We may be shopping more online these days, but until recently the options for flattering and fashionable plus-size clothing were pretty dismal. Good beard designs.
While some brands tacked on perfunctory plus sections to collections designed for slimmer shoppers, the #BodyPositive movement (more than 9.5m Instagram posts to date) and presence of more plus size models in mainstream fashion (Hayley Hasselhoff, Ashley Graham and Tess Holliday to name just a few) means that retailers are starting to realise the huge positive impact plus size collections will have on their business.
Banish all thoughts of boring tent-like smock dresses, ageing florals and ill-fitting trousers. Plus size fashion is bigger and better than ever, and the Internet is the best place to find your next haul.
Below you’ll find a directory of 25 stores who offer fashion to women who wear a UK dress size 16 or larger. We’ve also included some established brands whose superb selection of extended sizes earns them a place in our list.
There’s everything from elegant formalwear, polished office attire, glam looks for date night and stylish off-duty apparel from brands you may know, and a few you don’t.
The best plus size clothing shops
Violeta by Mango
From one of Spain's best-known high street labels, Violeta by Mango is an absolute trove of classic shapes and silhouettes, with the occasional splash of leopard print. The collection stays true to the Mango aesthetic, it’s simply bigger. We’re obsessed.
River Island Plus
River Island has been on the British high street for 60-something years, bringing affordable fashion to the masses. The Plus range is available exclusively online and comprises everything from going out dresses to slouchy joggers and statement prints to add to your summer wardrobe. Cool fashion you actually want to wear? Yes please.
New Look Curves
Floral dresses and cute bandeau tops are the highlights of New Look’s current plus size offering, which you’ll find in its dedicated Curves section online, while men can also find a plus size selection here. Prices are modest (around the £20 mark for a day dress), so you should have no trouble picking up the latest trends.
Don’t forget to check out their shoes too – they have a decent wide fit collection to go with the pieces on the site.
Selling exclusively plus size clothes, Lovedrobe has more than 40 years’ experience designing clothes for women. Inspired by the catwalk and current trends, garments are available up to size 26.
Although the sizes go up to an XL, Monki’s super loose fit means they’re perfect for girls with curves; some of their designs are equivalent to a UK 24. The Swedish brand is part of the H&M family, and their signature style is laid back and kooky: think whimsical motifs and punchy prints.
They’re big cheerleaders on body positivity, feminism and LGBTQ rights, which is mirrored in their ad and social media campaigns as well as some of their collections. Their online offering can be more diverse than what you’ll find in stores, so point your digital compass there and don’t miss their online exclusives; they sell out fast.
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A bit late to the plus size party, but they’re here now and that’s what matters. Oasis launched Curve in September 2018 after it saw how successful its one-off plus size collab with Simply Be was. Once they saw for themselves that the demand was there, the store rolled out a capsule collection featuring designs in extended sizes.
Prim, proper and preppy, find cute staples across the whole range, all perfect for work and play.
There’s no need to wait until payday to nab the latest styles if you shop at Boohoo – the site features new pieces daily at budget-friendly prices.
There are sections for Maternity as well as Petite, Tall and of course, Plus Size. Whether you’re looking for a new date night outfit or just want a quick wardrobe update, Boohoo’s your best bet for trend-let pieces that won’t break the bank.
Prices rarely breach the £60 barrier, averaging £30 or less and there’s always something cute on sale.
Considered by many the mothership of fashionable plus size, the allure of ASOS Curve is that it stocks so many good designers in addition to its own brand range. Browse more than 2,000 fashion and lingerie pieces in extended sizes from brands like New Look, Pink Clove, Boohoo and Club L all under one digital roof. If you get ASOS’s Premier Delivery, your spree will be at your door in around 24 hours, and sometimes less – exactly what you need when in the midst of a sartorial emergency.
ASOS also offer a fantastic men's plus size range, check it out here.
Dedicated to bringing plus size pieces to style-conscious women, Pink Clove sells fashion in sizes 16 – 28 exclusively. There are so many ‘want now’ pieces, your online basket will be heaving, but thanks to the abundant discounts on already low prices, your purse won’t suffer the consequences of your impulse haul. Dresses from as low as £3.
Based in the US, but with international delivery from 10-20 business days, Torrid is popular on Instagram with plus size bloggers.
And it’s no wonder, the site sells everything from wedding dresses, bridal party outfits to athleisure for the larger lady; sizes run from a US 10 – 30. Check out the shoes, accessories and lingerie options while you’re there – you’ll find some really pretty options you can’t get anywhere else.
Timeless fashion with a higher price point, Victoria Beard is all about investment pieces that will build a strong base for all future outfits. We've got our eyes on the Gaya Dickey Jacket, a staple in any well-curated wardrobe. Based in New Jersey, USA, they offer worldwide shipping.
H&M Extended Sizes
For jeans and every day basics, H&M has a good selection of plus size clothes that go to 24. What’s more if you shop online you can sign up for a shopping membership which offers a host of exclusive perks and special offers, including 10 per cent off your first purchase and free standard delivery.
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With collabs with reality TV stars such as Dani Dyer and Billie Faiers, this is fast fashion at hard-to-resist prices. You’ll find dresses, swimwear and coats with an urban, clubby edge.
Another US import, Penningtons caters to sizes 14 – 32, the equivalent of a UK 18 – 28. With a good mix of everyday staples and special occasion designs it’s a great base to build your wardrobe.
The plus-size lingerie selection is impressive – just check the measurements carefully before you buy as American sizes differ slightly to the UK’s.
Tutti Rouge lingerie
Underwear can make such a difference to your whole outfit, so finding the best fit is crucial. Tutti Rouge stock hundreds of romantic, edgy and dramatic pieces in styles that fit and support just where you need it. A UK-based design team creates bras from cup size DD and upwards.
Chi Chi London Curve
If you’re shopping for wedding guest wear or need something for a special occasion, head to Chi Chi London. The Curve range offers a spectrum of pretty, elegant styles: expect lots of tea dresses, florals and princess puffs.
Formal wear is hard enough to shop for but to find high quality pieces in plus sizes can be practically impossible. Thankfully Chi Chi London is here to save the day with sizes going to a 26.
Launched in 2011, Curvissa is one of the biggest online fashion shops for a plus size audience. There are over 3,000 fashion pieces in sizes 14 – 32 spanning everything from trousers and tops, to jackets, jeans, occassionwear, lingerie and swimwear.
Laura Sutherland, Brand Manager at Curvissa, says: “We wanted to create a brand that would ensure that all plus size women could visit our site for clothing they trust to feel comfortable and confident wearing. Most importantly, we wanted to provide women with plenty of choice.” Mission accomplished
Forever 21 Plus + Curve
It’s easy to buy into fashion trends at Forever 21 Plus + Curve. Available online, the American store’s extended sizes run to 3XL in some designs.
If you’re not sure what to select, try the Fit Finder which estimates your size based on height, weight, bra size and hip and tummy shapes. Students receive a 10 per cent discount and there’s always sales and offers to take advantage of.
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With everything from occasion to beachwear Simply Be has been designing for curves for years. Celebrating curves is central to the brand’s ethos, and they offer cool and stylish fashion-forward pieces in sizes 10-32. As well as their own brand, the online department store stocks an impressive selection of brands including AX Paris, Figleaves, Monsoon and Levi’s. There’s even a beauty selection so you can shop your look from head to toe in one place.
With a selection of trends and seasonal pieces, Yours Clothing is another e-retailer putting curves at the centre of their business. Brands include Hell Bunny, Izabel Curve and Chi Chi London, as well as many more. Andrew Killingsworth, CEO of Yours Clothing says: "Fit and product are incredibly important to us, and tailoring collections to plus size means being conscious of this – whether it’s dropped hems, longer sleeves or kinder fabrics." We’re in.
As well as occasion wear and holiday-ready bargains, Quiz also offers a bridal collection. The Curve collection, named #QUIZQUEEN, showcases fast fashion. If you sign up to their newsletter you’ll get 15 per cent off your first order.