As brilliant as the body-positive movement has been for showing that those of us above size 16 have every reason to adore our curves, that doesn’t mean all of the actual clothing stores we come across have exactly got the plus-size message yet.
So, to save you from having to do a lot of frustrated searching, which are the places we would especially recommend for purchasing plus size clothing online?
PrettyLittleThing has been praised by, among others, the style blogger Chloe Elliott for not only offering its fashions up to a size 26, but also doing so in a way that eschews stereotypes in women’s plus size clothing. In the words of Laura Capon for Cosmopolitan, “there’s... not a paisley printed tunic in sight.”
Violeta by Mango
Another brand that has by no means been strongly historically associated with plus size clothing is Mango, but its Violeta range is a very welcome development, not least given its faithfulness to the broader Mango aesthetic. You can pick up confidence-boosting styles from this popular Spanish high-street label in sizes up to 22.
New Look Curves
Both men and women are catered for as far as plus size fashions at New Look are concerned, although it’s the combination of appealing recent trends offered at exceedingly reasonable prices that helps to make the New Look Curves line one of our key recommendations. You can expect to pay only around the £20 mark for a day dress, for instance, although the bandeau tops in this range are pretty adorable, too.
Sizes available from this Swedish brand – which is part of the H&M family – only go as far as XL. However, the especially loose fit of Monki’s clothing makes it a store well worth checking out for anyone up to the equivalent of a UK size 24. Not only do we love the relaxed and kooky style of this label’s clothes, but we’re also big fans of its online exclusives, which sell out rapidly.
During those financially tighter months, you’re likely to find the Boohoo range a godsend – not to mention, simply a pleasure to browse. After all, the brand doesn’t make any big fuss about its plus size clothing being any different to its options in smaller sizes – it just offers the exact same stuff your thinner friends are buying, but bigger. Oh, and in case we weren’t obvious enough about it already, it’s all just so, so affordable.
Elvi might not be one of the first names to come to people’s minds with regard to plus-size clothing online, but it perhaps should be, especially given its cool collaborations with the likes of Hayley Hasselhoff. Just as notable, though, is the sheer quality of its pieces, including high-fashion offerings that show plus size clothing really has no limit to its possibilities.
This is one of those brands that you don’t need to think about much when in need of all manner of plus size clothing. Whether you suddenly find yourself short of sports bras, swimsuits, tops, blouses, jeans or whatever else you care to name, you can count on finding just the thing at Simply Be, in sizes up to 34. It’s quite simply one of the most inclusive online fashion stores out there.
There you have it – you really do have every excuse to indulge your inner Ashley Graham or Tess Holliday with these fabulous curve-friendly outlets to choose from. Take a look at just some of the above today, and you’re sure to discover a few new favourites.