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Your Favorite Internet Shopping Guide to Stylish Curvy Clothes: Size 12 +

Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update: May 13, 2017

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T-shirts are a core staple item in most plus-size women's casual wardrobes.  From classic layering basics in solid colors to trendy, novelty prints, tees are especially popular in the warmer summer months and in warm climates, but they are worn all year by many in a variety of weights and sleeve lengths.  Holiday motif tees are popular for a variety of holidays ranging from Fourth of July to Christmas and Valentine's Day.

Strides in recent years have been made to create plus-size t-shirts in figure flattering, feminine styles rather than the boxy unisex styles offered in the past.  Younger women tend to be less hesitant about showing their arms, making sleeveless tank top styles popular both layered under longer sleeved tops and alone. Some styles in recent years have also seen long sleeved tees layered under short sleeve sweaters and tops.

Price points can run from a few dollars for a trendy, novelty t-shirt to a hundred dollar luxury designer tee made of the finest knit natural fibers.  High end t-shirts can come in fine pima cotton, knit silk, linen, hemp, and fine synthetics.  Those with logos or designer motifs that lend panache or status can also be pricier than basic counterparts.

Plain cotton t-shirts are also an important part of many women's work-out wardrobes.  Styles can range from classic to trendy with every age group represented.  Along with classic cotton, high tech fabrics with moisture wicking properties are popular with athletes.  Sports enthusiasts also often like  tees supporting their favorite players or teams.

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Tees are also one of the easiest and least expensive way to add individual personality and style to a wardrobe. Consequently, they are a very popular item for Back-to-School shopping for the younger fashionistas who will mix them with everything jeans and leggings to casual skirts with blazers and cardigans. Screen prints can range from rock-and-roll and music references, to movies, television, film, and pop culture sayings and motifs.

Patterns and prints such as stripes and florals have also been popular in recent years with a wide variety of age groups and style tribes.  Embroidery and beading can add either party glam or BoHo chic to the simplest, comfy T.

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Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Tees

T-shirts may be the most worn piece in women's fashion.  From basic layering tees in solid colors in simple cotton to luxurious silk to whimsical graphic prints and embellished knit tops that can be worn alone, the choices are endless.  Consequently there are probably more shopping resources in this plus-size clothes category than in any other.

Solid Basic Layering Tees

Classic retailers can be some of the best resources for the simple, cotton tee in a variety of colors. Sleeve lengths and neck lines are the largest variables.  Some full-figured women also prefer longer, tunic lengths.

The St. John's Bay line at J.C. Penney offers a very high quality cotton at reasonable prices in assortment of seasonal styles and colors.  Styles are feminine, not boxy and sizing is frequently available in extended plus to 5X.  Another favorite solid tee shirt shopping destination is Lands' End.  Here you will reliably find not just tees, but also polo shirts, henlies, and turtle neck styles in a variety of high quality cottons, including superfine pima cotton.   Petite and tall plus-sizes are available here, in addition to regular women's sizes from 0 to 26W.

Appleseed's always has a good selection of premium cotton, plain tees in a large assortment of colors in a wide variety of necklines and sleeve lengths. Offering size S to 3X, prices are moderate with discount deals often available for multi-purchases. For those that prefer cotton-polyester blends Blair is one of the best resources with a similar assortment and price points with sizes up to 5X.

Silk, linen, hemp, and organic cotton tees are a staple for Eileen Fisher available at many of the leading upscale department stores in sizes up to 3X.
 

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Plus- Size Athletic Tees and Tops

Athletic style tees in premium high tech fabrics that wick moisture are available from Zappos in sizes up to 3X from brands such as Nike and Columbia, and Kohl's in size 1X to 3X.  Upscale activewar labels such as Zelly, Marika Curves, Soybu, and Marc New York are regularly available through Nordstrom's small but excellent activewear collections for sizes XL to 3X.

With the sporty active wear trend in full swing, baseball tees, sports jerseys, and professional sports team t-shirts are available in more feminine silhouettes than simply buying the men's unisex versions.  Lane Bryant developed the Livi Activewear with high tech fabrics, often with moisture wicking qualities especially for plus-size bodies in sizes 14 to 28W.

 

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Printed and Patterned Tees

The retailers just mentioned also often carry classic prints and patterns such as stripes.  Avenue regularly offers a wide assortment of synthetic knit tops in sublimation prints in a variety of trendy silhouettes and tunic lengths in size 14 to 32W.  Moderate prices are off-set by frequent deep sales and discounts run directly from the website.

Allover patterns such as paisley, seasonal motifs, and floral prints are especially well represented at Serengeti.  Appliqué animal motifs are also common here, in addition to designs with subtle additions of sparkles and sequins. Fabric quality is quite good and predominantly cotton knits, with some including a touch of spandex, in size S to 3X.

The designs at Ulla Popken are generally mixed floral and paisley prints, many times in longer tunic lengths.  Sometimes tie dyes, and other BoHo inspired prints are also here.  Working mainly in good quality cotton knits, they have some of the most generous sizing with everything available in size 12 to 34W, with selected styles extended to 38W.
 

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Graphic Print T-Shirts

T-shirts with witty sayings, pop culture references,  and cute animals have been quite popular with young and trendy curvy fashionistas in recent years. Added to this list are music tees, and those with graphics referencing super heroes, movie, cartoon, and video game characters.  But other types are popular with people who like wise cracking, funny sayings or have an affinity to a particular group or hobby.

Torrid and their sister-retailer Hot Topic carry t-shirts with trendy graphic prints.  Recent offerings have included Disney princesses and Maleficent, retro music and band tees, tattoo inspired motifs, in addition to graphics relating to super heroes, and Hello Kitty. Sizing at Torrid is XL to 5X, while Hot Topic offers unisex sizes to 4X.

 British retailer Asos has also been playing the graphic t-shirt trend with popular cute animal motifs, witty sayings in size 14 to 24.  Retro influenced ModCloth has a knack for the whimsical which translates well into this category.  Their looks are unusual and often hard to find elsewhere, and small production runs sell out quickly so grab looks you like when you see them.  Sizing is rapidly expanding here with more and more of the inventory available from size 0 to 30.

Horse and riding enthusiasts will find plenty of graphic print tees at Back in the Saddle in size 0 to 28W.  They also carry patriotic t-shirts with flag and stars and stripes motifs. 

Big Dogs is the place to find many sayings with plenty of attitude and funny quips especially for queens, princesses, and moms in charge.  Sizing here is especially generous to 6X.  Meanwhile, Country Store has a large inventory of tees with folk art and novelty vibe. This can be an especially good spot for holiday t-shirts and sweatshirts in size S - 3X.

 

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Luxury and Designer Plus-Size Tees

Those who look for luxury, fine fibers such as silk, hemp, and organic cotton made into simple, solid color t-shirt styles will appreciate the offering from designer Eileen Fisher which is available at a number of fine department stores.

Designers such as Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, and Ralph Lauren have diffusion lines inclusive of size 14 to 24W that include classic to contemporary knit sportswear styles.  Available from department stores such as Nordstrom, Dillard's, and Lord & Taylor.

Those looking from tees from very high end designers such as Vivienne Westwood will find options that will sometimes fit smaller plus-size women at Luisa Via Roma.
 

 
 

 

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