The best plus-size stores in NYC

Can't find your size? Oh yes you can! Here are our favorite shops that cater to larger ladies and gents.

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Looking for cute plus-size clothes that are flattering and on trend? From stores that are fashion standbys to some newer boutiques, NYC offers a variety of shops for all shapes and sizes featuring the latest trends. We have the complete list of the best plus-size stores to get your shopping spree started!

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Best one-stop shopping: Avenue

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Though this women’s chain has been around for more than a decade, it’s 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 though 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) that come with a built-in tummy-control panel and wide-width shoes up to size 13. There’s even a section for shape wear ($20–$49) and underwire bras ($27–$40), though only up to 48DDD.

  1. Various locations, visit avenue.com
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Best for weekend gear: Courtney Washington

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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. Stock up on summer staples like white linen skirts and cotton tops ($83–$125) before fall’s boucle sweaters and jackets dominate the displays.

  1. 674 Fulton St, (South Elliot Pl), 11217
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Best chain: Fashion to Figure

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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 he 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: cheetah-print T-shirts ($20), crochet cardigans ($20) and knit scarves with sequins ($9), and bangles, rings and necklaces ($8–$20) made to fit larger fingers and wrists. 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).

  1. Various locations, visit fashiontofigure.com
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Best for Halloween costumes: Frank Bee Costume

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This Bronx behemoth has been outfitting witches, ghosts and goblins since 1957, but the retailer’s expansive plus-size selection is a more recent addition to its shelves. With 10,000 costumes in stock, including accessories, wigs, hats and makeup, no wanna-be Lady Gaga or furry Chewbacca will go home empty-handed. Curvy correction officers and sexy French maids sizes 18 to 20 can pick up full packaged getups for $60 a pop, while dudes can scare the crap out of everyone in Freddy Krueger costumes in sizes 46 to 52 ($40).

  1. 3435 E Tremont Ave, (at Bruckner Blvd)
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Best for curvy women: Gwynnie Bee

Embrace your bod (yes, all of it) and the newest trends, with this New York–based site that’s along the lines of Rent the Runway. You sign up, pay a monthly subscription fee (starting at $35) and create a virtual closet, which allows you to rent from more than 1,000 styles (in size 10 through 32). Once you receive your selections, you can wear and return—or even purchase directly from your curated closet. Brands include BB Dakota, Karen Kane, Rachel Pally, Lucky and more. Gwynnie Bee has held successful sample sales recently (where items were $20) and plans to hold more in NYC.

  1. 855-499-6643
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Best for denim: HotSexyFit

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Home to the “Brazilian butt-lift” jeans, this tiny Harlem shop carries denim that works like a Miracle Bra for your rear. You’ll find them in a range of sizes (00 to 30) and shades, including gradations of blue, gray and black. Best of all, the store doesn’t charge extra for larger sizes, and with prices ranging from $20 to $100 per pair, the jeans are a flat-out bargain.

  1. 35 W 125th St, (between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd)
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Best tailor: Imparali Custom Tailors

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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 fine-tuned to fit their bodies. The shop also does alterations on both men’s and women’s garments ($20–$120). Word has spread about the store’s high-quality work: Owner Matt Harpalani estimates that now about 20 percent of his customers are plus-size.

  1. 608 Fifth Ave, Suite 310, (between 48th and 49th Sts)
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Best for accessories: Lee Lee's Valise

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This women’s boutique boasts the What Not to Wear seal of approval (it has been featured on the TLC show 18 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, where Dolan really excels is 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. We’re digging the store’s embossed-leather Obi belt ($170)—Dolan’s interpretation of the sashes made popular in a Louis Vuitton collection. “All I want to do is see what’s on the runway and translate it to plus-size,” she explains.

  1. 368 Court St, (at President St)
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Best for work wear: Marina Rinaldi

  • Price band: 4/4

This upscale Italian brand, part of the MaxMara Fashion Group, is the ideal place to invest in crisp 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 ($350) or cashmere blend vests ($350). Loyal customers go nuts for the designer’s wool coats ($895) and leather boots ($900–$1,000) 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, don’t miss Mr. Elegante sleeveless lace dresses ($1,200) that will take you from the cubicle to cocktails in style.

  1. 13 E 69th St, (between Madison and Fifth Aves)
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Best for evening: Monif C. Plus Sizes

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  • Critics choice

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 ($235), flattering short, convertible dresses ($195) and edgy swimsuits ($148–$165). For all-purpose going-out attire, we love the designer’s signature Marilyn Convertible dress ($235). The flowing jersey dress can be worn an astounding 22 different ways—including with or without sleeves and as a halter dress—which more than justifies the price tag.

  1. 325 W 38th St, suite 207, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Best for lingerie: Orchard Corset

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  • Critics choice

Cardboard boxes line the walls at this no-frills bra shop, but don’t be deterred by the cluttered appearance. “No one comes here for the beautiful store,” admits owner Ralph Berk. “They come here for the fit.” That’s because this Lower East Side staple for bras, corsets, bustiers and shape wear has a secret weapon: Peggy Berk, who has been fitting women for more than 30 years and can size up her customers in a single glance. With corsets in everything from leather ($99–$109) to satin ($67–$109) and affordable bras by Le Mystre, Dominique and Goddess ($25–$50), Orchard Corset offers a surprising variety and the largest sizes—up to 56M in bras and 54 in girdles—we’ve seen in the city.

  1. 157 Orchard St, (between Rivington and Stanton Sts)
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Best for big and tall: Proper Cloth

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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.

  1. 481 Broadway, (between Broome and Grand Sts)
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Best for men: Rochester Big & Tall

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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). If you’re spending the weekend somewhere other than Nantucket, head to the ground floor for the store’s super-soft Lacoste T-shirts by Agave ($110). In the basement, pick up a pair of Converse sneakers ($55–$110), Cole Haan dress shoes ($160–$200) and even golf shoes ($160–$250) in sizes up to 16. 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.

  1. 1301 Sixth Ave, (at 52nd St)
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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+.

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.

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

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DC
DC

best plus size shopping

Frankie B
Frankie B

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

Frankie B
Frankie B

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