Shopping Guide | Plus Size Clothing Available Above Size 24; Shoes in Wide and Extra Wide Widths

Shopping GuideThe following is a comprehensive list of the retailers (that I’m familiar with) who offer a variety of clothes above size 24 (or up to extra wide width for shoes). Please note that many, but not all, of the entries contain affiliate links where I get a percentage of sales dollars if a purchase is made after the click. Affiliate or not, you will always get my honest opinion based on my experience, and I want this to be as complete of a list as possible to help anyone who needs to shop for larger plus sizes. If there’s a place you’d like for me to try out, please leave me a comment so I can add it to the list!

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Sweater Dress from Avenue: Original Post

Avenue: sizes 14-26, select styles in 28-32
When it comes to plus size clothing, Avenue is one of the established plus size brands, much like Lane Bryant. Lately I’ve been going to Avenue for foundational pieces like leggings and hosiery, but they’re still worth a look for other things, too. Avenue’s advantage is they go up a bit higher in sizes with select styles in 28-32. Being in that size range myself, I go there for jeans and pants when other places don’t quite measure up.

Cato Fashions Skirt Worn as Dress: Original Post

Cato Fashions Skirt Worn as Dress: Original Post

Cato Fashions: up to size 28W
I’ve found some good dresses and outfits here and there from Cato. I’ve only gone to their store and haven’t used the website. While I don’t always find something I like, their separates are great to mix and match with clothing from other places. May the odds be ever in your favor! (I couldn’t resist.)

cool-gal-blue-5-fullCool Gal Blue: Some Styles up to 6x
Wouldn’t it be nice if retailers had consistent sizing, models representative of the full range of plus size bodies, and just cut it out with the airbrushing already? Your wish has been granted with the new online shop, Cool Gal Blue. Jessica Kane, founder of Skorch Magazine and blogger extraordinaire, serves as their creative director, and her beliefs of body-positivity and honesty in the fashion industry permeates everything about how they do business. All of their clothing is hand measured to insure they are all true to size which means you don’t have to guess when you place your order. Also, none of their models are airbrushed, retouched, or Photoshopped, so what you see is it the true fit of their clothes on a real person. Not all styles are available in every size just yet, but what I find honorable is that they address why that is. Dealing with being a new and growing retailer, they’re doing their best to serve as many of us as they can, but as their business grows, so will their selection. Even with that, they still have many, many fabulous clothes above a size 24, and I’ve even seen some things up to size 34! I’d love to see Cool Gal Blue succeed not only as a store but as model for how other brands should be. (see: My First Time – Cool Gal Blue)

Domino Dollhouse: sizing varies by brand
I haven’t shopped at Domino Dollhouse just yet, but I can’t wait to do a My First Time post with them since I’m in the market for a good petticoat! Their style is a combination of retro, goth, and rock n’ roll, and their sizing appears to vary by brand.

 

Dress Hell Bunny from eBay: Original Post

Dress Hell Bunny from eBay: Original Post

eBay
Did you have your heart set on a dress from your favorite store just to see it go out of stock? eBay is worth a try! The listings are pretty clear if something is new with tags or has been gently used, and if something shows up that’s lower quality than what you expected, you have the power of the customer review! Some items you can buy right away, some you’ll have to bid, but set a price range and eBay will do the bidding for you. Be aware that some sellers don’t accept returns, and if something seems too cheap from a merchant overseas, then the deal may be too good to be true as far as quality and construction. I’ve noticed their selection doesn’t change much in size 4x, but when you find something, it’s like buried treasure!

Eloquii: sizes 14 – 24; select styles 26 and 28
Recently the plus size retailer, Eloquii, introduced a few separates (skirts and pants) in extended sizes. So far, I’ve worn one of their midi skirts, and it fit well – see the outfit post here. I’m excited to see what more they add in these sizes. I love their sleek and put-together style.

 

Top from eShakti: Original Post

Top from eShakti: Original Post

eShakti: custom sizes 0-36W
eShakti is a godsend! Have you ever wished you could have a dress that fit you as well in the hips as it does in the bust, or that you could lengthen (or shorten) a hemline? eShakti does just that! They offer clothing, mostly with a retro vibe, in a large range of sizes from 0 all the way up to 36W, or for a small fee, you can get anything they sell custom made to your measurements and style specifications. When I shop there, I go the custom route for dresses and clothing that is body-conscious or fitted, but for things like circle skirts where the hip measurement doesn’t matter much, I go with a standard size and skip the customization fee. They have a large selection of dresses, skirts, and tops, and a growing selection of outerwear and pants. Since custom orders take more time, you’ll want to plan about three weeks in advance. Walking down the aisle soon? They’re also a great option for bridesmaids’ dresses! You can be sure each of your girls will have a dress she’s comfortable wearing, and you can skip those pesky alterations. They also have a very good return policy even on garments made just for you.

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Dress – SWAK from Gwynnie Bee: Original Post

Gwynnie Bee: sizes 10-32
Gwynnie Bee, or as I like to call it, “Dressflix,” is a subscription service which allows you to try and return garments for a monthly fee. To start, you add clothes from the site to your virtual “closet.” The price of your plan depends on the amount of items you would like to have sent to you from your closet at a time, and if something lands on your doorstep you love, you can buy it at a reduced rate. If you don’t want what they send you, they include a prepaid package for you to mail it back. You may not be the first person to wear the garment, but they do launder items between customers. Personally, I have a complicated relationship with Gwynnie Bee. I love many of the brands they carry, including Kiyonna, Hell Bunny, Cherry Velvet, and Land’s End, and I’ve bought many of the clothes they sent me because the prices were better than what I’d pay for something brand new. However, I cancelled my membership because I’ll be changing addresses, but also because I’ve seen a jump in their “buy” prices, and I’ve also seen less of a selection in larger sizes. Also, some brands they carry are better than others, so you do spend a substantial amount of time early in your membership figuring out which brands are high quality and which ones aren’t. Will I join again? That remains to be seen.

Skirt from H&M+: Original Post

Skirt from H&M+: Original Post

H&M+: Up to 4XL
This budget-friendly brand leaves a lot to be desired in their plus size selection. There isn’t much there and even less that goes up to their largest size. However, they do have many staple pieces if you’re lucky enough to find them in your size. The silhouettes are simple, and there aren’t many over-the-top prints and patterns, so their clothes are easy to incorporate into your wardrobe.

 

Dress and Shoes c/o Jessica London: Original Post

Dress and Shoes c/o Jessica London: Original Post

Jessica London: size 12-40, wide width and extra wide wide shoes, including wide calf boots
I first became acquainted with JL because of their shoe selection. They have a HUGE selection in W and WW widths. I’ve since ventured out and shopped their apparel. If you’re looking for hard-to-find items in larger plus sizes, such as coats or hosiery, they’re a wonderful place to go. There have been times they’ve been my only option for those types of things, and I’m glad they’re there!

Dress from Kiyonna: Original Post

Dress from Kiyonna: Original Post

Kiyonna: sizes 10-32
Stay classy, ladies! Kiyonna has high-quality dresses and separates that great for special occasions, evenings out, and dressier workplaces. Their prices are a bit higher than some places, but most of what they sell are investment pieces that you can wear for years to come. I’ve also seen Kiyonna clothing on other sites, including Gwynnie Bee, Pin Up Girl Clothing, Unique Vintage, and Modcloth, so be aware of sales those places might have, and you may find exclusive colors and discontinued items that aren’t available on Kiyonna’s main site.

Dress from Lane Bryant: Original Post

Dress from Lane Bryant: Original Post

Lane Bryant: sizes 14-28
This one seems like a no-brainer. I remember my teen years when my entire wardrobe came from here because they were the only plus size retailer that had clothes I liked. While we totally have more options now, LB is still a great place to stock up, especially on basics like knit tops, jeans, and unmentionables (Ha! I mentioned them!) from their Cacique lingerie line. They also have a new athletic collection, Livi, with cute and functional workout clothes. I’ve tried out a couple of pieces, and they’ve been great for dance class. However, being between a size 28 and 30, I do have to try things on more often then I used to, and I’m not guaranteed that everything will fit. Still, they’re one of the main places I shop.

Necklace for Maurice: Original Post

Necklace for Maurices: Original Post

Maurices: up to size 26
Maurices is a youthful clothing store which carries both smaller and plus sizes online and in stores. I can’t speak for their pants and bottoms since they’re out of my size range, but I’ve gotten a ton of tops, sweaters, accessories, and even a couple of dresses, and love them. They recently have introduced active wear into the mix, and while they’re a bit small for me, the cute prints and styles are worth checking out.

Dress by Retrolicious / Bag by Cambridge Satchel - Both from ModCloth: Original Post

Dress by Retrolicious / Bag by Cambridge Satchel – Both from ModCloth: Original Post

Modcloth: up to size 30
Modcloth isn’t just a great place to shop. It’s also a happenin’ destination for fashion tips and a wonderful way to be a part of a stylish community. I found many of my favorite fashion bloggers through their Style Gallery. As for their clothes, they have great retro appeal with tons of ‘50s and ‘60s style dresses and skirts, but they also have enough modern pieces that you won’t feel like you walked straight out of the Brady Bunch (unless that’s your thing, then go for it). Their private labels, Bea & Dot and Myrtlewood, come in their full size range, and there is a huge selection above size 16 in the other brands they carry, and their product descriptions and customer reviews help to make sure that cute little dress is a perfect fit. They also have stylin’ accessories and home décor there, too.

Dress by Old Navy: Original Post

Dress by Old Navy: Original Post

Old Navy (Online): up to size 30
When Old Navy first introduced their plus size line, I wasn’t impressed mainly because the fit wasn’t right. In fact, with most things I ordered from them way back when the garments with simultaneously too big and too small especially with pants and jeans that would have a super loose waist and be tight in the hips and thighs. Luckily, nowadays they’ve improved their proportions and I own several things from them that I am quite happy with, especially pants, and I’m a big fan of their active and lounge wear. I really wish they would carry their plus sizes in stores, though, so I could try things on before I buy them. My advice is if you’re new to trying their clothes, test a few things out so you can get an idea of how their sizes run, and return what doesn’t work.

Skirt from Pin Up Girl Clothing: Original Post

Skirt from Pin Up Girl Clothing: Original Post

Pin Up Girl Clothing: size XS-4X
Shake, rattle, and roll! If you’re looking for rockabilly style, PUG is for you! I love their classic silhouettes and fun prints, especially those in their house brands. They can be a bit pricey, but every garment is high quality and well-constructed. I always get giddy when I see a fellow blogger in one of their dresses or skirts. Jenny rules!

Dress From Simply Be: Original Post

Dress From Simply Be: Original Post

Simply Be: size 10-28, wide width/wide calf shoes
A British retailer that’s gaining in popularity, and they have a variety of casual and dress clothes. However, I find they’re often out of stock in more popular items. Maybe this is a sign that they actually have some great clothes that people love, but if you see something you like, I suggest you jump on it! They’re beginning to offer many items like jeans, dresses, and swimwear in different fits depending on your curviness in addition to the numerical size. They also offer a wide selection of boots in a variety of calf sizes. Even so, I have found the fit with some of these special pieces are a bit off, and I usually have better luck with their standard sizes. Also, orders take quite a bit longer to come in since they have take a trip across the pond. Oh, and if you ever have to call their customer service, they’re super nice AND British, so you feel like you’re having a chat with a Spice Girl.

Knee Socks from Sock Dreams: Original Post

Knee Socks from Sock Dreams: Original Post

Sock Dreams
Need wide calf knee socks or legwarmers? Check out Sock Dreams! They have fun socks in stripes, patterns, and solid colors. They also include sizing information which lets you know how much stretch each pair of socks will have. I must say, I haven’t had 100% success ordering from them. A couple pairs arrived that were too small, but for the most part I’ve been happy with what I got. An ordering tip: the length of your socks on your legs will be dependent upon your calf width, especially if they’re “one size fits all.” If you have wider calves, then over-the-knee and mid-thigh socks may fit shorter than expected. Also, different dye lots of the same style of socks may have different stretch, so be sure to read the product details very closely.

Target
Target was on the outs with the plus sized world with their lack of selection, but they may be on the verge of redeeming themselves with two recent announcements. First, they gave us the good news that their upcoming designer collab with Lilly Pulitzer will have plus sizes – the downside, those sizes will only be online. Then they announced a whole new plus size collection, Ava & Viv, which includes casual and active clothing as well as swimwear in up to size 26. From someone who hasn’t been able to shop at Target for years, I hope this all works out!

Skirt, Top, and Jacket from Torrid: Original Post

Skirt, Top, and Jacket from Torrid: Original Post

Torrid: sizes 12-28
Trendy and edgy, Torrid is for you if you like to add a little tough-girl style to your look. Some of my favorite jeans come from there, and they’ve got a great selection of fun wide-width shoes. Amid all of the graphic tees, black, and animal print, you can find some killer wear to work pieces if your job requires you to dress up a little. And my little secret, while they advertise going up to a size 28, you can find some styles in “size 5”, which according to their size chart is a 30/32. Score!

Unique Vintage: up to size 6x, sizing varies by brand
I see another “My First Time” post in the future! I haven’t shopped at UV yet, but they have many of the vintage-inspired brands that I love like Hell Bunny, Kiyonna, and Folter/Retrolicious. Browsing through their plus size clothes, it appears you have to be careful when it comes to sizing. For instance, some 4x dresses are actually a size 18! Word to the wise, measure yourself well and read the size charts.

Walmart
Yes, Walmart. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, even if you’re just going there for things you’d wear around the house!

 

Tights from We Love Colors: Original Post

Tights from We Love Colors: Original Post

We Love Colors
Tights – every color of the rainbow (and then some)! We Love Colors’ Plus Size Nylon/Lycra Tights are available in, count ’em, 51 shades, and they fit great! I ordered mine in a size EE, and they go all the way up to my waist, don’t roll down, and so far no ripping or tearing. Also, the colors I ordered were very true to what I expected.
Zappos
If you need larger-size, wider-width shoes, Zappo’s is a great place to go. I always find really good basic styles there that I can wear with a variety of outfits. They’re also the best place to get name brand sneakers in extra wide width. Also, they ship fast. I’m convinced that all you have to do is think about ordering a pair of shoes, and they’ll be there the next morning.

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