Style & Beauty
Style June 28, 2018
A closet full of clothes. You stare at shirts, sweaters, coats and dresses—they’re your daily arsenal of personal expression, but you can’t find anything you like. Maybe it’s those pants that fit perfectly at the hips, but are baggy at the waist. Or that dress you wore religiously a couple years ago, but now you risk flashing someone whenever you wear them. Whatever the reason, buying affordable plus size clothing is daunting. Most of the time brands equate “plus size” with “a larger version of straight-sized clothing.” This obviously doesn’t work. If you do find something you like, it’s out of your price range.
The comprehensive list below—ranging in style, price and type of clothing—is a way to remedy this. Showcasing plus-size clothing from undergarments and wear to work to everyday and formal, there’s a little bit for everyone.
Plus Bklyn is the first brick-and-mortar plus size store in New York City. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this brand offers trendy takes on classic feminine pieces. With prices ranging from $20 for basics, to $100 for outerwear, Plus Bklyn offers unique statement pieces for any fashionista.
Taking inspiration from the classic triangle bikini she saw so many women wear on the beaches of Miami, Elizabeth Taylor founded Curvy Beach, a start-up focused on making supportive bikinis for plus size women. Made ethically in the United States, these fun bikinis will have you wishing for a beach day.
DAY/WON is one of the few athletic brands catering to plus size women. Founded by famous plus-size model Candice Huffine in collaboration with Ziel, DAY/WON is an athletic brand catering to plus-size women. With a coordinating color palette, inspiration sayings on some designs and sizes ranging from 0 to 5X, these workout clothes will make you feel and look cute during your next workout.
Featuring thousands of plus size options ranging from clothing to shoes to lingerie and sizes ranging from US 12 to US 28, ASOS Curve is practically the holy grail of plus size clothing. With a wide range of style and price points, ASOS Curve is a great option for women looking for classic everyday pieces as well as wear to work outfits.
If you’re looking for pieces that exude classic effortlessness while still being able to wear them to work, look no further because Violeta by Mango is for you. The brand launched it’s plus size range in 2014 and has since then built a robust line catering to all those ladies that want to be able to wear properly fitted skinny jeans with a tucked in oversized white shirt. While it is on the pricier end with most pieces costing between $60 and $100, the quality is hard to beat.
Sold at retailers like ASOS, Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters, Lost Ink is a U.K-based brand that specializes in creating edgy and feminine statement pieces that won’t break the bank.
Dress Barn offers a diverse range of styles and price points for plus size clothing. With sizes ranging from a 2 to a 24, Dress Barn is sure to have quality options for every occasion. Prices range from $20 to $60.
Specializing in sizes ranging from 14 to 28, Eloquii is a leader in plus size fashion. The company was shut down by its parent brand, Limited Brands, in 2013. However, due to popular customer demand, the brand was re-opened as a private entity. Since then they have grown to four storefronts across the country, and offer perks like complimentary styling in-store. With curated collections for every type of shopper, Eloquii is a must-see retailer in plus size fashion.
Known for fun, brightly patterned pieces, Old Navy’s plus size line is great for everyday basics. With budget-friendly price tags, Old Navy is a go-to for plus size fashionistas.
Shopping for intimates is one of the most frustrating experiences as a plus-size woman. JMS is part of the Hanes Corporation, and they know their way around intimates. With accessible prices and a wide range of options JMS is sure to impress.
Founded in 1999 in Sydney, Australia, City Chic is a global destination for plus size clothing. With brick-and-mortar stores from Sydney to Johannesburg to New York City, City Chic prides itself on fashion-forward well-constructed clothing. Free shipping and free returns for customers in the U.S. means that you can try this great brand risk-free.
If you’ve shopped for clothes at Target in the last year you’ll notice that the women’s wear section has had a major facelift. The company announced in 2017 that it was discontinuing a number of its classic brands (think Mossimo and Merona) to keep up with its clientele.
Enter Who What Wear, A New Day and Universal Threads. These three new brands have revitalized Target’s women’s clothing section, and done a number for plus-size ladies. Each brand offers clothes ranging from a size 00 to an 18 at amazing Target prices.
Based in the heart of Los Angeles, GS LOVE prides itself on providing trendsetting clothing at reasonable prices. Pieces range from everyday tees to bodycon tube dresses, and everything in-between.
Torrid is one of the few well-known plus size fashion companies. Their sizes range from 10 to 30, and they have multiple stores across the United States. Frequent pop-up sales and promotions make Torrid the next place for your online (or in-person) shopping trip.
The Forever 21 Plus and Curve section is taking the plus size fashion world by storm. With similar prices to Forever 21’s straight sized line, the Plus and Curve line allows women to find quick, cheap and cute alternatives to pricier brands. That said, as with many things from Forever 21, sizing and quality are something to take into consideration.
Attention all women below a size 18: You can now shop at Express! As of May, 2018, Express is selling clothes ranging from a size 00 to 18 online and in-store. While many have criticized the brand for not expanding its sizing past 18, others have applauded Express for finally realizing that their previous sizing didn’t cater to most American women. While they are by no means catering to every woman, if they have your size, feel free to check out the wonderful world of Express fashion.
American Eagle jeans have gained a cult following, renowned for their fit, price and size range. Going up to a size 20. With jeans averaging $50, and constant sales and promotions it’s not hard to buy jeans for $25 or $30. Also, the sizing is generally true to size, but can differ depending on the amount of stretch. For example, if you are normally a 16 in their jeggings, you might be a 20 in their mom jeans.
Now that you’ve discovered some new affordable plus size clothing options, get ready to never experience the despair of not having anything to wear because you can’t find your size.
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