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Etsy is a treasure trove of cute and unique things. From handmade to vintage finds, there is enough to keep me occupied for hours while trying to resist spending all my wages in one go.
Finding a brand specialising in lingerie or nightwear that caters to people of all sizes is rare and that’s frustrating for a lot of us. I’ve certainly found designs I immediately fall in love with and then find myself disappointed because the shop doesn’t do past a size L or 16.
The expense of materials can prevent this for a lot of smaller brands, but even so there is a major lack of plus size friendly shops on Etsy. Luckily, the ones that do exist are wonderful. Beautiful designs and owners that are enthusiastic about body positivity are a combination which can only lead the way for providing a diverse range of sizes with something special.
The Pink Flamingo is a shop founded by Natasha Lomas in 2013. Creating affordable, handmade cami sets and shorts that are playful, bright and fun. Natasha lists sizes up to a 28 but will also make any size made-to-order. Natasha says:
“I realised that my shorts were selling a lot overseas (mainly in the US) to plus size ladies so I added more options to my listings. I list up to a size 28 on Etsy but I am happy to make whichever size the customer needs. I don’t stop at a size 28.”
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Originally graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 after specialising in women’s sportswear, Natasha continued her love for designing using up the materials left over from her course. After they sold straight away, she started creating more designs. Natasha’s ethos at The Pink Flamingo is one of positivity and embracing the smaller things which make people’s days a little brighter.
“I like to make things which are fun and comfortable to wear. I think there is so much badness going on in the world that I like to think my shorts make people smile. I think fashion should be fun and easy. People take themselves way too seriously in the way that there’s this seriousness around fashion (social media, being perfect etc.) that I just think fashion misses out on fun a lot of the time.”
Natasha’s designs speak for themselves. They are just as playful and fun as she describes. Having an Etsy shop like The Pink Flamingo out there that is so inclusive of all sizes speaks volumes and the fact that each item can be worn by any size, is a BOPO bonus.