6 Options for Dressing Non-Sample Size Actresses

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Personal shopper Dana Asher Levine offers her tips and shares the best stores with options for diverse body types.

Though Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung and Tadashi Shoji dress diverse body types and not just stars, such designers are an emerging class.

Personal shopper Dana Asher Levine says luxe labels “never” offer to loan to execs, while designers’ plunging necklines can be too showy for clients like Fox Searchlight’s Nancy Utley. “She doesn’t want to outdo the actresses,” says Levine.

For non-sample size gowns, Levine suggests Westfield Topanga Mall’s Nordstrom and Beverly Hills’ St. John (Ava DuVernay and Mindy Kaling are fans), where employees ensure no matching gowns are worn to the same event: “They have a great VIP area; just say you are going to the Oscars.”

Other options:

Albright Fashion Library, 608 N. Alpine Drive, Beverly Hills

Originally stylists-only, now open to the public, this is a resource for Tracee Ellis Ross, Chrissy Teigen and Armie Hammer’s wife, Elizabeth Chambers, who rented a black Vauthier for the Globes. A $1,000 fee covers a consult and one head-to-toe rental of pieces by Dior, Valentino, Monse, etc., in sizes 0 to 10, for five days. 

Armarium x Flont, 158 N. Robertson, West Hollywood

Styling site Armarium teams up with jewelry rental service Flont for a monthlong pop-up ending March 9. Three-day gem rentals range from $300 to $160,000 for Cartiers and Bulgaris. Armarium offers current and past season looks (Susan Sarandon and Busy Philipps have rented) from the likes of Brandon Maxwell and Marc Jacobs in sizes 0 to 12; fees vary.


The luxury e-retailer offers runway fashion in sizes 10 to 20 (expanding to size 24 in the spring). Rebel Wilson, Danielle Brooks, Octavia Spencer and Allison Janney have worn the clothes. Prices start at $100. 


The e-boutique carries 450,000-plus styles from 500 designers in sizes 0 to 22. Nikki Reed rents and Beyonce has curated for the site. Looks can be borrowed for four to eight days, starting at $30, backup size included. Hit Westfield Topanga Mall for an RTW bricks-and-mortar to try dresses on.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.