Word on The Street: JC Penney Taps Actress Tracee Ellis Ross For New Collection That Includes Plus Sizes

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross wants to inspire you this holiday season to embrace your joyful spirit with her new collection with JC Penney.

The mass retailer announced this week that it has partnered with the actress for a “sparkly” holiday collection that will include apparel, accessories and home décor items. The collection is set to hit ALL stores and online at on November 12th.

Ross is known for her unique, confident style, as well as her love for fashion, and JC Penney thought it was a no-brainer to team up with her to create her first-ever retail collection.

Jodie Johnson, senior vice president of women’s apparel, jewelry, footwear and handbags for JCPenney said in an official statement:

“Known for her fresh, bold and confident looks, it’s no wonder that women seek to emulate Tracee’s style. Infused with her unique design aesthetic, the ‘Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney’ capsule collection offers an affordable selection of stylish and gift-able items that gives customers another reason to shop us this holiday season.”

The actress and former model is no stranger to the fashion industry where she previously worked as a contributing fashion editor to Mirabella and New York magazines. She said in an official statement:

“It’s been my lifelong dream to design a line of clothing to utilize my love of style and clothes and to create a collection accessible to everyone that empowers women to embrace their joyful spirit. Each piece is timeless and versatile, classic but with flavor. They can be mixed and matched to create elegant looks for everybody and every body.

JCPenney was a wonderful partner for me as I designed this affordable collection because I truly believe that looking good does not have to cost a lot. At the same time I thought why not expand the joy of getting dressed into a few beautiful home décor items? These pieces add a special touch when entertaining friends and loved ones this holiday season, giving some sparkle and joy.”

According to the press release, the collection will “mix sophisticated prints and silhouettes offering customers an assortment of sparkly and colorful dresses, trousers, jackets, sleepwear, athleisure pieces and more“.


Apparel items will be offered in sizes small to 3X, with prices ranging from $29 to $74. Accessories, including a selection of handbags, totes and scarves, will range from $19 to $24. Sleepwear items will range from $17 to $34. The home accessories, which include throw pillows, dessert dishes, high ball glasses and more, will range from $12 to $19.

We love that Ross wants to include plus sizes so that her collection can be accessible to “everyone” as noted in her official statement. However, “everyone” includes women over a size 3X. With JC Penney offering up to a size 5X in their plus sizes offerings, we hope in the future, they will consider expanding the sizes of Ross’ collection (if it returns after the holidays) so everyone can truly enjoy it and get in the fashion spirit.

What do you think of Tracee Ellis Ross and JC Penney teaming up for a holiday collection? Will you be buying anything from the collection? Follow us on social media @plusmodelmag and let us know!

Images: JC Penney