Plus at NYFW: Torrid’s New York Debut

Torrid is one of those brands that has become synonymous with plus in the the last decade or so.  Originally conceived as a plus size spin-off of mall goth staple Hot Topic, it has since morphed into a plus store aimed at a broader young clientele, with a variety of trends and aesthetics represented.  It is also a brand I hadn’t previously tried myself, as there aren’t any stores in Manhattan and the nearest one requires over an hour on a bus.  I’ve seen some of my blogger friends look amazing in Torrid pieces and had a general idea about their look, but I was excited to get a formal introduction to the label.

From the first look, the brand direction was apparent: Torrid is a trend-focused brand, aiming to bring what is current to plus.  Embellishments abound, from the expected studs and grommets to more unique hand painted detailing on the moto jackets:

The jackets were a show feature, paired with everything from athleisure…

to girly frocks…

to boho maxis:

The latter was my favorite look of the show – I loved the contrast of a leather moto with the delicate peach hue, pretty swiss dot detailing, and sheer accents.

Fall’s sheer dress trends was also out in force, with full length gowns showing off the bodysuits and minis underneath.

The corset-inspired trend was also a major theme, showing up in various degrees, from lace-up detailing on a pant waist to full-torso coverage.

There were also a few gorgeous white dresses that I would love in my wardrobe:

My favorite piece from the show was this copper paillette statement jacket – the scale of the sequins gave me ancient coin vibes and I am super into it.  Per Torrid sources, all of these pieces will be making it to production, so I am definitely going to be looking to add this to my closet.

Torrid also included their model search contestants on the runway, bringing the most body size diversity of any show on the official NYFW schedule.

It was amazing to see so many women of different body shapes and sizes on the runway.  When I started covering NYFW years ago, this would have seemed unbelievable, but I am so happy to see the progress the industry is making.  I would of course love more body diversity, particularly amongst the agency-signed models, but I also want to celebrate the importance of this major step in fashion week representation.  Though not all of the pieces from the Torrid show were my own style,  I definitely left with a mental shopping list for when these pieces hit their site.