The Top 10 Stores for Plus-Size Fashion

Here’s where to shop for plus size clothes that are actually cute.

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Best stores for plus size fashion

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. 

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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

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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!

33 thoughts on “The Top 10 Stores for Plus-Size Fashion”

  1. We are plus size people ourself and we run an online jewellery boutique, so we decided to offer all our rings in larger sizes – up to 14 1/2 (UK Z+4). It’s no longer true that jewelry is for “average size” only!

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    • LOL! I may be a BBW but I have small, “baby” hands with fat pudgy fingers and am only about a size 5 or 6 USA!!! So, CURVES does NOT mean fat, giant, gross, pieces of meat for fingers!!! :P!!!

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  2. Absolutely agree! Love forever 21 but another good site is boohoo has GREAT plus sizes in a mostly affordable range and Monif C as well as suitsuitsforall has fabulous swimwear at a rate that’s higher than wanted but still good quality. Boohoo is located in Europe and Monif C in New York so if you’re in the area you should be able to check out their stock.

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  3. 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:)

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  4. i don’t like plus size, it is only a number of size, different size, different beautiful, everything is perfect on world.
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    get free size customise at http://www.kissprom.co.uk

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  5. American Eagle is one of my favorite places to shop as a curvy woman. They have extended sizes that go up to 18 (I am a 14) and I love the styles! Definitely a store to consider when shopping (:

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  6. A few other stores I love are Sears. Yep sears! Kardashians are designing for them and they have plus size line. Sears has stepped it up. I also love dress barn. Classy styles without being too old fashion. And my newest discovery is a store called CATO Fashions. Unbelievable prices. I got a long denim skirt on clearance for 7.99 and a super cute denim jacket with faux leather sleeves for 6.99. Regular prices run 20.00 for tops and pants. Shipping is always flat 6.95 if you cant find an actual store near you. cATO is my new obsession. Oh and another one is CJ Banks but they can be a little pricey and hit and miss grandmaish styles. But I have found some cute soft warm sweaters and comfy jeans from there.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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    • EXACTLY!!! I think designers think plus size women have a perfect body shape, just larger…if that makes sense. But I don’t. have a belly and and love handles and I need clothing that is flattering. I have never heard of Maurices, but I’m going to check them out! Thanks for the suggestion.

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