Is it not frustrating to see fashion on thin or skinny bodies that you would like to emulate but cannot find it in your size? Also as a plus size woman, you will notice that sizes across various brands do not match up, this means what is perceived as your size on one brand does not apply to the other – a mess of confusion, really. What about the general perception that plus size fashion can only be granny chic or clubwear? In recent times, many brands have attempted to create good quality and fashionable plus size fashion, I will attempt to put all the research I have in this post and update it as often as I can.
Before you look at the list, be sure to check out WHEN‘s compilation of Plus Size Fashion that is on promo, sale or discount. We will work to add the research we have compiled below whenever new deals are added to these brands and websites.
List as compiled by Reddit’s Lizzy lemonade
Activewear and Bras:
Athleta. From GAP Inc., this athletic/athleisure company has a dedicated plus section as well as generous sizing in straight.
Enell. Can’t let a post go by without mentioning my favourites, Enell bras. Also good for people who aren’t plus sized but have larger breasts.
Nike. Did you know Nike has a dedicated plus section with sizes up to 3X on its website? I didn’t either until I researched this post! Check out the Nike products on discount across the internet on WHEN here
Eileen Fisher. This popular ethical fashion label has a robust plus selection (180 items to the straight selection’s 212 when I checked, not bad!) and, with an oversized fit in the straight styles as well, you may be able to get away with going between straight and plus. Bonus: Organic cotton skinny jeans up to size 24W.
Gap/Old Navy. I think we all know what these are. Gap sizes run up to 20/XXL and Old Navy has a dedicated plus section as well as up to XXL straight sizes. In my experience, Gap has a straighter cut overall.
Uniform. Just found out about this from FFA. Certain styles of this ethical brand come in sizes up to 4X.
Dressbarn – I’ve never actually purchased anything from here, probably because of the name, but my straight-sized SIL found a gorgeous dress here once.
Classics and Workwear:
Boden. Unashamed fangirl here. Make sure you read every size chart because measurements vary wildly from one item to another.
Land’s End. In addition to going up to a size 18 in straight sizes, they offer plus, plus petite, and plus tall options.
Lane Bryant. The standard-bearer for plus fashion. I don’t find them terribly stylish on a consistent basis, but occasionally they will offer an item or collaboration that knocks it out of the park. Other options include Cato and Catherine’s, but Lane Bryant seems more consistently au courant.
LL Bean. A surprising number of options are available in plus sizes up to 3X.
Mark’s & Spencer. For our UK friends, seems like this former bastion of middle-aged sensibility has really hit their fashion stride lately. Sizes up to UK 28.
Ralph Lauren (Lauren Ralph Lauren, generally). Offers plus sizes up to size 22 in a few styles, particularly the Lauren Ralph Lauren line. I always check out the LRL section of any department store, just in case there’s something awesome hiding in there.
Simply Be. Sells a wide variety of brands (including their house brand) and runs to a little older/more professional demographic than Torrid, for example.
Talbot’s. Incredibly inclusive selection of plus (to size 24) and plus petite (to size 22P).
Avenue – I’ve been in this store once and looked on their website a few times. They seem to have pretty conservative attire.
Lovesick – supposed to be a more affordable brand under Torrid/Hot Topic’s ownership, I believe.
Addition Elle – I’ve only ever window shopped here.
Fast Fashion, Trends, and Clubwear:
ASOS Curve. No reviews, which is a major negative for me, but carries a lot of boutique plus brands as well as their house brand.
Eloquii. Features lots of customer photos, reviews, and an easy-to-use size chart.
H&M+. Limited selection, no reviews.
Forever 21 Plus. Heavily catered toward teen/young adult demographic, but probably the cheapest/easiest place to try out this season’s newest trends.
Modcloth. This company, best known for its retro-inspired dresses and skirts, made a great effort a few years ago to move toward inclusive sizing. Features a wealth of customer photos and reviews.
Target. IMO, shopping Target in stores is hit-and-miss, but online they have a much better selection (including plus versions of their Who What Wear collab!).
Torrid. Originally owned by Hot Topic, Torrid retains a bit of the goth/alternative look.
Maurices – Slightly more conservative fast fashion? It wants to be work wear, but they friggin’ love graphic tees and trendy designs (everything had owls on it two years ago). Their sizing is usually a little larger/looser than their size chart indicates.
Badgley Mischka.To size 16, some retailers have plus options.
Adrianna Papell. Gowns up to size 22W.
Rent the Runway. Offers rentable options in both formalwear and other apparel up to size 22W. You can also buy some of their used pieces for much cheaper than they’d normally be in their “clearance” section.
Outliers/Straight Sizes with Overlap:
Anthropologie. Carries up to size 16/XL in select styles. I personally have had better-than-expected luck with Anthro over the years.
The Limited. Apparel up to size XXL.
Shoes for Larger or Wide Feet:
Ultimately, it might be a challenging to find fashionable clothes in the plus-size range, but it is very achievable with a little effort. Please feel free to add your own comments, suggestions, and favourites in the comments!