Top Five Plus Size Online Stores
By Jill Gardiner
, last updated December 21, 2011
It used to be that stores specializing in plus size clothing were few and far between, and those you could find carried only dowdy, less than stylish clothes that hid rather than celebrated a woman’s curves. Nowadays, however, the internet has made it possible for larger women to gain access to chic, trendy, and flattering fashion that’s merely a mouse click away. Whether you’re looking for sharp work appropriate clothing, cool casual wear, or an elegant look for an evening on the town, the top plus size online stores have lots of great pieces for every aspect of your busy life. Here are five of the best stores that are worth looking into.
Avenue is one of the pioneers in retail stores that cater exclusively to women size 14 and above, and in addition to their many brick and mortar locations; their website offers an extensive collection of on-trend plus size clothing as well as chic shoes and boots in extra wide widths. Shop their Wear to Work section for super stylish office outfits, browse their collection of special occasion and casual dresses, or check out their effortlessly elegant separates. Create a great base with avenueBody, their collection of cute and supportive lingerie, use their bra extenders and strap pads to make them comfortable, and then top off the outfit with accessories such as jewelry, scarves, shawls, and tights, all designed specifically to celebrate a curvy girl’s beauty.
Over a decade ago, Ukrainian designer Yuliya Raquel decided she had had enough of beautiful, curvy women being forced to hide under the fashion equivalent of a circus tent. An IGIGI woman is a confidant woman, not afraid to flaunt her womanly silhouette in beautiful dresses and separates that are both feminine and fashion forward. You’ll also find spectacular wedding and bridesmaid dresses for the plus size woman at IGIGI, as well as exquisite statement jewelry and bags.
No matter what your budget or style, Silhouettes.com has everything a stylish plus size woman could want and then some. In addition to chic separates and dresses for work, weekend, or special events, Silhouettes.com also carries swimwear, lingerie, super cute plus size shoes and boots, and fine jewelry for those that are tired of being limited to cheap, costume pieces. While you’re there, check out their Gillian Grey and Simply Me collection, both made up of super comfortable clothing that doesn’t sacrifice style.
OneStopPlus carry a wide variety of brands all easily organized by clothing type, label, occasion, even specialty categories like scrubs and uniforms, maternity, wedding, tall plus, and petite plus. They also carry swimwear, shoes, coats, lingerie, bags and accessories, and they have an entire section for juniors as well. Check out their Designer Studio for chic brands such as Svoboda Jeans and Lafayette 148 New York.
Plus size women who are looking for youthful, trendy pieces will want to check out Torrid.com. From skinny jeans to asymmetrical, one shouldered dresses, Torrid’s pieces are anything but dowdy. With super cute bras, tights and chic, sassy footwear from top brands like Dollhouse and Fergie, you know this isn’t your mom’s plus size online store.