Once upon a time before the Etsy shop, I had a Big Cartel site from which I sold belts and clothing. I still have various items of stock from those days that I need to clear and I have started to list some on Ebay. Like these dresses…
and this one too..
I have several of the dresses in the first photo left in sizes 18- 30 but the check dress is only available in size 18 as it was a sample. I have a few other things that I will list over coming weeks so keep an eye on my Ebay page as you could bag yourself a bargain!
1980’s fashion has been making a steady comeback for around the past five or so years. It started off with the drop waist, off the shoulder slouch tops (a la Flashdance), then leggings experienced a comeback, closely followed by neon colours, ra-ra skirts, prom dresses and asymetric hairstyles. Now the revisited 80’s style has grown up and become more structured as we see the resurgence of shoulder pads and power inspired dressing. Roisin Murphy does this look fantastically well. This particular look hasn’t hit the high street with the same intensity as the aforementioned styles but I believe it will, in a less Roisin-y way.
Some months ago bought a semi tailored double breasted dress on Ebay that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. I’ve been reluctant to wear it because I know I’ll be able to hear the stares in my back as I walk by, so its just sat in my wardrobe silently awaiting its moment. Over the weekend I was reading the Guardian Weekend magazine and was relieved to see a fashion feature showing my beloved double breasted style.
This gorgeous blue number is from Reiss though alas, only available in sizes 8-14. I love this dress and would wear it in a heartbeat as its subtle 80’s styling is less conspicuous than my dress with the suedette, paisley and big shoulders. After seeing this pic I decided that the time had come to dust down my own double breasted dress and give it its outdoor debut today. So I did.
As I mentioned in a past post, I spend a lot of time on Flickr- in particular in the Fatshionista group looking at what people are wearing- because I’m incredibly nosey. I’ve noticed a particular theme in the fatshionista posts in that there are a couple of people who regularly post photos of outfits that include items they have bought from one particular seller. As we all know, eBay is an enormous worldwide marketplace and I figured it was a bit of a coincidence that people had bought something from the same seller so I decided to investigate further. Low and behold, I discovered that this particular seller, lily0808168 is owner of a vast plus size fashion emporium with choices galore- christmas has come early! This seller is based in China and when I checked their eBay shop there were 53 pages of goodies just waiting to be snapped up. FIFTY THREE PAGES!!! In eBay terms thats like an entire shopping mall full of fabulous fashion in sizes 2x- 10x which is bust 44- 78 inches- wha hey!
I must admit, I haven’t yet bought anything from this ebay shop but I have my eye on several things. Each style is available in a variety of colours so there is guaranteed to be a shade available to suit everyone whether you are a bright colour clash queen, or a muted earth tone kinda gal.
As I said, they are based in China and I can only imagine that the site is connected to a garment factory to be able to offer so many styles and colour options at cheap prices. I’ve not bought anything myself so I can’t comment on the quality, but the fact that people keep going back to this seller time and time again indicates that the garment quality must be okay I would have thought.
I have done a bit more investigating and all is not as rosey for everyone as it would initially appear. There are some people who have had items from this seller and they have been less than happy with the results in term of fit. Some photos I’ve seen via the Fatshionista Live Journal (thanks to the Curvy Chick ladies for giving me the heads up) show badly cut garments that would never fit anyone unless they were built broader than an Americican Footballer with all the padding included. However, sometimes lovely dresses are created and happy customers made, but it seems like its a bit hit and miss which is a shame. I still want to try for myself and take the gamble- maybe I can acheive dress happiness too. Maybe.