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:
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While Avenue is solely for plus-size women, I’ve found that their clothes speak to an older crowd and items are sometimes more expensive than what I’m looking to spend.
That said, the store is great in terms of quality (and it should be, given the price tag!), but I definitely like to wait for their many sales before I shop!
Let me just say that I typically avoid stores like Ross, TJMaxx, 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.
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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.
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, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
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 some great pieces that aren’t that expensive, especially in the Sale section. The only bad part is that some prices can be high, but if you join the Modsquad Community, you can earn discounts on your orders!
It’s no secret that H&M is both stylish and affordable, and their sizing has gotten more inclusive over the years. These days, most of their pieces are available in up to size 20, and some even higher.
H&M ranks at number five only because not all of their stores carry a huge range of sizes, and because their quality can be so-so at times. That said, the prices at H&M are usually great!
4. Old Navy
When it comes to basics, cardigans, leggings, 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!
Universal Standard is a newer brand that’s already taken over the plus size fashion scene.
They bill themselves as “the world’s most inclusive brand,” with every product in their collection available in sizes 00-40. They carry everything from loungewear to denim, and everything has a high-end, timeless feel to it.
Their styles definitely aren’t cheap, but they also don’t skimp on quality. If you want chic, sophisticated pieces that will last you for years to come, this is the place to shop.
ASOS is a 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 the sheer variety of styles they carry — there’s something for everyone! And their plus size line, Curve, 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.
If you want fashion-forward plus size clothing in sizes up to 26, Eloquii is the best place to shop!
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.
And if you like to switch up your wardrobe regularly, the brand even has a special rental service where you can get new clothes in your size every month!
What is your favorite store for plus size fashion?
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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