Commenter Punchy says, how about a round-up of plus-size fashion options? and we said, hell yes! Let’s do this thing! Fashionable plus-size dressing tends to take more time, energy and creativity, because options are way more limited, and generally you have to hunt through offerings to find what you want and what you need. There’s a rotten signal-to-noise ratio in the plus size fashion world, but it’s getting better.
Forthwith, links to some great plus-size shopping options. The size range of these places vary, but I did my best to include places with something for everyone. And remember, before buying always check measurements—a 3X in one store is often nothing like a 3X in another.
And if you’ve got an incredible place that I’ve overlooked in this list, or any exciting shopping tips (do I sound like a women’s magazine yet? just wait until I get to the part about the casseroles and keeping your man happy in the sack), please please share them in the comments!
The old reliables
The stores that form the core of the plus-size shopping experience. Everyone knows about them, and everyone shops at them, and there’s usually one, or more, at the mall. They’re worth revisiting if you haven’t been for awhile, because their clothes of late appear to be adorable and surprisingly on-trend (i.e., significantly fewer floaty peasant tops in batik prints).
The big box stores
Department stores and general clothing stores that carry a surprisingly robust plus-size section. They can be hit-or-miss when it comes to the actual physical store, depending on location, but their websites carry a lot of excellent stuff.
Online all the way
And then there’s the online plus-size boutiques. Some of these are single designers, and some of these are retailers with nicely curated collections of plus-size fashions. All of these have a range of really adorable clothes in a ton of styles (young and hip! classic and sassy!) and price points.
Misc. and etc.
You’re going to find a ton of plus size stuff on etsy (though sellers vary widely on what they mean by “plus size”). But even better, there are a number of designers who can design their offerings to your measurements. And don’t forget—if you run across something handmade you love, such as a silk-screened t-shirt, that doesn’t appear to come in your size, contact the seller! Most artists on etsy are more than happy to work with you. Weetabix worked with circularaccessories to score some gorgeous silkscreened t-shirts.
These guys are awesome and amazing. They carry sizes up to 26W in every single style, but allow you to customize for your measurements—have you got magnificent shoulders? They can make that adorable top wider, let out the sleeves, give you more room for your bosom or less room, cinch in a waist. And you can customize styles, too. If you like that blouse but not the sleeves, or the neckline, or the length, they can fix that for you. I might die without this dress.
As seen on this blog! Lee jeans in plus sizes, beloved by Mo Pie. They’re adorable, and I am so in love with the awesomely sophisticated white color.
Sexy lingerie is sexy. Hips and Curves: is so sexy.
The only bathing suit you need is the Esther Williams classic sheath. In like, cherries. Or polka dots. Or oh my god, leopard print.
Now, tell me, what did I miss?
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