I have a love/hate relationship with shopping. Love, because I love clothes that make me look and feel good. Hate, because it’s so fucking hard to find things that fit right. A big part of that is I’m pretty firmly in that “in between” space between straight size and plus size. I’m usually around a size 12, but because women’s clothing sizes make no sense and vary widely from store to store, I own and wear clothing everywhere from size 8 to size 16. I’m too big for Zara, too small ELOQUII.
As a resource for myself, and possibly for some other of you in-between gals, I’ve put together a list of stores — both online and brick-and-mortar — that carry a wide range of both straight and plus sizes. Tell me what I missed in the comments!
Modcloth’s vintage-inspired clothes are super cute, as are their adorable body-positive campaigns. They recently introduced an affordable bridal collection and launched their own swimwear line. Like ASOS, Modcloth carries sizes from 00 to 26. Modcloth offers free shipping when you spend over $75, and if you don’t love the clothing, you can exchange it for full store credit with free shipping, or return it with a $5.99 shipping fee.
At Forever21, you get what you pay for — their clothes are badly made and often fall apart. Their plus-size selection is limited and slightly more expensive than their straight-size equivalents. But, fuck it, sometimes I want to just try on clothes in a store, and that's hard to find if you're plus-size, or even not-quite-plus-size. Forever21 carries clothes from XS to 3X, and while I’m not promising that your new dress will last through more than three washes, you can at least try it on in person to decide if its cuteness is worth the risk.
BUST's April/May cover gal Melissa McCarthy’s fashion line carries sizes 4 to 28. Her clothes are cute, colorful and playful — and include that floral jumpsuit she’s wearing on our April/May cover!
Target has been paying more attention to plus size shoppers over the past few years. The store launched a plus size line called Ava & Viv last year (to mixed reviews) and expanded its coveted designer collaborations to include plus sizes as well as straight sizes. Target carries clothes from size XS to 4X.
With its H&M+ section, H&M offers clothes from size XS to 4X. The problem? You’ll probably have to go online to shop it becaIuse most of their in-store locations don’t carry it, and the plus size options are more expensive than the straight size options. Boo. But, I can't quit those Swedes.
7. Voodoo Vixen
Taking Betty Draper fashion to the extreme, Voodoo Vixen offers an adorable array of '50s and '60s inspired looks from XS to 4X.
Previously featured in BUST, SmartGlamour is a custom-made clothing line that offers sizes from XXS to 6X and beyond. They also feature gorgeous models of all shapes, sizes, races, ages and abilities in their stunning campaigns and fashion shows.
What did I miss? Tell me below!
Top photo: Modcloth
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