May 2014I really considered not posting any "pick" from the May issue. This plus collection had some decent basics (and yes, we all need basics, but those are no fun for a "highlights" post), a pair of weird pants, and just generally a few "blah" boring designs that I felt like I had seen before. I did settle on the Keyhole Dress (#138), which also has a blouse option:
|BurdaStyle 05-2014 #138|
June 2014The June Plus collection wasn't much better than the May Plus collection. June had another pair of weird pants, some shapeless blouses, and a couple of decent dresses that again, felt like re-hashes. The best of the bunch, I thought, were the #133 Square-necked Seamed Sheath Dress (although with fewer interesting details than Burda's previous versions of this silhouette) and the #137 Ruched Dress (which I know we've seen in various forms in the past few years).
|BurdaStyle 06-2014 #133|
|BurdaStyle 05-2014 #137|
July 2014Just as I was starting to lose what little faith I had left in Burda, deleting the "new collection on our web site" emails without even opening them, they managed to knock it out of the park with their July Plus collection. This collection, I feel, was one of the rare occasions where the Plus collection was far better than any of the regular-sized collections in this issue. These dresses are pretty, wearable, and should be curve-flattering to a variety of figures. Let's take a look...
First up is the Keyhole Dress with Lace Bodice (#132), which has an on-trend sweetheart neckline with a bra-friendly upper bodice piece (what is that called, anyway). I suspect that it wouldn't be particularly easy to fit that bustier-style bodice on my G-cups (Burda Plus drafts for a D-cup), but this dress is so freakin' cute, and it reminds me of a more casually-styled Colette Macaron (which I've owned for ages but never made up). Come to think of it, most of this collection has a bit of a Colette vibe to it, so maybe that's why I like it?
|BurdaStyle 07-2014 #132|
|BurdaStyle 07-2014 #127|
|BurdaStyle 07-2014 #129|
|BurdaStyle 07-2014 #131|
But where are the blouses, pants and skirts? Or knits?When you glance over my "highlight" picks, do you notice a trend? Yup, every single moderately interesting item from the three most recent BurdaStyle Plus collection were dresses. With one exception, these were all woven dresses on top of that. (I notice this because I largely live in separates and knit dresses.)
None of the three most recent collections included a single skirt. Between all three, they included two (weird) pairs of pants. The only blouse that grabbed me at all was the blouse version of the keyhole dress with the ruffle from May. Most of the blouses in recent months were the shapeless block-styles that so many of us plus-sized women complain about. None of these three collections had a single knit top, either (my own most commonly sewn garment).
You know what really bums me out, though? Not a single one of these heading-into-summer collections included a pair of plus-sized shorts. Shorts, in general, are quite on-trend right now, especially the longer "walking length" ones that should be within the comfort zone of far more women than the shorter shorts we'd been seeing in recent years. Thankfully, some of the indie pattern companies have been releasing shorts patterns in recent months that do go well into the plus size range, so we have our options there.