It wasn't so very long ago that most retailers
believed that plus-size women neither wanted nor
wore belts. Nothing could be further from
the truth. In fact if it's in style with
thin women, a trend is in style with curvier
One of the most useful accessories for giving
shape to outfits and create flattering
silhouettes, belts are also a wonderful styling
tool for adding personality and zip. Whether
it's a belt meant to be worn with jeans and fit
through belt loops, or a wider style used to
cinch in a loose tunic top
in classic and fashion styles, they come in a
variety of widths, colors and materials.
Some are fastened with decorative buckles, while
others tie, use snapping mechanisms, and clasps.
Higher quality materials such as genuine leather
are still rare finds in larger sizes, with
inexpensive synthetics still more the norm, but
the situation is improving, especially for
smaller plus-size women.
Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Belts
Some of the best shopping resources for
plus-size belts remain the plus specialty
retailers, but not all of them stock belts.
Lane Bryant carries a good selection of styles
ranging from classic to trendy, skinny to wide.
Materials tend to by synthetics, although there
are some metal and leather options available
from time to time. With sizing 14 to 28W, this
is still an area where they are a market leader.
offers chain and other decorative styles that
work well over tunic tops and dresses in sizes
1X to 3X.
regularly stocks trendy styles and some options
have a tougher appeal with details such as
studding in-line with their darker style
history. With sizes XL to 5X this is one
of the widest size ranges available.
Contemporary indie plus designer
almost always has a few belts available to
complement their fashion in sizes up to 32W.
For leather belts in classic styles appropriate
for wearing with pants and jeans, shop
which carries sizes S to XXL (20/22).
Trendier options mainly in leather, and other
materials, in addition to classic styles, can be
in sizes up to 3X (26W). Here you'll find
colors, patterns, a variety of widths, and
details such as perforations or laser cut out
Western style belt buckles with decorative
crystal or gemstone inlays attached to studded
leather belts can be purchased at
Back in the Saddle
which styles in sizes up to XXL. Casually
carries a sprinkling of eclectic accessories to
complete their outfits with a few belts here and
there available up to XXL.
QVC is a
wonderful resource for highly unusual
decorative and stretch belts, some of which are
gem or crystal encrusted or metal. Other styles
include braided leather, chain link, and patent
belts in a variety of widths. Sizes here
are as large as 3X (28W).
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