It’s OK, Torrid…We Have Domino Dollhouse Now


Lets talk business, about filling a gap in the market, about Domino Dolhouse dresses hanging neatly in the closets of fat betties with pink hair and cat eyeliner who used to shop at Torrid before Torrid went the way of Trendy Fashionista (god i hate the word fashionista).  I just love it when I hear tough chicks lamenting the days of early Torrid then in the same breath saying “thank GOD for Domino Dollhouse”.  


Sure,  Tracy Broxterman‘s timing is spot on, catering to the girls that madeTorrid and Hot Topic one of the fastest growing fashion retailers of the first decade of the new millenium, but it’s her sincerity that makes the line special.    Mixing vintage, pin up, a dash of goth and a dollop of chola, Domino Dollhouse is one of the few true fashion experiences for plus size betties, giving them a chance to wear a designer’s point of view rather than a homogenized shopping mall brand loyal only to what’s selling at the moment.  I hope all you plus-size designer hopefuls  out there take a cue from Domino Dollhouse and make what you love.  Not just what a trending report tells you to make.


With that said, I found this super cute dress at Torrid and I gotta say
“KUDOS, TORRID!”  you must have read a trending report or two cuz this








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12 Responses to It’s OK, Torrid…We Have Domino Dollhouse Now
  1. Allison
    April 3, 2012 | 4:27 am

    LOVE that Torrid dress on you! 😀 So cute. Also ,that “teach me a lesson” shirt is pretty epic. <3!

  2. brittle_star
    April 3, 2012 | 5:46 pm

    Agreed completely. I’ve been largely disappointed with Torrid style for several years now. Torrid will, occasionally, make something that I find cute, unique and stylish (I have, if memory serves, 3 Torrid items in my wardrobe), but most of the time, I find their clothes overpriced and cheaply made, not worth the money for the cheap fabric and construction.

    The thing is, while I love Domino Dollhouse’s style, I find that many of their clothing items are made for fat women with smaller waists, in comparison to their hips/butt and bust/shoulders area. I find this to be true of a lot of independent clothing designers who specialize in retro styles. As a fat gal with a big waist and tum, and generally a bigger/wider torso area in comparison to the rest of me, this is a disappointing feature of DD’s clothes. I’d love to find an independent plus size retro style designer who makes clothes to fit body shapes that are more like mine, but I know that wasn’t the style in the ’40s and ’50s. Smaller waists and the “curvy”/hourglass frame were considered most desirable, which is why most retro styles today emulate that shape. Leaving us gals with big tums and wider torsos kind of in the dust.

    • lovenati
      April 3, 2012 | 6:37 pm

      You highlight my point perfectly. Unlike mall brands that put out a store full of clothing trying to please everyone, designers put out a small line every season to honor their muse. The answer isn’t for Domino Dollhouse to change her muse, but rather to encourage more designers to bring more muses to the front lines. That means more established designers mentoring fledgling designers…like Tracy Broxterman and Jessica Svoboda have done for me wen I have questions about starting my own clothing line. They have been open and friendly and honest about the process and that’s how a community should function.

    • Domino Dollhouse
      April 3, 2012 | 7:14 pm

      Hello Brittle_Star, Tracy from DD here! I’m actually built the same as you and I can tell you what pieces work for me, and there are a lot of them. Yes, the fully fitted garments of the 40’s and 50’s don’t always work for me, but there are many pieces that do. If you’d ever like to see which ones I love, check out my blog or simply email me at and ask me what works for your measurements!

  3. Joella
    April 3, 2012 | 6:09 pm

    Sweet! I stopped shopping at Torrid about 4 or so years ago. Once the production quality went down and the prices increased I was already straying. Then all they carried were Baby Phat and some stuff that was definitely not my style. I’m a total retro Minx and LOVE vintage clothes. I often find that plus sized clothes are made for women with big boobs and bellies and no butts. So I’ll be excited to see if DD makes things more to my shape. WOo!

    PS… looking extra sassy in the print. xo

    • lovenati
      April 3, 2012 | 6:43 pm

      Joella, the same thing I said to brittle_star applies here so I won’t repeat myself…but I’ll add this…Keep asking for what you want and a designer will surface to meet your needs. Artists should be true to their vision, so the answer is more artists! I used to work for Minji-Kim an amazing designer in New York who’s line, Min-k, is worn by all the coolest starlets and hipsters…her line was one size fits the designer for a long time…made of jersey knit, everyone just wore her clothes differently or not at all…she had no boobs and was built large for a korean girl…her average size was about a 6-8…I remember buying an oversized dress that fit me as a top! what i mean is…i’m excited for a designer to surface who really understands your body….and makes clothes for it.

    • Domino Dollhouse
      April 3, 2012 | 7:19 pm

      Hello Joella,
      I’m curious as to what pieces of mine you’ve tried? You basically said the opposite of brittle_star…that everything is made for big boobs and bellies an no butts. She is saying I only make things for hourglass figures. I’d be interested to hear from you both as to which pieces you’ve tried and which ones you had an issue with. Or: which ones you loved and didn’t buy because of the shape? I try very hard to create items within each collection that will service each body shape (a fitted style, a busty style, a full style, a full skirted style), but that doesn’t mean that everyone is going to like the style in their “needed” shape. I’m just curious to get more feedback because I’m often perplexed when people say I make clothes to one particular shape. Any help would be AWESOME!

      • Domino Dollhouse
        April 3, 2012 | 7:23 pm

        I’m also seeing now that you are interested in TRYING to see if I have things more your shape =). As with brittle star, I’m happy to help in the fit/sizing area, so just shoot me and email! <3

  4. Gina
    April 4, 2012 | 9:18 am

    Ahhhh. The age old question…make what you want? Or make what people will buy and get a crap lot of cash for it. I’m pretty sure I’d go for those “sell out” NKOTB merch profits. It’s costs butt loads to produce mass clothing so you are going to want to provide for the whole supply and demand thing or you will miss that money … I shop at torrid. But I’m excited to check out that other site too. And on the bright side ; at least torrid isnt making “the avenue” clothing hahaha

    • Domino Dollhouse
      April 5, 2012 | 12:12 am

      I’ve actually sold out of a lot of the collection! I’m lucky to find a market that is into what I love, for sure. I do see why Torrid went the way they did (I used to work there for years) and I for one am super happy to have CHOICES for once! It’s only going to get better, I think.

      • lovenati
        April 5, 2012 | 4:50 am

        i totally agree. companies grow and change and other companies fill in the gaps left by their growth. I like Torrid, mall stores are important. and I’m happy that Dominot Dollhouse is filling the gap left by their growth. although I am pretty drunk right now. so there’s that.

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