Lane Bryant lost its place as my preferred plus seller long ago, and while I’ve definitely seen strides to improve their clothing designs, most notably in the Fit-Rite Jeans, there’s still an element of “huh?” in some of the pieces they roll out for consumer wear.
I officially assign the status of “huh” to this top:
I can’t tell if it’s a nod to the Grecian look, to the late 70s or to a manufacturer running out of material for the second sleeve. It also raises the question of what bra to wear beneath, whether it would be safe to go dancing or some other movement-based activity in, and it raises some accessories questions: a bracelet is the kind of thing you wear with an arm baring top like this, but many of us have wrists too large for even the bracelets sold at Lane Bryant.
I’m so confused.
There is also an attempt to expand on the wide-leg favoritism by offering wide-legged capris:
I’m not sure whether, or how, this would actually improve on my complaints about how they figure on most plus women – it’s one thing when you’ve got the counterpoint at your ankles, but less than a foot from your waist?
I did, however, really like this dress:
It’s pear shape friendly and I find the sheer detailing in place of lace rather endearing – it’s a cute dress, but it definitely has some modern flair.
I haven’t and never will write Lane Bryant off altogether. But nowadays, they really need to stand up to competition, because I have many, many more choices for quality plus size looks. And we aren’t talking about old-lady mumus.