Hi, I’m Chichi — the associate fashion writer on Refinery29’s Shopping team. As a big gal, I have a keen interest in inclusive fashion and fat access to popular trends. Full disclosure: my relationship with fashion wasn’t always a positive one; it’s resembled a roller coaster full of high highs and low lows. Back when I was a kid, I reveled in the pages of teen magazines while happily experimenting with my personal style. In college, I passionately entrenched myself in a fashion minor. But, as I grew older, it became harder and harder to find trendy pieces that fit my larger body and feet.
During this time, Forever 21 Plus was one of the few retailers with inclusively-sized styles that I could rely on — everything else was just out of reach. I started to feel apathy for the labels whose limited-size collections I once found aspirational; why should I care about them when they don’t care about people like me? A couple of years ago I decided to unfollow brands that don’t offer inclusive-size options and seek out those that actually cater to my body. And, in doing so, I discovered a vibrant community of plus retailers and brands that make me feel seen and supported in the fashion space — and I’ve lined up each of those right here. From retro-inspired garb to sustainable fabrics and small local business excellence, I’ve got something for every fat person out there! So keep on scrolling to enter plus-fashion heaven.
I’ll continue to update this list, so be sure to check back as often as you’d like — or, better yet, share your favorite plus places to shop in the comments below.
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Best For: Elevated Basics
Size Range: 4-40
Although it’s amazing when a brand has plus sizes, more often than not they only go up to 24/26. US is different and has the widest size range I’ve seen from any retailer. Its elevated basics are unique in construction and meant to be worn into the ground. You must try their Fit Liberty collection. Anything you buy from this line that you grow out of, the brand will replace for free.
Customer Take: “I found these pants at Universal Standard. I ordered via the Try Now option. The quality is far better than I expected. The customer support was terrific. I highly recommend the company.”
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Universal Standard Stephanie Wide Leg Stripe Pants, $, available at Universal Standard
Best For Garden Party Frocks
Size Range: XS-5X
Selkie is what you’d get if you stepped into a well-dressed Alice In Wonderland dream world. The beautiful, ethereal gowns are magical and modern at the same time.
Whether you are in need of a killer birthday outfit, a garden party-approved frock, or even a fun alternative wedding dress, Selkie’s got you covered.
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Selkie The Cindy Plaid French Puff Dress, $, available at Selkie
Best For: Affordable Slow Fashion Professional Pieces
Size Range: XXS-10XL
Loud Bodies snuck up on me in the best way possible. It has one of the most impressive sizing options available, and the garments are made to order which any sustainable fashion lover can appreciate.
Loud Bodies stocks a wide variety of clothes, from athleisure to show-stopping party dresses. But I especially love it as a place to stock up on office-appropriate attire that still feels unique.
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Loud Bodies “Harriet” Dungaree Black Organic Cotton, $, available at LoudBodies
Best For Retro-Inspired Pieces
Size Range: 00-28, XXS-4X
If you are like me and love the drama that is ~existence~ then you revel in your various phases. ModCloth is all about making your day-to-day the period piece of your dreams. Whether you want to take it all the way back to the big skirts of the 50s or throw up a cute peace sign with the feels of the 70s — ModCloth’s got you covered.
In particular, I really appreciate the authentic sensibilities it keeps in mind when bringing to life a vibe from the past. From cool plaids to flare overalls to slick green faux-leather pants this retailer offers a range. ModCloth is the garb adorned love shack where we can get our fashion life together.
ModCloth Overall Winner Jumper, $, available at ModCloth
Warp + Weft
Best For Sustainable Denim & Pants
Size Range: 00-24, XS-3XL
When I discovered Warp + Weft, I might have shed a few tears. It’s a cool sustainable denim start-up that offered plus sizes at the start of their brand. For fat folk that loves the look of Everlane denim, but can’t fit into their incredibly limited sizes – Warp + Weft is for you.
Each garment created has a sustainability report break down which further explains what resources and thoughtfulness went into creating each piece. I own a different jumpsuit than the one linked here, but I can personally attest to the quality and comfiness that WW offers!
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Warp + Weft DTW PLUS – STRAIGHT LEG JUMPSUIT, $, available at Warp + Weft
Best For Discounted Trendy Styles
Size Range: 00-30
ASOS is the ultimate aggregator of all things fashionable and trendy. It keeps you at the forefront and allows plus people the range and space to experiment at a similar level to our straight-sized counterparts.
If there is some cool fashion movement or trendy silhouette that you can’t find anywhere else, then I’d check here.
ASOS DESIGN Curve ASOS DESIGN Curve basic wide leg jersey pants in animal, $, available at ASOS
Best For High-Quality Artsy Pieces
Size Range: XS-5XL
If there was one designer that you should know about, it’s Wray. I hate to pick favorites, but Wray makes it hard not to fangirl every piece in their catalog. Bonus: Just about every garment is made in every size offered. What a novel concept! This brand focuses on the artistic and structural integrity of a garment. Each of Wray’s lovely hand-painted prints come to life in every release without fail. It’s truly like donning wearable art.
Plus-size people want to wear the exact same things as their Straight Sized counterparts and Wray does just that. I’m not crying you are! If you want the latest styles, then check out their website — but I’d also recommend checking out Cara Cara’s discounted pieces from past seasons.
Wray Sally Dress – Taxicab Floral, $, available at Wray
Best For: Body-Con Pieces & Swimsuits
Size Range: S-5XL
This black-owned retailer focuses on killer sets and swimsuits that are to die for. It’s kind of like Fashionova and Pretty Little Thing if they had a more inclusive-sized baby. If you are all about the super femme, sexy looks, this is the place for you.
Rebdolls Rebdolls “Imagining Your Face” Plaid Bell Bottom Pants, $, available at Rebdolls
Best For: Made To Order Gems
Size Range: XXS-4XX (Other Sizes By Request)
K.S. Garner was my entrance into the made-to-order retail space. From following Kelsey Garner’s brand on Instagram, I quickly fell in love with her simple yet whimsical designs and the one-of-a-kind fabrics that she builds her creations with.
Although K.S. Garner has a set size chart that goes up to a 4XX, the brand will willingly cater to everyone doing custom size orders as well. It does take five weeks to get your goods because each one is cut specially for you. The Luna Set is the most popular item and comes in over ten different colorways –– I own the Luna set in teal!
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K.S. Garner Lavender Luna Bottoms, $, available at K.S. Garner
K.S. Garner Lavender Luna Top, $, available at K.S. Garner
Best For: Ethical Fabrics & Flowy Silhouettes
Size Range: XXS-5X
Tradlands new extended sizing is done right with lots of care put into its development. Although this brand has not always been on top of things plus-size fashion wises. It’s definitely made a big comeback and has won over the hearts of the sustainable fat folk on the interwebs.
Cusotomer Take: “I own the Nico dress in two colorways now; it is the perfect dress for any occasion! Depending on how you accessorize it, it could be a casual dress for a lunch date with friends or a dress for a fancy occasion. It is flattering without being too boxy or large, and yet the loose fit means it is beyond comfortable. The fabric is clearly high quality and the colors are vivid and beautiful. I highly recommend everyone get a Nico dress!”
Tradlands Brianna Nico Dress, $, available at Tradlands
Best For: Eclectic Prints
Size Range: XS-3X
If we are talking about the exclusion of fat folks in fashion, high-end designers are the number one culprits. However, Tanya Taylor is on the right side of the industry –– offering up plus goods to a 3X. The designer’s love of vibrant patterns and eclectic prints is definitely the main selling point.
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Tanya Taylor Adonica Top+, $, available at Tanya Taylor
Best For: Vintage
Size Range: M-4X
Although plus-size fashion options are on the rise, larger vintage clothing that doesn’t look lifeless is difficult to come by – until now. Emma Zack of Berriez has revolutionized the second-hand marketplace by primarily catering to larger-sized bodies. I’ve bought more than a couple of pieces from Berriez, and I plan to for as long as it’ll have me.
Zack releases new collections of unique curated goods regularly. Follow Berriez on Instagram for random story drops, but check out the website full of vintage goodies.
Berriez The Melonee Vest, $, available at Berriez
Mate The Label
Best For: Loungewear Pieces
Size Range: XS-3X
Mate is the go-to destination for thoughtfully designed loungewear. The brand uses organic cotton to create all its comfy pieces –– while focusing on simple yet stylish design.
Customer Take: “I’ve been working towards upgrading my loungewear since I spend so much time at home in sweat pants these days! These are a dream. The fit is a bit bigger than anticipated, but they are so soft and so well made. I can’t wait to get the matching sweatshirt.”
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Mate The Label Organic Terry Raglan Sweatshirt, $, available at Mate the Label
Best For: Sophisticated Trendy Fashion
Size Range: 14-28
Eloquii is a trend-forward fast-fashion retailer with clothing that’s actually good quality. They’re regularly having sales on all product categories and really are a good place for fashion lovers of all ages to take part in the fun of getting dressed. This piece reminds me of the popular housedress trend from this past summer!
Customer Take: “This dress is Beautiful! The quality is very high, the style is unique and the color is gorgeous. It fits very well. I’m eager to have an occasion to wear it out.”
Eloquii Striped Cami Dress, $, available at Eloquii
Best For: Cottage Core Meets Boho Chic
Size Range: 00-26
Anthropologie is good for embracing your inner hippie and prairie dweller alike. It’s great for fun patterned dresses and unique jumpsuits. Jump to here if you have a wedding to attend when the Panny-D calms down!
Maeve Maeve Kick Flare Pants, $, available at Anthropologie
Best For: Wardrobe Staples
Size Range: XXS-3X, 00-24W
Madewell is a tried and true staple for many of us in the plus community. Although we were let down by the recent change in their size chart, it’s hard to beat all American denim retailers. I have many simple pieces like tees and sweaters from them that get lots of wear. I own too many Madewell pieces to count. There’s a reason I can’t resist coming back to them over and over again.
Customer Take: “I am now a loyal buyer of this jean style. The other styles just don’t seem to live up–this particular pair has less stretch but doesn’t sacrifice comfort. The pair I bought doesn’t have the fading in the legs and around the butt as these photos do, it’s more of a consistent color of light denim, which I prefer. So cute and comfortable! Madewell, why did I have to get hooked to your jeans?!”
Madewell The Plus Perfect Vintage Jean in Fiore Wash, $, available at Madewell
Big Bud Press
Best For: Statement Colors & Prints
Size Range: XXS-7XL
Big Bud Press is what you’d get if a rainbow threw up on a beautifully structured, simple range of goods. The fun, bright, and over-the-top prints and designs make its clothes instantly identifiable no matter where you are. Their sizing is unisex in order for all genders to be represented which sometimes can cause a little bit of sizing confusion–especially if you have curvy hips. I find that the Trouser is the number one garment in their offerings that caters to the curviness that usually comes with a plus body. It’s a little roomier in the hips than the other styles.
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Big Bud Press Trousers – Mustard Yellow, $, available at Big Bud Press
Best For: Giving Back
Size Range: 00-26, XXS-3X
Athleta has recently expanded their size range, but on top of that, they are a certified B-corp. A B-corp is a business designation that means the business prioritizes community and the environment just as it does profit. In particular, their P.A.C.E initiative strives to provide each woman in their factories with advanced educational opportunities and life skills classes.
Although their products aren’t made from completely recyclable materials, about 40% are which is still pretty solid if you ask me.
Gap Brooklyn Textured Jogger, $, available at Gap
Best For: Sustainable Activewear
Size Range: XXS-6XL
Girlfriend is dominating the plus activewear space. Its cool colors and simple product line-up are strong suits for the brand. They also used recycled materials to make their products and make it possible for you to recycle the garments as well. This brand has been inclusive since the beginning and is definitely very popular in the inclusive fashion space. I’m particularly obsessed with their unitards in their most recent colorways. Girlfriend tends to sell out quickly so you have to be ready to jump on a piece that catches your eye.
Customer Take: “Like everyone else, I was skeptical that I would like this unitard. However, it truly is so flattering and so comfortable! It’s the perfect layering piece and seems to go with everything. I’m so glad I took the leap!”
Girlfriend Collective Spice FLOAT High-Rise Bike Short, $, available at Girlfriend
Zellie For She
Best For: Romantic Nomad Vibes
Size Range: 1X-3X
I discovered Zellie for She on Plus Instagram where I find most of my style inspiration. It’s great for unique, high-quality pieces you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a small biz with everything made in Los Angeles. It’s also black-owned and has killer representation in its product photography. I definitely feel reflected in this brand.
Customer Take: “Zelieforshe is the best! Such an amazing designer and I was elated when I heard about this collection coming to Nordstrom.”
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Nordstrom Wilderness Cozy Crop Tank & Maxi Skirt, $, available at Nordstrom
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