We also welcome straight sizes to the party.
The most popular post (by far) on this blog is “9 ONLINE STORES FOR THE QUIRKY-COOL PLUS SIZE SHOPPER“. Even 5 years later, it is getting loads of views and I think I get it. I am also always on the lookout for new plus size online stores popping up or existing ones starting to deliver to my small, Eastern European country. Also, I regularly get asked where I shop for my clothes and “online” doesn’t seem to cut it in terms of specificity anymore.
In honor of the (almost) 5 year anniversary of said post, here is an update of the websites that I scour for my daily dose of plus size fashion:
16. Simply Be
Verdict- a little on the pricey side so make sure to wait for sales. Used to feature mostly basic items but is getting more fun as we speak, larger size availability doesn’t hurt either.
Verdict- holy cow, I refuse to name any cons because even if lots on the website isn’t exactly my taste, I am in love with the fact that such boldness, brightness and these cuts exist for plus size women. 10 years ago I would have never thought that I could have the option to dress as a Kardashian but now, the plus size clothing market is diversifying each year and I love it. Here is to hoping I will soon get the balls to rock more of these items.
14. River Island
Verdict- the selection is quite narrow. Some items are sensibly priced while others are through the roof without a clear distinction between the two (quality issues or the like).
13. Pink Clove
Verdict- I feel like their repertoire has stayed the same over the years, so if you like stability versus trendy, this can be for you. Lots of polyester and most things too short for my 5’11 frame.
Verdict- the Santa shirt isn’t at all the best representation of the site. It is the place for first date dresses if you want to get laid but aren’t brave enough to do the walk of shame in a Boohoo outfit… at least that is what I have been told.
Verdict- what if H&M and Zara had a baby, well, there you go. This is the place I look at when I think I should get grown up clothes but then I realize I am not ready yet and postpone my shopping bag for another 8-10 years.
Verdict- a bit boring other than their Topsy Curvy (recently renamed to Curve Essentials) section.
Verdict- sizes can sell out really fast. Other than that, major love for their unique and quirky items.
Verdict- pictured are the most conservative items they feature; unless you have an incredibly lenient boss, 90% of fun clothes on the site can only be worn on Saturday nights due to length (or lack thereof), tightness, as well as fishnet-iness. While the model featured is stunning and has a cool styling, she is on the loooower end of plus size which is frustrating.
7. Ulla Popken
Verdict- horrible bras; a bit too expensive; mom-friendly fashion (I guess only a con if you don’t want to dress like a mom).
6. New Look
Verdict- it feels like their plus size range has been shrinking for a couple of years now. The prices have stayed low but it is fast fashion, meaning the quality requires you to buy newer items pretty quickly. Good for the occasional fun tshirt and socks!
Verdict- Elvi markets itself as the high fashion one, combining straight and plus size models wearing the exact same looks, Idk, maybe it is just me but the concepts aren’t always that high and fun to warrant their prices.
Verdict- sizes sell out insanely quickly; most of their fab (!!) seasonal dresses are made out of polyester only. Give us cotton with pockets and I will name my first born after you.
Verdict- a couple of years ago, I got a great raincoat with polkadot lining from there, as well as a cat sweater. Since then, I have only bought their knickers. It is very hit-or-miss…and expensive. But I am not giving up, I still remember their collaboration with Beth Ditto from 2010/11 and I drool. Do better, Evans!
2. ASOS Curve
Verdict- can be pricey (subscribe to newsletter for promo codes!), depends a lot on the season, sometimes very odd, unflattering styles for half a year and then boom, they’re back.
Verdict- not a fan of the website layout; 2/3 of clothes are more basic items so you need to put in effort to find gems.
Please note, I have only included stores that deliver to my European country of residence. This leaves out a couple of well known brands. Also, I have not included most US retailers as I am not up for paying large customs fees for funny-slogan jumpers. The order of stores is not in any order of preference, I love all my fashion children equally, unless stated otherwise. Photos featured are all from said websites and available as of mid December, 2018.