Spandex Done Right

By on April 23, 2012

Ulla Popken’s new Community Forum, U.P.Life Cafe has triggered some interesting conversations, several of which were started by members. “I hate spandex mixed in the fabric!” has gotten lots of participation. I’m so pleased because this is the type of conversation that allows us to discuss and think through what’s good and what’s not – it helps us realize that things are not ‘black or white,’ spandex is not good or bad. Therefore, this helps our design team create plus size clothing  that really meets customers wants and needs.

On the positive side, our members seem to value the comfort and move-ability that spandex affords. We seem to like the fact that spandex helps an item keep it’s shape as we wear it and as we wash it. However, and this was the important point made by the member who started the discussion, we like a cut, that keeps the item a little away from our bodies – not clingy. No one likes it clingy!

I went through Ulla’s catalog and found a few of my Ulla favorites that seems to have it all!

natural sunscreen with zinc oxide

Check out:

  • Animal Print Matte Jersey Dress, 22245 (95% poly and 5% spandex) Notice the detail at the neckline that creates a bit of a drape to the line of the dress.
  • Drop Cowl Stretch Knit Dress, 22247 (95% viscose rayon and 5% spandex). The gathering at the high waist creates a gentle relaxed fit through the hips.
  • Stretch Button Zip Tab Pant, 14821 (92% nylon and 8% spandex) Great cut! In my opinion this pant is tailored but “generously.”
  • Seagull Stretch Knit Pants, 22636 (95% viscose rayon and 5% spandex) You’re going to love this plus size pant. I don’t know how Diane and Alicia did it, but this is so soft and comfortable and at the same time creates a flattering silhouette that stays through the day, thanks to the spandex.

Each of these items is designed with a cut that glides over curves and does not cling. Items that are flattering, sleek and comfortable at the same time make me very happy!


Originally posted on Ulla Popken.

About Babe Hope

Babe Hope is the author of Pretty Plus: How to Look Sexy, Sensational and Successful No Matter What You Weigh. She is also a blogger and stylist at Always overweight, about 12 years ago, three epiphanies changed her paradigm, and she decided to turn the pity party into a pretty party! Her mantra is 'Feel Good in What You Wear!' The website:

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Spandex Done Right