• Fri, Sep 20 2013

7 Plus Size Clothing Stores That Aren’t Just “Cute For Plus Size”

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The news gets worse and worse for plus size shoppers, who get foisted with the world’s ugliest, most insulting clothes, and can’t even find their sizes in stores when companies bother to manufacture them.

Luckily, it isn’t all bad if you manage to do a little digging. Recognizing a lack of cute clothing for a huge consumer base, specialized plus size stores have sprung up in order to meet the demand. It’s really a loss for bigger name stores, because women who don’t fit into size 10s and under all have wallets and want attractive, well-made clothing. Until mainstream stores start making clothing to fit all women, I think it’s important to patronize the retailers that recognizes that size has nothing to do with the desire or right to have clothing that fits well, looks presentable, and make you feel good.

Unfortunately, most stores in the round up are online stores, and there’s still a striking lack of brick-and-mortar stores where one could go and I don’t know, try on the clothes they want to buy on the off chance that sizing is fairly arbitrary and differs from brand to brand. But if you’re willing to shop online, here’s seven excellent options that aren’t just “cute for plus sized.” They’re great stores with amazing clothing, period.

Please feel free to chime in with your favorite stores, if you feel like we missed any!

Photo: Felicity Hayward via her Facebook

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  • Emily

    Cute clothes. It will never cease to bother me that these women are considered “plus size,” though. They look fantastic.

  • Klee

    I’m surprised Kiyonna isn’t on this list-they have great tops and dresses.

  • ktree

    Thank you for this! I love the way you put it together and the clothes are great. and OMG that COAT in green! I want it so much!!

  • Zoe

    I agree with everything you said! Well written. FYI new boutique just opened in Madison, WI that sells only plus sizes. Brands like Kiyonna, Igigi, Lucky Brand, SWAK Designs, Lundstrom, NYDJ, Democracy, and tons more. They said they hippie to be selling online at some point too. It’s called Z.Bella Boutique

  • Taffy Activewear

    Really great list! Check out Taffy Activewear which is made for women with curves, currently sizes for 14-24 are available for pre-order. Free Shipping and 15% off with coupon code FREESHIP15

  • Eileen

    I used to be ridiculously jealous of The Limited’s plus-size line, eloquii. I’m still bummed it closed.

  • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

    Good list. I think for sure Kiyonna belongs here – straight size friends have commented how much they love their dresses, Also Anna Scholz, whose use of prints and color is inspired no matter what size she designs for. Can’t leave out Cabiria either as they are still basking in their mini-show in the tents at NYFW. We should also celebrate those designers/manufacturers that extend into plus as well: Tadashi Shoji, Michael Kors, Karen Kane, Tbags Los Angeles, and Rachel Pally are some favorites.

  • Katie

    Great post! Going to check some of these out for some new fall looks!

  • Diana

    You forgot Modcloth!