14 Places to Find Plus Sized Fashion to Match Your Ethics
Something is defiantly afoot when it comes to fashion diversity. First there’s the success of the Advanced Style franchise (blog, movie, book), plus the numerous ad campaigns featuring Iris Apfel and finally Ashley Graham coming into her beautiful own and becoming the first-ever plus-size model to appear on the cover of American Vogue.
With Ashley Graham on Vogue, the question on everyone’s lips is, will fashion start taking women of a certain size more seriously. And will ethical fashion follow or lead the way? According to the Washington Post:
The average American woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18, according to new research from Washington State University. There are 100 million plus-size women in America, and, for the past three years, they have increased their spending on clothes faster than their straight-size counterparts. There is money to be made here ($20.4 billion, up 17 percent from 2013).
So where is all the plus sized fashion? We’ve found fourteen places to look to find pieces to match your ethics:
- Beth Ditto: The iconic musician has already dropped two collections of her namesake line, and fans are eagerly awaiting the new spring collection. Sizes 14-28. Made in the USA.
- Decent Exposures: This Seattle-based brand started making the Un-bra® in 1986 and have been fitting women sized 30AAA to 60J ever since. They use organic cotton and have added a line of basics and activewear. Up to size 4X. Made in USA.
- Eileen Fisher: Committed to being fully sustainable by 2020, Eileen Fisher focuses on both the environmental and social impacts of their collections. Sizes 16W-24W.
- Excuse My BonBon: Launched in 2015, this Finnish brand brings sizzle to the scene with their line of contemporary seperates. Sizes 12/14 – 22/24. Made in Finland.
- H&M’s Conscious Collection: The portion of their collections earmarked for sustainable fibre use, select pieces in the Conscious Collection up to size 20.
- Hackwith Design House: This minimalist line was started by a husband and wife team in Minnesota in 2010 (made there too). The HDH Plus line comes in sizes sizes 14-28, with limited edition pieces released on Mondays.
- IGIGI: Fashionista favorite since 2000, the brand recently got an influx of investor money and plans to increase offerings (bridal expected soon) and sizes. Currently offering size 14-36. Made in USA.
- LNBF: Launched in 2007, this Canadian brand uses environmentally conscious fabrics like closed-loop viscose Bamboo, Tencel and organic cotton. Up to size 22.
- On the Plus Side: Around for 30 years, this brand has been green from the start, thinking about textiles, dyes, waste, and more. Sizes 0X-8X (22W to 48W). Made in the USA.
- Ramonalisa: this Canadian brand offers modern, minimalist, sustainable fashion up to XXL. Made in Montreal.
- SmartGlamour: affordable, fashionable, and customizable ethical clothing line for people of all shapes, sizes, heights, ages, identities, and styles. From XXS to 6X. Made in NYC.
- Sotela: this American brand bills itself ’a brand for women by women’. Size 3 fits traditional sizes 14-18. Made in USA with environmentally-friendly textiles like modal and tencel.
- Target’s Ava and Viv: Target keeps working towards better sustainability, and often uses Lenzing’s Tencel® and Modal® in their own lines. Sixes x-4x.
- ThredUp: Thrift online through ThredUp’s collection of over 7000 items listed under the “plus” size tab.
We’re sure there’s more. Know of a plus-sized brand that should be on the list, hit us up on insta and tag #magnifecoplus
As a last note, we love this advice from Courtney Costello, former designer at Eloquii (via Racked) – because, petite or plus, one size does not fit all:
Don’t be afraid to tailor your clothing. Everyone has a different body type. You may have to buy something that fits you in one area but is bigger or longer in another area. If you bring your clothes to a tailor they can custom fit the clothes to your body. It’s relatively inexpensive for the alterations and you look like a million dollars.