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14 plus size clothing stores you need to know about

Ditch the boring and bring in the fun. Here are the coolest stores for plus-sized fashionistas.

We've said farewell to the days when big girls had a hard time finding sexy, trendy and stylish clothes that flattered their bodies.

Today there are loads of blogs, fashion editors, stylists, and stores dedicated to all the bootylicious beauties out there. In fact, you'll find many designers and high-street stores are designing hot-to-trot plus-size lines. If you're looking for on-trend and inspirational fashions and styles to fit you, read on. Here are out favourite stores to shop sassy, fun and fierce plus-sized fashion.

The 14 Best Plus Size Fashion Stores Online

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City Chic

City Chic is an innovative Aussie brand that set itself apart by designing glamorous, sexy, flattering, and bold fashion for full-figured women. The label has a line for every occasion, every wardrobe section, and for every layer (check out their lingerie). The brand has exploded since its arrival in 2008 and looks to international trends for to create its modern and fun fashion. Shop online or in retail stores.

  • Sizes 14– 24
  • Free delivery over $150/ $10 flat rate for orders under $150.
  • 30 day returns.
  • Australian brand
  • Delivery in 3– 5 business days.

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Missguided

Missguided is a UK based retailer that aims to bring affordable, hot-off-the-street trends to its young and fashion-conscious customers. The design team at Missguided take inspiration from both the street and the catwalk, and always have their ears pricked for the next big thing. The site has a localised Australian version, so Aussie fashionistas can shop in AUD. The plus size range has hundreds of items and goes up to size 24.

  • Sizes 16– 24
  • Free shipping over $80
  • Returns within 14 days of delivery
  • International store with an Australian site.
  • Delivery in 10– 15 business days (standard) or within 4 business days (express).

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Autograph

Autograph is an Australian based fashion site for plus-sized women. The site is dedicated to bringing on-trend styles to full-figured girls. The store's mission is to provide quality and style at an affordable price - and it absolutely delivers. Autograph takes pride in knowing what their customers want, offering excellence in customer care, and fast delivery.

  • Sizes 14– 26
  • Free shipping over $80
  • Returns within 30 days
  • Australian store
  • Delivery in 2– 5 business days.

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Johnny Bigg

Boys, you haven't been forgotten. Johnny Bigg specialises in trend clothing, footwear and accessories for the bigger and taller man. Based in Australia and New Zealand, it's a local brand that knows what Aussie men want from their clothes and knows how to cater to this ideal without compromising on style.

  • Shirt sizes in XL-8XL (large), LT-4XLT (tall), pant sizes in 36-54 (large), 36L-52L (long) and shoe sizes in 9-15 (AU sizing).
  • Free shipping on orders $85 or more
  • Click and collect available
  • Australian store

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Marks & Spencer

Marks and Spencer has a stunning plus size line that will have you shopping in all your spare time. Known for affordability and quality, the British retailer creates stylish pieces for everyone. Full-figured girls should head to the M&S Plus section now. You'll find girly prints, structured coats, delicate knits and so much more.

  • UK sizes 20-28
  • Free delivery to Australia for orders over £30.
  • Returns are accepted for unused items.
  • UK based store
  • Delivery within 10– 14 business days.

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ASOS

Oh ASOS! Who doesn't love ASOS, in addition to customising its most popular pieces for tall girls and short girls, it also adapts the coolest pieces for big girls too. The line is called ASOS Curve and it is by far one of the most extensive plus size lines on the market. ASOS Curve means that you'll never have to go without stockings, socks, jewellery or belts. It has everything you need in your size.

  • UK sizes 18– 30
  • Free shipping over $40
  • Returns within 28 days.
  • International store with an Australian site and in-country returns.
  • Delivery in 5– 7 business days (standard) and 2– 3 business days (express).

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David Jones

David Jones has a Plus Sized section that features its own label, David Jones Curve, as well as leading labels such as Gordon Smith, Hammock and Vine, Harper Rose, Agenda Woman, and more. The edit focuses on clean lines, classics cuts, and the most flattering styles.

  • Sizes 16–28
  • Free delivery when you use your David Jones Store Card
  • Returns for new items within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Australian department store
  • Delivery in 3– 7 business days (standard) or the next business day for metropolitan areas (express).

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Destination XL

Another one for the boys! Destination XL (DXL) is a man's one-stop-shop for plus-size clothing. Whether you're extra big or extra tall, you'll find brands, such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Lacoste, here to fit you.

  • Sizes LT-7LT (tall) and XL-8XL (big), as a sample of the shirt sizing
  • Members rewards club
  • Big brands

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Millers

Millers is one of Australia’s largest national retailers for women’s fashion. The brand is all about timeless style and ageless fashion. Millers has a large plus-sized range that aims to bring the same Millers ethos to big and beautiful women all over the country.

  • Sizes 8– 22
  • Free delivery over $60
  • Returns within 14 days.
  • Australian store
  • Delivery within 3– 10 business days.

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Boohoo

Boohoo was a winner of Cosmopolitan's Best for Curves Fashion Awards in 2014. Plus, they've just launched an exclusive line by model and fashion blogger Nadia Aboulhosn. So it's not a surprise why it's one of the finder.com.au favourite stores for plus size clothing.

  • UK sizes 16– 24
  • Free delivery over $40
  • 30 day returns
  • UK based store
  • Delivery in 8 working days.

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Katie's

Katie's is an Australian retail icon and creates quality, accessible, and in-style clothes for women of all sizes. While is does not have a specific plus size section, the sizes for most styles run up to 22.

  • Sizes 8– 22
  • Free shipping over $100
  • 30 day returns
  • Australian store
  • Delivery in 2– 5 days.

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New Look

New Look is renowned for bring street trend to women everywhere at a price that's affordable. You will actually be genuinely surprised when you see the prices at New Look, especially taking into account higher quality of clothing they sell. The plus size range goes up to a 22 and it's one of the best plus ranges available in Australia.

  • UK sizes 14-22
  • Free delivery over £55
  • 28 day returns
  • UK based store
  • Delivery in 7– 9 business days.

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Crossroads

Crossroads in an Australian online fashion store that is dedicated to all women, no matter what shape and size. The brand looks to street trend to create styles that are fashionable, wearable and made to bring out the best in full-figured body shapes. Crossroads also designs maternity wear.

  • Sizes 8– 22
  • Free delivery over $60
  • 30 day returns
  • Australian store
  • Delivery in 3– 10 days

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Yours Clothing

British brand, Yours Clothing is dedicated to designing modern, fun and affordable plus size clothing. From humble beginnings in a market stall 20 years ago, the brand has grown significantly, with worldwide shipping as well as having a warehouse based in Australia. (So you can expect speedy deliveries!)

  • Free delivery on orders over $50
  • Delivery in 9-12 business days
  • Australian warehouse
  • 21 day returns from date of purchase

Styling tips for fashion perfection

Highlight your assets: Do you have creamy-porcelain skin or a golden-dark complexion? Try wearing bright jewel-tones to show off your amazing colouring. If your skin tone is more in the middle, go for earthy tones that compliment your pretty medium complexion. And don't be afraid to show some skin! If you've got great legs, show them off. Do you love your shoulders? Then wear something off-the-shoulder.

Don’t blindly follow trends: Not all trends are for everyone. The trick is picking the trend that works for you, and forgetting the ones that don’t.

Accessorise: Statement jewellery and shoes are a girl’s best friends. Accessories can make an outfit pop and turn even a thrown-together number into a look that is in-style and fabulous.

Get the size right: That goes for underwear, too. Feeling great in an outfit is 90% fit. Choose underwear that you're comfortable in and that looks good under clothes, and don’t be afraid of tight fitting garment! If it doesn’t fit perfectly, but you love it, take it to a tailor.

Know your measurements: This is especially important for online shoppers. Sizes vary wildly between stores, and even if you convert from international sizes, knowing your exact measurements will always help you get it right. Most online stores will have size guides with cm or inch measurements.


Awesome Plus Size Fashion Bloggers for some serious #styleinspo

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Frocks and Frou Frou

Blog: http://frocksandfroufrou.com/

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Who: Lilli is an Australian girl living, loving and blogging about her fashion finds. She has a soft spot for ‘silly shoes’ and stand-out bags. Her loves (and blog material) also stretch to recipes, hair ideas, and accessories.

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Fashion Hayley

Blog: http://www.fashionhayley.com/

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Who: Melbourne native Hayley is a fashion stylist, personal style blogger and columnist for Shop Till You Drop. Her blog documents inspirational fashion finds and outfits from cities she visits and lives in.

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This is Ashley Rose

Blog: http://www.thisisashleyrose.com/

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Who: Ashley Rose is a twenty-something Melbourne girl dedicated to translating the hottest catwalk looks into a style that is accessible to plus-sized women. Her blog and personal style has been featured in a number of media outlets including Grazia, Shop Till You Drop, and Elle.

Nadia Aboulhosn

Blog: http://www.nadiaaboulhosn.com/

Location: New York City, USA

Who: Blogging since 2010, Nadia Aboulhosn's been called the plus-size Kim Kardashian, and her famous fifure's been modelled for American Apparel and Addition Elle. She's recently launched an exclusive line with Boohoo, offering stylish and affordable looks.

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Wait Until The Sunset

Blog: http://www.waituntilthesunset.com/

Location: Queensland, Australia

Who: Olivia has a passion for plus sized fashion and moonlights from her day-job as a registered nurse to bring the best finds from Australia and abroad to big and beautiful ladies. Expect a body-loving inspirational site that proves that pretty clothes for big girls are out there whether you are shopping from chain stores, or rummaging through vintage markets.


Do’s and Don’ts of shopping online for plus size clothes

Do's

  • Check the returns policies. One of the biggest pitfalls when shopping online is getting the right size– no matter number you are. Do yourself a favour and check the return policy before you click ‘confirm’.
  • Seek out the size guide. Forget the number – sizes will vary from retailer to retailer so make sure you know your measurements and double check the size guide.
  • Check the reviews. One of the best things about shopping online is being able to read reviews from other shoppers who have bought the same item (how great would that be in real life!) It's especially helpful for features you might not be able to pick up on the screen, such as the feel of the fabric or the ‘true colour’ of the garment.

Don’t

  • Hold onto it because it might fit ‘one day’. Forget it. If it doesn’t look great, and you can’t get it adjusted by a tailor, send it back and move on with your life! Plenty more fish in the fashion sea…
  • Stick to the rules. Stylists love to bandy about ‘rules’ for plus sized girls like ‘keep to black’ or ‘no big prints’. Dress to look good, not to look slim and if it looks good, wear it.
  • Be scared of tight fitting styles. Embrace your body and show it off. Loose fitting clothes will often swamp a large frame and hide your best features.

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Get it cheaper: plus size fashion coupon codes & deals

M&S - Free Delivery

Get free delivery to Australia with our promo code when you spend £30 or more.

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Free shipping to Australia

Get free shipping on orders over $40 to Australia at ASOS.

Sale on Tshirts and Polos

Receive discount on selected T-shirts and polos at Johnny Bigg

Get free delivery to AU and NZ

Get free standard shipping in Australia and New Zealand for orders more than $60 at Missguided.

Katies - Free Delivery for Orders Over $100 (After Discounts)

Spend more than $100 in one transaction (after discounts) and get free shipping - Click here to visit Katies

Free Australian Delivery on orders over $60

Get free Australian Delivery on orders over $60 when you shop at Millers.

Free standard delivery

Get free standard delivery when you spend over $100

Free shipping on AUS orders over $60

Receive free shipping on orders over $60 Australia wide at Crossroads

Alex Bruce-Smith

Alex Bruce-Smith is a publisher at finder.com.au, taking care of shopping & travel. She funds her addiction to online shopping by hunting coupon codes like a pro, and can usually be found waiting anxiously for a package to arrive. #notevensorry

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