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Being a plus-size gal, I have long relied upon Roaman's for bras and bathing suits to accomodate my double Ds. But I've always considered their clothing to be mostly cheap and garish - specializing in oversized mumus printed with brightly-colored tropical flowers and that sort of thing. Their latest catalog has made me change my mind. It's like an entirely different company took over. Not only are there plenty of items that would be acceptable for the office, there's quite a lot that's downright cute and dare I say, steamy? I think their buyer must have gotten a whiff of steampunk somewhere. They even have a page set aside for "military chic" (I am not linking to it because the stuff on that page is not particularly military in style, with few exceptions). Many items would work well for the office and possibly even for your steampunk costumes. Note that their sizes tend to run large and many things are tent-like unless it specifically says "princess seams" or something along those lines. If you are patient, many of these things will eventually be marked down, or you can find a coupon code for 40% off, free shipping, buy one, get one half-off, and that sort of thing.

Sorry I don't have time to do the thumbnails but here's a sampling of their more steam-able offerings:

Gorgeous Ruffle Shirt that I adore - love the sleeves, and can tolerate the elasticized waist if I cover it with a belt
Military Jacket 1
- Napoleonic style
Military Jacket 2 - reviewed in detail on the Plus-Size Steampunk community (it's warmer than it looks)
Military Jacket 3 - love the mandarin collar and antiqued buttons
Ruffle Blouse - not military, as described, but could work for a variety of steampunk styles
Military Skirt - not sure why they consider this military but it reminds me of The Prisoner and there's something vaguely steamy about it
Ruffly blouse - for an Edwardian Tea Party
Extra pouf-y sleeved shirt - Lolita-ish
Serviceable Victorian-ish blouse I could make do with this
Ascot Vest - are you supposed to wear this with an ascot tie?
Pinstripe vest - nice full coverage for women of ample bosoms
Western denim vest - flattering for cowgirls and other Americans
Western style bib front shirt - reminscent of the frontier-style men's shirts
Low-slung belt - consumer reviews say this runs large


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 12th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Nice! Much improved over their past offerings.
Sep. 12th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
I've gotten some nice frilly blouses from Roamans and Woman Within lately. Steampunk is getting around. ;-]
Sep. 12th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Wow. Some of the stuff they have is really cute.
Sep. 12th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Have you posted this to steampunk_plus? These are terrific!
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
wow, I didnt even know such a group existed!
Sep. 13th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
steampunk plus fail
I've tried to, twice, but either there's a technical glitch, or the mod keeps deleting my posts. I suspect the former, because nothing's been posted to steampunk_plus later than August 27th. Unfortunately I don't have time to pursue it, but feel free to copy and paste my post to steampunk_plus if you have the time to deal with technical issues/getting past the mods.
Sep. 12th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
want the 2nd military jacket so much!!
Sep. 13th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Check steampunk_plus for extensive reviews and detailed photos of this particular jacket.
Sep. 12th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Ascot Vest - are you supposed to wear this with an ascot tie?

"Ascot" here might refer to Ascot Racecourse, as seen in "My Fair Lady". It seems to be a place where patrons "dress to impress."

Edited at 2009-09-12 10:58 am (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Perhaps... could be that Roaman's was just trying to jazz up their description of the vest by referring to the fancy-dress of Ascot attendees. I don't think it's historically accurate. I do like it, though.
Sep. 12th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
OTC: The non plus models with plus sized clothing only makes the clothing look WORSE not better. It's obvious the clothing is way oversize.

But it is adorable despite the bad presentation.
Sep. 13th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
They do use plus size models for lingerie, but maybe not for clothing. I say 'maybe' because plus size models are size 10 and above. It's ridiculous that anyone would consider a size 10 to be 'plus' but that's the modelling industry. Non-plus size models are often size 00 and rarely bigger than size 8, so everything is downsized in modelling. Roaman's models are not plus sized in my view, but they are too large to model for conventional clothing lines. I am not saying this isn't ridiculous, but that's the modelling industry. Kudos to Torrid for using actual plus size women to model their clothing. Too few plus size clothing companies do so.
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