Some of My Favorite Places to Find Clothing and Accessories for Big Women and Men

Women's Clothing

Making It Big I can't say enough good stuff about these folks. Their clothes are well-made, from good-quality natural fabrics, and the styles get better with every new catalog. Their make sizes to fit just about everyone. They're endlessly helpful if you have questions, they ship promptly, and they take returns and exchanges without a hassle. Can you tell I like this company?

Peggy Lutz Plus Pricey, but their clothes are sexy and gorgeous!

Big on Batik Tops, dresses, pant sets, swimwear, cover-ups and even larger sized jewelry for the plus and super sized woman, with sizes ranging from 1X-8X. Another company whose designs just keep getting better!

Queens With Curves newmakes plus-size gowns for pageants, prom, and special events.

Sequin Queen Whether you're entering a beauty pageant--or a drag show--or you just want to step out in the most dramatic, fabulous, glitzy getup on the planet, these folks can help. They make hand-beaded and -sequined dresses, custom-sized to your measurements, at surprisingly reasonable prices.

Astarte Woman more gorgeous clothes!

Daphne expensive, beautiful clothes in sized 14 - 32 ...<sigh> at least it doesn't cost to look!

Winter Couture is a small woman-owned business dedicated to bringing beautiful, quality clothing to their customers. They work with slinky knit and stretch velvet and make sizes up to 4XL.

Zaftique has gorgeous clothes in casual and dressy styles, lingerie, and outerwear, some in sizes to 8XL.

Big on Style features beautiful designer plus size clothing in luscious styles and fabrics

Harper Greer has original designs in sizes up to 26W

Cherished Woman features trendy, fashionable plus-sized clothing from many popular designers

Big Girl Gear has colorful, sexy, fun styles in sizes up to "Empress" (80" - 90" hips)

The Modern Goddess offers great original designs in sizes 20 through 32--no two alike!

BBW Boutique has some gorgeous designs--Victorian, gypsy, western, renaissance, plus more conventional styles, in sizes up to 7XL.

Love Your Peaches has gorgeous clothing and swimwear in sizes up to 6X. Their swimsuits are some of the most beautiful and flattering I've seen!

SwimsuitsForAll says they have one of the biggest collections of plus size swimwear around.

IGIGI has a line of sexy, interesting clothes in sizes up to 6X.

Hourglass Fashions newcarries sexy clubwear, formal gowns, lingerie, and more, in plus sizes.

Kiyonna is a line of stylish contemporary clothes in sizes up to 4X.

Sixteen47 is a line of plus-sized clothes designed by Dawn French (yes, that Dawn French!) and Helen Teague.

Grand Style Women's Club features not just clothes, but accessories, books, videos, plus news, links, and more.

Va Va Va Voom Clothing has stylish clothing for plus-size and super-size women,

Womensuits.com Career and dressy suits in sizes up to 34W--and hats!!

Rosalee Womensize Apparel "Your style, not your size tells the world who you are." Sizes up to 9XL.

Torrid Stylish, sexy, young, adventurous styles in sizes up to 26/4X. All I can say is, where the heck were these people when I was a fat teenager??

Fashion Overdose is an edgy, fem, street, couture line for women of all sizes, from the petite to the plus size. Their focus is to supply women, chic, comfy, distinctive, fun and sensibly priced apparel.

Bosomy Limited is a British retailer that features colorful, dramatic, sexy clothes that are "a celebration of the abundance that comes from an woman in touch with herself and her bosom."

PromGirl has a selection of plus-size prom dresses and evening gowns.

Sydney's Closet "We size up glamour" prom dresses, ball gowns, wedding and bridesmaid dresses, in sizes to 44W.

Alight.com is another place to find fun, sexy, trendy styles at great prices.

SizeAppeal has some fun, fashionable clothes and accessories.

Hourglass Fashions has a wild collection of clubwear, costumes, lingerie, and other racy outfits, in sizes up to 12X!

Size Queen offers "fancy and comfy clothes made especially for you!" They feature one-of-a-kind pieces, limited edition items, and old favorites in a variety of fabrics.

Sandie's Boutique features her designs for plus and supersized women, sizes 16-40+ (1X-8X), including some fabulous, fun custom-made costumes!

CoatsAtCost.com has women's coats--casual, dressy, and in-between--in plus sizes, at great prices.

Plus Mom features clothes for moms-to-be in sizes to 6XL

Grand Style Mom is another site for low-cost maternity clothes in plus-sizes

Hippy Chix has funky and fabulous plus-size fashions for the flower child in all of us

Gypsy Moon Clothing features romantic fantasy styles and sumptuous fabrics, many in "Bountiful" size (probably around size 24).

Raspberry Beret "Romantic vintage-inspired dresses for Real Women"

Persephone Plus features gorgeous Gothic, romantic plus-sized clothing.

Feedora has plus-size sarongs in brilliant 100% rayon.

MarketPlaceIndia is a nonprofit organization that features fair-traded clothing and textiles produced by low-income Indian women. Their plus sizes run up to around size 26W or 28W.

A Midnight Sparkle carries vintage fashions from the 1930s through the 1970s, including some plus sizes.

Junonia activewear, including hard-to-find specialized clothing for all kinds of sports, plus casual clothes

A Big Attitude.com offers activewear and sportswear in larger sizes.

Danskin has a plus size line of fitness, dance and yoga apparel.

Bodysuit.com presents a collection of bodysuits and workout wear in women sizes to accent all our lovable curves!

NetSweat features plus size fitness clothes for women in sizes up to 6XL.

Mateüsse makes comfortable, colorful exercise clothes and casualwear in plus sizes.


Women's Lingerie

Ann Murdock's Plus Size Lingerie and More

Bare Necessities carries lingerie in sizes up to 54H

Crepe Suzette Foundations specializes in retro-style and vintage foundations (more like the ones that the 1950's movie stars wore than the ones your mother or grandmother wore--unless your mother dressed like Jayne Mansfield).

Decent Exposures is a woman-owned company that offers comfortable, 100% cotton bras and other clothing. Their bras come in sizes from 28 AAA to 58 H, and custom sizes are available.

Enell Inc. Some people say they make the best, most supportive sports bras for full-figured women! Sizes up to 52DD.

If you're really hard to fit, Snares of Venus custom-makes bras to fit your unique body.

MyTights.com has a selection of stockings and accessories for fuller figures.

Iris Silks Lingerie carries 100% silk styles in sizes up to 3XL.

Big Gals Lingerie sexy plus size lingerie, costumes, club wear, and more to 8XL

Plus Size Plum new"Celebrating the sweet, sexy plum in all of us!:

Hips and Curves.com has sexy lingerie, costumes, and clubwear, some styles in sizes up to 6X/50DDD

Lisa's Lacies is an Australian company featuring lingerie in sizes up to 30.

Moonlitings Lingerie and Costume Co.

Stormy Leather, long one of the favorite makers of fine leather fashions, is expanding their "Extra Lusty" line of sexy plus-sized leather lingerie, clothing and accessories. Like they say..."Forbid Yourself Nothing!"

Sparkle Plenty Creations makes sexy, glamorous, and outrageous bustiers. You can choose from their ready-made inventory, or order from a wide variety of options and have something made just for you!

The Fitting Room "The home for custom designed corsetry and quality corset making supplies."

Absinthe and Old Lace specializes in corsetry and costumes, custom made in large sizes.

Romantasy is yet another maker of custom corsets for full figures.


Men's Clothing

Casual Male XL/Rochester Big and Tall

Kaufman's Tall & Big Men's Shop

Epic Menswear "clothes for the man of legendary proportions"

Martins Big and Tall features a wide range of styles and sizes, including one unique item: extra-wide socks.

Stout Men's Shop carries waist sizes from to 88 big, and shoes to size 20 EEEEEE.

Big & Tall Guys has casual clothes, dress clothes, workwear, and more, in sizes up to 10XL in some styles

Big-Tall Direct

Huffman's Big and Tall

Big and Tall Clothing Online new

Threads Big and Tall new

Joe Sugar's of St. Paul new

Hajjar's Big & Tallnew

BigMansLand.comnew

Westport Big & Tallnew

Jay Stevens Big & Tall new

Tsunami Big and Tall They promise "This ain't your daddy's big and tall!" They have some fun stuff, and a few styles go up to sizes 8XL and beyond.

BigCamo.com offers big and tall hunting, fishing and outdoor clothing (and they use NFL veteran Refrigerator Perry as a model!)

Enell, a longtime favorite for well-made women's sports bras, also makes a male support vest that provides support as it flattens the chest and minimizes movement or "bounce."


Clothing and Costumes for Anybody

Tie Dye Queen cool dyes up to 5XL

You can't have too many tiedyes, I always say! Out of the Closet Artwear carries all kinds of 100% cotton clothing, from infant sizes up to 6XL in some styles.

Wildflower Tie Dye makes wearable art for the whole family in sizes up to 5XL.

Big at Heart makes imprinted t-shirts and sweatshirts in sizes up to 10XL.

Big and Tall T-Shirts carries plus size shirts to 10X and Truly-Tall Tall's to 10XT, imprinted with all kinds of designs.

FatGuyShirts.com Some of the shirt designs here are witty and ironic and funny as hell. Some...aren't (at least in my opinion). I had an interesting exchange with the guy who makes them, and we basically agreed to disagree on the subject of what constitutes humor and stereotypes and fat pride. After thinking long and hard about it, I'm putting this link up because, well, some of his shirts are still funny as hell! YMMV.

TeeTUDE says "We design bold, sassy, outrageous tees to reflect your style, your mood, your thoughts, your feelings, your personality and your TUDE." Some of the designs are fat-positive, and these (only) come in size XXXL.

I always wanted to be on a bowling team, not because I'm such a huge bowling fan (I like it and do it marginally well, but it's not exactly my passion) but because I want a custom bowling shirt. I just think they look cool! Now, BowlingShirt.com makes it possible without ever having to lift a bowling ball--and in sizes up to 6XL.

Big Bugga Sportswear "BIG SIZES for BIG men"--Hawaiian aloha shirts, Hawaiian board shorts, and aloha fabric shorts in sizes up to 12XL--and now, ladies' Hawaiian dresses to 4XL and shirts to 2XL

Paradise on a Hanger Great-quality men's Hawaiian shirts up to 7XL, women's clothing to 3XL

Alohaland calls themselves "the Hawaiian shirt motherlode." They have beautiful men's and ladies shirts up to size 8XL.

Island Shirts creates handmade Hawaiian shirts up to 6XL, and larger by custom order.

The Wave Shoppe newhas Hawaiian shirts in both men's and ladies sizes up to 5XL.

Cabela's offers all kinds of outdoor clothing and equipment in a wide range of sizes--chest waders, fly fishing vests, hunters' blaze orange jackets, thermal underwear, lifejackets, and more.

B. Coole Designs has men's and women's 100% cotton clothes in both modern and renaissance designs.

Cloak & Dagger makes historically accurate and fantasy custom clothing for SCA wear, medieval and Renaissance faires, weddings, theatre, and just messing around in costumes.

Ana's Accouterments makes custom costumes--medieval, renaissance, science fiction and roleplaying, and more--and they promise "all styles custom fitted to your measurements--no one too large or too small."

Sunara carries medieval, renaissance, and fantasy costumes for men and women in "god and goddess sizes" up to 6XL.

Chivalry Sports Renaissance Store makes period costumes, armor, and accessories. The armor is made to measure, and clothing sizes go up to 3XL in men's and women's. They can also make custom adjustments.

The Viking Trader "Leather Without Limits"--custom leather and cloth goods, from armor for SCA activities, to leather clubwear, to more "risque" items.

Jamin' Leather Catalog Not everything here comes in large sizes, and their largest isn't always very large, but it looks like they do have some fun stuff!

Pajama City newhas cozy, comfy footed pajamas for grownups--and their Extra Wide sizes are roomy enough for anyone needing a 65-75" chest.

BIG Costumes says "our mission is to make your costuming experience 'fitting.'" They carry all kinds of costumes in an amazing range of sizes, and they will also custom make them to your measurements.

Hollywood Costumes and Party has some fun costumes for men and women in plus sizes (their site could be a lot easier to navigate--I found them by searching for the word "plus" on the main page, and then again on the next...until I got to the page of plus-size costumes.

BuyCostumes.com carries plus sizes for men and women.

Half Price Costumes carries plus sizes for women and men.


Shoes in Large and Wide Sizes

Leonard's Wide Shoes has the most amazing selection of really good-quality, fashionable wide shoes for men and women that I've ever seen! The store in Las Vegas is worth a trip there all by itself.

WideWidths.com has a great selection of shoes for men and women, including boots for wide calves!

Extra Wide Shoes is another company that sells wide-width shoes for men, women and kids

Those Shoes are handmade to fit your feet and your fantasies. The designs...you just have to see them for yourself!

Zappos.com has a great selection men's and women's shoes in wide widths and large sizes.

Shoe Express specializing in ladies large-sized shoes, including wide widths.

Maryland Square offers women's shoes in a wide range of sizes and widths.

DesignerShoes.com "for women who leave a larger footprint"

FootSmart carries shoes, hosiery, and other products for healthy feet.

Wissota Trader carries some great classic shoes in wide widths.

Shoe Connection has men's and women's shoes in a wide range of sizes, widths and styles

OnlineShoes.com is another site that features shoes in a great range of sizes and widths

DUO newis a shoe retailer and specialist in calf-fitting boots for women. They say they're the world's leading fashion retailer of wide-calf boots.

E.T. Wright Executive Shoes "The best values in hard to find sizes" Men's sizes from 6 to 16, widths from AAA to EEEEE

Hitchcock Wide Shoes for Men "America's premier source for men's wide shoes" in sizes 5-13, EEE through EEEEEE


Jewelry for Big Folks

Sumiche Handwrought Jewelry makes gorgeous rings in gold, silver and platinum, as well as other wearable art and metal art. They advertise "We know one size does not fit all!"

Winged Elephant Designs features unique, hand-made jewelry created by Marty Hale-Evans, using glass and other natural materials like precious stone and shell, in plus and smaller sizes.

Playing With Beads Handcrafted beaded necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings.  Each piece is unique and one of a kind!

Marcus Berkner Jewelry Women's beaded extra-large jewelry with silver, gold, pearl, gemstone and Swarovski crystal beads.

SenSuzy's SenSations makes original creations in pearls, semiprecious stones and crystal, plus custom designs

Ample Goddess Jewelry newHandcrafted jewelry, plus-size and otherwise, specializing in semi precious stones, crystals, freshwater pearls and sterling silver.

Apprecia Fine Jewelry "Fine jewelry with presence, designed especially for the full-figured woman."

Classic Plus Size Jewelry.com has jewelry for men and women in gold, sterling silver, and other materials.

Taya's Plus Size Jewelry has rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charms, and anklets in plus sizes. They're un the U.K. but they ship internationally.

Ron's Rhinestones International has some amazing, dramatic pieces made with genuine Austrian crystals, including many in plus sizes.

Palm Beach Jewelry has a selection of costume jewelry rings in sizes up to 12.


Sewing and Needlework Resources in Large Sizes

Dana Marie Design Company has some really creative, interesting sewing patterns in sizes up to 5XL (38/40).

Fashion Patterns by Coni features fashion patterns for the full figured woman.

Pavelka Design Sewing Patterns features funky, imaginative patterns for women in sizes up to a 60-inch bust.

Lois Ericson's Design & Sew has some great, original patterns in sizes up to 26W.

Wildly Wonderful Wearables has patterns up to size 28W, plus some really interesting and unique notions and fiber arts supplies.

Sewgrand Patterns Plus-size sewing patterns for larger women

Now that muumuus aren't the ONLY option for fat women, we can finally begin to appreciate them as the colorful, comfortable, wonderful garments they are! Hawaii's Fabric Mart sells patters for them, as well as gorgeous Hawaiian print fabrics to go with.

Barbara Deckert is a custom dressmaker specializing in plus sizes. She can do made-to-measure for people who are not living in her area and able to come for fittings. She has also published a book called Sewing for Plus Sizes if you'd like to do your own sewing.

Sewing big! is a Yahoo group where people discuss making clothes for plus size women.

PlusGoths Sewing is another Yahoo group for people who sew plus-size clothing--in this case, alternative/gothic/punk clothes.

Ample-knitters is a website focusing on issues of concern to knitters in all sizes of large. There are links to mailing lists, sources for patterns, materials and instructions, and a gallery of projects.

Crochet_4_Amply_and_SuperAmply_Blessed is a Yahoo group for folks who crochet plus-size clothes.

Dreamweaver Yarns.com has a few plus-size knit and crochet patterns.


Directories and Collections of Links

Pasazz Plus Size Women's Directory is a great directory of online plus size stores.

ElegantPlus.com is another extensive directory site that specializes helping full-figured women, sizes 12-34W, find clothing that not only fits, but is flattering to their body type. Plus, they have great resources and articles on careers, events, books, personal growth, and more.

Abundance Magazine's Fashion Resources page features links to many plus-size vendors, including some of the webmaster's favorite eBay sellers.

Don't Tell Me What Size I Must B's Fashion Directory recognizes that sometimes we just want to follow our own fashion path. Whether you like gothic, rock, re-enactment, indigenous or other pieces, they try to help you find the style in your size.

 

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