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Amazon has an ever changing inventory with department store well known designer labels such as Calvin Klein, Vince Camuto, Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole, Tahari, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Anne Klein, Not Your Daughter's Jeans and many more making a frequent appearance. More and more boutique and indie plus-size designer labels are beginning to make an appearance as well. Sizes up to 5X.
Bergdorf Goodman is a premium, upscale department store with style options for fuller figures limited to a handful of well-known designers offering options in sizes larger than 12. Free shipping and free returns. Use the easy-to-use size finder to locate options from labels such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Gucci, Chloe in sizes up to XXL, 20.
Blair Chic Boutique is Chicago's only plus exclusive boutique. They carry some hard-to-find, indie designer labels including Cabiria which was the first plus line ever to be shown at New York Fashion Week. A range of sizes depending on lines up to as large as 6X.
Bloomingdale's regularly carries mid-level to upscale labels such as Anna Scholz, Michael Kors, Lafayette 148, DKNYC, Rachel Pally, Ralph Lauren, Melissa Masse, Eileen Fisher, Tahari, Marina Rinaldi, Johnny Was and more. Styles range from contemporary to classic with some trendier or bohemian options turning up as well. Casual to occasion and working wardrobe. Good spot for plus-size cashmere sweaters in season, also. Sizes 14-24W.
Bon Ton usually has a selection of the more well known classic labels such as MICHAEL Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Evan Picone mixed with harder to find and trendier brands such as Laura Ashley, Jessica Simpson, and DKNY. Prices are moderate with frequent sales and mark downs making for some budget friendly bargains. Sizes to 24W.
Dillard's regularly carries well known designer labels such as LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Karen Kane, Not Your Daughter's Jeans, Vince Camuto, and Eileen Fisher. Less well known and harder to find designers in larger sizes such as Bryn Walker, Peter Nygard, Eva Varro and Ming Wang are also frequently available. They have a particularly good and deep dress, special occasion, and corporate work collections. Styles are generally classic to contemporary with prices moderate to moderately upscale. Size 0 to 24W.
eBay is a gold mine for women who love designer labels in hard-to-find sizes. Learning to use the search options, knowing your labels, and understanding measurements and sizing are key to successful shopping here. While fraudulent designer knock offs do exist, the plus-size category is mainly unscathed with problems most prevalent in the shoes, handbags, and accessories categories. Savvy shoppers can take advantage of "Buy It Now" options offered by many sellers if the bidding function isn't your thing. You'll find a mixture of gently used designer clothing from private closets, resellers of department store returns and overstocks, industry insiders selling samples (often with tags cut), and full-price eBay retailers who specialize in designer and boutique clothing. Searches can be refined by size.
Evans is a British retailer now available to the U.S. market that carries limited designer capsule collections from time to time from people like Beth Ditto and London Fashion Week high end design duo, Clements Ribeiro. They recently hosted a design contest among rising fashion design students for a unique designer collection. April 2015 will see the launch of a collaboration with 6 high end designers known as the "Design Collective". Prices are moderate. Sizes 10-28W.
Gregory's is a high end, family owned boutique with locations in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles that has a cult following with socialites and celebrities, alike. Used by Hollywood stylists their inventory is top shelf and stunning. Browsing through we were able to find a number of unique European designer options in sizes up to 46 (US 18/20).
Igigi is a plus exclusive indie designer offering a unique collection of dresses and separates in contemporary styles suitable for career, casual, occasions and weddings. Particularly well know for their dresses which are appropriate for work, cocktails and formal events. Sizes 12 to 32W.
Karen Kane offers styles appealing to the contemporary working woman who likes a slight bohemian or art to wear feel to her fashion. Clean classic contemporary pieces mix and match with styles with an artier edge. Styles appropriate for work, casual and occasions. Sizes up to 24W.
Kiyonna designs fashion with a contemporary to slightly trendy edge. Sophisticated dresses for day to evening, casual modal knit tops and dresses and contemporary day wear for office and denim for about town. They are particular well know for their lace collection. Size10 to 32W.
Kohl's carries budget friendly diffusion designer options in labels like Gloria Vanderbilt, Jennifer Lopez, Dana Buchman, CHAPS Ralph Lauren, Ellen Tracy available in plus, and Vera Wang in misses sizes. Sizes 16W - 24W.
Lane Bryant has begun proactively engaging upscale designers to create capsule collections exclusively for plus-size women. The first collaboration was with a Michelle Obama favorite, Isabel Toledo which is still on-going for Fall 2014. Sophie Theallet is also designing an upscale and sultry lingerie collection for them for Fall 2014. Spring 2015 will see a year long collaboration with the softly romantic designer Lela Rose. Prices on these collections have been slightly above Lane Bryant's usual price points, but hundreds of dollars less than the regular retail costs of these designers. A stylish steal. Size 14 - 28W.
Lord & Taylor carries stylish designer labels with classic to contemporary edges suitable for working women. More casual styles appropriate for relaxed lifestyles and weekends are also available. Frequently available mid level labels include Tahari, Evan Picone, Chelsea and Theodore, LAUREN Ralph Lauren, MICHAEL Michael Kors, AK Anne Klein, Eileen Fisher, Nipon and Calvin Klein to name a few. More youthful labels such as Jessica Simpson, DKNY and Vince Camuto are turning up here more frequently as well. Sizes up to 24W.
Macy's carries a mixture of classic, trendy, and contemporary styles appealing to a variety of age groups and lifestyles. Youthful brands such as Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, Sizes available up to 24W
Modcloth is a wonderful resource for moderately priced indie designers with a vintage or retro flavor. Grab things when you find them since small production runs tend to sell out quickly. October 2015 will see the launch of a designer collaboration with plus celebrity blogger Nicolette Mason. Unusual styles in sizes up to 4X.
Neiman Marcus is a premium, upscale designer destination. Excellent selection of more bohemian labels such as Johnny Was, Tolani, and Go Silk. Look for hard-to-find designer and luxury labels such as Caroline Rose, Joan Vass, Misook, and Michael Simon, in addition to a good selection of Eileen Fisher, Marina Rinaldi, Melissa Masse, and Rachel Pally. Sizes to 24W.
Neiman Marcus Last Call offers an ever changing collection of well-known, upscale designer labels at deeply discounted prices. Look for dresses, jeans, tops and bottoms. Good resource for designer shoes, handbags and accessories also. Labels here often include harder to find, high quality brands such as Berek, David Meister, Johnny Was, Lafayette 148, Caroline Rose, Alberto Makali, and many more. Styles range from classic to contemporary to upscale bohemian. Excellent source for discounted cashmere in season. Shipping offers are frequently available directly from the website for greater savings. Sizes up to 24W.
Nic + Zoe is a contemporary, upscale knitwear designer regularly carried in boutiques and upscale department stores. Styles include sweaters, skirts, dresses, blazers, pants, and tops. The women's extended plus collection can be difficult to find, but it is now available in full directly from their main e-commerce site. Free shipping on $150+. Size S to 3X.
Nordstrom has one of the best and deepest collections of designer plus size clothing in the mid to upscale range. Popular labels such as Vince Camuto, LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and MICHAEL Michael Kors are a staple. Bohemian designers in natural fibers such as silk are regularly available from brands such as Tolani and Citron. More upscale designers such as Kay Unger, Tadashi Shoji, and Eileen Fisher are regularly represented. It's not unusual for hard to find designer labels in plus such as Betsey Johnson, Laundry by Shelli Segal, and Ellen Tracy to turn up here. Dresses are a particular strength, but all other major categories are well represented as well. Free shipping and returns on all orders. For high-end, luxury designers in sizes up to Misses 16 - 18, click here. Sizes 14W- 24W.
Not Your Daughter's Jeans are some of the hottest designer jeans for full figured women. Why? Because every pair comes with a secret tummy tucking technology, higher rise than younger low rise styles and premium denim. Plus they fit great. On trend styles include bootleg, flares, straigh leg and skinny styles in a variety of colors and washes. Plus and petite plus sizes up to 24W.
Peggy Lutz Plus is a well known, high end indie plus-specialty designer who works in some of the finest fabrics including silks, beaded looks, and sari prints. Exceptionally difficult to find, she's now opened a boutique via Amazon offering a selection of her very popular kimono style dusters and toppers, and the occasional dress. Specializing in extended plus to 36W.
QVC is an outlet for many exclusive collections from celebrity designers and television personalities at affordable, diffusion collection prices. Labels such as Liz Claiborne, K-Dash by Kardashian, M by Marc Bouwer, Rachel Zoe, Dennis Basso, and Isaac Mizrahi, and many more can be found here. Most of their fashions are available in sizes up to 3X/26W.
Rachel Pally is a hot trendy to contemporary upscale Los Angeles designer best know for her beautifully draped jersey tops, dresses and maxi dresses. A favorite with Hollywood celebrities with relaxed styles, her styles translate particularly well to resort wear and summer music festivals. Sizes up to 3X.
Saks Fifth Avenue is one of the premier luxury department stores in the United States. Their plus-size selection (Salon Z) is a frequent stop for stylists to curvaceous stars, with exceptional designer labels like Marina Rinaldi, Lafayette 148, Eileen Fisher, Kay Unger, and Tadashi Shoji frequently among their offerings. Contemporary and trendier styles from labels such as Melissa Masse, Anna Scholz, T-Bags, Johnny Was, and James Jeans are starting to turn up here, in addition to the contemporary classics. Gorgeous, well made upscale designer clothing for women sizes 14-24.
Saks Off Fifth is where Saks department store upscale brands and labels go at deep discounts. Same brands and labels as above. Littler price tags. Limited sizes and past styles. Sizes 14 - 24W.
Shoptiques is an exciting one-stop, aggregate e-commerce destination for those that enjoy eclectic variety of boutiques from around the country. Mainly a resource for smaller plus shoppers, the "Plus Size" tab in the drop down menu will bring together all the offerings from across their boutique database in sizes XL +. Expert tip: when you see something that you like available in your size, click the link to the boutique from which it comes. Often they will have many more plus-size options available in styles that you enjoy.
Swimsuits for All has a boutique dedicated to designer labels which often contains well known names such as Carmen Marc Valvo and Kenneth Cole Reaction, in addition to smaller boutique labels such as Robyn Lawley and the Swim Sexy line designed by full-figured blogger Gabi Gregg. Size 10 to 24W.
Target frequently features capsule collections of exclusively designed fashion and accessories from top name designers at Target prices. These collections sell out very quickly, and while rarely offered in their full plus-size range, their regular misses clothing is usually available up to a size 20 (XXL).
Unique Vintage carries a range of indie designers with vintage and retro appeal, in addition to upscale formalwear and cocktail dress designers. Retro designers like Stop Staring can be found here, along with high end formalwear designers such as Mac Duggal. Sizes up to 30W.
WOW Dallas is an independent boutique offering moderate to upscale contemporary designer fashion in some unique, hard-to-find and slightly funky styles. Appropriate for leisure, work, and occasions they offer both misses and plus-sizes.
Zappos in addition to one of the largest selections of designer shoes in hard to find sizes and hand bags on the internet, they've also begun to carry a large selection of women's designer clothing with a labels like James Jeans, Anne Klein, Michael Kors, Karen Kane, Not Your Daughter's Jeans and more in sizes up to 28W.
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Designer clothing for women larger than size 12 is still scarce, but options are improving from small, independent boutique designers to upscale, major global fashion week labels. More affordable diffusion labels and capsule collections are most readily available, often focusing on styles appropriate for working women and their lifestyle needs in sizes up to 24W. High end luxury labels are scarce over a size 12, but a few offer extended misses sizes in 14, 16, 18 or 20. Designer shoes, accessories, and hand bags help to create the increasingly high low look appearing in even the most exclusive social circles. Designer dresses are the item most likely to be available for a wide variety of social occasions from resort to career to special occasions.
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