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A guide to your new favorite brands
While we can say that there is still a lot of work to be done to make our industry more inclusive, plus size clothing brands have come a long way.
Thanks to models and style icons including Crystal Renn, Ashley Graham and Paloma Elsesser (who recently landed her first Vogue cover) walking the fashion week runways, we’re slowly seeing designers creating edgy styles that aren’t just for size 6-8 women. Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty runway shows prove that clothes can look great regardless of size, shape and age.
On Main Street there are many plus size clothing brands offering trendy choices to their customers without breaking the bank.
What are the best plus size brands?
While Simply Be and Evans will always be plus-size staples, there are dozens of other brands you can buy online, specializing in everything from dresses to shoes and lingerie. Here’s a roundup of some favorites.
1. The time
Focusing on “confidence and identity, the brand is dedicated to creating contemporary plus size pieces that drape, frame and flatter the fuller figure.” THE perfect tuxedo pants.
2. Marina Rinaldi
Part of the Italian group Max Mara, Marina Rinaldi specializes in high-end stylish curvy clothing, in sizes 12 to 28. Shop the most amazing formal wear here.
3. Wild x Fenty
Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty celebrates fearlessness, confidence and inclusiveness. You won’t find a single boring piece of lingerie.
4. Just be
Simply Be has been ahead of the plus size fashion curve for quite some time and is one of the brands with the most styles to buy (thousands of products last time we checked). Shop for party dresses, plaid blazers and more in sizes 12 to 32.
5. New look
New Look’s size goes up to a UK32 on most of its styles, which means you can buy the same trendy pieces everyone else’s rather than having to go to a different section. But where New Look really wins is the loose fit shoes, which can be hard to find elsewhere.
6. DEAR CURVES
Dearcurves is the go-to brand for contemporary, minimalist plus size women‘s clothing. The characteristic aesthetic of the brand is the creative integration of high-end fabrics carefully selected in perfect harmony with the traditional African-inspired wax prints. It stores sizes 14 to 24.
7. Mark & Spencer
We’re a little obsessed with the M&S Curve collection, which features trendy pieces in sizes 18-32, carefully designed rather than just enlarged.
8. TU clothing
For more affordable plus size clothing, head straight to the Plus Size section of Tu Clothing (their small selection is also excellent). Our best buys include summer dresses, comfy knitwear, and strappy sandals.
You can’t go wrong with Evans, another of the taller originals. It covers everything from evening dresses and work clothes to coats and lingerie, for sizes 14 to 28.
ten. Anna scholz
Anna is one of the mainstays of the plus size designer industry; A graduate of Central St Martins, Anna has over two decades of experience in the business, which is no small feat for a large brand. Famous for her beautifully unique prints (designed in-house) and easy-to-wear silhouettes, Anna’s pieces are always timeless.
11. Universal standard
Universal Standard aims to give the option of raised essentials for women sizes 14 to 32 and, unsurprisingly, everyone has gone crazy over this line of luxury basics.
Ideal for printed and embellished tunics, palazzo pants and fun prints, Yoek is also known for its leather line.
You can buy dozens of different designers on Navabi, as well as the brand’s own range, so you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Kai Collective is a London-based womenswear brand offering accessible clothing with a luxury aesthetic, founded by fashion and travel blogger Fisayo Longe. The avant-garde pieces are available in sizes XS to XXL (UK 18).
Dedicated to sizes 42 to 56, JUNAROSE by VERO MODA is a plus size fashion brand offering the latest trends for trend-conscious young women.
16. ASOS curve
The clothing selection at ASOS Curve just keeps getting better. First, there’s ASOS’s own line, which covers everything from casual basics to plus size wedding guest dresses, and then there’s all the other plus size brands the site has, this which equals over 100 brands and over 4000 styles.
17. Studio Eight
Phase Eight’s sister brand, Studio Eight is their first foray into plus size fashion. Keeping the signature Phase Eight aesthetic, you can expect stunning workwear parted, glamorous evening wear, band embellishments and fantastic casual outfits on the weekends.
18. More equal
Plus Equals sells handpicked vintage and reworked clothing in sizes 14-26. From the brain of designer Jazmin Lee, Plus Equals selects and recycles vintage pieces to create unique garments, helping you express your personality in unique and carefully designed pieces.
Carmakoma is the line for those with a rebellious character. Designer duo Weiss and Lykke firmly believe that “beauty cannot be reduced to a size tag and clothes should fit the body, not the other way around”.
20. River Island
The older section of River Island is a treasure trove of remarkable pieces. From floral slip-on dresses to denim jackets, the choice is wide, for sizes 18-28.
Does Zara have plus sizes?
Zara has received a backlash in the past for not being more inclusive – most of his items are available in sizes S to L. Now he has slowly and quietly started adding additional sizes, which range from XS to XXL, on some items, but you’ll jave to look for them. The best way to do this is to filter the items by size.
Do any designers fit plus size?
More and more high-end designers are expanding their size range to suit all of their customers. The likes of Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Ganni, Diane Von Furstenberg, The Row and Erdem offer their designs up to sizes UK22-XXL.