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The best plus-size stores in NYC

Can’t find your size? Oh yes, you can! Here are our favorite plus-size stores that cater to larger ladies and gents.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/thinkretail
Marina Rinaldi

Looking for cute plus-size clothes that are flattering and trendy? From retailers that are fashion standbys to a few new store openings, NYC offers a variety of outposts, from fast-fashion chain stores to high-end joints for all shapes and sizes. We’ve created a complete list of the best shops for plus-size and big-and-tall folks, so you can get your shopping spree started.

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The best plus-size stores

Avenue

This women’s chain has been around for more than a decade, but its often overshadowed by its Goliath competitor Lane Bryant. But Avenue’s casual, trendy apparel in sizes 14 to 32 shouldn’t be overlooked, if only for the impressive selection of LBDs (short-sleeved, ruffled, empire waist; $25–$88). There’s also denim galore, and a pair of jeans will run you just $20 to $60. Avenue aims to be a one-stop shopping spot and succeeds, stocking slimming swimsuits ($30–$78) and wide-width shoes up to size 13. There’s even a section for shape wear ($20–$49) and underwire bras ($27–$40).

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Fort Greene

Courtney Washington

The breezy linen and signature pucker-fabric dresses ($140–$360) by this New York designer are perfect for a lazy Sunday—that is, if you spend your weekends sipping Bloody Marys in the Hamptons. Come here for casual wear that will make a stellar first impression on your significant other’s parents, like a green floral linen tunic ($80) or a black pucker-fabric floor-length frock ($140–$170). Though you can find Washington’s elegant designs in department stores, her Brooklyn boutique is the only place that carries such a wide range of sizes (4 to 24) and styles in one spot.

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Fort Greene

Fashion to Figure

As the great-grandsons of Lena Bryant (founder of the ubiquitous plus-size chain Lane Bryant), owners Nick and Michael Kaplan had some big shoes to fill when they set out to create “an H&M or a Forever 21 for plus sizes.” By the looks of Fashion to Figure’s Bronx and Brooklyn locations, he’s succeeded pretty well. The stores stock the usual array of trendy gear typical of fast-fashion chains. There are also plenty of bargain threads (starting at size 12) for those with more grown-up tastes, including a floral button-down blouse ($28) and a print maxidress ($36–$40).

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Crown Heights

Imparali Custom Tailors

Providing impeccable service is par for the course with any respected New York tailor, but what really sets Imparali apart is the pricing: The midtown shop is one of the few tailors in town that doesn’t charge extra for larger suits (the custom-made creations are priced by type of material, not the amount used). Sure, the clothes don’t come cheap—suits start at $750—but with 10,000 fabrics from top names like Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry, Loro Piana and Zegna to choose from, girthy guys can feel comfortable in top-notch formal wear that's fine-tuned to fit their bodies. The shop also does alterations on both men’s and women’s garments ($20–$120).

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Midtown West

Lane Bryant

This trendy plus-size chain opens its second Manhattan location (the other is in Harlem), stocking fashionable clothing ($25–$295) and accessories ($10–$70) from its house labels, as well as brands like Seven7 and Spanx. The 7,835-square-foot, bi-level flagship’s ground floor carries day-to-night goods. You’ll know you look good with luxe fitting rooms featuring adjustable dimmers that simulate office, daylight and evening light. Head up the grand staircase to a balcony featuring intimates and sleepwear ($13–$70) from Cacique, the company’s sexy private label.

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Midtown West

Lee Lee's Valise

This women’s boutique boasts the What Not to Wear seal of approval (it has been featured on the TLC show many times). Owner Lisa Dolan has built an international following for her fashion-forward designs. Though she stocks everything from formal dresses ($168–$400) to swimsuits ($88–$150) in sizes 10 to 28, Dolan really excels at creating handmade accessories, including retro-looking belts ($160) and chic matching clutches ($68–$348). Near the counter, look for 18k gold bangles (one for $40), cubic zirconia bracelets ($78) and lots more of bling in bigger sizes, such as size 11 bejeweled rings—perfect for women who struggle to find pretty jewelry that fits.

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Carroll Gardens

Marina Rinaldi

This upscale Italian brand is the ideal place to invest in women’s work suits ($350–$1,000) and buttery cashmere cardigans ($400–$700). The store is chock-full of luxe fabrics, soft knits and high-end items in sizes 10 to 24, like sweater sets or cashmere blend vests. Loyal customers go nuts for the designer’s wool coats and leather boots that come in five different calf widths. A lot of the dresses come with detachable sleeves, so you can decide whether or not you want to show your arms, but if you do choose to bare your beautiful biceps, the shop’s cocktail dress selection is on point.

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Monif C. Plus Sizes

Designer Monif Clarke began her plus-size women’s line because she wanted to wear fashionable clothes but couldn’t find anything that fit. “I think I came out of the womb a size 18,” she jokes. Her bright, breezy designs were originally sold online only, but she kept hearing pleas from her Manhattan clients to set up racks in her showroom. Today, her tiny Hell’s Kitchen shop attracts visitors from across the country, who flock there for her printed maxidresses, flattering convertible dresses and edgy swimsuits ($148–$165).

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Hell's Kitchen

Proper Cloth

For taller guys, finding dress shirts with the perfect fit can be a real pain in the ass. The gents who run Proper Cloth make it easy. The Soho loft, opened in 2013, features custom-shirting (available in all sizes) and heavy pours of scotch at your service. You can walk in or make an appointment to get fitted, choose your fabric and even throw in a silk tie ($100) to match. Your new shirt (starting at $85) will be delivered within one to two weeks.

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Soho

Rochester Big & Tall

With 13,000-square-feet of retail space spread over three floors, this Manhattan king of the Big & Tall franchise stocks everything from Michael Kors pullovers ($145) to Calvin Klein suit separates ($398) in sizes up to 60XL. On the ground level, stock up on preppy casual wear, including Polo shirts ($80–$330) and Jack Victor seersucker jackets ($225–$598). Though there are splurges aplenty (custom suits by Coppley, Hickey Freeman and Jack Victor start at $995), big men on a budget can still score in the clearance area on the second floor, where you’ll find merchandise at 25 to 75 percent off year-round.

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Midtown West

Comments

12 comments
FK
FK

I would check out the sixth floor at Lord & Taylor on 5th Ave, lots of good brands (Ralph Lauren, Tahari, DKNY), etc in sizes 14w+.

Frankie B
Frankie B

@FK Have you checked out any of the above mentioned?

KI'm Pissed
KI'm Pissed

Seriously, the Avenue? I can't think of a worse plus size shopping place. Almost everything they sell is hideous. I expect better from Time Out NY. What about the big girls who don't want the trendy outfits, the big girls who want to create a unique style? I came here hoping I'd find suggestions for where to go to do that, and you gave me the freaking Avenue. Fail. Would have loved to see some thrift shops with great plus size sections or off the beaten trail finds. Really hope you guys write another article like this, but with better suggestions.

Settle D
Settle D

@KI'm Pissed Woahhhhhh. This is the reaction I would expect to see from making an appointment and going to said appointment and something went wrong and you weren't actually booked in. Not a click of a freaking web page.


Settle. Down.

Eb
Eb

I'd recommend going in for a fitting at Orchard Corset but ordering from their website instead. Ralph was so damn rude! And quality of corsets in store is not the same as online! I had to go through a return fiasco with the website because the corset I bought in NYC was such crap compared to what they had online. Check online for the style, see if they have exactly that, if they don't get fitted for that exact style and walk out.

shelly
shelly

to monif. is your store still open or is it shopping thru internet

Settle D
Settle D

@shelly Call the store duhhhhhh

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Frankie B
Frankie B

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DC
DC

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