Y’all, it’s no secret I love New York. While the city can be a tad overwhelming, there’s such an incredible mix of people, art & culture, and just this ENERGY in the air there.
Aaaaand, NYC is home to one of my fave plus size boutiques: plus BKLYN.
I met the founder of plus BKLYN, Alexis Krase, at a body positive art event (ft the work of artists like my BFF, Suma Jane Dark). Alexis was on a panel, discussing being a woman in business, and I loved her take on plus size fashion.
We started talking after the event, and set up a “Instagram Girlfriend Photoshoot,” where bloggers could come, be styled in some plus BKLYN signature looks, and get that content for Instagram.
After that photoshoot, I became a member of the plus BKLYN team, managing social media and content creation.
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We had a BLAST at @thecurvycon! Meeting members of the PBK community IN REAL LIFE was wonderful. If you’re in NYC today, be sure to visit our shop! We are open 12-8 today. ???? #thecurvycon #effyourbeautystandards #plussizedivas #psootd #whatfatgirlsactuallywear #alternativecurves #biggirlswag
I wanted to take a minute to discuss talk about what makes plus BKLYN such a unique store.
A Focus on Community
Much of the plus size community exists online (shoutout to Instagram), and it’s rare for plus babes to be able to gather and hang IRL. Plus BKLYN frequently has IRL events like parties and art showings, acting as a sort of community gathering space for plus size babes. (Events are shared out on the plus BKLYN Facebook, so be sure to join PBK on Facebook!)
Truly Diverse Models
It can be so… disheartening to look at plus size clothes online, because almost all brands put their clothes on size 14 hourglass models. Sure, they partner with bloggers – but you’re not likely to see any tummies, full arms or thick thighs.
plus BKLYN features truly diverse models, from sizes 14-24. Founder and CEO, Alexis Krase, makes sure to hire (that’s right, models are PAID – another thing that’s unfortunately not common) models from diverse races and ethnicities, gender and sexuality identities, heights and sizes.
I’ve modeled for plus BKLYN, and it was such a blast – and a ton of work, lol.
If you ALSO feel that diverse models are a requirement in 2019, be sure to support the brands that showcase them. Not just plus BKLYN! I’ve had brand owners tell me that the size 14 models get way more engagement on social media and more clicks – we all (myself included) need to prioritize shopping at stores that share our values.
Money talks, y’all.
Going Beyond a Size 24
While a lot of the pieces online currently stop at a 24 (because most brands that PBK buys stock from stop there), Alexis is working on creating a house line that will go past a 24. Since Alexis is a size 24 herself, this makes a lot of sense!
Celebrating Plus Size Fashion
The clothing at plus BKLYN is bright, fashion forward and makes a statement. If you’re looking to blend into the background, this ain’t the brand for you. From stylish plus size workwear to jumpsuits to wear to attend a drag show in, plus BKLYN carries diverse stock.
The boutique ALSO has a good amount of plus size vintage in-store.
Aaaand in 2019, the store started offering plus size vintage and resale! Thrifters in NYC, rejoice! You can now sell and buy plus size resale IRL in New York City (and on their weekly Facebook Live sales)!
All Genders are Welcome
Real talk, shopping as a trans woman or non-binary human can be stressful. The staff at plus BKLYN. is welcoming, and trained on inclusivity. Instead of saying something like, “Oh, are you shopping for your girlfriend today?” a staff member will ask, “What are you looking for today?” You can read more about their gender-affirming policy here.
Try Stuff On IRL
I spend a good amount of time ordering online, but there’s nothing like being able to try-on clothes in-store. It’s fun to try on things I’d never buy, just to play dress up and get out of my comfort zone a little bit.
Thank you for reading! This post was not sponsored (although I do consult for this brand!). Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter, so you’ll never miss out on reviews like this!