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In recent years, the fashion industry has taken great strides in embracing inclusivity and diversity, breaking away from the narrow beauty standards that once dominated the runway, but we still have a long way to go. Figures like TV-host-turned-fashion-designer Nina Parker are working tirelessly to break the mold by offering fashionable, affordable plus-size fashion.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Parker began designing out of necessity. Being on TV every day, she found it difficult to find fashionable pieces for plus-size bodies. “Largely, the plus-size industry is ignored by high-end merchants,” begins Parker. “My line [at Macy’s] is successful because women feel supported and seen. Having someone represent you is so important, and I hire my models for Macy’s online so people can see different bodies that are plus size and feel seen.”
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Despite this, some plus-size people often struggle to feel bold and confident enough to wear bright, show-stopping looks like the ones Nina designs. “You should wear whatever you want to wear. Plus-size bodies shouldn’t have to wear a certain type of outfit. Whatever size you are, we all have insecurities and challenges.”
From vibrant prints and flattering silhouettes to innovative designs and luxurious fabrics, the world of plus-size fashion is beginning to become a vibrant and thriving landscape, offering an extensive range of stylish options that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. “It’s hard to get out of routine,” says Parker. “With anything, you have to grow. Fashion is so fun and a different way to express yourself.” These 10 pieces from Nina Parker’s collection at Macy’s will have you feeling confident, stylish and ready to elevate your wardrobe.
1. Sheer Printed Mesh Top
Whether you prefer a sophisticated or casual look, this Sheer Printed Mesh Top will elevate your outfits and make a bold fashion statement. The simple design ensures a versatile option to include in your wardrobe, while the mesh details provide a unique and edgy flair. Pair the sheer printed mesh top with high-waisted black pants, a lacy bralette underneath and stiletto heels for a timeless look or keep it casual by pairing it with a black tank top and denim shorts.“There’s always a way to wear something simple and still be comfortable and fashionable,” says Parker. “You don’t have to dress up. I feel different every day and I dress based on what I feel. Try to spice it up with what makes you feel good.” Fans of this top love how comfortable and high-quality it is. One reviewer even said, “This is a top that you wear with confidence.” This mesh top is available in women plus sizes 0X to 3X and in two colors.
2. Satin Twist-Front Top
If you’re looking for a bold look to add to your wardrobe, look no further than the Satin Twist-Front Top from Nina Parker. Crafted with sumptuous satin fabric, this top exudes elegance and sophistication. Its twist-front detail adds a unique and flattering touch, highlighting curves with effortless style. Pair the satin top with the matching wide-leg pants ($47) for a show-stopping ensemble sure to impress. “I love wearing black, but pops of color are always fun,” boasts Parker.“I love them! Fashionable, comfortable, and functional,” says one reviewer. Nina continues, “Take risks and get out of your comfort zone. You’ll begin to learn yourself and how you feel in public.” Get the satin top in women plus sizes 0X to 4X and in black.
3. Keyhole Printed Pleated Jersey Maxi Dress
This Keyhole Printed Maxi Dress will quickly become your go-to piece for every occasion thanks to its elegant lines, flattering silhouette and bold patterns. Crafted with comfort in mind, this dress features soft and lightweight jersey fabric that drapes beautifully on the body. It’ll flatter your curves while providing a chic and fashionable look. The keyhole detailing adds a touch of sexiness, while the pleated jersey fabric ensures flowy graceful movement.
Whether you’re attending a summer wedding or dressing up for brunch, this dress will be the star of the show. “Gear towards how you feel,” says Parker. “Sometimes it’s wearing something bright and fun.” The keyhole printed maxi dress is available in women plus sizes 0X to 4X and two patterns.
4. Mesh-Top Jumpsuit
Switch up your wardrobe by adding this Mesh-Top Jumpsuit to your collection, where edginess meets comfort. The mesh top adds a touch of breathability, making it perfect for hot summer days, while the pants create a stylish silhouette. “The biggest mistake is always doing the same thing,” Parker begins. “You’ve been wearing it this way for years—that’s the biggest mistake. You can still be yourself and try something new.”
Dress it up with statement accessories, a sleek belt and heels for a sophisticated and glamorous look. Or keep it casual by pairing it with trendy sneakers and a denim jacket for a chic and comfortable daytime outfit. This mesh-top jumpsuit is available in women plus sizes 22W to 28W.
5. Colorblocked One-Button Blazer
If you’ve been trying to find a stylish blazer that you can wear to work, drinks with friends or even on a casual date, this Colorblocked One-Button Blazer from Nina Parker is all you need. The structured shape boasts a feminine, yet fashionable silhouette, making it versatile enough to pair with jeans and sneakers.
Although the white colorblock blazer works best for versatility, opt for the hot pink and orange blazer if you’re looking for a pop of color to your looks this season. “I always want to give options for people who aren’t ready for bold colors, especially for work. Statement and colorful pieces [in my line] are for plus-size people who want to take a risk.” The one-button blazer is available in women plus sizes 0X to 4X and two colors.
6. Tie-Front Ruched Shirtdress
Available in five gorgeous colors, this Tie-Front Ruched Shirtdress flatters your curves and makes a statement wherever you go. The tie-front detail adds a chic and fashionable twist, allowing you to adjust the fit to your liking and accentuate the waistline. The ruched design adds texture and visual interest, while the classic shirt collar and button-down front create a polished and timeless look, perfect for the office.
“Take a risk. Take a chance. Wear a color you’ve never worn before,” says Parker. “Wear something different, like when you go on vacation and wear bold, vibrant patterns. Dress like you’d dress on vacation—life’s too short.” One reviewer boasts that this dress was made for the plus size diva saying: “I absolutely love this dress! The material has a soft sheen, is soft to touch, non-restrictive to movement and falls correctly in the right places.” The shirtdress is available in women plus sizes 0X to 4X.
7. Faux Leather Skirt
Everyone should have a leather piece in their wardrobe and this Faux Leather Skirt from Nina Parker does not disappoint. This faux leather skirt offers a stylish and cruelty-free alternative that looks and feels luxurious while adding a touch of edge to your overall look. The skirt features a flattering pencil silhouette that accentuates your curves while maintaining an appropriate length for the office or special event.“I’m a plus-sized woman and this is fashionable without being matronly or cheap-looking—I’m totally excited to wear this,” says one reviewer. Nina encourages plus-size people to embrace their insecurities. “I encourage people to go outside their comfort zone,” says Parker. “If you hate showing your legs, show them. People don’t care as much as we think. Accept yourself as you are now.” This faux leather skirt is available in women’s sizes 18W to 28W.
8. Ribbed Henley Bodysuit
The best thing about a piece like this Nina Parker Ribbed Henley Bodysuit is that you never have to worry about the dreaded fabric bunching that occurs when wearing regular tops. Because the body suit has snap closures at the gusset, it provides a streamlined and smooth silhouette no matter what you wear on the bottom. “It’s fun to have breakout sequin tops and unique jumpsuits, but it’s always good to have statement pieces,” Parker says. “Basics are super important and make you look chic.” Pair this simple bodysuit with jeans and heels for a casual-yet-elevated look or with linen shorts and sandals for a comfortable fit.
One reviewer even called it a “casual slay” stating that it’s, “Sexier than it looks, you can open all the buttons! I wear [it] with jeans and it’s casual slay.” The ribbed Henley bodysuit is available in women plus sizes 0X to 4X and three colors.
9. Pleather Elasticized-Waist Leggings
Nina Parker doesn’t just specialize in dresses and skirts. These Pleather Elasticized-Waist Leggings effortlessly add edginess and style to your look without sacrificing comfort. The leggings come with an inseam of approximately 29-1/2″ and easily pull on for a quick stylish look when you’re running late for drinks with friends.
Even though they’re a simple black color. Nina believes this works as a great layering piece. “It’s really cool to layer color in pieces. Wear black leggings but do a pop of color with your shoes or bag.” These elasticized-waist leggings are available in women plus sizes 1X to 4X.
10. Trendy Bodycon Ruched Dress
Immediately turn heads when you show up in this Trendy Bodycon Ruched Dress from Nina Parker. The bold colorblock design adds a pop of color to your wardrobe and the bodycon silhouette is sure to flatter any figure. The empire waist adds visual interest while the leg-baring tulip hemline adds a showstopping design to show off your legs and heels. Because of how vibrant this dress is, keep the accessories simple so the bodycon dress remains the statement piece.
“Sometimes we try to mute ourselves because we want to blend in,” Parker states. “A lot of plus-size women want to blend in because they think their size makes them a target. I shop where I’m loved. Shop where people see you.” This bodycon dress is available in women plus sizes 0X to 4X and two colors.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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