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Plus sized clothing in US

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Hi ladies

I'm from Australia and will be travelling to the US later this year (briefly LA [probably no time for shopping], San Fran, Seattle, Chicago and most of the time will be NYC)

I was just wondering if anyone can recommend good, plus sized (I'm guessing US18-20) shops (with an actual store, not just online), with affordable clothes to suit a mid-20something??

Thanks!!
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Torrid! Lane Bryant!
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lane bryant is the best!
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I second Torrid-they're younger than Lane Bryant.
Avenue for their Denim Lite Jeans.
Edit:12/25/12- And finally Forever 21, these bastards, got a clue and made a line called Faith 21 for size 16-24 Forever Plus 1X-3X in Junior.


Edited by Goat Goat Etc. - 12/25/12 at 7:18pm
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I second Torrid-they're younger than Lane Bryant.
Avenue for their Denim Lite Jeans.
And fucking finally-Forever 21 (these bastards) got a clue and made a line called Faith 21 for size 16-24.

Whhhhhhat? I checked them out the DAY they went online with the new line and the sizes were NOT that high! It was like, jr plus - highest size was 15!

Edit: Ok, just checked size 3X 17/18 but the waist measurements for the most part are around 40" which is about a 2X equivalent for regular women's plus sizes.


lololol! And I totally just noticed that the winner from America's Next Top Model Cycle 10 - Whitney, who is plus sized, models for the site!!!!
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Coming from a very fasionable plus size girl, here's the low down...

I prefer shopping at department stores such as Niemans, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales etc. ---they have fashionable finds from some of the top designers such as Michael Kors & Ralph Lauren & the higer-end store will like Saks & Nordstrom will tailor the clothes to custom fit you. Here are some more stores, I don't shop at all of these stores.

Torrid (fun/hip/youthful---more for teen and young adults, but if you're seasoned you may be able to find some pieces)

Lane Bryant (clothes for all--young & seasoned)

Ashley Stewart--got to be careful, has a cheesy rep, but you can find some pieces for young and seasoned shopper.

Avenue--clothes for a seasoned shopper

Target---has an awesome plus size section.

Forever 21 & Deb Shop are for teen & young adults; something are a little cheesy, but you can find good pieces. I shop at these two cheesy stores; there's a much bigger selection in the store than on-line.

Online---Alloy, B&Lu, Igigi, Oldnavy etc.
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i am finding this post very useful for when i go clothes shopping in the us in may this year. i have been to torrid before and got some pretty tops and dresses but i agree that alot of it is aimed for younger people. also lane bryant had some nice swim wear and jackets. oh and i bought an awesome pair of sandels for $10 there too which lasted me an entire summer or use!
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Dressbarn! Somethings are just plain old but they're finally getting fashion forward! There's really nice stuff in there now!
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Afterthoughts from a fashionable, plus size, fashion merch major, lol:

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Ashley Stewart--got to be careful, has a cheesy rep, but you can find some pieces for young and seasoned shopper.
Saw some cheese, so much cheese it was a 3 cheese blend.

I like Torrid, easy work clothes, date night, and girls night out stuff--as for the "cheese" and teen stuff --they're owned by Hot Topic but makeup for it by buying merch from a variety of vendors.

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Target---has an awesome plus size section.
You must have a bizarro target and forever 21; there's nothing good in mine. And they're new too.

Alloy--shopped there before and if you weed through the teen acne ads and tees there's good stuff by them and other vendors. Haha

B & Lu and Igigi are new to me but they look really cool.
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My only complaint about Torrid is the quality. Everything I've ever ordered from there seems to be of very poor quality.
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My only complaint about Torrid is the quality. Everything I've ever ordered from there seems to be of very poor quality.
Exactly! Don't get clothes from there if you want them to last you a while. I paid $40 for a sweater from there and I've only worn it 4x max and it's already falling apart. I have clothes from Lane Bryant & Nordstrom from over 5 years ago that are still in perfect condition.
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The best plus size jeans Ive ever gotten are from Torrid. I've not purchased much else from them. Target has stepped up their plus size game. They have a more youthful line they are trying out more on par with the rest of their clothing. Also some of their "normal size" clothing can be purchased in XXL. The Macy's women's dept is always a great place to end up. Forever 21's plus line Faith 21 is pretty decent but like all clothing from that place you really need to take a good look at what you are buying. How long are you really expecting a $12 shirt to last? Also I happened to score some really decent skinny jeans there for $20. And how can anyone forget Old Navy they carry up to a size 20 in stores and even higher online. Oh if you are going to be in NYC and are able to spend a lot ( and I mean a lot) then check out Monif C's boutique. Currently she is having a sale and things are over 30% off. If I remember anything else I will add a 2nd post.
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*boards a flight to NYC*

That boutique looks like the business!
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Thanks ladies, I've bookmarked all of your suggestions!!!
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to me, torrid is overpriced.. if you are willing to spend that, you might be better off in a department store. i never find anything at target, ever.
i have had good luck at old navy, some cute stuff but you got to pick through a bit.. same with kohls (but than again i worked at both places in the past so know how to pick through)
lane bryant screams old to me anymore..
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The only thing I like from Target is their Mossimo jeans. I have big hips, huge butt and a smaller waist. The plus size Mossimo jeans fit amazingly (plus they come in petite, average and tall)

Lane Bryant's spring selection is actually looking pretty good this year but I'll be damned when they get cute clothes I'm 30 weeks pregnant! lol. This is the first time in over a year Lane Bryant has has cute clothes.
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i am finding this post very useful for when i go clothes shopping in the us in may this year. i have been to torrid before and got some pretty tops and dresses but i agree that alot of it is aimed for younger people. also lane bryant had some nice swim wear and jackets. oh and i bought an awesome pair of sandels for $10 there too which lasted me an entire summer or use!
wth Lou how old are u? U making it sound like ur an old ladie

I can't remember the last time I wore a swim suit

Edit: Ok, I have to admit, Conway has some nice +size clothing, yes CONWAY!!!
Especially the one in the Bronx, NYC, and in Manhattan, NYC
Look at this jacket I bought from there for $20!! I don't like the fit too much, but whatever
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wth Lou how old are u? U making it sound like ur an old ladie

I can't remember the last time I wore a swim suit

Edit: Ok, I have to admit, Conway has some nice +size clothing, yes CONWAY!!!
Especially the one in the Bronx, NYC, and in Manhattan, NYC
Look at this jacket I bought from there for $20!! I don't like the fit too much, but whatever
I've totally forgotten about Conway. When I was younger if we shopped there we would try to hide that bright pink bag. lol
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i work for old navy and we have some cute stuff you just gotta look...some of our shit tho even tho it might be a XXL it wont fit if u got boobbie its like they taylored that part to fit a woman with a AA cup...
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macys has some nice things but i find there plus sizes to be a little to grandma-ish.... i know baby phat has a plus line but to me they look cheesy
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macys has some nice things but i find there plus sizes to be a little to grandma-ish.... i know baby phat has a plus line but to me they look cheesy

Amen!
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I've totally forgotten about Conway. When I was younger if we shopped there we would try to hide that bright pink bag. lol
giiiirrlll you already know!
I went to the one the 34th, I ran in and out so fast! LOL and I stuffed the bag in my pocketbook I was not playing LOL

My sister didn't even believe me when I told her I got that jacket from there..

When I was like 11 I did the duck n run with Pretty Girl too ( Those days are OVER)
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macys has some nice things but i find there plus sizes to be a little to grandma-ish.... i know baby phat has a plus line but to me they look cheesy
Kimora and her designers are falling off.
TOo much of her line has logos all on it, looks too much like other"urban brands" And some are just ridiculous, like Kimora who is gonna wear that shit?
Her shoes are always on clearance in Burlington Coat Factory and Dr. Jays, they're just not practical
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Kimora and her designers are falling off.
TOo much of her line has logos all on it, looks too much like other"urban brands" And some are just ridiculous, like Kimora who is gonna wear that shit?
Her shoes are always on clearance in Burlington Coat Factory and Dr. Jays, they're just not practical
I'm not a person to be wearing clothing splashed with logos. So that is my number one problem with brands like Baby Phat and Apple Bottoms. Secondly the material? WTF!!! Do these ppl know what cotton looks like?
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Originally Posted by MsWestchesterNY View Post
Kimora and her designers are falling off.
TOo much of her line has logos all on it, looks too much like other"urban brands" And some are just ridiculous, like Kimora who is gonna wear that shit?
Her shoes are always on clearance in Burlington Coat Factory and Dr. Jays, they're just not practical
the damn cat logo kills meeeeeeeeeeee that is why i would never buy any of her shoes. Like you said it is all over the place and it makes it look so tacky. I live in miami so it even harder to find cute plus size clothing here. I am so tired of wearing damn t-shirt and jeans.....
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I'm not plus-sized, but I was always jealous of the beautiful clothes in Torrid! Seriously, I love their clothes.
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I'm not plus-sized, but I was always jealous of the beautiful clothes in Torrid! Seriously, I love their clothes.
They do have nice stuff, but overpriced IMHO
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funny funny thread and i agree with what most people said. i'm plus with a large foot. what about stores for larger sizes US 10+? i love nine west but i can get tired of them too.
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i dont have trouble finding shoes its just some of the damn cute shoes out there aint gonna hold my damn flat ass feet lol
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funny funny thread and i agree with what most people said. i'm plus with a large foot. what about stores for larger sizes US 10+? i love nine west but i can get tired of them too.

Off Boardway Shoes and get you self in good with a shoe salesman at a Nordstroms. He keeps me informed of sales and if he finds a shoe in my size that he thinks I will like he put them aside and lets me know to come in and take a look. I love my shoe guy at Nordstorms. The customer service is second to none.

I'm a combination of alot of common fashion issues all rolled up in one package. I'm tall, busty, plus sized and have large feet. That doesn't stop me from doing my best to look my best. I just have to do research sometimes before hitting the stores.
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