looks and alternative stylings, she’s such a bad ass. She’s also disabled and legally blind, so talks about life as a spoonie too. This skater dress with a harness style is just incredible, that flash of colour in Cailey’s awe inspiring hair is all you need. Check out her insta feed for fire looks and serious makeup inspo for the bold and beautiful.
Natalie’s insta is total alt fashion goals. You can never go wrong with faux leather, and this mini skirt/leather jacket combo is everything. Faux leather is a classic for a reason. Go follow Natalie’s instagram, you won’t be disappointed! The fishnets and ankle boots rock too.
Belle is from the same town as me, but we’ve never met, we really have to correct that! Her instagram feed is full of the sweetest pastel hair and pretty makeup. This Wednesday Addams inspired outfit is a goth classic for good reason. Belle is mermaid goals for sure.
When it comes to a list of alternative plus size bloggers, you just have to include Margot Meanie! If you don’t know who she is, you really have to check out her blog. She consistently shares awesome outfit inspiration like this adorable pinafore look that is what every goth plus size babe dreams of!
Black with pops of a single colour is an alt fashion classic. This outfit is effortlessly cool, Lolly pairs a Beth Ditto dress with matching red glasses, shoes and choker, and a black fascinator. Dresses like this can easily be worn in a casual way for day time or as Lolly has styled it, perfect for an event or night out.
Shawna is the genius behind Chubby Cartwheels. Chubby Cartwheels is the sort of inclusive alternative fashion brand plus size babes dream of. Not only does she run a dreamy brand, she also has style for days. This velvety dress is a great mix of goth and retro; Morticia Addams meets seventies hippy chic. She made this dress herself… love!
Being sorta goth in the summer is so hard, it’s hot and wearing all black makes the heat even worse. This outfit on Liily is perfect summer goth. Based in black, with vampy black lipstick to boot, this crop top and hi-low skirt combo is cool, literally.
And lastly, a favourite outfit from me. This is about the most ‘me’ I have ever felt in an outfit, and it came from Evans and ASOS. Add a good harness and the mixture of lace and mesh takes high street brands from fashionable to gothic glam.
There are so many indy brands who do amazing alternative fashion, but sadly not many that cater to plus sizes in a truly inclusive way. Take inspiration from these plus size rock stars and use current trends to your advantage!