The plus-size apparel market is thriving; with this explosion of demand comes more options, which means shopping for plus-size fashion is no longer limiting. Fashion-forward labels like Reformation have embraced more inclusive sizing, while other brands such as Eloquii specialize in chic, sophisticated plus-size clothes. The best plus-size clothing brands offer a wide range of clothing types and styles, so you can easily stock up on everyday basics and unique pieces without spending a fortune.
To gain insight on which size-inclusive labels truly stand out, we tapped a few experts, including plus-size model and fashion influencer Katrina Nichole. “My number one priority when I am shopping is finding clothes that actually fit my ultra-curvy body well and look stylish,” she says. Here, we’ve gathered the best plus-size clothing brands in different categories, including ones our experts swear by. For more curated guides, check out our favorite plus-size dresses on Amazon and our thoroughly tested list of plus-size leggings while you’re at it.
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At Forbes Vetted, we’ve researched, written and published dozens of fashion stories. This particular article was overseen by Vetted senior fashion editor (and in-house style expert) Kari Molvar, who holds a certificate in fashion styling from the Business of Fashion. We also rely on expert insights to deliver the most thoughtful clothing selections possible. For this story, we spoke with plus-size fashion influencer Katrina Nichole and style influencer Kenzie Welch to get firsthand plus-size clothing brand recommendations. Vetted’s former weekend updates editor Raena Loeper also chimed in with her top picks on the labels she personally shops.
This article is regularly updated to ensure all of the above brands continue to meet our criteria for the best plus-size clothing. In its most recent October 2023 update, fashion writer Claire Epting introduced activewear brand Girlfriend Collective and swimwear line Swimsuits For All to the list.
What To Consider When Shopping For Plus-Size Clothing
As you build your plus-size wardrobe, there are a few key factors you should keep in mind, including:
The best advice for any type of garment is to look for high-quality fabrics that will last. Cotton and denim hold up well and come in a variety of weights and weaves for different levels of breathability. If you’d like pieces with a bit more stretch, consider Lycra, a synthetic fabric with elastane. For durability, polyester has incredibly strong fibers and helps create structure to retain the shape of your garments.
The best way to optimize the fit of your garment is to know your measurements. “Keep a tape measure around for online purchases,” says Welch. But, she adds, it’s sometimes more important to focus on the fit of the item. “Many women, regardless of size, get caught up in the numerical size of a garment and won’t even consider a style if it requires them to go up in size,” she says. “I always encourage women to improve the fit regardless of the number.”
Sizes can vary greatly among brands; a size from one store may fit you perfectly, but it may be too tight in another one. With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to confirm the return policy before you click to buy. Madewell offers free mail-in returns when you sign up for the brand’s complimentary Insider program, while other brands may charge an additional fee.
Which Brand Is Best For Plus-Size Clothing?
We named Eloquii the best brand for plus-size clothing overall, based on its sheer volume of diverse, size-inclusive styles. However, there are several other exceptional brands that cater to specific wardrobe areas, including activewear, loungewear and swimwear. Try to shop with brands that carry two sizes smaller and larger than your standard size, just in case you have to size up or down.
Do Luxury Brands Make Plus-Size Clothing?
As many brands have moved toward more inclusive sizing, you’ll find there are plenty of plus-size options when it comes to luxury clothes. Our favorite luxury plus-size designer brand is 11 Honoré, which has plenty of artful, high-end pieces for work or special occasions. (In addition to 11 Honoré, you’ll find plenty more high-end labels at the e-tailer Dia & Co as well.) Keep in mind, however, that the large majority of European luxury brands don’t offer sizes above 46, which is equivalent to a US size 14.