There’s no denying the state of plus-size fashion has massively improved over the last few years. We're no longer forced to choose between matronly, ill-fitting sacks or infantile, embellished everything; plus-size clothing is finally...stylish. But so many full-figured women still feel relegated to the brick-and-mortar stores that dot our malls, even though there’s a world of shopping beyond Lane Bryant, Torrid, and Target. No shade to those three; it’s just time to let some of the new indie brands shine, too.
Not only are the labels ahead filled with unique designs that satisfy every wardrobe want, they are also more size-inclusive than we're used to seeing — and that's always a win in our book. Click through to see 11 more under-the-radar plus brands we're currently loving, and let us know about any you're obsessed with in the comments below.
Youtheary Khmer Youtheary Khmer
is a contemporary women's clothing brand available in sizes XL to 5X. Founded by former plus size model, Theary Sim, the line prides itself on being super chic yet affordable with items such as this
floral ruffle blouse
for low as $29.
Named after its designer Monif Clark,
has been a frontrunner in the fashion industry for over 10 years.
According to Bustle
, Clark designed her first collection from the basement of her parents' New Jersey basement without having any experience at all. This just goes to show that absolutely nothing should stop you from pursuing a dream, especially if that dream is to help other women feel beautiful and confident.
As a New York-based company with a slew of international offices (think Montreal, Canada, and Melbourne, Australia), the folks at
have one mission in mind: Provide women around the globe with fashionable garments suited for every occasion.
By Nadia Aboulhosn
Fashion blogger Nadia Aboulhosn knows a thing or two about style — and what her audience wants. With over 500,000 followers
, the L.A.-based model launched her
in January, offering signatures from her own closet — matching sets, lace-up mini skirts, and oversized hoodies — in sizes small through 3XL. Frankly, it's one of the most trend-driven size-inclusive collections we've seen yet.
Hackwith Design House
Designer Lisa Hackwith created her eponymous line
Hackwith Design House
with the idea that women’s bodies are as diverse as their skills, talents, and accomplishments, so her addition of
is an obvious evolution of that concept. The size 14 to 28 range is filled with minimalist, architectural designs that appeal to our awkward-chic sensibilities.
Zelie For She
Designer Elann Zelie keeps you guessing season after season with her eponymous line,
Zelie For She
. Her latest size 14 to 24 collection,
, concentrates on mixed prints and bold colors; while the collection before that,
, offers an array of maxi dresses. Basically, there’s something for every style sensibility.
is easily one of our favorite go-tos for on-trend designs, thanks to its constant rotation of
stylish matching sets
, and wardrobe-building
, all in an applause-worthy inclusive size range of 0 to 32. This unapologetic brand knows that fashion is not an exclusive club; admission is easy when you can find something for every body, style, and budget.
If you’d label your style “NYC Minimalism” then
should be your first shopping stop. Based in New York City (duh), Universal Standard was created due to the lack of sleek minimalism that can easily be found in straight-size contemporary labels. Offered in size 10 to 28, it stocks edgy,
perfectly slouchy jeans
— everything you need to get your model-off-duty fix.
If you’re a fan of
is bound to be your new jam. Manufactured in NYC's garment district, the size 2 through 24 line is a big hit among fashion-focused celebs like Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Serena Williams, and Amber Riley.
Photo: Courtesy of Copper Union.
Copper Union Copper Union
is a Portland-based brand with two focuses: fit and fabric. Designer Claire Doody’s diverse design background and strong understanding of fit techniques and textiles sets Copper Union apart from other plus lines. The size 12 to 30 line is filled with flattering separates that can easily take you from work to play without skipping a beat.
Photo: Courtesy of Jibri.
To call the size 10 to 28 line
drop-dead gorgeous almost feels like an understatement. With
smatterings of sequins
, the brand is clearly not for the sartorially shy. Designer Jasmine Elder’s dramatic goods skew more couture than costume, offering maximal impact for those looking to add a punch to their wardrobes.
Photo: Courtesy of Harlow.
After last Australian Fashion Week, we’ve developed an even stronger love for the clothes coming from Down Under. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll pretty much want everything from Aussie label
. Eschewing the typical seasonal swap, Harlow focuses on manufacturing pieces that will be on high rotation in your wardrobe for years. And although a special-edition collection is available in sizes 12 to 24, the limited run means you'll need to snag styles ASAP.
Photo: Courtesy of Courtney Noelle.
Photo: Courtesy of Yona New York.
Yona New York
If you’re looking to bolster your work wardrobe, then
Yona New York
is your dream come true. Designer Yona Love felt that plus designs fell into two camps: Either you could drown your curves in shapeless sacks or show off everything in skin-tight silhouettes, neither of which appealed to her professional style. Love also knew that "office-appropriate" didn’t have to mean dull suiting, either, which is why her sophisticated collection of size 14 to 24
is such a fresh breath of air in what is typically a stale segment.
Photo: Courtesy of Smart Glamour.