Despite sometimes struggling to find my fashion sense (thank you late 80’s/early 90’s track and sweat suits), I still love the idea that maybe someday it will all click for me. I’ve lost a lot of weight over the last few years and even hit the “average” sizes a few years ago. However, I still hoover on the smaller side of the plus size chart. Combing these two factors of my life I still struggle to find plus size clothing in everyday life and while traveling. So when thinking about the few cities throughout the world that are labeled as “the place to shop for fashion”, I think of New York City.
It’s where Peter grew up, it’s where I love to pretend I’m on Broadway (that’s a story for another day) and it’s also one of the most sought after shopping locations throughout the world. Maybe it’s because of New York Fashion Week or Sex in the City, who knows, but if you are planning a trip to NYC with the intent to shop and you are larger than a size 12, you might be wondering where to find some cute, unique, valuable, etc. clothing.
Here are 16 stores throughout New York City where you can find Women’s Plus Size Clothing.
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79 Madison Ave, Floor 8, New York, NY 10016 $$$
Swimwear is always difficult to find. For me one part is bigger than the other so I can usually count on the girls being squished or it looking like I have a diaper on when I order online.
Sizes Carried: 12W-24W
1449 Rockaway Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11236 $$
There are locations throughout the city & you can find them here.
Ashley Stewart is one of the top stores I have had recommendations for by other plus size and curvy women throughout my journey. While in New York City you will be delighted to find approximately 7 stores located throughout the city.
Catered towards a forward and modern fashion with a conservative appeal you will be delighted to find at least one thing to fit into your wardrobe. Their prices run lower in comparison to other stores throughout the city with shirts starting around $38 and going up.
Sizes Carried: 12-36
1360 Fulton St # 107, Brooklyn, NY 11216 $$$
Avenue has a few locations throughout New York City, you can find them here.
Avenue is a great mixture of everything we always wanted. High end and basic combined with special occasion options. Priced in the middle of our chart, they provide a little something for everyone.
Sizes Carried: 14-32
395 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012 $$$$
Eileen Fisher is the high end of fashion for plus size, well at least the dollar amount is. They carry items such as basic t-shirts and jeans all the way to cocktail dresses and ball gowns.
Like their price point buddies Lafayette 148, Eileen Fisher opts to use skinny models on their plus size clothing section on their website. I don’t know maybe it’s just me, but this
When walking into the store you will be faced with clean and organized racks with this seasons line in stock. So basically everything my closet isn’t. As for assistance in finding sizes and trends that might be a good fit for you. Also note they too are on the highest end of the budget scale so plan accordingly with your shopping.Higher end stores that offer plus size clothing but don't have plus models on their websites aren't inclusive at all. @EILEENFISHERNY Click To Tweet
Sizes Carried: 10-24W (smaller sizes available)
330 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001 $$
There are 3 stores within NYC, you can find them here.
Fashion to Figure offers a wide variety of choices from intimates and swimwear to business and casual attire.
Sizes Carried: 12-24
179 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002 $$
From casual to classic Kiyonna/ Curvaceous K is a great place to find something for everyone. Priced rather well you can find cocktail dresses for a night out on the town or a shirt to remind you of your adventures throughout New York City.
Sizes Carried: 10-32
148 Lafayette St 8th floor New York, NY 10013 $$$$
Take the elevator to the 8th floor and shop in style at Lafayette 148. The showroom has all of the current
The only thing I found disheartening about this company is that their plus size offerings online do not show plus size women. When companies do this it can make it really difficult to a) feel included b) judge the clothing and the companies mindset.@lafayette148ny When a store offers plus size clothing, but uses rail-thin models. There is nothing to hide, women of all sizes love your styles, why not include them in your branding designs? #plussizeinclusion #wehavemoneytoo Click To Tweet
Sizes Carried: 14-24
42 W 39th St 17th Floor, New York, NY 10018 $$
Do you remember Fashion Bug? La Cera gives me a similar vibe with their take on comfort. Priced moderately this company offers everything from sleepwear to formal. What I love the most about La Cera is that they have a
Sizes Carried: 12-30
380 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 $$
Lane Bryant can be found across the United States, there are numerous stores throughout New York City. You can find additional stores here.
I used to work for Lane Bryant in my local mall during college. Back then they focused a lot on business pants and casual attire. While they filled my closet during college, I always found that the style was more grown up than towards young adult.
However, nowadays I wear a lot of business attire and suits that I actually can’t wait to give them a try again. This location of Lane Bryant is located within a mall, so don’t be surprised by if you find yourself purchasing new panties, a business suit
Sizes Carried: 10-32
42 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012$$
I know what you are thinking… aren’t they an online clothing store? The answer is yes! But recently ModCloth has been filtering their way into Brick and Mortar stores for customers to try on and order in store.
I tried their store out in Houston, Texas last year while on a business trip. I loved the idea of trying on different options and feeling the material (this is a huge thing for me). I didn’t order anything while in the store, but I did go home and order a few pieces a few days later.
It was a unique experience, but I loved being able to try on before buying.
Sizes Carried: XXS-4X
455 Graham Avenue, Right, Brooklyn, NY 11222 $$
Noted as a unique boutique with one of a kind focus BKLYN gives customers a fresh new funky take on fashion trends. You can find a lot of options in
Sizes Carried: 14 – 26, with select styles up to 32 (according to their Facebook Page)
110 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002 $
There are stores scattered throughout NYC, to find out where their other locations are please click here.
Rainbow Shops is priced for the smaller budget, with shirts as low as $10 it’s really the place to beat. They offer trending styles, modern twist on conservative styles and your everyday plain t-shirt as well. For staple items, this is definitely a place to check out.
Sizes Carried: 12-24 (smaller sizes as well)
270 W 38th St Suite # 2000, New York, NY 10018 $$$
I have seen Shegul pop up on the forums throughout the internet a lot when asked about places to shop for Plus Size clothing. While I haven’t purchased nor do I own anything from this company personally, obviously they must be doing something right.
Their designs are something out of literature combined with whimsy and conservative trends, making their line offer something for everyone. While they are in our second to highest price range, owning a piece would be worthwhile, at least according to the online forums.
Sizes Carried: 12-26
2145 Ralph Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234 $$
Torrid has plenty of locations throughout New York City and you can find them here.
I remember when Torrid first opened their doors in my local mall. It felt like a plus size version of Hot Topic and I had no desire to step foot into their store. As the years have gone by I stopped following them only to return upon encouragement from other ladies in our Facebook Group.
I found them to be affordable and have the business attire I need for work.
Sizes Carried: 10-30
65 Greene St, New York, NY 10012 $$$
Work with a stylist and step out of your own comfy clothes. Universal Standard might look small, but they offer a
Sizes Carried: 6-32
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