Australia's Indie Plus-Size Brands You Need To Know

The American fashion industry keeps an eye on the globe for inspiration, and tends to get infatuated with other countries' style movements. While the roster might be ever rotating (France, then Sweden, then Japan...), when we have a crush, we crush hard. Right now, the hottest country on our radar is that wonder from down under, Australia. And, Aussie's best designers are serving up plenty for the plus community to love. From runway-inspired (but not runway-priced) event dresses to on-trend pieces you can actually shop in stores, these brands will give you a taste of southern-hemisphere style — without the 20-hour flight.
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Fame & Partners
Fame & Partners is doing what no other formalwear company is right now — offering stunning, event-ready styles that look like they just walked off the runway for amazingly affordable prices. The cherry on this fashion sundae? You can customize your dress (add sleeves, change the color, etc.) and get it in any size from a U.S. 0 to 22 (plus custom sizes), so everyone is included.
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Harlow
A micro start-up, Harlow was created by designer Kerry Pietrobon and her husband from their Melbourne home. The limited-edition line fills the sporty-luxe void for size 12 to 24 women with its high-end basics with a twist: a zip-up bomber gets re-imagined in mesh; a classic white button-down gets an edgy-femme slant in all white lace. Not only do you get a stunning style with every order, you also get to support a female entrepreneur.
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17 Sundays
If you've ever lusted over the slouchy-chic options that smaller girls get to shop, then 17 Sundays is your dream brand. Its cool, printed peg-leg pants and distressed denim joggers are unlike any other options in the plus market, and steep sales make stocking up easy on the wallet.
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City Chic
Having recently opened several brick-and-mortar stores in California, City Chic is one of the first plus Aussie brands to immigrate to the States. From ultra-wearable denim (Boyfriend! Moto!) to fancy-schmancy flattering frocks, it's a one-stop shop for almost any occasion.
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