By Sarah Conley
If you love fashion, getting dressed should be a treat. That is, of course, unless you happen to be plus-size. Headlines will have you believe that the plus-size fashion industry is booming, but if you wear a size 26/28, the fashion-forward options are still extremely limited. For example, Violeta by Mango stops at a size 22, while fast-fashion retailers like Fashion to Figure, ASOS, and H&M+ stop at a size 24.
Although shopping in retail stores is possible at only a handful of brands, there are more retailers to be found online. We know you’ve got places to be and people to see, so we’ve put together this quick and easy shopping guide to navigating the best brands that offer sizes 26 and 28.
Workwear: Lane Bryant
When it comes to workwear, Lane Bryant is a classic. Its pants come in a variety of hem lengths and cuts, and the assortment includes a few trend colors every season. For jackets, the retailer has everything from soft motos to classic stretch blazers, plus plenty of top options to mix in for variety.
Other options: ELOQUII, IGIGI, Lands’ End
Workwear top picks:
Lena Sexy Stretch Printed Ankle Pants, $ 64.95 at Lane Bryant
Dresses: Kiyonna and IGIGI
While most brands offer dresses, Kiyonna and IGIGI lead the pack. Between the two, they stock dresses for every occasion—from the office to dinner, date night, and every wedding in between. Strengths: Kiyonna is great at designing bust- and waist-enhancing dresses in solid colors; IGIGI has fun with saturated jewel tones and prints, effortlessly mixing them into daytime and office-appropriate styles. It also has a small but mighty selection of gowns and bridal.
Other options: Lane Bryant, ELOQUII, eShakti, SimplyBe
Dresses top picks:
Sweetheart Knit Wrapdress, $ 98 at Kiyonna
Ryna Dress in Indigo Wave, $ 128 at IGIGI
Dominique Dress in Jade, $ 118 at IGIGI
Since its relaunch in 2014, ELOQUII has become known for midi skirts. The brand’s classic Studio Midi Skirt comes in nine colors—and that’s not counting trend-driven options in exclusive prints and seasonal textures. ELOQUII launched sizes 26 and 28 earlier this year, and the extended sizes selection includes a variety of maxi, pencil, circle, and tulle skirt options.
Other options: eShakti, Lane Bryant
Skirts top picks:
Studio Midi Skirt in Blue Iris, $ 89.90 at ELOQUII
Mixed Stripe Pencil Skirt, $ 69.90 at ELOQUII
Plaid Chiffon Maxiskirt, $ 99.90 at ELOQUII
Torrid has perfected plus size denim. The brand boasts 11 fits in 27 washes, and even when you narrow down the options by size 28, you’re still presented with more than 150 different styles. Plus, you can shop by length, ranging from extra short all the way to extra tall. There are boyfriend jeans, jeggings, and boot-cuts aplenty.
Other options: Old Navy, Lane Bryant
Denim top picks:
Boyfriend Jeans—Dark Wash, $ 64.50 at Torrid
Trip Skinny Denim Pants, $ 68.50 at Torrid
Slim Boot Jeans—Dark Rinse, $ 58.50 at Torrid
Weekend and Casual: Old Navy
Old Navy has great basics and athleisure styles across the board, but tops are where the brand really shines. Essentials like soft basic tees, chambray shirts, and easy button-downs rotate in and out seasonally, with the best pieces moving super quickly, so keep an eye out (and act fast). Plus, you can always count on them for a classic Breton stripe.
Other options: Torrid, Lands’ End
Weekend and casual top picks:
Boyfriend Chambray Shirt, $ 36.94 at Old Navy
Two-Tone Stripe Boyfriend Shirt, $ 39.94 at Old Navy
Windowpane-Plaid Top, $ 24.94 at Old Navy
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