When I heard that Oran at Relic Vintage had gotten in a bunch of plus-size “new old stock” (never worn) vintage dresses I had to get the word out.

Vintage dresses look great on curvy girls, and vintage clothing with waists sizes of 30 inches and larger are hard to find. Oran says he has some with up to 42 inch waists.

I’ve heard a lot of people say larger vintage clothes are hard to find because humans were smaller back in the day, but my super smart friend thinks that, just like today, all the normal sizes got worn out and the tiny sizes stayed in good condition because hardly anybody could wear them. Go to any sales rack right now and you’ll see that the majority of left-over clothing is tiny sized.

Most modern clothes look bad on curvy women because they’re made with cheap stretch fabrics that are cut without any shaping. Shaping a dress takes more work and so it costs more to manufacture.

The dresses Oran has in stock are beautiful and well made. They have detailing and shaping better than the vast majority of anything you can find in the stores today. Also, the fabrics are sturdy so they shape your body rather than just clumping helplessly around it.

He has a limited number of plus-sized dresses in stock so if I were you and had those gorgeous womanly curves, I’d hightail it down to Relic Vintage and get me some clothing that does those curves justice.

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Babe Scanlon is a writer living and working in San Francisco. She's worked as an archaeologist, computer game designer, agent at Agent Provocateur and hypnotherapist. She is controlling your mind at this very moment.

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