Shopping for clothing can be frustrating for a plus-size woman. In today’s fashion industry, women larger than a size 12 are considered “plus size” and it can be difficult to find stylish, affordable clothing in size 14 and above. Even if a store has a selection of plus size clothing, the items are often matronly, plain and far from fashionable. But if you are looking for clothing in larger sizes, don’t despair! There are several national retailers who specialize in, or at least include, stylish clothes for curvacious women.
Lane Bryant is one of the better known stores that provides plus size fashion at a moderate price. The company maintains store fronts all across the country in malls and shopping centers, including discount outlets, and sells merchandise online. If you prefer to try on items before you buy them, visit the website and click on the “store locater” at the top-right of the page to find the Lane Bryant store closest to you.
Items from Lane Bryant are available in sizes 14 through 28 (also labeled as 0x through 3x) and include intimate wear, swim wear, active wear, sleep wear, career wear, dresses for the beach, office or formal event, casual clothing and even shoes and accessories. Lane Bryant offers clothing for woman of all ages and styles from trendy to classic.
To help plus-size shoppers win the ageless struggle for the perfect pair of jeans, Lane Bryant offers the “Right Fit” system that allows women to first select from three body types, straight, curvy or moderately curvy, before selecting a size. Shoppers can choose from several styles of career slacks and jeans using the Right Fit system.
Coldwater Creek is an upscale clothing store known for its seasonal style. Clothing from this store could be described as pretty and flowing. Even their casual items have a slightly dressy elegance that would most likely appeal to women over 30. Coldwater Creek does not specialize in plus-size clothing but does maintain a selection of “women’s” fashions in sizes 14 through 3x. Plus-size selections may be more abundant online than in stores. Visit the website to locate a
Coldwater Creek store in your area. Find the “store locater” tab in the upper-right of the page. Items from Coldwater Creek can be costly, but the online store does include an outlet where out-of-season merchandise can be purchased at deep discounts.
The plus-size clothes at Coldwater Creek include sweaters, tops, jackets, slacks, jeans, dresses skirts and vests. They also promote a “No Iron Collection” and a “Travel Collection” for shopping convenience. Botanical and nature-inspired prints are common in the Coldwater Creek collection, as are seasonal colors and richly textured fabrics. Clothing from this store is best suited for casual wear, dressy occasions and some career wear.
Some of the clothing from the Just My Size collection is available at large retailers like WalMart; however, their online store may be the best place to buy plus size clothing. Items from Just My Size are moderately priced and available in sizes 14 though 40, with extended sizes for petite and tall women. Bras sold at Just My Size range from sizes 38A to 58J. The Just My Size collection includes intimate wear, swim wear, active wear, sleep wear casual wear, career wear and items for men and children. Their style might be described as easy-care with plenty of mix-and-match options and graphic prints.
Just My Size is a lifesaver for plus-size women who have trouble finding hosiery and undergarments that fit properly. They offer trouser socks, panty hose, trendy textured tights and even thigh-high stockings in sizes up to 7x. Their convenient “Bra Finder” option lets you shop exclusively for bras that are available in your exact size.
The Old Navy store is a great option for women who want to buy plus size clothes that are casual and trendy. While walk-in stores do sell many items in sizes up to 20, the real treasure for plus size women is at the online store. Old Navy’s “Women’s Plus” collection not only offers bigger sizes (16 through 30) but the clothes have actually been designed to flatter the plus-size figure with lower bustlines, fuller sleeves and more room at the waist and hip.
Items in the Old Navy Women’s Plus collection include tops, sweaters, active wear, swim wear, many styles of jeans, shorts and casual pants, dresses, skirts and intimate wear. Clothing from Old Navy is generally casual, easy-care and economical with plenty of basic solid colors to coordinate with the select prints and graphics they offer.