I’ve been considering tackling a post like this for a long time. So here goes…
When I first crossed over from size 18 to 20 and could no longer find clothes that fit in straight sized clothing stores I panicked. My mom jumped in to save the day and got a Lane Bryant store credit card one day after a trip to the mall. I’m certain that she got the credit card after seeing me light up because something in a store actually fit me, probably after several watery eyed trips through stores that had nothing to offer. I’m really lucky that my mom was there to encourage me to find things I loved, even as my body grew (and to finance it!), it made a world of difference in my self love journey and being happy in the body I’m in.
That was about 10 years ago, and the plus size clothing industry has grown exponentially since the days of being stuck shopping at one or two plus size stores. The options are still minimal compared to straight sized clothing. Cheap options are still a struggle to find for anyone over a size 24, in fact ANY options are hard to find in a size over a 24. But the plus size industry IS growing, and there are a lot of options that many fat babes don’t know about.
I wish I could play mom and finance everyone’s first plus size store credit card, but alas… I’m just a blogger. But I can put together one serious list of all the options you’ve got so you don’t have to wonder around a mall going from one fitting room to another while holding back tears.
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Ok, look… I know we’re just talking about clothing here but I frequently feel like all the strides and progress the plus size clothing industry is making are still completely and totally useless for low-income individuals. The feeling of being able to dress yourself in something that makes you feel good is something that every person should have access to. Loving your body and expressing yourself should not be limited to people who are monetarily wealthy.
So here are some of my favorite picks for beautiful fatshionistas on a budget. Cheap plus size clothes!!!! Everything here is under $50 (and many many things are under 20!).
This site has a section of plus size fashions all for $5.99! They have some great basics including tanks, maxi dresses, and leggings, all up to size 3/4X. The site also has a larger selection of cheap clothes (under $20) in their “boutique” section. Shipping is around $6, and they also have a loyalty program that provides customers with discounts!
These styles are for the adventurous and most fashion forward plus size babes I am obsessed with their clothes, and trendy styles and I could just die over feeling like I’m getting the same options as the straight sized section on this site. I love it! Sizes go up to 3x, and prices start around $15!
Rainbow sells trendy and basic pieces up to 3X. Their prices go all the way up to about $40 per item, but generally hover just under $20 per piece. I have done two Youtube reviews of their clothes, and they’re quickly becoming a plus size favorite of mine!
A major staple store for lots of straight sized people, h&m started carrying plus sizes a few years ago and they’ve really made some great strides in their selection. My favorite thing about this store is that there is more than just casual wear, there is chic workwear and night out clothes as well. Sizes up to 3x, prices start at $10.
I have done a Youtube review of Swap.com on my channel before, and I was blown away by some of the pieces I was able to get for a fraction of what they retail for. This online consignment store sells tons of plus size clothing at deep discounts and offers a selection that is a plus size thrifters dream! Sizes up to 38, prices starting around just $2!!!
Boohoo makes super trendy and cute clothes up to a size 20. I’m going to be honest, though and say that I frequently shop with them because they always have great “oversized” stuff that fits my size 26 frame perfectly (check out this post and this post to see their pieces on me). I love their tees and their flowy dresses! Almost all items on the site are under $50.
We all know I have some feelings about Forever21. I put them aside for their wildly affordable fashions. Cause god damn those swimsuits are too cute to pass up! Sizes up to 3x.
Remember that store you used to shop in at the mall? It’s back and carrying some cute plus size clothes! They are constantly having sales, and very often their items are well below $20 a piece. You’ve got to check out their swimsuit section, they’ve got great fatkinis!
I live for Amazon clothes. It can be daunting to try and find exactly what you want on there some times, so I always recommend people use it as a price checker for brands that would generally be carried in department stores. My favorite T-shirts come from Amazon (up to 5x), and you seriously cannot beat Amazon’s return policies. If you aren’t checking out the plus size section on Amazon you’re missing out.
A few more places for babes on a budget to check out include:
I hope you all found something you like for the first portion of our 100 Plus Size Clothing Stores series! I’m so excited to share more with you every Wednesday! Until then, happy shopping budget babes!!!! Last updated: 3/23/16
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