This ‘About Town’ segment features Plus Size Fashion and Fun in Portland, OR!

Join Valery Amador, Co-founder of PLUS Model Magazine, to learn more about the plus size fashion scene and best things for curvy girls to do in Portland, OR!

Valery Shares…

Having lived in the ‘Great Northwest’ since the 90’s, I have spent a lot of time in Portland and can definitely say that it is a unique, amusing and a size-friendly place to visit!

“Keep Portland Weird…” is the beloved motto of this quirky, eclectic, eco-friendly city.

While many cities demand a specific look/style/size to fit in, PDX is just the opposite. With a creative spirit, young vibe and ‘come as you are’ personality, this city welcomes all body types and fashion statements. As long as you ‘own your look’ Portland will welcome you with open arms.

Best Books to Read or Movie/TV Shows to Watch Prior to Visiting

Catch up on some episodes of Portlandia and Grimm… You will totally get why we say, “Keep Portland Weird!”

Best Quirks About Portland

They seriously have a ‘thing’ about the carpet at the airport, which even has its’ own Instagram account @thepdxproject. Portland also has the distinction of being recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the world’s smallest park – Mills End Park – literally 452 square inches. Oh, and be on the lookout for the infamous ‘Big Foot’ – could be worth a selfie!

What to Wear in Portland

My best advice is to keep it casual, creative and feel free to make a statement! Jeans and graphic tees can be worn most places. Dresses with sneakers or sandals – and – boots are appropriate any time of year. Yes, it can rain so bring a quirky hat, as Portlanders don’t do umbrellas… seriously, it will make you look like a tourist.

Plus Style Inspiration

Here are some looks that fit the mood of the PDX Style-Vibe!

My Desire Red Gingham Shirt

Available at City Chic Online

Dress it up or dress it down. Add a quirky hat and you are ready to hit the town!


Speak Love Tee

Available at Forever 21

Statement tees are always in fashion in Portland. Pack your favs and hit the streets to share your personality.


Floral Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top

Embrace your inner PDX hippy with flowers and feminine style.

Available at Eloquii


Multi-Color Floral Print Smocked Challis Midi Dress

A pair of sandals or high tops are the perfect compliment to this pretty little number.

Available at Torrid


Olive Drape Front Twill Anorak Jacket

Looking for an alternative to the denim jacket? This anorak is completely versatile with jeans or a dress.

Available at Torrid


Best Places to Shop for Plus Fashion in Portland

Union Rose
Artisan and Locally Made

Independent Designers from Across the Country

Fat Fancy
Vintage and New

Savvy Plus
Resale and New

Portland also has national brands like Lane Bryant, Torrid, Forever 21, Catherine’s, Roz & Ali

Online Shops That Best Embrace the Portland Style

Add These Things to Your Portland To-Do List

  • A Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour is a great way to get oriented and stops at many of the iconic PDX sites
  • Powell’s Books
  • Saturday’s Market (Seasonal from March through December 31)
  • Portland Farmer’s Market (Seasonal)
  • The Rose Garden
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Portland Art Museum
  • The Shanghai Tunnels
  • BrewCycle
  • OMSI
  • Ride the Aerial Tram
  • Walk over the Tilikim Bridge
  • Catch a Show at The Armory Theatre
  • You can also see the oldest Drag Queen at the infamous Darcelle XV Showplace

Day Trips: The Coast, Mount Hood, Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls or the beautiful Willamette Valley Winery

Visit for activities, tours and experiences.

Places to Stay in Portland

Go for ‘out of the ordinary’ in one of these downtown locations:

  • Hotel Lucia
  • The Nines
  • Hotel Rose
  • Hotel Monaco
  • Dossier
  • McMenamins Crystal Hotel
  • The Heathman
  • VRBO and AIRBNB readily available

Check for hotel rates, reviews and availability.

Foods To Try

Portland has a passion for coffee, doughnuts, food carts, craft brews, wine and artisanal spirits.

  • Voodoo Doughnuts
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters
  • Salt & Straw
  • Pok Pok
  • Tasty & Sons
  • Bollywood Theatre
  • Por Que No?
  • Pine State Biscuits
  • Pambiche
  • Portland City Grill (amazing view!)
  • Deschutes Brewery and Public House
  • For the latest in food carts, visit

If Flying Into Portland

PDX Airport

How to Get Around

You won’t need to rent a car if staying in downtown Portland. You can take the MAX train from the airport to downtown. Uber and Lyft are also readily available.