I remember being completely disheartened as a tall, size 16/18 middle schooler in 1997 and having absolutely no choices available in on-trend clothing. My only options were Fashion Bug or men's t-shirts and jeans from The Gap and Kohls. I even had my Great Aunt make me jeans and pants because I just couldn't find my size in anything I liked. FRUSTRATING! Fast forward to 2014 and, while things aren't quite as fabulous as they could be, they're at least 100 times better than they were. Today I'm going to outline the retailers I've found some great pieces from and hopefully help you find some new looks for spring!
NOTE: If you're not already aware, the majority of plus size retailers are now online only. Sometimes their pieces are carried in specialty boutiques, but they're few and far between. If you want the biggest selection, you'll want to check out their websites instead of heading to the store.
IGIGI is THE place to go for dresses, whether it's for work, cocktails, a gala or your wedding!
KIYONNA has everything from cute going out tops and comfortable maxi dresses and uses great jersey/modal material.
OLD NAVY is the place to go for everyday styles from work to play.
ESHAKTI is the only place that you can get dresses, tops and skirts that are all customizable!
LANDS' END is the place to go for upscale casual looks.
EVANS is a great UK company that features really fashion-forward styles, trends and staples.
SIMPLY BE gives you SOOOO many options. From bust, booty, inseam, torso length and calf-width, they let you choose exactly what fits your body. Wide and super wide calf boots? YES! Definitely check them out.
Others:Monif C, Jibri, ASOS Curve, Gwynnie Bee (it's like Netflix for clothes!), Carmakoma, City Chic, Domino Dollhouse, Queen Grace, Pink Clove, JosephineSwim, Youtheary Khmer, IMAN, Cabiria, Rachel Pally White Label
IN STORES AND ONLINE
LANE BRYANT is a plus-size staple that is getting better and better every year. Yes, they have an affinity for weirdly bedazzled shirts and jean sizing that is never the same, but we still love them. And they have great intimates as well with their Cacique line.
TORRID has rebranded and is becoming what I always hoped it would be-- a place for cute, professional and fashion-forward styles. Also, they have the best fitting leggings I've ever found. They aren't super thin and are full length!
NORDSTROM has lots of fabulous brands like Lafayette 148, Eileen Fisher and Tadashi Shoji, but be warned because sometimes their pieces can be a little pricey.
MACY'S in-store is quite dependent on your location. I have two near me: One has a teeny plus size section in a corner, the other has almost half a floor. Depending on which you have near you, you can usually find every type of style, including younger juniors styles as well! (Also, their website isn't great for navigating. They need a re-do!)
H&M+ is a relatively new-er addition to the plus size market, having emerged after Forever 21+'s success. I tend to like the sizing and quality (I use the term "quality" very loosely here...) better than F21, and the price point is great if you're on a tight budget.
Do you have any other retailers or designers that you love? Let me know! Leave a comment or follow me on Facebook. I'm always posting the latest and greatest links for your enjoyment! <3