While the average American woman wears a size 18-20, most clothing brands cap out at a size 12 — that means the majority of women are excluded from shopping. There's long been demand for the fashion industry as a whole to steer away from systemic fatphobia and offer more size inclusivity, and while there are a few brands that are finally listening in the body positivity era, progress has been slow and clothing options available in plus-sizes are still sparse.
That's why the pros at the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab vetted the market to find brands that actually offer a wide range of plus-size clothes — not just a few pieces here and there — to make shopping for the majority of women easier and more convenient. Based on feedback from our testers and vetted online reviewers, we chose the brands that feature a variety of trendy, stylish clothes that fit a range of body types, style preferences and occasion needs.
Whether you're looking for workout gear, everyday basics like leggings or a special occasion dress, we found the best sites to shop for the best plus-size clothing online, from large retailers to smaller boutiques that offer high quality clothes for larger-bodied women:
Torrid continues to dominate the market for offering on-trend pieces in sizes 10-30. Reviewers love that the brand caters specifically to curvy women, saying items fit as if piece were designed for their body shape. Torrid has activewear, formal dresses, swimwear, jeans and more, making it easier than ever to fill your wardrobe with high quality, stylish pieces at any size.
Amazon's plus-size fashion page is a hidden gem that offers a ton of styles. You can filter by size, brand, reviewers and even shipping. Thousands of shoppers leave reviews every day with comments about fit, appearance and quality, so you feel confident in every purchase. Amazon also offers a try-before-you-buy program called Prime Wardrobe to ensure you get the best fit every single time.
Girlfriend Collective has a massive following for its signature sustainable textiles made out of post consumer plastic bottles. With a size chart from XXS-6XL for all of its clothing, reviewers rave that the sports bras and leggings fit and flatter without being overly constrictive. The brand offers limited edition colors, so if you see one you like, make sure to get it while you can!
Eloquii is a popular brand that offers a variety chic dresses, blouses and skirts, appropriate for the office while still showcasing tons of personality. Available in sizes 14-28, this brand exclusively caters to plus-size fashion, so you're sure to get a great fit. Convenient bonus: it also has shoes and a renting service called Eloquii Unlimited that allows you to try out different styles.
ASOS has an impressive "Curve" section with options from its own brand as well as other designers. ASOS offers plus-size dresses, denim, swimwear, intimates, activewear and more, all perfectly on trend. Plus, most items are under $50!
Universal Standard denim uses cotton fabric with added polyester and elastane for stretch, so they're not only soft but comfy to wear all day. A GH Textiles Product Analyst raves that the brand's Seine skinny jeans are her favorite because "they're so flattering, hugging my curves in all the right places." Denim is available in sizes 00-40, making Universal Standard one of the most size inclusive brands featured.
Acing our Lab shrinkage tests as well as getting high marks across the board from consumer testers, Playtex bras were especially popular among plus-size testers in our most recent bra tests. Our top tested style has wide straps and back smoothing panels to prevent any digging in. The brand also has wireless, nursing and push-up options.
When shopping for a special occasion outfit, look no further than 11 Honore, a luxury boutique specializing in designer plus-size fashion. Featuring popular luxury designers like Tanya Taylor, Ganni and Jason Wu, you're sure to find a look perfect for any formal occasion. The prices at 11 Honore are higher than other brands as it only has designer labels.
Old Navy is the ideal one-stop shop for fashionable pieces for the whole family with options for women, men, children and babies. The brand's basics like tanks and tees are especially popular among reviewers for being affordable, soft and easy to style. Going up to a size 4X, shoppers can use the size filter to shop exclusively for items available in their size.
Summersalt rose in popularity for its inclusive ethos, offering a range of sizes from 0-24 and featuring models with different body types and abilities. The Sidestroke suit is the most popular style because of its trendy one-shoulder design and compressive recycled polyamide fabric. Reviewers especially love how supportive the suit is and how quickly the fabric dries.
The brand Wray exploded in popularity thanks to its Instagram-viral matching sets. Available in sizes XS-6XL, fans love the brand's bold patterns, including checkerboard, fruit prints and swirly stripes. Outside of loungewear, the brand also has cute puff sleeve dresses, bright colored swimwear and fun accessories too.
For easy to style pieces, Lane Bryant has a range of styles from classics to trendier items. Catering to women sizes 10-40, this brand has everything you'll need from underwear to activewear. With most styles around $50, reviewers love the great value for fits that last season to season. Make sure to also check out its sister brand Cacique for bras band sizes 34-54 and cup sizes B-K.
If you don't want to commit to a super trendy piece or want to try something entirely new, a subscription box is a convenient way to upgrade your wardrobe without spending a ton. Dia & Co stylists curate a personalized plus-size fashion box with pieces you'll love. Reviewers rave that the Dia & Co stylists offer unparalleled customer service and totally nail their personal style.
Rihanna's lingerie brand has gained a cult following for offering intimates in a range of sizes in styles that are supportive, sexy and unique in sizes up to 3X. You can filter by size to find the styles that will fit you best. Reviewers love that Savage X Fenty has chic lingerie that looks expensive at an affordable price point. Check out the brand's iconic runway show for some serious fashion inspiration too!
This holiday season, find the perfect dress for the occasion at ModCloth. With styles designed specifically for Halloween, Christmas and Easter, this brand is known for its totally unique prints and patterns, such as this cute owl sweater or jack-o-lantern skirt. With a range of formalwear options too, ModCloth is a great online shop to check out when you're looking for a truly special outfit.