Pretty and Print-Happy Plus-Size Women's Clothing Made in Seattle

Ali Brownrigg  |   April 2014   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
plus size clothing in seattle magazine poppy and bloom
Poppy & Bloom Curtsey & Bow dress

Finding the right fit is a challenge for many women, but even more so for those who identify as plus size. Despite the demand, the supply of fashionable, well-made and, most importantly, well-fitted clothing in sizes 14 and up is hard to come by. Enter wedding gown designer Olga Szwed, of Bellevue’s La Belle Rêve, whose newest endeavor, Poppy & Bloom, aims to fill that void. “I think the fashion world has ignored curvy consumers for a long time,” Szwed says. “It’s slowly changing, but not fast enough.” Each season, starting this spring, Szwed, and business partners Svetlana Petculescu and Lindsey Tabor, will release a collection of dresses and, eventually, separates in “whimsical prints, timeless shapes and flattering silhouettes” for sizes 14–24W, all made in Seattle and priced at $200 or less. “I believe that every woman wants to accentuate her best features,” Szwed says, “and ultimately have fun with fashion and feel beautiful.” Available online only at poppyandbloom.com.