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My Picks from the new Suzy Shier plus line



Seventeen-year-old me would be absolutely beside myself. When I was that age, Addition Elle, was pretty much the only other plus-size retailer to speak of, besides the plus sizes at Sears, which were obvs not going to be my thing at 17. Now, in the space of a few weeks, I am doing some serious "virtual" shopping at 3 new plus-size lines!! This line, the Suzy Shier one, it a Canadian retailer, so I was able to go and check out the goods IRL.
The mall nearest me had a pretty decent selection of the line. There was only a few pieces that were available online that weren't in the store. And oddly, some things that were in the store that I don't see online. But, onto my picks...



I didn't try this on one, although I did see it in the store. Looked like average quality. This is one I will try on when I go back, because I LOVE black lace over a beige underlay.

Tried this one on, and the quality to me seemed pretty comparable to Forever 21...maybe a smidge better. But also, very small sizing. 


Shawl collar blazer. Yes. This one came home with me. I have black blazers, but this one made the cut because it was so light, almost borderline blouse material. It does have leetle shoulder-pads in for some structure, but it flows really nicely. It'll be a great laying piece come summer. I have it in mind to wear on my next girl's night out. Which is precisely a week away...


Really dig the sunburst effect with the pleating on this one. I didn't try it on, as I was a bit crunched for time, but I am sure that it probably has the same fit as the keyhole dress up top there. I might try this one on the next time I am at the mall. The material felt pretty good.

I should point out that the only reason I was not all over that snake-print wrap dress is because I already have one very very similar. Otherwise, it would be in my basket. Really love that dress.
 
So, lets talk sizing. I tried this on in a 2x, thinking that it would be the best fitting option. Yeah. No. A 2x to me is 18/20 (Addition Elle sizing) and I think that I am a solid 18, so I would have expected this to fit. Not a chance. I get that its a form fitting dress, but even the 3x looked like a sausage casing. I wasn't that disappointed though, since, although I am in the market for an illusion dress like this, and the little keyhole is one of my favourite things (besides white geese that fly with the moon on their wings), the fabric was that sort of cheap-y feeling scuba.




 
Did not get a chance to try this on as I didn't see it in the store, but I love the look of this dress. Probably SUPER flattering, but I am not sure how the fit would be. If you're an extra large in Old Navy (as I am) and you don't want to be shoe-horned into a dress, you're probably going to want to try the 3x. 
 
Another on that I didn't see at the store, so I can't attest to the quality of the fabric, or to the fit, but I really love the hem on this dress. I'd love to try it.

As for constructive criticism of the line, I don't like that the sizing is so small. I mean, if you're gonna talk the talk (about inclusive sizing, and reaching an under-serviced section of the market) then walk the walk, man. I'm an 18, and I'm practically sized out of this stuff.  If you're a legit 20/22 or larger (in Addition Elle) you're probably not going to find a lot that's going to work for you.

Here's what I love about this line. It's quite cohesive. You could buy 1 or 2 (or 7) pieces, and make them all work together. It's a very classic aesthetic, most pieces you could totally wear to the office, but nothing bo-ring. I really dig the aesthetic. 

The more I think about it, the more I want to go back and try on more pieces when I have the time. It's a nice mid-range collection. The quality and price point are a little  lower than Addition Elle, but a little higher than Forever 21+. 

All in all, well done Suzy Shier for braving this new world of plus sizes!

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