Shopping for women’s plus size clothes can sometimes feel so discouraging. Typical department stores don’t always have the best selection, and those dressing room mirrors are awful. For these reasons, I prefer to do most of my clothes shopping online.
The most important factors I look at when I do my clothing shopping online are:
1. Return and Exchange Policies
Getting the right fit can be a concern, so return and exchange policies are extremely important to me.
2. Shipping Costs
Low shipping costs, or free shipping are important, as I don’t really want to spend a bunch of extra money. A few dollars or less is worth it to save on gas and frustration.
Return shipping costs are also important.
3. Selection and Quality
Having a wide range of options to choose from is important. I don’t think that being larger than the status quo makes chubby girls unworthy of fashion sense and taste.
Quality is significant, unless I’m trying to go super cheap, because I want my clothes to look good and last, just like any woman does.
Of course, price is important as most of us are not rich. I absolutely love shopping at Nordstrom for their return policy, but price-wise they aren’t always as competitive.
Keeping the above points in mind, I have listed out the best online options for plus size shopping, listed in no particular order.
The Best Places Online to Buy Women’s Plus Size Clothes
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MODCLOTH – Modcloth.com
Selection and Quality – Modcloth became one of my favorite stores years ago when they started out with mostly vintage options. Now they’ve expanded to encompass pretty much any style or fashion need. Their sizes range from xxs to 4x, so all girls can enjoy the cool style they have to offer.
Return/Exchange Policy – Returns and exchanges are okay within 30 days of purchase. PLUS if you choose store credit for your return, you get a $5 bonus.
Shipping Cost – Free shipping for orders over $75, for under they have a USPS shipping for $5.99.
Return Shipping Cost – Free return shipping with prepaid return label.
CITY CHIC – Citychiconline.com
Selection and Quality – City Chic has been doing plus size women’s fashion for what feels like decades. They have the best options and prices for quality fashion staples, like jeans, or work wear, but they also have a lot of great trends. Their sizes range from 16 – 24w, and they have options for all age ranges.
Return/Exchange Policy – Returns and exchanges are not a problem within 30 days. In order to exchange, you do have to place a new order and then return for a refund, but they will adjust the price if there is a difference.
Shipping Cost – Free shipping within the U.S., and only $5 for Canada.
Return Shipping Cost – Free return shipping within the U.S.
TORRID – Torrid.com
Selection and Quality – Of all the plus-size stores online, I think Torrid has the most popular and trendy options, especially for those in their 30’s and younger. They have a wide range of options for sizes from 10 to 30.
Return/Exchange Policy – They accept returns and exchanges by mail or in-store for new items up to 60 days after purchase.
Shipping Cost – They have a flat rate of $6.00 for all shipping within the U.S., so it’s well worth doing a larger order.
ELLOQUII – Elloquii.com
Selection and Quality – Although the prices are a bit higher than some of the others, the quality here is amazing. They have a HUGE selection that ranges from sizes 12 – 28w, including petites. They also have an amazing variety of looks that are both trendy and professional, great for business, including options for any age woman.
Return/Exchange Policy – Returns and exchanges are okay for new merchandise sent back by mail within 30 days.
Shipping Cost – Orders over $150 ship free! Otherwise, the standard flat rate is $7.50 for any size order under $150.
Return Shipping Cost – Return shipping is covered with a prepaid shipping label, but the cost is $7 for each package returned. Exchanges are free!
My Personal Favorite
If you have Amazon Prime, shopping on Amazon can be well worth it as you get unlimited free shipping. They have great competitive pricing, and the inventory options for plus size girls is growing rapidly. I have been finding some amazing deals on Amazon, for great style and quality. The prices are worth checking, because there are so many different stores competing with similar styles and products.
Selection and Quality – Quality varies, depending on who you’re buying from, but there is a huge selection of great women’s plus size styles. A drawback is that Amazon doesn’t have a way to search by specific plus size, although a keyword search usually pulls up the best options.
Return/Exchange Policy – Amazon has a buyer protection policy for Amazon Prime purchases that basically covers any need to return or exchange.
Shipping Cost – Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Return Shipping Cost – Free return shipping, they provide a label
There are a few online shops that I think have great selection and deserve a special mention, although their return policies and shipping costs may have pushed them out of the top of the list.
MEI SMITH – If it weren’t for their $10 shipping cost, and limited 14-day return policy, I think this might have made the list. The clothes are trendy and up-to-date, and they’re modeled the way plus size clothing should be, with REAL plus size women. They also provide the measurements of their model so you get a real idea of what their clothes look like when worn.
ROSE GAL – This site has an amazing selection, but they also appear to operate internationally so shipping is slow and unpredictable, and returns and exchanges can be confusing, requiring return authorization from customs. I’d love to hear if anyone has successfully shopped with RoseGal, and what their experience was.
LANE BRYANT – This company is the original OG for women’s plus size clothing. They’ve been doing it longer than online existed, and they really cater to all ages. Their shipping and return fees are a bit rough, so I haven’t moved them to the top list as I don’t find them the most convenient to shop with.
Popular Department and Chain Stores That Carry Women’s Plus Size Clothes Online
- OLD NAVY
- FOREVER 21
- SAKS 5th AVENUE
Where Do You Shop?
Do you have a favorite online go-to for plus size women’s clothes shopping? Do tell!