Danielle Brooks is not afraid to speak up when it comes to body positivity. From her open letter to America’s Next Top Model for not including any plus size contestants, to her inspirational videos on Instagram reminding women not to compare themselves to others, she is the epitome of what it means to embrace your shape and size, no matter what anyone else says. That’s why it was no surprise that the actress decided to launch a plus size clothing line of her own. In collaboration with plus size distributor Universal Standard, Danielle created an amazing three-piece “Tria” capsule collection.
She specifically chose Universal Standard for the brand’s ability to create quality clothing in a variety of sizes. “They symbolize the fact that all women, no matter their shape or size, want and deserve to wear beautifully made, fashion forward clothing,” she told People Style. “They stand for everything I believe in!” The brand presented Danielle with the question: “If you could design three pieces that you always wished you had in your closet, but could never find, what would they be?” From there, she created a pair of overalls, an off-the-shoulder sweater dress, and a pleated frock. “The overalls were a no brainer,” she explained on the Universal Standard website. “For years, I have looked for a pair of overalls that weren’t too baggy in the crotch, that presented some type of wow factor and that weren’t too long in the body”. Of the pleated shirt-dress, she said: “Too often, I’m not able to wear the cool unique statement pieces that I see because they never run in my size. This piece will have people asking you, ‘excuse me, where did you get that?!”
We are so happy that Danielle is getting a chance to share her designs with the world, and we can’t wait to see what she releases next!
Since hitting the market in 2015, Universal Standard has made a name for itself as a high-end destination for elevated plus size minimalism. It’s no surprise that Brooks’ collection for the brand follows suit. While the styles are not necessarily loud or overtly bold, a closer look reveals thoughtful design and edgy detailing, like the high shine buttons on the dungarees or the sweeping hemline of the shirt dress.
With the latest capsule collection added to Universal Standard’s repertoire, both Brooks and the brand’s co-founders are ensuring that upscale yet easy-to-wear style is all the more achievable for plus size buyers. Because at the end of the day, everyone deserves to feel like they can slay from the comfort of some overalls.