12 best places to buy inexpensive plus-size clothing
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Anyone who wears clothes knows that filling a wardrobe can cost a pretty penny—especially if you’re plus-size. “Oh, but we need to use extra fabric on you,” the retailers whine. But that’s a poor excuse for charging a “fat tax,” when fabric is often a minuscule cost in the grand scheme of clothing manufacturing.
And while sometimes it's worth investing in certain pieces (like a wedding gown), people of all sizes want to get in on the latest trends, whether it's this season's jeans' cut or hot color. That's why we compiled this list of the 12 best places to buy inexpensive clothes in women's plus sizes. We labeled the retailers with the money-bag emoji, based on average price. One 💰means most items are under $20 a piece, while three means you'll some items for sale at around $50.
1. Old Navy
Sizes: 16 - 30 (1X - 4X)
Prices: 💰💰- 💰💰💰
What's cool about Old Navy, apart from its affordable prices, are that its regular “women’s” clothing goes up to a size 20 before switching over to the plus-size section, which starts at 1X, or the equivalent of a 16/18. So if you’re a size 20 or under—which includes millions of smaller plus-sized women who are on the cusp of many size ranges—you can shop both sections on Old Navy. But one thing to be wary of is the markups. The same shirt can be cheaper in the straight-size section than in the plus-size section.
So why recommend Old Navy? It’s the quality. Some items, such as Old Navy jeans can last years. And, price inconsistencies aside, there's almost always a sale or coupon, so you're bound to get a great deal.
Sizes: 0XL - 4XL (12 - 20)
Newsflash: Shein’s clothes aren’t a scam—which seems shocking, considering they come in sizes for everyone with almost everything costing under $20.
Its plus-size section, Shein Curve, isn't as size-inclusive as some of the other picks here—you'll find items in sizes 0XL (12) to 4X (20) only. But if you fall right in the middle of straight sizes and plus sizes, it’s a great place to pick up super trendy, super fun pieces for super, super low prices.
Sizes: 00 (10) - 6 (30)
With sizes ranging from 10 to 30, Torrid is one of the go-to stores for women’s plus-size clothing. The retailer sells jeans, dresses, professional wear, PJs, lingerie, and so much more. Torrid even has a wedding section for those about to get hitched.
The sizing scale is a little different than you'd expect, with clothing labeled from size 00, or the equivalent of regular size 10, to size 6, or the equivalent of size 30. But once you figure out which is your perfect fit, you can go to town filling your cart.
Sizes: 1x - 4x & 14 - 24
Don't let the name make you think it's just for teens—Rue21 is a great shopping spot for people of all ages and sizes. From graphic tees to ripped jeggings, you'll find a ton of adorable additions for your wardrobe. The clothes—which range from sizes 14 to 24 and 1X to 4X, depending on style—are shown on models that are inclusive not just in size, but in race and appearance, too.
Sizes: Depends on the seller
Prices: Depends on the seller
You can find almost anything on Amazon, including plenty of plus-size clothes. Inexpensive dresses to wear to your sister’s wedding? Easy. Thigh bands for under $20 to keep your skin from chafing under said frock? Done.
One tip when shopping Amazon: We recommend only choosing products that have at least 1,000 reviews and 4.5 star rating so you avoid any sketchy retailers. And make sure to read the reviews, which can help you decide if something is worth buying or if you should size up or down. Tools like Fakespot make spotting bad products easier, too.
6. Lane Bryant
Sizes: 10 - 40
Lane Bryant is one of the main retailers people think of when they think of plus-size clothing. And that's no surprise: Lane Bryant is one of the few brands on this list that offer up to a size 40 on more than just one article of clothing. The clothes aren’t super cheap, but sales can make investing in a few pieces totally worth it.
Sizes: 0X (12W) - 7X (36W)
Prices: 💰💰- 💰💰💰
Macy’s is the place to shop when you've got a fancy event coming up and you need a nice dress. It's also the place to go if you need a plus-size winter coat because there are always so many options to choose from.
For fairly inexpensive prices (especially with all the coupon codes and sales), you can get anything from a bathing suit to a prom dress. Macy’s has solid brand credibility and a vast selection that includes sizes up to 36W.
Sizes: 16 - 32W (XL - 5XL)
Despite the "cheap" stigma, Walmart offers decent quality items that can last a long time. You’ll find good brands for cheap, such as Eloquii, Scoop, and Free Assembly, along with Walmart’s own plus-size fashion brand, Terra and Sky.
Sizes: 14W - 30W / XL - 6XL
Kohl’s sells a wide variety of jeans, professional clothing, and more for plus-size people going up to size 30W. People of most sizes will be able to get the essentials here at a pretty reasonable price, especially with the retailer’s constant sales and Kohl’s Cash.
The best part for people with breasts? Kohl’s inclusive selection of bras. Most places only go up to a 42 or 44 band size and possibly a DD if you’re lucky. But for those with larger chests, that just won’t cut it. At Kohl’s, you’ll find bras in sizes G, H, I, J, and K and band sizes going up to 58.
Sizes: 1X (14/16) - 4X (26/28)
With shirts, dresses, and pants ranging mostly from $3 to $20, Rainbow’s streetwear is both affordable and fashionable. The retailer’s selection includes lingerie, swimwear, sweaters, blazers, and so much more.
The retailer has plus sizes in both juniors’ clothing and women’s clothing, and at such cheap prices, it’s fun to browse online in both departments to see what Rainbow has to offer.
11. ASOS Curve
Sizes: 12 - 26 / XL - 6XL
Prices: 💰💰- 💰💰💰
ASOS Curve has a huge plus-size section. If you sort by price, you'll find more than 4,000 products to browse all for under $50. The ASOS Curve brand itself makes jeans, dresses, shirts, and more, as well as a giant collection of plus-size clothes from various manufacturers. With all of the rave reviews, it can’t hurt to check it out.
Sizes: 14 - 40
Like Lane Bryant, Avenue goes up to size 40—and it even has a detailed sizing guide to help you buy the best size for your body. The brand’s selection includes jeans, swimwear, dresses, lingerie, PJs, activewear, and shoes.
Speaking of shoes, Avenue offers a variety of both regular- and wide-width shoes, which is helpful for plus-size individuals who may have trouble finding shoes that fit at places like DSW or Famous Footwear.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.