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Vive la Femme

2048 N. Damen
773-772-7429

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In most of the retail clothing world, sizes 14 and up are considered “plus.” But at Vive la Femme, which caters to larger figures, any woman size 12-18 is what owner Stephanie Sack calls an “in-betweenie”—someone whose figure is fuller than the average shop can outfit, but who might not have the right proportions for Lane Bryant. This is quite a dilemma especially when it comes to staples like jeans. The solution: Let Sack introduce you to the the few manufacturers of stylish, well-proportioned cuts in bigger sizes that she’s sought out, such as Svoboda or Kut. After investing $65-$150 in a pair, make them last longer by washing them less, Sack advises—if they stretch out, turn them inside out and throw them in the dryer with a load of wet clothes. Just don’t come in telling her you want a pair that will play down your butt. “When jeans fit well,” she says, “women’s asses should look like juicy peaches.”