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Your Ultimate Size-Inclusive Shopping Guide

Designers and retailers have gotten the memo! Where to find fashionable and flattering ‘fits in sizes up to 4X.

One of life’s pleasures is shopping. But if you’re plus-sized like I am, buying new clothes can be challenging. Beyond beloved staples such as Lane Bryant and Ashley Stewart, many mainstream retailers seem to think that style stops at size 14/16, and that if you’re larger than that, you can’t possibly want fashionable, on-trend pieces.

But there’s a revolution happening in retail and on the runway. On New York’s Spring 2020 Fashion week runways, casting of plus-size models hit an all-time high. Several fashion brands, such as Anthropologie and Rebecca Minkoff, introduced extended sizes this year.

Recently – and not a moment too soon – I’ve noticed that more stores are taking customers like me into account, extending their sizes to include those of us who have a few more curves to compliment. Finally I’m beginning to be able to go into some of the shops my straight-sized friends love and find things that don’t just cover but celebrate my shape. Here’s hoping the example set by these size-inclusive labels will spur retailers who as of Fall 2019 haven’t yet taken the hint (I’m looking at you Banana Republic, Gap, H&M, Urban and Zara!) to do the same. Because fashion is for every body and style transcends size. Here’s are some great labels to shop now:

Anthropologie: Known for feminine, boho-chic clothing, the retailer released its APlus by Anthropologie collection, which runs to size 26W/3X, last March.

ASOS: Find all the styles your smaller friends are sporting at this U.K. based online store, which carries sizes up to 26 .

City Chic: This Aussie brand (sold online and at Macy’s and Nordstrom) is a one-stop shop for daytime or evening wear that’s bold, sexy, glam and chic in sizes up to 24W.

Draper James: Rom-com actress Reese Witherspoon’s line is unapologetically pretty and inspired by the femininity of a traditional Southern belle. Clothing comes in sizes up to 24W/4X.

Eloquii: With imaginative prints and sharp silhouettes, this brand offers high-quality looks for a fraction of the price of most designer duds in petite and regular lengths up to size 28.

eShakti: Looking for customizable clothing? This online retailer sells dresses and separates up to size 36W with the option to affordably tweak necklines and sleeve and hem length. Shipping takes about a month, so plan accordingly.

J.Crew: This famously preppy brand has expanded its size range – and that of its spin-off Madewell– to include up to size 24W/3X.

LOFT: Finally curvier sisters can snag stylish office wear and casual classics at this mall go-to, which recently extended its range to size 26.

Mango: Available in its own stores and also in select branches of J. C. Penney, Mango recently launched Violeta, an edgy, rock ’n roll-ready collection that goes up to size 22.

Modcloth: Love 1950s-inspired dresses, novelty prints and full, feminine skirts? Find your fix here, where sizes go up to 4X.

New York & Company: Shop modern work wear and casual clothing – as well as a capsule collection designed by Gabrielle Union – in sizes up to XXL/20 at this mall and online staple.

Old Navy: The casual clothing and jeans at Gap’s sister brand hug larger busts, waistlines and hips and come in petite and tall lengths and sizes up to 4X.

Rachel Roy: Known for her elegantly draped matte jersey pieces, both of this designer’s collections ­– Rachel Roy and Rachel Rachel Roy – offer wearable and stylish options for curvy fashionistas who wear up to size 24W.

Reformation: This eco-friendly brand launched a permanent plus-size collection earlier this year, with feminine wrap, empire waist-, A-line- and sweetheart-neckline dresses up to size 3X.

Standards & Practices: Aimed at the woman who wants to feel comfortable but still look like she put some effort into her outfit, this store sells casual-chic separates in sizes up to 3X/24.

Torrid: Whether or not you consider this mall store’s clothing, which runs to size 4X/30, too youthful for your taste, you’ll definitely appreciate its comprehensive selection of undergarments, accessories and wide-fitting shoes.

Yours: From maxi dresses to lingerie to sweatshirts, this U.K.-based retailer sells an impressive array of affordable staples and special-occasion clothing in sizes up to 34 and ships internationally.

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