Friends, behold: A list of places you can buy decent clothing even if you are size 14+, with nary a mention of Lane Bryant!
If you’re reading this, odds are that you have PCOS.
And if you have PCOS, odds are that you wear plus-sized clothing.
And if you wear plus-sized clothing, odds are that you have a hard time finding clothes that are well-made and decently attractive.
Bonus points if you’re LDS or otherwise bent towards finding modest clothing.
That is where this list was born. Enjoy!
Eloquii existed. And then it did not and there was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth; but, then it miraculously returned! I love their midi skirts. The fabrics on the few items I have purchased have all been quite luxurious. They frequently have coupon codes for 40% off–check Google before ordering.
Nordstrom is one of my favorite places for plus-sized clothes. I’ve never bought anything full price, but it makes my day when I can snag something pretty in the clearance racks. I have a striped maxi dress that I purchased from Nordstrom 4 years ago for about $80. I love that dress. I’ve probably worn it at least 200 times, and it is just now starting to show some signs of wear. Conversely, I bought a maxi dress from Walmart at about the same time for $20, and I donated it to Deseret Industries after only 8 wearings because it looked so ragged. So, the cost per wear of the Nordstrom one comes out to $0.40 per wearing, and the Walmart one was $2.50 per wear.
3. Nordstrom Rack
No, this isn’t cheating. It’s a separate store from Nordstrom! Nordstrom Rack is probably my #1 danger store for overspending when I’m shopping in-person. Also, if you’re my in-person friend, odds are that the majority of your birthday and Christmas gifts have come from Nordstrom Rack.
Bonus tip for Salt Lake City area readers: the Nordstrom Rack location in Sugarhouse and the one in Sandy both sell plus-sized clothing! There’s only a few racks at each store, but I’ve made some great finds there. Don’t neglect to look at the shoes while you are there.
A lot of the clothes at Talbots are quite grandmotherly. Which is fine if you are a grandmother. But I’m not yet 30, so I try to avoid that general clothing demographic. However, I’ve found several nice dresses and tops there, and even a few pairs of pants for work. Talbots tends to have a good Black Friday sale, and sometimes they do 50% off clearance, which is the best time to stock up.
I do have the grandmotherly habit of wearing nylons. Really. My reasoning is long and I won’t be talked out of it. So, should you find that you also are inclined towards hoisery, the nylons at Talbots are top notch!
Dillards is another store that I have had pretty good luck with in-person at the clearance racks. I haven’t seen many coupons for Dillards, but if you take time to dig through the clearance racks there is usually a few gems to be found.
Dillards is one of my top picks for dresses–church, work, special occasion, or otherwise. If you are in need of a plus-size dress, I’d start at Dillards.
I’ve hard a harder time finding decent sales at Kiyonna, so I haven’t had many clothing items from them. However, they seem to have nice dresses and work-type apparel. It’s worth a look!
I haven’t actually purchased any clothing items from ModCloth. I tend to forget they exist, and then I see cute shoes on Pinterest and get sucked in, which results in despair because they rarely have shoes in my size. They do have some cute options for plus size clothes though. I think I’ll give them a try soon.
8. Other options that are more hit-and-miss.
As you can probably tell, my typical plan is to buy fewer, higher-quality clothing items rather than constantly buying and replacing my wardrobe. The stores above are my usual go-to stores. I’ve also found nice items occasionally at Kohls, Goodwill, Deseret Industries, T.J. Maxx, and Ross. I put myself on a Target clothing ban a few years ago after realizing that nothing seemed to fit correctly after it was washed. Every once in awhile I’ve found things online at Old Navy.
Where do you find your plus-size clothes? Please share in the comments!