Okay, maybe that's a stretch. Certainly, some of you have heard of these places. Regardless, I think most curvy ladies will agree that finding clothing that's trendy and made well is often extremely difficult. You typically can't find items that fit both criteria and if you do, your wallet will pay for it tremendously.
As a fellow wearer of plus sized clothing, I feel your pain. It has taken me a very long time to find clothing I really, truly adore. It's especially hard when you're not able to fit into a Junior Plus size well. I've been to the standard Lane Bryant/Catherines/Torrid/DressBarn/Avenue retailers but I just am not always happy with those options.
About a year ago, I did some research and found some truly awesome clothing options. My wardrobe is now full of fun and sass. Dressing each in the morning has become one of the best parts of my day.
With that said, here are my top 3 plus size clothing brands that you may never have heard of.
You might even be able to score these brands in the Vinted catalog, so keep an eye out!
Simply Be started as a catalog and internet only retailer in the UK. Only recently have they begun to open brick and mortar shops. (Sadly none have made their way to the US, yet.) Let me tell you, buying from a UK based company has some serious perks. UK sizing is typically more generous than American retailers. Also, they get so many trends first. Talk about a major boost in your "fashionista" reputation.
Price Range: $15-$400 (They have a good range, with special occasion dresses being most expensive)
Size Range: 8-28
Tips: Sign up for their email list. They send deals that will only be valid to email members.
Ever fall in love with a piece of clothing and think "If the sleeves were longer, I'd live in this until I die?" I know I have. Enter eShakti. This company is based out of India. It is the ULTIMATE "have it your way" plus size clothing shop. Don't like the sleeves? BAM! Ask and you shall receive! Want it to be longer? Not a problem at all. eShakti allows you to choose modifications to each and every piece they offer. Each modification is reasonably priced at a flat $7.50.
Price Range: $25-$130
Size Range: XS-6X
Tips: Signing up for their email list gets you a $25-$40 off coupon! Sometimes, if you don't spend it right away they get antsy and upgrade your coupon to being more off! Always follow sales. They do 40% off sitewide and Buy 2 get 1 free sales that make it much more affordable.
3.) Gwynnie Bee.
Remember how netflix used to work pre-binge watching days? When you signed up, you'd make a queue of movies you wanted to see and how DVD's you wanted to have out at a time. Gwynnie Bee is the Netflix of plus size clothing. With the world obsessed with subscriptioning and renting EVERYTHING, it only made sense for someone to start applying it to clothing. You choose which items you'd like to try on and how many you'd like out at a time. A very cool, yet somewhat expensive way to try new styles and designers.
Price Range: This differs on the plan you choose. With each plan you're allowed a certain amount of items "out" at a time. (Think library books)/ If you choose the 3 plan, you'll be allowed 3 items out at a time. If you send one back, they'll send you another so that you always have a total of 3 items. Keep your items as long as you like before returning. Find something you just can't live without? You can purchase it from GB and keep it!
Here's the break downs of plans:
- 1 item at a time: $35 a month
- 2 items at a time: $59 a month
- 3 items at a time: $79 a month
- 5 items at a time: $99 a month
- 7 items at a time: $129 a month
- 10 items at a time: $159 a month
Size Range: 10-32
Tips: They usually offer your first month free. It allows you to try it out without committment.
*PLEASE NOTE: I have personally bought, or tried the service from all of these retailers. Please don't hesitate to ask questions. I'll do my best to answer them!*