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Essie Golden, @essiegolden, style blogger

“[My biggest fashion gripe is these] new brands that are kind of coming in and expanding their sizing but not really catering to us or really taking the time to [design] what we want instead of just trying to get a quick dollar from us. I want brands to learn us. I want them to pay attention to us. if you are really all about inclusivity like most say, I want to make sure I walk into a store and find my size. I don’t want my size to only be online because brands feel like they are throwing us a bone. I want the whole meal — I don’t want a snack! Brands that are doing it right are JCPenney, Old Navy, ASOS, in terms of affordability and style for someone like me who didn’t grow up with a lot of money but wanted great style and to fit in with straight-size friends’ style.” (Photo: Harald Austad for Yahoo Lifestyle)

8 curvy influencers on the brands that get plus-size fashion right

We live in an exciting time, when extended-size fashion is more accessible than ever. Plus-size fashion has been getting a lot of positive attention, which has helped bring more options to market, but many brands are cutting corners to try to compete with the demand.

A big problem is that some brands are simply scaling up their preexisting straight-size patterns rather than investing the necessary time and money into the fit and quality of the clothes. But curvy women value a good fit and have an eye for design just as much as the next woman. We want pieces that not only are fashion-forward but also can fit a wide array of unique body types.

For me, three brands that are stepping up to provide high-quality, well-fitting, and trendy clothes are Eloquii, Torrid, and Simply Be. At this year’s theCURVYcon, I got a chance to speak with some amazing plus-size influencers on their biggest fashion gripe and the different brands that are getting it right.

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