If the amount of sequin frocks and cheetah print items in my closet is any indication, I am definitely a maximalist when it comes to fashion. But despite my gaudy leanings, I have a strong appreciation for plus size minimalist fashion and one brand that I think is getting plus size minimalism so right is Universal Standard.
This plus size minimalist fashion brand makes high quality items in sizes 10-28. You can shop them all online or make an appointment to visit their New York City showroom (something that's on my to-do list next time I'm in NYC). The shop contains pieces in a range of mostly neutral colors which means that there's no bells and whistles to distract you; the designs are really just that clean and innovative. This is a plus size fashion brand that's completely gimmick-free. It feels high fashion and chic because well, it is.
I first tried out Universal Standard last year by way of plus size subscription service Gwynnie Bee. I was struck by how Universal Standard could execute such a fresh take on classic items. And with the recent release of their Puffer Coat, I was once again shown how this brand can take what could be an otherwise mundane item and make it something I am truly over the moon about. When a black winter coat gets someone like me, who loves faux fur and sequins, this excited, you just know it's good.
For this blog, I wanted to re-visit the same plus size dress that I had already tried from Universal Standard because over a year later, it was still on my mind. When I wore the Geneva dress from Gwynnie Bee, I wore the size 22/24. This time, I got the Geneva dress in a size 18/20 (a Universal Standard size medium) and in the color camo.
You can see how the dress in these two sizes fit my body (which has remained essentially the same size since then) differently. I personally like both fits and wouldn't mind having both size Geneva Dresses in my closet forever. This is one plus size dress that is truly timeless with a hint of modern androgynous minimalism. The dress is designed to be a loose fit and with mixed fabric content of Peruvian cotton and elastane, it wears highly stretchy but sturdy and substantial at the same time.
As a petite plus size blogger, I often struggle with the length of plus size dresses especially in a midi length. The asymmetrical hemline of the Geneva dress not only creates a visually interesting design, but it fits like a petite plus size woman's dream. This is one dress on me that actually looks similar length-wise to the 5'7" model on the website with zero tailoring. This is an absolute feat.
Universal Standard is definitely on the higher-end range of plus size brands but if you have the means to make an investment in pieces you can wear over and over again for years then this is the brand for you.
So do you plan on trying out Universal Standard? Enjoy some more pics and let me know what you think in the comments below!