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The Top 10 Stores for Plus-Size Fashion

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If you’re considered plus-size by society’s standards – that is, if you’re a size 14 or above – chances are you’ve had trouble finding cute, fashionable pieces to add to your wardrobe at a decent price. But, rest assured that you’re not alone.

Many stores simply don’t make clothes for women above a size 12 or 14 and if they do, said clothes are unfortunately not nearly as cute as the ones for smaller sizes. In my eyes, that’s just not fair! Luckily, I’ve been able to find a handful of stores that seem to believe that style is style whether you’re a size 2 or 22. 

Below is a list of my top ten favorite stores that I know I can count on for trendy plus-size fashion:

10. Lane Bryant / Avenue

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While Lane Bryant and Avenue are both solely for plus-size women, I’ve found that their clothes speak to a much older crowd and items are usually a lot more expensive than what I’m looking to spend.

That said, both stores are great in terms of quality (and they should be, given the price tag!), but, because of this, I prefer to stick to the basics here: think tanks, leggings, and tights.

9. Ross / TJ Maxx / Marshalls

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Let me just say that I typically avoid stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls, if only for the fact that they’re always super crowded and the store itself always seems to be a huge mess. However, I’ve recently discovered that there are actually quite a few hidden gems to be found within!

I’m not saying that their entire plus size section is great, because it’s not and you will find yourself going home empty-handed sometimes. But, if you have time and patience to spare, you might find your new favorite shirt at a bargain price.

8. Torrid

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While I’m not a fan of all of Torrid’s clothes, they do have some really nice pieces and at a decent price.

I usually go to Torrid when I’m looking for a specific piece and can’t seem to find it anywhere – they almost always come through! For me, it’s usually hit or miss; I either love or hate everything they have in stock, but it’s still worth taking a look if you’re in need of new pieces to add to your closet.

7. Macy’s

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My all-time favorite department store when it comes to plus-size fashion is Macy’s.

Although their prices can be a tad steep sometimes, their sale section is almost always filled with affordable pieces – especially the American Rag collection – so keep your eyes peeled for that!

6. Modcloth

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Modcloth, one of our favorite sites here at CF, is great for vintage and retro-inspired pieces. In fact, I haven’t been able to find another store for plus-size women with similar pieces!

While some of their clothes are a bit outside my price range, if you search through the website, you’ll find that some great pieces that aren’t that expensive, especially in the Sale section. The only bad part is that you have to pay for shipping, but if you join the Modcloth Community and spend more than $50, shipping is free.

5. H&M

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It’s no secret that H&M is both stylish and affordable, and their plus size line, H&M+, is no exception. Depending on your size, you might be able to get away with one of the larger sizes from their regular line, but I much prefer their exclusive plus-size line.

H&M ranks in at number five only because not all of their stores carry the H&M+ line and it’s been really hard to find a location that carries it in my area. Also, their online store locator does not specify whether they carry H&M+ or not so I suggest calling ahead to verify before making the trip.

4. Old Navy

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When it comes to basics, cardigans, and jeans, Old Navy is one of my all-time favorite stores.

Their prices are definitely manageable on a college budget and while their clothes are not always runway lookalikes, they’re perfect for going to class or even for an internship when you dress up the outfit with accessories!

3. Simply Be

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Yes, I’m aware that Simply Be is a Britain-based company, but one of my favorite things about the store is their flat shipping rate of $8.95 US – that’s unheard of!

While some of their newer pieces are a little expensive, their sale section is to die for and is actually pretty manageable in terms of price – especially when compared to their regular prices.

Since the items ship from overseas, the order does take a slightly longer time to arrive, but the pieces are well worth the wait.

2. ASOS

ASOS

ASOS is another UK fashion retailer (and another one of our favorites here at CF) and their clothes remind me a lot of H&M. The best part about ASOS is that their standard US shipping and returns are free! Their plus size line, Curve and Inspire, is simply amazing.

In terms of pricing, ASOS can go either way: they have some really great deals sometimes, but their prices can also be sky-high, so keep an eye out for coupon codes and be sure to take advantage of their 10% off student discount.

1. Forever 21

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Coming in at number one is – surprise, surprise – none other than Forever 21!

It’s no secret that Forever 21 is one of the most popular stores around, and their plus size line, Forever 21+, is heaven on earth. As usual, the quality of fabric is hit or miss, but the prices are always decent and, well, you get what you pay for.

Forever 21+  knocks everyone else out of the water and will continue to do so because of how accessible it is to the general public in terms of pricing, style, and availability. Also, unlike H&M, Forever 21′s store locator lets you choose the plus size line to see which stores carry it, so take advantage.

Thoughts?

Do you love or hate the stores mentioned above? What are your favorite stores for plus-size fashion? Would you like to see more plus-size related fashion posts? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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33 Responses to “The Top 10 Stores for Plus-Size Fashion”

  1. 1
    July 12th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Good post. I think often people in their 20s overlook department stores because they’re seen as either too expensive or catering towards older women. I’ve definitely found some great bargains at the mid-range priced dept. stores.

    As much as I appreciate that F21 even has a plus size line, it frustrates me that their selections are so limited. It’s really disappointing to browse their clothes online and realize the the plus size selections total in number maybe 1/5 of the regular sized selections.

    I realize it might not make business sense to offer all of their styles in plus sizes, but putting XL in the plus size category? Seriously?

  2. 2
    July 12th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Great post! That’s awesome that so many popular retailers are mindful enough to make something for everyone

  3. 3
    July 12th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    SHOXIE.com is really gaining ground! The cuts are GENEROUS – and a dress that will fit a size 0 often fits a size 18! It’s awesome! I’m really impressed with this company an in empowering women of all shapes and sizes:)

  4. 4
    July 12th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Maurices is my favorite store! While their plus sizes don’t have as much of a selection as the regular items, it’s still cute and their sales and coupons are totally awesome! I’m an in-between size, so sometimes I can find things in both sections!

  5. 5
    July 12th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Breeze– I agree, it’s sad that most of the time department stores are overlooked because they actually have a few great pieces at a decent price and their sale sections are usually great too! I feel the same way about F21+’s limited selection in comparison to the rest of the store but it’s the only line I’ve found that offers the most variety at the cheapest price for plus-sizes.

    Chelsea– I couldn’t agree more!

    Jen & Shannon — Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve never heard of Shoxie or Maurices so I’ll definitely check them out.

  6. 6
    July 12th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I really liked this post my only problem is that I actually really dislike Forever 21+. I’ve found the cuts really aren’t that flattering and the clothes just measure up to quality. I will say however, I almost exclusively buy all my pants from American Eagle online. I don’t work for them or anything but it took me forever to find pants that actually fit and looked good. American Eagle has never let me down and online their sizes go up pretty high.

  7. 7
    July 12th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I wish more stores carried regular and plus sizes. My closest friends are plus sized and every time we go shopping together, it is alternative awkward waiting while one of us browses the store that carries our respective size.

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    July 12th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    What u find ridiculous is having separate stores for the sizes. I’m a size 00 (that often has to get things taken in even more) and finding things small enough for me is nearly impossible outside of the children’s department. But if someone were to make a Skinny Girl store, everyone would be up in arms over how it discriminates against larger women. It’s ok to be fat in this culture but if you have a skinny body, you’re either anorexic or you’re not a “real woman” because of your lack of curves. I work hard to stay skinny and I hate the discrimination, especially when it comes to fashion.

  9. 9
    July 12th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I have a hard time trying to find cute clothes sometimes, and didn’t know about a lot of these stores.

  10. 10
    July 13th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Dorothy Perkins carries up to a US 18 as well, and it’s pretty generous. I’d say their 18′s would easily fit 20′s – much like ASOS and SimplyBe. Also, FashiontoFigure is great for budget shopping college girls.

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    July 13th, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I’m surprised Forever 21 is number 1. Their plus size section is horrible. I’m not plus size but one of my best friends is and when shopping with her I feel bad because the selection is not only tiny, but most of the choices are frumpy. I guess the prices are good but seriously, they could offer more selection.

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    July 13th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I definitely agree with Shannon! maurices is the PERFECT place to find trendy plus-sized clothing! Although I’m not plus-sized myself, I find myself going into the store and being envious of some of the styles that are offered in their plus-sized section and not the core sizes. AND it is 75% off of clearance prices online and in-store this weekend! (plus & core sizes) SUPER GOOD DEALS. ? Happy shopping!

  13. 13
    July 13th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Oh btw, they carry sizes 0-22 (sometimes 24) at maurices. (:

  14. 14
    July 13th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I’d love to see more plus-size related posts.
    I’d also recommend Domino Dollhouse, great funky little independent plus-size retailer.

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    July 13th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    NO, Forever21 should not be number one. They’re selections are so limited. I’m not plus size but I do realize great retail shop that cater to plus size women and forever21 isn’t it. TJ MAXX should be the number one choice. Affordale and stylish

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    July 13th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Sarah, Bianca, Tatiana — I completely understand where you’re coming from about F21+ and while their sizes and their cuts are sometimes misleading, I’ve found that they are the most convenient store in terms of pricing. They also have the most up to date fashion and update their stock with new pieces often. If you’re not a big fan of F21+, I suggest looking into ASOS just remember that you’ll have to wait for it to arrive from overseas.

    Kayla — I hope so too!

    Wendy — I would like to point out that I don’t find it ridiculous to have separate stores for the sizes. In fact, I think I’d prefer that as the selection would probably be greater but I understand where you’re coming from. I even included Lane Bryant and Avenue at number ten, which are both exclusively for plus-size women. And sadly, society does not view smaller or bigger women in a positive light and they are often discriminated against in terms of available sizes. Hopefully stores will take note of this soon and we will have more selection for all sizes.

    Carri — I’m glad I could help! If you scroll through the comments, you’ll find other recommendations from fellow CF readers!

    Julianne — Thanks! I’ll look into Dorothy Perkins soon.

    Diane — I’m surprised I haven’t heard of Maurice’s before. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Courtney — There may be some more coming in the future so look out for that! Domino Dollhouse is a great suggestion and reminds me of Modcloth since they cater to a specific kind of audience.

  17. 17
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  18. 18
    July 14th, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Can we do a similar post for petites, especially one concerning pant length? As a relatively “tall” petite, some good info on who carries what inseam lengths would be genius. Loft’s petites run quite short, for example – too short for someone who’s 5’3″ or 5’4″ – but their regulars are still too long. An article on top 10 petite stores with special attention to this element would rock.

    My sympathy to the plus-size girls – I may be the opposite end of the spectrum, but I understand what it’s like to walk into a store and have them carry absolutely nothing, and especially nothing cute, that fits!

  19. 19
    July 14th, 2013 at 1:18 am

    I think Forever 21+ has cute clothes at good price. Problem not many of their locations has plus size sections the only one i’ve seen was when i went to NYC 2 years ago I was very surprised by the good quality and how reasonible the price was. Bought the best pair of jeans I’ve ever owned from that place sadly they wore out last month.

    I also <3 H&M

    Heres another name of a store that has really good clothes for girls of all sizes Gabriels Bros. Although its only located in certain states in the east side of the usa. Their clothing selection is amazing especially in the summer and winter Last time i was their i got 3 pairs of popular brand dress pants for $1.00 each :D Been going their for years. :)

  20. 20
    July 14th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    this is a cool list! Can someone do a list for us girls on the other side of the spectrum? I am a size 00 petite and I get so discouraged sometimes when I’m out shopping- nothing in regular sizes seems to fit me! I love Ann Taylor and their Loft stores, but I have no idea what else is out there.

  21. 21
    July 15th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Great post Jen! Being plus size makes shopping for fashionable and trendy pieces a hassle at times, so I hope readers discovered something new and helpful from your post.

    One online store I would recommend for any body type is Alloy. They carry all sizes, including a large selection of extended sizes. What is also nice about their site is that they offer different lengths on pants. Their measurement guide helps when you’re not able to try it on in person (only bummer), but it’s nice to be able to order the same clothes as someone who isn’t plus size!

    And an extra note for any plus size fashion forward ladies who feel discouraged when shopping, DON’T GIVE UP! You are beautiful no matter what, so rock your curves!

  22. 22
    July 18th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I have discovered some mainstream merchants and department stores have a great plus size department including Walmart and Kmart as well as Macy’s. You can also find some nice picks at Marshall’s.

  23. 23
    July 23rd, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I just had to thank you for writing this article! I am a plus size girl and I have always wanted to buy all the cute clothes but could never find a place that carried my size in anything but old lady clothes. I am starting in class college in the fall after 3 years of being home with my children and now that I know I can buy cute clothes in my size, I do not feel nearly as nervous about it! I can’t thank you enough, you just made my whole year!!

  24. 24
    August 11th, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Thank you sooooo much for this! Helped a lot :)

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    October 24th, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Thank you, this post is EXCELLENT! Right to the point, with just the right detail. And Macy’s yes, but I would have NEVER thought of going to forever 21!!! With your help, I just might find what I need for an up coming date :-P

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    November 28th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Maurices is the ONLY clothing store that carries plus sizes that actually fit me like their supposed to. Most stores I’ve ever been to, aside from Lane Bryant and Maurices, has an absolutely pathetic plus size section. It’s like the designers think that since we’re plus size we have no sense of fashion… not only that, every store that I’ve ever been to that carries “plus size” is honestly almost offensive. The clothes are always too short or don’t fit right. At Khols, realistically, I would need 4x length, 3x in the breast area, and 1x-2x in the waist and arms. apparently these plus size designers think that all us plush women are short, small breasted, and have a pinched waist line. wrongo.

  27. 27
    November 30th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This is valuable info. I just wanted to let you know that I was in macys and askef about plus size clothes. I was told to go to the large appliances section. Huh? Also, I. Was pregnant with my son. 9 yrs ago and went to a motherhood. Maternity shop and asked about plus size. The clerk stuck her nose up at me and indignantly told me-no they do NOT carry a line for overweight people or the obese. Then she said that if it were up to her, they would never consider it. I was taken back by this.

  28. 28
    January 8th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    @ sara .. you should of punched her face in! seriously.. you should of! I would of grabbed her hair and rub my ass on her. Dislike how people discriminate people who ask about plus size clothing! and they act dumb . anyways.. i like forever21.. im new zealander and highly recommend it for any plus size girls. Especially us brown girls who have huge curvy bodies haha

  29. 29
    March 24th, 2014 at 5:52 am

    A very good and informative article indeed. It helps me a lot to enhance my knowledge, I really like the way the writer presented his views.

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