Ah, the eternal question. What if you’re too big for plus size stores? In the US, LB is one of the most common plus size stores, going up to a US size 28. I’m too big for most of their clothes.
Today I’m going to not just talk about places I can buy clothes. I’m going for places that someone larger than I can buy clothes. I’m going to skip the stores where I’m at the top of the size range and highlight ones that offer a few sizes larger than mine. I also welcome reviews and suggestions in the comments.
In Myles Ahead sizes, I’m a 2 or 3x. Their sizes go up to 5x. They also have items in more conventional sizes up to 10X. Mostly casual and dressy clothes, along with some accessories.
Plus Woman goes from 1X-10X, with fairly conventional sizing for most things. At 4 or 5X, I’m in the middle of their range. They’re located in North Carolina and make a LOT of things to order and so you can customize size, fabric, and colors quite a bit. It can be more expensive.
I’m a 3x or 4x in Big on Batik clothes. Most of their clothing is available to 6x but some are 7X+, including swimsuits.
And, of course, there’s Making It Big. I’ve been buying their stuff for over a decade now. There’s casual, dressy, activewear, swimwear, outerwear …. and none of it is cheap, but it’s consistent and much of it is American-made. I’m a G/H (or 4X/5X) in their sizing, and they run up to size L (8X). As I type this Wednesday night I’m wearing a pair of brown size H corduroy pants I got from MIB years ago with a red “simple tee” in size G; yesterday I wore size H black relaxed knit pants with a purple “perfect tee” in size H; Monday I wore the same brown cords with a top from, gasp, a different company. No, they don’t pay me to advertise, and yes, I’ve paid for all my MIB stuff (some secondhand on eBay). (And if they don’t come out with the cords again I may need to clone the ones I’m wearing, damn it.)
So there is it — the list of stores that I know carries at least 2 sizes larger than my size. What have I missed? Got any warnings or reviews? Have at it.
Update: Ghastly G. Rotto reminds me through Twitter that Woman Within goes up to 7X in some things. I’m a 4X or 5X in their clothes, so Woman Within also fits the “2 sizes larger than I” rule even if they do use thin models.
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