Where Do You Shop for Plus Size Clothing?

Every day well over half of American women wonder where to shop for.... whateverrrrrr. Think the issue is financial? Nope. Simple concepts of supply and demand continue to elude the fashion industry and that leaves us constantly on the lookout for the best places to shop for any and every kind of plus size clothing.

There's a lot of argument over which retailers are the best and those debates have MUCH to do with personal taste and budget. I say "bring on the clothes." Give me things I don't like as well as things I love. What's needed is diversity (of sizes, styles and price tags).

The editors here at iVillage just sent me AOL's list of the most searched plus size clothing brands full of the usual suspects. So I wonder, aside from Lane Bryant, Avenue, Ashley Stewart and Torrid, where do you shop for plus sizes (and why)? I'll kick off the list with a few ideas, then it's your turn. Let's build a better list together.

For great bargains in every size range I love virtually all outlet malls (though I ran into a snooty sales clerk last month at the Saks outlet in Folsom, CA who, when asked whether the plus sizes were in a seperate department or mixed into the racks storewide, let me know that they weren't interested in catering to THOSE women). Harumph. It's not true. Saks carries plus (from Salon Z) in many of their outlets. I've paid $5-$30 for pieces that originally retailed for $89-$250. If you find yourself at an outlet, start digging.

  • Outlet Malls (because they have stuff I've never seen at the mall -- priced below retail)
  • Old Navy Online in plus (1x-4x), in stores for extended straight sizes up to XXL (because they don't have "plus size clothes" they have Old Navy clothes in a range of sizes, and THAT rocks!)
  • Walmart, Kmart and Target are hit or miss in terms of quality and cut, but always worth a look
  • Nordstrom Rack for quality at a price
  • Torrid for juniors (if you're a boomer like me, still take a look at their accessories -- they're the best source I've found for inexpensive fashion-forward belts -- many up to 4x)
  • igigi.com for formal (applause for their huge range of sizes and body types -- the downside is their perpetual use of low-end stretch fabrics)
  • zaftique.com (truly a hidden treasure -  sadly they're only online)
  • alight.com (great consilidator -- my idea of an outlet store online ;-D )
  • Lane Bryant (for Right Fit jeans and the occasional great interpretation of fashion)
  • Avenue (not not not cut for my cello-shaped figure but a good chioce for the apple-shaped and rectaungluar figures among us)
  • Motherhood Maternity often has that little bit of extra hip room (don't expect pieces built to last but certianly priced to sell)
  • Lafayette 148  is my absolute favorite brand for high-end chic and completey fab wearable fashion (even if they're way out of your price range, take a look at the beautiful pieces coming out of Edward Wilkerson's NYC studio).

Your turn to share the where and why. Where do you shop and why? Fill us all in.

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