#WeTheCurvy: Canadian fashion Image by: Carlyle Routh
Our country celebrates diversity, including all shapes and sizes. #WeTheCurvy columnist Meredith Shaw talks about her most beloved body-inclusive homegrown brands.
One of the things I love most about our country turning the big 150 is that we're finally celebrating Canada—loudly and proudly! This bold, unapologetic pride is not one that's typical for us "nice, polite" Canadians, but I hope it's an attitude that sticks around for another 150 years because we've got a lot to cheer about. And that includes our fabulous inclusive and body-positive Canadian fashion designers.
I've worked with many of these talented artists, and seeing their dedication to outfitting women of all shapes and sizes is truly inspiring. Know that these designers want to dress you as you are now, not 10 pounds from now. So let's support their work with our wallets and go shopping, eh?!
Top (sizes 2 - 18+), $155, sympli.com.
Designed and manufactured in Burnaby, B.C., this label features soft fabrics, vibrant colours and sleek cuts—proving that you really can look stylish while feeling comfortable. Once you slip into this brand's leggings, dresses or sweaters, you'll never want to take them off.
Tropical fish blazer (sizes S to XL), $249, hayleyelsaesser.com.
Inspired by Baz Luhrmann's movie Romero + Juliet, Cambridge, Ont., native Hayley Elsaesser's spring collection is pure eye candy. A size 14 herself, she believes we shouldn't dress only to "flatter" our bodies but also to have fun! I can't get enough of her bright colours and comical prints.
Clara dress (sizes 0 to 16), $470, miriam-baker.com.
Miriam Baker's line, designed and made in Canada, is impeccably tailored with large-busted women in mind. No matter your dress size, her garments accommodate at least a D cup.
Love & Legend shorts (sizes 12 to 26), $62, additionelle.com.
Just because we're bigger doesn't mean we don't crave a cute pair of jean shorts.Thankfully, Addition Elle get its. With more than 30 years of experience, this Montreal-based plus-size retailer is one of the most experienced in Canada. The brand is all about creating fashion democracy by offering women trendy clothing and accessories at affordable prices.
Blazer (sizes 12 to 24), $330, primaala.com.
If your curvy style is less frill and more chill, Primaala is your one-stop shop. Toronto designer Rachel Holt caters to fashion-forward women with elegant figure-flattering pieces.